Some members of the Standing Committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Suspend Participation in Forum of Religious Denominations

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have suspended their participation in the Forum of Religious Denominations, an umbrella body grouping religious leaders in the Central African nation.

Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone, the Apostolic Nuncio in Zambia and Malawi. Credit: ECM

Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi Calls for COVID-19 Vaccination as New Variant is Discovered

The representative of the Holy Father in Malawi has urged the people of God in the Southeastern African country to take vaccination against COVID-19 seriously following the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus.

Pope Francis meets young people of the Scholas Community at Rome’s Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Nov. 25, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis’ December Prayer Intention: Catechists to Witness Word of God "with courage"

Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May.

Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in Partnership to Provide Nutrition to Hundreds of Vulnerable Youth in Eswatini

Hundreds of vulnerable youth in Manzini city, Eswatini, have received nutritional support from members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SBD) in a collaborative initiative.  

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021. Vatican Media.

May God Prepare Us to Receive Gift of Full Unity: Pope Francis to Orthodox Leader

The pope sent the message on the feast of St. Andrew.

Today, November 30, We Celebrate St. Andrew, Apostle

On Nov. 30, Catholics worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, apostle and martyr. A fisherman from Bethsaida and brother of Simon Peter, St. Andrew is said to have spread Christianity in Russia and Asia minor after Pentecost in the first century. He was crucified by the Romans in Greece on an X-shaped cross, which is now his distinctive symbol as well as the symbol of Scotland, of which he is the patron.

Logo of Orione Community Training Centre for rehabilitation. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Chilean Doctors Establish Intervention Program at Catholic Special Needs School in Kenya

Many children who are brought to Orione Community Training Centre for rehabilitation come in when it is “a little bit too late”, professionals at the Catholic institution in Kenya’s Ngong Diocese have said, underscoring the need for early intervention programs among children living with disability.

Archbishop George Desmond Tambala. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Zomba/Facebook

“I come to work with you as a servant”: New Malawian Archbishop at Installation

On the occasion of his installation as the Local Ordinary of Malawi’s Lilongwe Archdiocese over the weekend, Archbishop George Desmond Tambala expressed his readiness to be a servant leader.

Bishop Paul Lontsié-Keuné, transferred from Cameroon’s Yokadouma Diocese to the Episcopal See of Bafoussam. Credit: Diocese of Bafoussam

Pope Francis Transfers Bishop of Cameroon’s Yokadouma Diocese to Bafoussam Diocese

Pope Francis has transferred the Catholic Bishop of Cameroon’s Yokadouma Diocese to the Episcopal See of Bafoussam.

Fr. John Selemela, Rector of St. John Vianney Major Seminary located in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese. Credit: IMBISA

Sexual Abuse of Minors “dark chapter” in History of Church: Rector in South Africa

The cases of sexual abuse of minors constitute a “dark chapter” in the history of the Catholic Church, a Rector in South Africa has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Pope Francis prays before the statue of the Immaculate Conception in Rome’s Piazza di Spagna Dec. 8, 2020. Vatican Media.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis Cancels Public Act of Veneration again Due to Pandemic

Last year, the pope made a surprise visit to pray alone at the Immaculate Conception statue.

Today, November 29, We Celebrate All Saints of the Seraphic Order (Feast)

On November 29, the Church celebrates the many Franciscan saints who followed in the footsteps of St. Francis. It is a special day for all Franciscans to celebrate the feast of ‘All the Saints of the Seraphic Order.’

Bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province (BAPEC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Killing of Students, Teacher “unacceptable”: Bishops of Cameroon’s Bamenda Province

The killing of three students and a teacher allegedly by armed men in Cameroon’s restive South West region is “senseless and unacceptable,” Catholic Bishops in Central African nation’s Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province have said in a message.

Rectors of Seminaries in the IMBISA region. Credit: ACI Africa

Human Formation “very foundational” in Training of Future Priests: Rector in South Africa

Human formation is quite critical in the training of candidates for the Priesthood in the Catholic Church, a Rector in South Africa has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Bishop Peter Musikuwa at the meeting that deliberated on the formation of  Ex-Seminarians Association in Malawi. Credit: ECM

Proposed Malawi’s Ex-Seminarians Association to Foster Participation in Church Initiatives

The Catholic Church in Malawi is contemplating the formation of the country’s National Ex-Seminarians Association to bring together former seminarians whose role in Church development has been described as key.

Our Lady of the Nativity Sanctuary, Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau. Credit: Public Domain

Annual National Marian Pilgrimage in Guinea-Bissau Canceled, Pilgrims to Pray in Parishes

The annual national Marian pilgrimage in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau that had been scheduled to take place next month has been canceled, Catholic Church officials in the country have announced, citing a surge in reported cases of COVID-19.

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer. Vatican Media

Life’s Essential Ingredient is Prayer: Pope Francis on First Sunday of Advent

On the first Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis reminded Christians that an essential ingredient for living an alert and joyful life is prayer.