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Zambia’s Public Debt “an unsettling fiscal challenge”, Faith, Civil Leaders Say

May 10, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

Members of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Debt Alliance in Zambia have described the country’s outstanding public debt as “an unsettling fiscal challenge.”

St. Peter’s Basilica, pictured on March 19, 2013. Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

New Vatican Constitution Gives Value to Catholic Bishops’ Conferences: Holy See Bishop

May 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop Marco Mellino was addressing the heads of Vatican dicasteries.

Today, May 10, We Celebrate St. Damien of Moloka'i

May 10, 2022

The Catholic Church remembers St. Damien of Molokai on May 10. The Belgian priest sacrificed his life and health to become a spiritual father to the victims of leprosy quarantined on a Hawaiian island.

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Clergy in Africa Hesitant “to embrace change” in Synodal Process: African Scholars

May 9, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Members of the Clergy are hesitant to embrace a Church where dialogue is fostered among her variety of members, participants in a Synod on Synodality encounter organized by the African Synodality Initiative (ASI) have said.

Bishop George Muthaka, ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Garissa in Kenya on & May 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“I come to serve not to rule”: Newly Ordained Kenyan Catholic Bishop in Maiden Speech

May 9, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

The newly ordained Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Garissa in Kenya has, in his maiden speech, said that his Episcopal Ministry will be characterized by service.

Members of RECOWA present their final communiqué to journalists in Abuja on 7 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in West Africa “denounce policies” Allowing Exploitation, Marginalization

May 9, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic Bishops in West Africa have, in the final communiqué of their fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly, denounced “policies and practices” that give room to exploitation of populations and marginalization of persons.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen lays hands on the head of Bishop George Muthaka, during his episcopal ordination May 7 at Our Lady of Consolation Cathedral of Garissa Diocese grounds. Credit: Garissa Diocese

Nuncio in Kenya Cautions against “power, imposition”, Calls for “humility of heart”

May 9, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has cautioned church members including members of the Clergy against the tendency to refer to authority saying, “The church of Christ does not build on power or on imposition.”

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Trip to Lebanon "delayed for health reasons"

May 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Lebanon’s tourism minister announced the postponement, citing ‘health reasons.’

Today, May 9, We Celebrate St. Pachomius

May 9, 2022

St. Pachomius can justifiabley be called the founder of cenobitic monasticism, monks who live in community. Even though St. Antony the Great was the first to go into the desert to live a life of seclusion pursuing evangelical perfection, he lived a heremitic life, that is, a primarily solitary life.

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) at the closing Mass of their fourth plenary assembly in Abuja, Nigeria on 8 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

RECOWA Plenary Assembly Ends with Commitment “to new vision of fraternity”

May 8, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) have, in their message at the end of their fourth Plenary Assembly, taken the commitment to work for a new fraternity in the West African subregion amid a wide range of challenges.

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. Vatican Media

South Sudan Trip a "pilgrimage of peace", Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Say

May 8, 2022

By Courtney Mares

"In anticipation of our pilgrimage of peace this coming summer, we look forward to visiting your great country.”

Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle of Ghana's Cape Coast Archdiocese. Credit: ACI Africa.

Pray for Vocations, Help Christ’s Disciples Answer Call: Ghanaian Archbishop to Christians

May 8, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

The Catholic Archbishop of Cape Coast Archdiocese in Ghana has, on the annual celebration of Vocations Sunday, May 8, encouraged followers of Christ to “pray for vocations” and help disciples of Jesus Christ “faithfully” answer God’s call.

Fr.Joseph Akete Bako. Credit: Father Emmanuel Anyanwu

Mixed Signals as Nigerian Catholic Archdiocese Disputes Abducted Priest Murder Allegations

May 8, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Conflicting reports have emerged describing the fate of a Catholic Priest who was kidnapped in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, with some sources alleging that the Priest has been tortured to death in captivity.    

Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "It’s not possible to worship God while making the liturgy a battleground"

May 8, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said that the liturgy should not be “a battleground” for “outdated issues.”

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Regina Caeli on May 8, 2022. Vatican Media

Mother’s Day: Pope Francis Sends Moms "Our prayer, affection, best wishes"

May 8, 2022

By Katie Yoder

In his Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis asked the faithful to celebrate their mothers in a special way on Sunday, for Mother’s Day, and urged continued prayers for peace in Ukraine.

Today, May 8, We Celebrate St. Peter of Tarantaise, bishop

May 8, 2022

Peter was born near Vienne, France in 1102 and died at Bellevaux, France in 1175. He was canonized in 1191.  

Bishop Joseph Kwaku Afrifah-Agyekum of Ghana's Koforidua Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

“Align catechism to lives of people” amid Challenges in West Africa: RECOWA Vice President

May 7, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

The new Vice President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, emphasized the need to align the teaching of the word of God to the daily challenges people face in West Africa.

Yemi Osinbajo, ice President of Nigeria addressing participants at the fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly that opened on Tuesday, May 3 in Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: CSN

Catholic Bishops in West Africa Urged to Build “bridges across every divide”, Foster Peace

May 7, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

The President of Nigeria has called upon Catholic Bishops under the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), to “bridges across every divide” in West African nations and foster peace to safeguard the countries therein from fracturing.

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Church in Eswatini in Right Direction on “pastoral care for migrants, refugees”: Jesuit

May 7, 2022

By Sheila Pires

Initiatives the Catholic Church in Eswatini is taking to reach out to migrants and refugees in the one-Diocese Southern African nation are steps in the right direction, a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has said.

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria Announce Three-day Prayer for Peaceful Elections in 2023

May 7, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

Christian leaders in Nigeria have announced three days of national prayer dedicating the West African nation to peace ahead of the country’s 2023 general elections.