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Traditional Healers in Mozambique Vaccinating Civilians to Fight Militia: Catholic Charity

Dec 1, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Traditional healers are vaccinating groups of young men in Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique and allowing them to go ahead and fight militias that continue to wreak havoc in the embattled province.

166 girls and mothers in need graduate from “Don Bosco Ngangi” vocational training programs. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Securing Young Women’s Future in Education Partnership

Dec 1, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are securing the future of young women in an education partnership with International Voluntary Service (VIS).

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for December

Dec 1, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for volunteer not-for-profit organizations.

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of South Sudan's Yei Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Decries Land Grabbing Menace, Urges “peaceful coexistence”

Dec 1, 2022

By Patrick Juma Wani

There is need for authorities in South Sudan to put an end to the menace of land grabbing, Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of Yei Diocese has said. 

Today, December 1, We Celebrate St. Anysius

Dec 1, 2022

Saint Anysius was a Martyr of Greece. She was a wealthy woman of Salonika, in Thessaly, who used her personal funds to aid the poor. A soldier accosted her in the street and tried to drag her to a pagan sacrifice. Anysius resisted and was killed when the soldier attacked her with his sword.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen speaking during the presentation of the Bishop-elect Henry Juma Odonya to the Clergy of Kitale Diocese. Credit: Kitale Diocese

Nuncio in Kenya Assures Bishop-elect of Pope Francis’ Support, Urges Local Collaboration

Nov 30, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

The Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya has assured the Bishop-elect of the country’s Kitale Diocese of Pope Francis’ “support and prayer” in his Episcopal Ministry.

Late Richard Cardinal Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa Eulogize Cardinal Who Served “with dedication, generosity”

Nov 30, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have paid glowing tribute to Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr who passed on in Rome on November 27.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambia (CDTY) in South Sudan. Credit: CDTY

Listening “way out of problems we encounter”: South Sudanese Bishop in Advent 2022 Message

Nov 30, 2022

By Patrick Juma Wani

A Catholic Bishop in South Sudan has underscored the need to foster listening in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality, describing the practice as “the way out of problems we encounter.”

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET). Credit: CET

Catholic Bishops in Chad Decry Violence, Call for “true inclusive national dialogue”

Nov 30, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic Bishops in Chad have decried “endemic violence” in the North-Central African nation and are urging authorities to call for “a true inclusive national dialogue”.

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

Restoration of Christian Unity "an urgent priority in today’s world": Pope Francis

Nov 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the full restoration of communion among all Christians is “an urgent priority in today’s world.”

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The Vatican Says It’s Been Hacked — Again

Nov 30, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A Vatican spokesman said Wednesday that the Holy See has taken down its main vatican.va website amid an apparent attempt to hack the site. 

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, 30 November 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Daily Examination of Conscience Helps Avoid Repeating Mistakes: Pope at General Audience

Nov 30, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has recommended a daily examination of conscience as an “indispensable” practice in spiritual life.

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

Nov 30, 2022

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.

Pope Francis greets late Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

“Faithful witness, wise, gentle pastor”: Holy Father Pays Tribute to Late African Cardinal

Nov 29, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

Pope Francis has eulogized the late Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr who died on Sunday, November 27 as a “faithful witness to the gospel”.

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Catholic Activists in Africa Ask Kenya’s President to Withdraw Directive Legalizing GMOs

Nov 29, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

Catholic activists in Africa under their umbrella association, CitizenGo Africa, are calling on the President of Kenya to withdraw “with immediate effect” his directive legalizing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the East African nation.

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria Urge Collective Responsibility to “fish out” Terror Movements

Nov 29, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling for collective responsibility in knowing and exposing terror movements to relevant authorities in the West African country.

Sierra Leone's Minister for Gender Manty Tarawalli (centre) with campaigners after the GEWE Bill was passed. Credit: Trócaire

Official of Catholic Church Entity Says Gender Bill in Sierra Leone “great win” for Women

Nov 29, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

An official of the overseas development of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, has lauded the passing into law of the Gender Equality Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Bill in Sierra Leone as a great win for women and a step towards their advancement.

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City to exchange Christmas greetings Dec. 23, 2013. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI was "leader" in Responding to Sexual Abuse

Nov 29, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In a recent interview Pope Francis said his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a leader in “taking responsibility” and responding with transparency to clerical sexual abuse — the latest defense by the Holy Father of his predecessor, who is facing criticism in his native Germany for his handling of several abuse cases as an archbishop decades ago. 

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

Nov 29, 2022

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.’

Late Richard Cardinal Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishop Mourns African Cardinal Who Desired to Revive Symposium of Bishops

Nov 28, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

The desire of Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr, who served as President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) before his death on Sunday, November 27, was to fire up the work of the common forum of Catholic Bishops on the continent, the Bishop of Oyo Diocese in Nigeria has said.