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SECAM Officials with chaplains of Catholic Universities in Africa. Credit: SECAM

Education Should Foster Intellectual, Spiritual Development: SECAM Official to Universities in Africa

Jun 10, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

The Secretary General of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has urged chaplains of Catholic universities in Africa to champion education that fosters both intellectual and spiritual development.

Today, June 10, We Celebrate Blessed Edward Poppe

Jun 10, 2024

Blessed Edward Poppe is a contemporary saint. He died at the young age of 33.

Some members of the Franciscan Sisters Servants Restorers of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (SFRJS) in Angola, Credit: Sr. Emiliana Bundo

Catholic Nun in Angola Links Elevation of Congregation to “spirit of communion in communities”

Jun 9, 2024

By João Vissesse

The Superior General of the Franciscan Sisters Servants Restorers of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (SFRJS) in Angola has attributed the growth of the congregation that was elevated to a full province in 2023 to the “spirit of communion in communities.”

Bishop José Lampra Cà of the Catholic Diocese of Bissau in Guinea-Bissau during the opening ceremony of the 10th Conference of the Regional Union of West African Priests has been organized under the Regional Union of the Diocesan Priests of West Africa (RUPWA). Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Catholic Bishop in Guinea-Bissau Urges Priests in West Africa to Foster Respect for Diversity

Jun 9, 2024

By João Vissesse

Bishop José Lampra Cà of the Catholic Diocese of Bissau in Guinea-Bissau has urged priests serving in West Africa to foster a “culture of openness and respect for differences.”

Credit: ACI Africa

What African Polygamous Men Can Learn from Ugandan Martyr Matthias Mulumba

Jun 9, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

The Archbishop-elect of the  Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu in Uganda has urged Christian men still practicing polygamy to emulate St. Matthias Mulumba,  one of the Uganda Martyrs who denounced his polygamous life and embraced monogamy after he converted to Christianity.

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)/ Credit: CAN

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Plead with Government to Act after Murder of Three

Jun 9, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

The secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Yobe State chapter where three Christian youth were killed on Wednesday, June 5 by suspected Boko Haram terrorists is urging the government to “take proactive measures” to protect the citizens irrespective of their religious affiliations.

Pope Francis waves to the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear his Angelus address n Sunday, June 9, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Money, Power, Pleasure Can Enslave Us

Jun 9, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Speaking in his Angelus address on June 9, the pope asked people to contemplate the temptations that can imprison us and the freedom found in Christ

Today, June 9, We Celebrate St. Ephrem

Jun 9, 2024

On June 9, the Roman Catholic Church honors Saint Ephrem of Syria, a deacon, hermit, and Doctor of the Church who made important contributions to the spirituality and theology of the Christian East during the fourth century.  

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) with Priests and Religious serving in Nampula Archdiocese. Credit: Nacala Diocese

Locals in Mozambique Tell Stories of Christians Killed for their Faith: “They are our martyrs”

Jun 8, 2024

By João Vissesse

Parishioners of Chipene in Nampula, a province that is experiencing insurgency in northern Mozambique have recounted stories of members of the parish and other Christians in the province who were killed by Islamists for refusing to denounce their faith.

Bishop Severine Niwemugizi during the ordination of Fr. Almachius Mwemezi. Credit: Radio Maria Tanzania

“Do not be afraid, speak the painful truth”: Catholic Bishop in Tanzania to Newly Ordained Priest

Jun 8, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara in Tanzania has called upon Deacon Almachius Mwemezi whom he ordained a priest to stand for the truth and fearlessly denounce all forms of evil in the society. 

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja during the maiden Rosary procession. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Criticizes Switch to Old National Anthem

Jun 8, 2024

By Abah Anthony John

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has criticized the speedy enforcement of a bill changing the national anthem of the West African country from the current one to the old one used during the country’s independence.

Bishop Cleophas Oseso Tuka of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Nakuru. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Nakuru

Don’t Be Obstacles to Children’s Choice of Religious Life: Kenyan Bishop to Parents

Jun 8, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

The Bishop of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Nakuru has advised parents not to hinder their children’s choice of vocation to religious life, noting that while parents are caregivers, their role does not include preventing their children from serving God.

Pope Francis greets participants in a gathering of choir singers, musicians, and directors at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on June 8, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Music is a Universal language: Pope Francis Sings Praises of Catholic Choirs

Jun 8, 2024

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Holy Father's remarks came during the 4th International Meeting of Choirs at the Vatican.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Jun 8, 2024

Historically, devotion to the Heart of Mary grew up in parallel, but at a lesser intensity  than that of devotion to the Heart of Jesus, only starting to become more prominent during the time of St John Eudes. John Eudes was born in 1601 in Normandy, France. He entered the Congregation of the Oratory of France, founded in 1611 by Cardinal de Berulle and was ordained to the priesthood on December 20, 1625.

Protase Cardinal Rugambwa during the graduation of 40 Major Seminarians at St. Paul’s Senior Seminary of Theology, Kipalapala, in Tanzania’s Catholic Archdiocese of Tabora. Credit: ACI Africa

Tanzanian Cardinal Emphasizes Joy, Gratitude, Prayer as National Major Seminary Prepares Centenary Celebrations

Jun 7, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

The celebrations of 100 years since St. Paul’s Senior Seminary of Theology, Kipalapala, in Tanzania’s Catholic Archdiocese of Tabora should be realized in joy, thankfulness, and in a spirit of prayer, the Local Ordinary of the Tanzanian Metropolitan See has said.

Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior Secretary General of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Communicators in Africa Covering Synod on Synodality Urged to “protect image of the Church”

Jun 7, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic communicators in Africa have been urged to “work and protect the image of the Church” as they cover the ongoing Synod on Synodality.

Catholic Priests attending the 10th Conference of the Regional Union of West African Priests has been organized under the Regional Union of the Diocesan Priests of West Africa (RUPWA). Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

There is Disregard for Dignity, Catholic Theologian on Why Conflicts in West Africa are Escalating

Jun 7, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

A Catholic priest in Guinea-Bissau has blamed the escalation of violence and other forms of conflicts in West African countries on the failure to treat individuals and groups in the region with dignity.

Although best known for its alleged "healing waters," the primary purpose of the national Marian shrine in Subukia is to be a place of prayer for Kenyan Catholics--like the 50,000 who come to the shrine for the national prayer day in early October. (photo: Courtesy photo)

The "Lourdes of Africa"? Faithful Flock to "Healing Waters" of Kenya’s Marian Shrine

Jun 7, 2024

By Jonathan Liedl

In a tranquil rural setting dedicated to the Virgin Mary, pilgrims immerse themselves in spring-fed waters believed by many to have miraculous healing properties.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Vatican official: Hundreds of Millions of Christians "face high levels of persecution"

Jun 7, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

“More than 365 million Christians, approximately 1 in 7, face high levels of persecution for their faith,” Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher said.

The 10th successor of St. Don Bosco to the Salesians, Cardinal Ángel Fernández Artime, along with young people from the Salesians. | / Credit: ANS-Salesians

Salesian Youth Synod to Discern their Future and that of the Church

Jun 7, 2024

By Abel Camasca

The Salesian News Agency (ANS) announced in an article that the event will begin Aug. 11 and will conclude on Aug. 16 —St. John Bosco’s birthday.