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Pope Francis lights a candle at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

"The Risen Lord loves us without limits": Pope Francis at Easter Vigil

At the Vatican's Easter Vigil Mass, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ love is without limits and always provides the grace to begin anew.

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The Next Hundred Years of St. John Paul II’s Legacy

Pope St. John Paul II— who would have turned 100 years old May 18— was a man of great humility, whose nearly 27-year pontificate nevertheless left a lasting impression on the Catholic Church and the world, according to his biographer and others who knew the man.

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“Good Friday calls on leaders in Nigeria to work for a better world”: Nigerian Bishop

Good Friday, the second of the three days of the Pascal Triduum commemorating the day Jesus was crucified at Calvary, invites leaders to look at the life of Jesus Christ and work toward “a better world,” a Nigerian Bishop says in a reflection shared with ACI Africa.

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Enshrine Agreement on Separation of Religion and State in Sudan Constitution: Bishop

The recently signed agreement on the separation of religion and State in Sudan needs to be enshrined in the country’s constitution, a Catholic Bishop in the Northeastern African nation has appealed in an interview with ACI Africa.

A Catholic Sister in Cabo-Delgado Province interacting with children / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Catholic Charity Facilitates Training of Mozambique’s Pastoral Agents in Trauma Healing

A Catholic Pontifical charity is facilitating the training of members of Clergy, Religious men and women, as well as the laity in Counselling Psychology aimed at enabling beneficiaries to offer appropriate assistance to those struggling with traumatic experiences amid Cabo Delgado violence.

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media. /

Political Ideologies Wound Fraternity in Catholic Church: Papal preacher on Good Friday

Politics turned into ideologies have wounded fraternity in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican’s Passion of the Lord liturgy on Good Friday.

Pope John Paul II holds a crucifix carved by Stanisław Trafalski on Good Friday 2005 / Screenshot from TV Trwam. /

The story of Crucifix St. John Paul II Held on His Last Good Friday

Days before his death, Pope John Paul II was pictured holding a crucifix in his private chapel on Good Friday. This is the remarkable story of that crucifix.

Students at the Institute for Islamic-Christian Formation (IFIC) in Bamako, Mali / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Catholic Pontifical Organization Donates Towards Islamic Studies in West Africa

The Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has donated money towards the facilitation of Islamic studies for Priests and seminarians in West Africa.

The Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Youth Wing (YOWICAN). The Youth leaders have bemoaned the spate of kidnappings in the country calling on the government to act. / Courtesy Photo

“Nigeria on way to Golgotha, only divine intervention can stop it”: Christian Youth Leader

Christian youth leaders in Nigeria have bemoaned the state of insecurity in the West African nation characterized by frequent kidnappings.

South Sudanese refugee children carry water through Bidi Bidi camp in Uganda. / Tommy Trenchard/ Trocaire

Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan “likely to worsen in 2021”: Catholic Aid Agency

The humanitarian situation of the people of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, is likely to worsen in 2021, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trocaire, has said.

Bishop Paul Swarbrick of England's Lancaster Diocese addressing participants in a virtual Mass for the people of Ethiopia / Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Residents “remain at the heart of the Passion”: English Bishop

As Christians begin celebrations that culminate in the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday to be marked April 4, a Bishop in England has highlighted the plight of the people living in crisis-ridden Ethiopia’s Tigray region, noting that they remain stuck “at the heart of the Passion” of Christ.

Pope Francis Tells Priests at Chrism Mass: "The cross is non-negotiable"

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel.

Saint of the day: Today, April , We Celebrate St. Mary of Egypt

April 1 is the feast of a little-known saint whose story demonstrates the power of the Church as the home of forgiveness, redemption and mercy. St. Mary of Egypt was a prostitute for 17 years before she received the Eucharist and chose the life of a hermit.

Late Fr. Ferdinand Fanen Ngugban killed by unknown gunmen at St. Paul Parish Ayetwar, Katsina-Ala Local Government of Benue State on Tuesday, March 30. / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Priest, Six Others Killed in Armed Attack at Parish of Nigeria’s Katsina Diocese

A Catholic Priest and six others have been killed in an armed attack at a Parish of Nigeria’s Katsina Diocese, an official of the Diocese has confirmed.

From left, the Bishop-elect of Uganda's Nebbi Diocese, Mons. Raphael p’Mony Wokorach, MCCJ, and the Bishop-elect of Nigeria's Lafia Diocese, Mons. David Ajang. / Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Bishops for Dioceses of Nebbi in Uganda, Lafia in Nigeria

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Raphael p’Mony Wokorach as the Local Ordinary of Uganda’s Nebbi Diocese and Fr. David Ajang as the Bishop of Lafia Diocese in Nigeria.

Late Archbishop Jean-Pierre Tafunga Mbayo of DR Congo's Lubumbashi Archdiocese who succumbed to an illness Wednesday, March 31 in Pretoria, South Africa. / Courtesy Photo

Plans Underway to Return Late Congolese Archbishop to Native Country for Interment

Plans are underway to ship the body of the late Congolese Archbishop who died in South Africa back to his native country for interment.

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Being Vaccinated against COVID-19 Part of “duty to care”: Jesuit Leaders in Africa

Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have, through their leadership, sought to encourage the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program, saying being vaccinated is part of the Christian “duty do care.”

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021. / Vatican Media. /

In Christ’s Passion, We Remember Victims of Wars, Daily Violence, Abortions: Pope Francis

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, everyday violence, abortions.”

Pope Francis greets Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery on Nov. 28, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Benedict XVI "delighted" by Year of St. Joseph Proclaimed by Pope Francis

In a new interview, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has expressed delight at the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis.

Saint of the day: Today, March 31, We Celebrate Bl. Jane of Toulouse

Blessed Jane lived in the French town of Toulouse during the 13th century. A Carmelite monastery was founded in the same town in 1240 which exposed Jane to the Carmelite lifestyle and spirituality.