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Today, October 20, We Celebrate St. Irene

St. Irene was a Portuguese nun who was martyred in defense of her chastity in the year 653. Saint Irene’s body was miraculously recovered after being thrown into the river.

Denis Kadima, endorsed as President of CENI in the DRC by the National assembly. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Want President to Reject “endorsed” Electoral Chairman

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are calling on President Félix Tshisekedi to reject the candidate that members of the National Assembly have endorsed to head the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).

Bishop Willybard Lagho of Kenya's Malindi Diocese. Credit: Courtesy photo

Inaugurated Synod Process in Kenyan Diocese to Include “those considered as outsiders”

The process of the Synod on Synodality inaugurated in the Catholic Diocese of Malindi in Kenya seeks to include “those considered as outsiders”, the Local Ordinary of the Kenyan Diocese has said. 

Some members of the Laity in Wulugu community of Ghana’s Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Laity in Ghana’s Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese Receive Monitoring, Management Skills

Members of the Laity in Wulugu community of Ghana’s Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocese have received skills in the management and monitoring of hospitals and schools in a training spearheaded by the Navrongo-Bolgatanga Diocesan Development Organization (NABOCADO) .

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez. CEC

Nun Released after Years of Captivity in Mali Thanks God, All Who Facilitated Her Release

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five years, posted Sunday on Twitter thanking God and all those who made possible her liberation.

A pilgrim attends the canonization of St. John Henry Newman in Rome, Oct. 13, 2019. Mazur/

Vatican Regulates Postulator’s Role in Saints’ Causes, Seeks to Curb Conflicts of Interest

The new regulations are designed partly to prevent conflicts of interest.

Today, October 19, We Celebrate The North American Martyrs

The eight North American martyrs, also known as the Candian Martyrs, the Jesuit Martyrs of North America or the Martyrs of France, included six priests and two lay brothers. They were heroic members of the Society of Jesus who were martyred in North America in order to bring the Faith that is necessary for salvation to the Huron, the Iroquois and the Mohawk Indians. 

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Take Task of Uniting, Healing Nation “seriously”: Catholic Bishop to Christians in Nigeria

Christians in Nigeria have a duty to take “seriously” the task of bringing unity and healing to their country, which “is fracturing and breaking apart by the day”, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese has said. 

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Catholic Peace Foundation Raises Alarm over Extrajudicial Killings in Mozambique

Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), which is researching the evolution of violence in Mozambique has reported about extra-judicial killings of people suspected to be insurgents in the Southern African country.

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Claim “We have always done it that way” Poison for Church’s Life: South African Bishop

The tendency to be opposed to change through the claim that “we have always done it that way” is dangerous for the Church in modern times, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said.

Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Training School in Rango, Rwanda, offers courses in construction, carpentry, welding and sewing to students including single mothers. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Day for Poverty Eradication, Salesians Focus on Youth in Rwanda, Togo

On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty marked Sunday, October 17, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their programs seeking to empower young people in needy situations, including Rwanda and Togo.

Pope Francis greets members of the Biomedical University Foundation of the Biomedical Campus University, at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, Oct. 18, 2021. Vatican Media.

Catholic Healthcare is Called to Bear Witness to Human Dignity: Pope Francis

He was speaking on the feast of the patron saint of doctors.

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Christian HR Group Condemns Detention of Egyptian Quranic Blogger Who Challenged Extremism

The leadership of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling for the release of an Islamic blogger in Egypt whose Quranic content challenged religious extremist narratives in the country.

Today, October 18, We Celebrate St. Luke the Evangelist

On October 18, Catholics and other Christians around the world will celebrate the feast of St. Luke, the physician and companion of St. Paul whose gospel preserved the most extensive biography of Jesus Christ.

A section of students at the School of the Faith and Leadership in Nigeria's Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City pose for a photo session with Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze. Credit: Fr. Dr. Andrew Ovienloba

Alumnus of Nigeria’s 1st Ever Catholic Lay Graduate School Testifies about Deepened Faith

Adams Malik’s evangelization work across Nigeria has been on an upward trajectory from the time he converted from Islam many years ago. His active participation in the Catholic faith, however, received a major boost when he enrolled for a Master of Science in Religious Education at the School of the Faith and Leadership in the Archdiocese of Benin City.

Economic loss as a result of pollution from Eskom's Tutuka power station through premature deaths, hospital admissions, and lost working days is estimated to be R2.4 billion per year. Credit: James Oatway for CER

Catholic Bishops in Africa among Leaders Urging G20 to “consign fossil fuels to history”

Catholic Bishops in Africa are among the dozens of Church leaders who have petitioned the intergovernmental forum of 19 countries and the European Union (EU) – the G20 – ahead of its meeting later this month “to keep fossil fuels in the ground”. 

Logo of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

“Vote according to your conscience”: Southern African Bishops Ahead of Municipal Polls

Eligible voters in South Africa have been urged to vote at the forthcoming municipal elections according to their conscience. 

Violence in DR Congo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Church in DR Congo Says Persecution Still on 25 Years after Murder of Archbishop

The Catholic Archdiocese of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is still experiencing persecution years after the gruesome murder of Archbishop Christophe Munzihirwa Mwene Ngabo, the Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese has said.

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer. Vatican Media

“Quest for personal prestige (over service) a spiritual malady”: Pope Francis

Do good from a spirit of service, not from a desire for personal glory, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Today, October 17, We Celebrate St. Ignatius of Antioch

On Oct. 17, the Roman Catholic Church remembers the early Church Father, bishop, and martyr Saint Ignatius of Antioch, whose writings attest to the sacramental and hierarchical nature of the Church from its earliest days. Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate his memory on Dec. 20.