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On the farm in Zambia, Salesians will increase crop cultivation and hope to start raising animals including poultry, goats, pigs and rabbits. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in Zambia Undertaking Agricultural Projects to Educate, Feed Children

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SBD) in Zambia have engaged in farming initiatives to help in the education and nutritional support of children at an orphanage in the Southern African country. 

Today, October 14, We Celebrate St. Callistus I

Pope Callistus I is celebrated in churches throughout the world as a saint and martyr on October 14. The saint caused a major controversy, including a schism that lasted almost two decades, by choosing to emphasize God's mercy in his ministry.

St Mary's Catholic Church Mukuru kwa Njenga after demolition. Credit: Fr. John Munjuri

Demolition of Utilities, Catholic Church in Kenyan Slum “heartbreaking”: Parish Priest

The demolition of public utilities of a slum in Kenya including a section of St. Mary’s Mukuru kwa Njenga church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi earlier this week “is heartbreaking,” the Priest in-charge of the Parish in the East of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has bemoaned. 

Logo of Christ the King Major Seminary in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

All Three Seminarians Abducted from Nigerian Major Seminary Freed

The three Major Seminarians pursuing their studies in Theology in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese who were abducted Monday, October 11 after their seminary came under attack have been released, the Chancellor of the Nigerian Diocese has confirmed. 

Epiphany became the main caregiver for her two youngers sisters at the age of 13. Credit: Trocaire

International Catholic Entity in Rwanda Recounts Success Story in Fight against Poverty

The experience of Epiphany, the 18-year-old Rwandese girl who was forced to drop out of school five years ago and has turned around her life has been recounted as a success story in the fight against poverty in the Great Rift Valley country. 

A banner for the last session of marriage awareness week. Credit: SACBC

Interrogate Approaches to Widowhood in South Africa, “root out hostile” Traditions: Priest

There is need to interrogate cultural approaches to widowhood in South Africa view of rooting out traditions that are at odds with the teaching of the Church, a Catholic Priest has said.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Oct. 13, 2021. Vatican Media.

The Gospel Opens Every Culture to Greater Freedom in Christ: Pope Francis

He was speaking at his weekly general audience.

Today, October 13, We Celebrate St. Edward the Confessor

St. Edward was born in 1003 as the son of the Duke of Normandy and nephew of King Edmund Ironside of England.

Entrance to the Christ the King Major Seminary in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese where three seminarians were abducted. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Major Seminary in Nigeria Attacked, Three Theology Seminarians Abducted

Three Major Seminarians pursuing their studies in Theology at a Seminary of Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese were abducted Monday, October 11 after the Catholic institution came under attack, the Chancellor of the Nigerian Diocese has confirmed. 

Archbishop Philip Naameh of Ghana's Tamale Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Archbishop in Ghana Dismisses as "false” CNN Report Quoting Him on Homosexuality

The October 8 CNN report quoting Archbishop Philip Naameh as saying that the West African country risks becoming a Muslim-majority nation if homosexual practices are allowed, is false, the Catholic Church leader has said. 

Members of the Bishops Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Declare “state of emergency”: Bishops in Angola, Sao Tome and Principe amid Drought

There is need for the government of Angola to declare a “state of emergency” in the Southern African nation where a protracted drought has created a humanitarian crisis, members of the Bishops Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST) have said.

In Nigeria, a program helped girls develop tailoring and business skills to help achieve self-sufficiency. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Girl Child Day, Salesians Highlight Programs Empowering Girls in Africa

On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child marked Monday, October 11, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted programs empowering young girls around the globe, including Africa.

Today, October 12, We Celebrate Our Lady of the Pillar

The first Marian apparition in history appeared to Saint James the Apostle, the brother of Saint John the Evangelist, on the bank of the river Ebro in Saragossa, Spain. Unlike every other recorded apparition, this one took place during the earthly life of the Mother of God. 

From left to right Judith Anyanje - Senior Nursing Oficer - MCH (Mother to Child Healthcare clinic), Fr. Columban Odhiambo -Hospital Administrator, Dr Aimable Niyubahwe - Medical Officer Incharge, Mirabel Maseghe - a mother of 3, one of whom is vaccinated. Credit: Fr. Columban Odhiambo

No More Frequent Malaria Battles for Kenyan Mother after Vaccination at Catholic Hospital

Parenting was not always easy for Mirabel Maseghe whose first two children were always being admitted to hospital in Western Kenya with severe symptoms of malaria.

Life slowly returning to Mocimboa da Praia in Northern Mozambique. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Relief as Life Returns to Parts of Northern Mozambique: Catholic Peace Entity

Photographs taken by Catholic Peace and charity foundation Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) on various streets of Mocimboa da Praia, a town in Northern Mozambique, suggest that life is returning to the town that has been under the control of insurgents belonging to Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah for months.

Alhaji Ahmed Joda, a former Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Federal State passed on August 13. Credit: Public Domain

Lawmaker Who Longed for Peace in Nigeria Died an Unhappy Man: Catholic Bishop

One of the things that Alhaji Ahmed Joda, a Permanent Secretary in Nigeria’s Federal State longed for, in the years that the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese knew him, was a peaceful Nigeria where people from various religious divides live in harmony especially in the Northern part of the country.

Logo of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

Catholic Bishops in Ghana Support Government Bill to Outlaw Homosexual Practices

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) have written to the Ghanaian parliament expressing their support of a bill that seeks to illegalize homosexual practices in the country.

Msgr. Diego Ravelli in 2015/. Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Pope Francis Names Master of Ceremonies for Vatican Papal Liturgies

Msgr. Diego Ravelli was also named head of the pope’s Sistine Chapel Choir.