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Today, August 30, We Celebrate Saint Jeanne Jugan

On Aug. 30, the Catholic Church celebrates Saint Jeanne Jugan, also known as Sister Mary of the Cross. During the 19th century, she founded the Little Sisters of the Poor with the goal of imitating Christ's humility through service to elderly people in need.

A ship in Palma that was used by TOTAL gas company to evacuate their employees from Palma to Pemba during an attack in March 2021. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Catholic Charity Fears for Security in Northeastern Mozambique amid Fresh Mining Plans

There is a mounting fear of attacks in Nampula, a province in Northeastern Mozambique as the country plans to embark on extracting oil and gas in the province.

Civilians walk past burning vehicles in Elak town, Northwest Cameroon Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Cameroonians Surviving by Obeying Opposing Forces, Catholic Peace Entity Says in Report

Civilians in the troubled Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon are surviving each day by obeying commands from the country’s military as well as from members of the Ambazonia Restoration Forces (ARFs) so as not to appear siding with either group, a Catholic peace foundation working in the Central African nation has said.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia, Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Salas handing over the Pope's donation to the staff of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese. Credit: CABICOL/Facebook

Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Catholic Hospital Fighting COVID-19 in Liberia

Pope Francis has donated medical equipment to St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese, to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus message from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square. Vatican Media

Complaining, Blaming Others is “poison” for the Heart, Waste of Time: Pope Francis

Complaining and blaming others is a waste of time; the way to defeat evil is to conquer it first within our own hearts, Pope Francis said.

Bishop-elect Guido Marini walks beside Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday 2021 in St. Peter's Basilica. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appoints Vatican Master of Ceremonies Bishop of Italian Diocese

Msgr. Guido Marini has been in charge of papal liturgies since his appointment to the role by Benedict XVI in 2007.

Today, August 29, We Celebrate the Beheading of John the Baptist

On this day, the universal Church marks the beheading of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus. As an adult, he lived as a hermit in the wilderness. After the Spirit inspired him, he went about preaching that the people should repent of their sins and be baptized in order to prepare for the Messiah.

The logo of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE). Credit: Catholic Institute of Education (CIE)

Action Needed amid Increased Rape, Teenage Pregnancies in South Africa: Catholic Entity

Reports of increased cases of rape and teenage pregnancies in South Africa are a cause for concern for officials of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) who are calling for an “urgent response” to address the crisis. 

The Logo of Caritas Zambia. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Caritas Zambia Urges New Government to Adopt Agroecology “urgently and progressively”

The leadership of Caritas Zambia has called on the country’s new President to “urgently and progressively” take initiative aimed at adopting farming techniques that are environmentally friendly in the Southern African nation. 

Maurice Cardinal Piat of Port Louis Diocese in Mauritius. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

On Memorial of Patron Saint of Mauritian Diocese, Cardinal Calls for “more intense” Prayer

On the Memorial of St. Louis, the Patron Saint of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese, the Cardinal in the Indian Ocean Island nation has called for “more intense” prayer as the Island African nation battles the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

St. Peter's Basilica. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Makes Several Temporary Changes to Vatican’s Chapter of St. Peter

The Chapter of St. Peter is group of retired priests who pray and assist in the basilica’s liturgical activities.

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli speaks at a press conference at the Vatican on July 7, 2020. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Names Salesian Sister Secretary of Vatican’s Social Development Office

Sr. Alessandra Smerilli, 46, was appointed ‘ad interim.’

Today, August 28, We Celebrate St. Augustine

Today, August 28, the Church honors St. Augustine. St. Augustine was born at the town of Thagaste (now Souk-Ahras in modern day Algeria) on November 13, 354 and grew to become one the most significant and influential thinkers in the history of the Catholic Church. His teachings were the foundation of Christian doctrine for a millennium.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Life has never been so cheap”, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Decry, Call for Responsibility

The rise in cases of abductions, killings, and property destruction in Nigeria is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops who, in a collective statement, are calling upon the government to “take full responsibility for the present culture of violence.”

Sr. Jane Wakahiu. Credit: ACWECA

Catholic Sisters Living with Alzheimer’s in Africa to Benefit from New Endowment Fund

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is creating an endowment fund to support Religious Congregations that are struggling to provide quality care to Catholic Sisters suffering from Alzheimer’s, members of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) have been told.

Archbishop Jude Thaddaeus Ruwa’ichi of Tanzania's Dar es Salaam  Archdiocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Disregard Anti COVID-19 Vaccine Talks, “Let us shield ourselves”: Tanzanian Archbishop

A Catholic Archbishop in Tanzania has cautioned against those campaigning against COVID-19 vaccination program, and urged the people of God in the East African nation to disregard such campaigns.

The Apostolic South Africa's Diocese of Mariannhill and Archbishop Emeritus of Pretoria, William Slattery. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Take action now” against Environmental Degradation: South African Archbishop

A South African Archbishop has expressed concern over the destruction of the environment and called on the people of God in the country to take urgent action to mitigate the effects of degradation.

Pope Francis greets participants in a meeting promoted by the International Catholic Legislators Network in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Aug. 27, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Urges Catholic Lawmakers to Protect Human Dignity Online

The pope called for renewed efforts to combat child pornography, data breaches, and cyber attacks.

Pope Francis greets a child at a general audience at the Vatican, April 20, 2016. Vatican Media.

"Every child that arrives is God’s gift": Pope Francis on Adoption

‘Every baby, in every case, and in whatever situation is to be welcomed,’ the pope says in a new video.

Today, August 27, We Celebrate St. Monica

On August 27, one day before the feast of her son St. Augustine, the Catholic Church honors St. Monica, whose holy example and fervent intercession led to one of the most dramatic conversions in Church history.