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St. Peter's Basilica./ Bohumil Petrik/CNA /

The Vatican Has a Commission for Healthcare Facilities, but there is Little Trace of it

In 2015, facing scandals in the healthcare sector, Pope Francis established a Pontifical Commission for the Activities of the Public Juridical Persons of the Church in the Healthcare Sector. The board of the Commission was renewed in June 2020. However, there is no trace of the Commission in the Annuario Pontificio.

Today, May 15, We Celebrate St. Isidore

Isidore was born in 1070 in Madrid, Spain. His family was poor, and he labored as a farmer on the land owned by a rich man named John de Vergas. 

Map of Nigeria where the Christian Association of the country has declared three days of prayer for an end to insecurity. Credit: Public domain / Public domain

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Declare Three-day National Prayer for End to Insecurity

Christian leaders in Nigeria have declared three days of national prayer for an end to the problems bedeviling the West African nation including killings and banditry.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (center) with DRC’s newly appointed Education Minister, Tony Mwaba (left), and his deputy, Aminata Namasia (right) after the May 11 audience in Kinshasa. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa. /

Free Access to Basic Education in DR Congo Needs to Benefit “everyone”: Congolese Cardinal

The initiative toward free basic education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) needs to be implemented in such a way that everyone in the country benefits, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has said.

Flag of Tanzania. Credit: Public Domain /

Bishops in Tanzania Formulate Child Safeguarding Policies amid Increased Cases of Abuse

Catholic Bishops in Tanzania have formulated policies aimed at safeguarding children in the East African nation amid increased reported cases of child abuse.

Bishop Mathew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese whose residence was looted in a daytime theft on 9 May 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishop’s Residence in Wau Diocese, South Sudan, Looted in Daytime Theft

The residence of the Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese was looted in a daytime theft last Sunday, the Vicar General of the South Sudanese Diocese confirmed earlier this week.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Scouts Unitaires de France at the Vatican, May 14, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Urges Scouts to ‘spread light and hope’

Pope Francis urged scouts Friday to “spread light and hope” wherever they go.  

Today, May 14, We Celebrate St. Matthias, Apostle

Matthias, whose name means “gift of God”,  was the disciple chosen to replace Judas as one of the twelve Apostles. The Acts of the Apostles state that he was also one of the 72 disciples that the Lord Jesus sent out to preach the good news.

Poster announcing the annual Bishop Zwane Memorial Lecture in memory of the late Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland
Credit: Catholic Diocese of Manzini/Facebook / Catholic Diocese of Manzini/Facebook

Catholic Diocese in Swaziland Remembering Compassionate Bishop Who Supported Refugees

Several decades have passed since the passing on of Bishop Aloysius Isaac Mandlenkhosi Zwane who shepherded the people of God in the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland in the Ecclesiastical Province of Johannesburg in South Africa.

A group of militants that was seen crossing into Tanzania near the Namoto forest on Wednesday, May 5/ Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute /

Leadership of Catholic Peace Institute Questions Tanzania’s Silence on Mozambique Crisis

Images of militants freely crossing the border from the north of Mozambique to southern parts of Tanzania have left many wondering why the East African country has chosen to remain silent concerning the ongoing insurgency across the border.

A Priest poses on a motorcycle at St. Michael Parish of Ghana’s Catholic Diocese of Jasikan. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need / Aid to the Church in Need

Catholic Charity Reaches Out to Priests at Flourishing Parish in Ghana to Wade off Sects

In slightly over a decade, Catholic Priests of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (Franciscan Friars) who first established a mission in rural Ghana in 2008 have managed to establish a flourishing Parish in the region that boasts of 17 outstations overseen by two Catechists each.

Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nigeria's Nsukka Diocese during the Holy Mass on the Solemnity of the Ascension 13 May 2021. Credit: Nsukka Diocese / Nsukka Diocese

Nigeria’s Political Challenges “consequences of our bad behavior”: Catholic Bishop

The political challenges in the West African nation of Nigeria have been occasioned by “bad behavior,” the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Nsukka Diocese has said.

Part of front page of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in September 2018. Credit: IGAD / IGAD

South Sudan’s Archbishop Lauds Gov’t for Reconstituting Transitional National Parliament

The Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has commended the country’s leadership upon the announcement of the newly appointed members of the Transitional National parliament from the sides that clashed in the nation’s protracted civil war.

Today, May 13, We Celebrate Our Lady of Fatima

May 13 is the anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to three shepherd children in the small village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917.  She appeared six times to Lucia, 9, and her cousins Francisco, 8, and his sister Jacinta, 6, between May 13, 1917 and October 13, 1917.

Emergency aid for displaced families in Pemba. Credit: Johan Viljoen /

Catholic Priest in Mozambique Calls for Spiritual Solidarity amid Fear of Fresh Attacks

There is mounting fear of terrorist attacks in Pemba, the capital of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, a Catholic Priest and Communications official in the Diocese of Pemba has said.

Logo of the Adoration Ministry in Nigeria's Enugu Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Controversial Nigerian Priest Temporarily Suspends Ministry, Begins Month-long Retreat

The controversial Nigerian Catholic Priest who, on May 9, publicly apologized to the Universal Church and to his Bishop after his supporters violently stormed the Bishop’s residence and the Cathedral Church last week, desecrating the Holy Altar of sacrifice, has temporarily suspended activities at his Adoration Ministry Enugu, Nigeria, and started a month-long spiritual retreat.

Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niger presenting a goodwill message to the Muslim faithful. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishops in Niger Send “best wishes” to Muslims Ending Holy Month of Ramadan

Catholic Bishops in Niger have extended their goodwill message to the Muslim faithful in the West African nation for concluding the Holy Month of Ramadan, marked by the celebration of Eid al-Fitr (the festival of breaking the fast). 

The boarding section of St. Daniel Comboni Boarding Primary School in South Sudan’s Torit Diocese ravaged by fire. Credit: ACI Africa /

Catholic School Leadership in South Sudan Appeals for Donations Following Weekend Inferno

A fire that ravaged the boarding section of St. Daniel Comboni Boarding Primary School in South Sudan’s Torit Diocese over the weekend has left dozens of learners at the school with no place to sleep, the management of the Catholic institution has told ACI Africa.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 12, 2021./ Daniel Ibañez/CNA. /

Persistent Prayer Can Lead to Miracles: Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis said Wednesday that persistent prayer can lead to miracles “because prayer goes directly to the heart of the tenderness of God.”

Today, May 12, We Celebrate St. Epiphanius of Salamis

On May 12 the Catholic Church honors Saint Epiphanius of Salamis, an early monk, bishop and Church Father known for his extensive learning and defense of Catholic teachings in the fourth century.