Ebolowa prison prisoners learn how to make liquid soap thanks to Don Bosco and the Salesians. Credit: Salesian Missions

Inmates in Cameroon Set to “earn living with dignity” from Salesian Soap-making Initiative

Inmates at Ebolowa prison in Cameroon are set to “earn a living with dignity” beyond their prison sentence thanks to the soap-making training that members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have realized.

Logo Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS). Credit: JRS

Jesuit Entity in South Sudanese State Lauded for “really great” Education Initiatives

Authorities in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State have lauded the Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), for its “really great” initiatives in the field of formal education. 

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Pope Recognizes “countless acts of kindness” of Stella Maris, Apostleship of the Sea

Marking more than 100 years of helping seafarers around the world, Pope Francis has recognized the role of Stella Maris, the Apostleship of the Sea. 

A section of participants at the ongoing training of tutors of 'Together for a New Africa' initiative of African youth. Credit: ACI Africa

Unemployment Making Angola Inhabitable for Youth: Participant at Changemakers Initiative

Faced with the challenge of unemployment amid worrying poverty levels in Angola, young people in the Southern African country are resorting to desperate measures to cope, including drug abuse, a trainee at  Together for a New Africa (T4NA) has said.

Today, October 3, We Celebrate St. Mother Théodore Guérin

St. Théodore Guérin, SP, was born Anne-Therese Guerin at Etables, Brittany in France on October 2, 1798.

A section of participants at the ongoing training of tutors of 'Together for a New Africa' initiative of African youth. Credit: ACI Africa

“Together for a New Africa” Cofounder Hopes Youth-led Initiative Will Yield a University

One of the founders of Together for a New Africa (T4NA), a network of former students of Italy-based Sophia University Institute and other young leaders committed to shaping “a new Africa”, is optimistic that the initiative will give birth to an institution of higher learning that will serve African students, allowing them to gain skills that are taught at the institution that is supported by the Focolare Movement.

Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese. Credit: SACBC

Be Available to Youth “in these trying times”: South African Bishop to Clergy, Religious

There is need for members of the Clergy and women and men Religious serving in countries that constitute the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) to be available to young people, listening to them as they seek to surmount challenges of life, Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka has said.

Fr. George Ehusani. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Prioritize “faith commitment” Over Fundraising Drives: Nigerian Priest to Church Leaders

There is need to prioritize commitment to Christian faith over fundraising initiatives in the Catholic Church in Nigeria, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation has said.

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Pope Francis Appeals to Putin for an Immediate Ceasefire in Ukraine

Pope Francis made a direct appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin for an immediate ceasefire on Sunday, imploring him to end the “spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine.

Today, October 2, We Celebrate The Guardian Angels

The truth that each and every human soul has a Guardian Angel who protects us from both spiritual and physical evil has been shown throughout the Old Testament, and is made very clear in the New.

New IMBISA leadership, from left: Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba,  Vice President, Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda, President, Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro, Secretary General. Credit: ACI Africa

New IMBISA Leaders Set to Prioritize Youth Ministry in Their Three-year Mandate

The newly-elected leaders of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) will seek to focus on young people and their involvement in the activities of the Church during their three-year mandate, the new President has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah oversees the signing of the peace accord by candidates at the Abuja International Conference Center. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Cautions Politicians against Exploiting People’s “weaknesses”

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has cautioned politicians against luring the electorate ahead of the country’s February 2023 general elections, saying political candidates “must not exploit weaknesses of our people”.

Mons. Tomasz Grysa, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar and Apostolic Delegate in the Comoro Islands by Pope Francis on 27 September 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Polish-born Cleric Appointed Nuncio in Madagascar, Apostolic Delegate in Comoro Islands

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Tomasz Grysa, a native of Poland who has been serving as a Counselor in Apostolic Nunciatures, as his representative in Madagascar and as Apostolic Delegate in the Comoro Islands.

Sr. Margaret Lakop with pupils of Sacred Heart Nursery School in Juba during their visit to the Sudan and South Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference (SSCBC) Secretaria on Wednesday 28 September 2022. Credit: CRN

Catholic Nun in South Sudan Urges Parents to “introduce their children to church life”

A Catholic Nun serving in South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has called upon Christian parents and guardians in the East-Central African nation to bring up children under their care in Christian faith by introducing them to the life of the church.

Today, October 1, We Celebrate St. Therese of the Child Jesus

On October 1, Catholics around the world honor the life of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, or St. Thérèse of Lisieux on her feast day.  St. Thérèse was born January 2, 1873 in Alençon, France to pious parents, both of whom are scheduled to be canonized in October 2016.

A section of participants at the ongoing training of tutors of 'Together for a New Africa' initiative of African youth. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Project for Young Changemakers Spreads to 14 African Countries in New Cycle

What started four years ago as a burning desire by a handful of students of Italy-based Sophia University Institute to transfer the learning institution’s culture of unity to Africa has evolved into a gigantic initiative of young changemakers that now covers 14 African countries.

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“Nigerians deserve a new burst of hope”: Bishop in Independence Anniversary Message

There is need for Nigerians to experience “a new burst of hope” as their country marks 62 years of independence on Saturday, October 1, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said. 

Fr. Sostenes Bahati Soka. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Priest in Tanzania Suspended Over Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors

Fr. Sostenes Bahati Soka, a member of the Clergy of Tanzania’s Catholic Diocese of Moshi, has been stopped from practicing his Priestly ministry over allegations of sodomizing a section of children who were preparing for their First Holy Communion and Confirmation.