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“Special”: South African Catholic Bishop on Transparency Conference in Rome

Jun 24, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

Bishop Thulani Victor Mbuyisa of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Kokstad, a participant in the June 16-22 workshop on Transparency and Accountability in the Catholic Church in Rome, has described the convention as “special”.

Statue of St. John the Baptist with golden cross, Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic. / Credit: Oldrich Barak/Shutterstock

"Summer Christmas": Why does the Church Celebrate the Birthday of St. John the Baptist?

Jun 24, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

Because it falls exactly six months before the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, St. John’s birthday is sometimes known as “summer Christmas.”

Today, June 24, We Celebrate The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Jun 24, 2024

John the Baptist spent his adult life preparing the way for Jesus, and proclaiming that “the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.”. He was born to Zachary and Elizabeth, an elderly married couple. The Angel Gabriel had visited Zachary and told him that his wife would bear a child, even though she was already past the child-bearing age.

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Congolese Theologian Advocates for Formal Education of Women in Church, Creation of “spaces for them to be empowered”

Jun 23, 2024

By Jude Atemanke and João Vissesse

A female Theologian from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is advocating for formal education of women if they have to actively participate in the decision-making processes of the Church like their male counterparts in “higher positions in the Church”.  

How Nigerian Catholic Nun is Fighting Early Marriage in “Yes to what empowers you, No to what enslaves you” Campaign

Jun 23, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

Sr. Bernadette Duru is spearheading the safeguarding of the girlchild in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Shendam against early marriage.

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Christians in Egypt Embark on Construction of Churches as Persecution Ebbs

Jun 23, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

Church projects that had been halted in Egypt when the Northern African nation was dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood are being resumed as Christians in the country begin to enjoy some measure of freedom.

Catholic Nuns from West, Central Africa Share Insights on How Governments Can Address Refugees’ Plight

Jun 23, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

Catholic Nuns from the West African countries of Ghana and Nigeria and their counterparts from the Central African nation of Cameroon have weighed in on the plight of refugees on the continent, sharing insights on how African governments can improve the situation of refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Pope Francis delivers a message to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus on June 23, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Jesus in the Eucharist Strengthens us in Times of Trial

Jun 23, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking from an Apostolic Palace window on June 23, Pope Francis asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to reflect on how they usually deal with times of trial.

Today, June 23, We Celebrate Blessed Basil Hopko

Jun 23, 2024

Blessed Basil Hopko is considered one of the many priests and religious martyred by Communism. He was born in Slovakia to poor parents. His father died when he was a year old and his mother left for the United States when he was four in seach of work.

“A very successful gathering”: African Delegate to Synod on Synodality Lauds Convention on Synodal Outcomes

Jun 22, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

The first of the two-phase convention bringing together African professionals in the fields of theology and pastoral ministry to reflect on the outcomes of the first session of the multi-year Synod on Synodality that took place 4-29 October 2023 in Rome, concluding with a 42-page summary report, has been “very successful”, a participant has said.

Fr. Mikah Suleiman. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Sokoto

Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria Seeking Prayers for “quick, safe release” of Abducted Priest

Jun 22, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

The Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria is appealing for prayers for the “quick and safe” release of Fr. Mikah Suleiman abducted on Saturday, June 22.

115 Bicycles for catechists in the Diocese of Mpika, Zambia. Credit: ACN

Africa Received Most of 2023 Aid to the Church in Need International Funding: Report

Jun 22, 2024

By Agnes Aineah

In the year 2023, Africa received the biggest chunk of support from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, a Catholic charity foundation that supports the suffering Church all over the world.

A screenshot of Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen, the Papal Nuncio to Kenya making his remarks during the launch of CRS 2023 to 2030 Strategic Plan at Nyeri House, Westlands in Nairobi on Tuesday, 18 June 2024. Credit: Screenshot from Capuchin TV.

Your Initiatives “must mirror Christian identity, reflecting preferential option for poor”: Nuncio in Kenya to CRS

Jun 22, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

Activities of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the humanitarian arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), need to foster the “Christian identity”, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya has said.

Hundreds of faithful filled the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, site of Mother Angelica's tomb, beyond capacity as the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage St. Juan Diego Route passed through on June 20, 2024. / Credit: EWTN

Mother Angelica’s Shrine Fills to Capacity as National Eucharistic Pilgrimage Passes Through

Jun 22, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The foundress of EWTN and member of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, Mother Angelica made no secret of her love and devotion to the Eucharist.

Today, June 22, we celebrate St. Thomas More

Jun 22, 2024

On June 22, the Catholic Church honors the life and martyrdom of St. Thomas More, the lawyer, author and statesman who lost his life opposing King Henry VIII's plan to subordinate the Church to the English monarchy.

Curtains Fall on Italian Nun Who Made Pope Francis’ Vestments during His Visit to Kenya

Jun 21, 2024

By Agnes Aineah

Pope Francis donned a white chasuble that was embroidered with coloured beads when he visited Kenya in 2015. While celebrating Holy Mass during his visit, the Holy Father also wore an ankle-length Alb and a sleeveless chasuble. 

Participants during a convention bringing together African professionals in the fields of theology and pastoral ministry to deliberate on the outcomes of the first session of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: ACI Africa

Let’s “articulate our own views, voices”: Cameroonian Jesuit on Theological Reflections on Synodal Outcomes

Jun 21, 2024

By Jude Atemanke and João Vissesse

Delegates representing the Church in Africa at the ongoing Synod on Synodality need to amplify their views and voices on issues relating to the growth of the Church on the continent, a Cameroonian member of the Society of Jesus (SJ) has said. 

Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi, the newly installed Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ahiara. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

“I stand before you today not as a man elevated, but as a servant”: Nigerian Catholic Bishop at Installation

Jun 21, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi, the newly installed Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ahiara, has called upon the people of God to consider him their servant.

Bishop Simon Peter Kamomoe, one of the three Auxiliary Bishops of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) in Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

“Many people have lost the sense of sin”: Catholic Bishop in Kenya Laments, Urges Humility, Faith in Merciful God

Jun 21, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

There is a general disregard for moral and spiritual uprightness in contemporary society, a Kenyan Catholic Bishop has observed. 

Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Lutheran World Federation on June 20, 2024, in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

"Jesus Christ is the heart of ecumenism": Pope Francis to Lutherans

Jun 21, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

In his talk given during the audience in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican, the Holy Father called this encounter “an important gesture of ecumenical fraternity.”