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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica opening the worldwide synodal path, Oct. 10, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Launches Two-year Synodal Path with Call to "encounter, listen, and discern"

The diocesan phase will last from October 2021 to April 2022.

Today, October 11, We Celebrate Pope Saint John XXIII

Born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli at Sotto il Monte, Italy on 25 November 1881, Pope John XXIII was elected Pope on October 28, 1958. He died June 3, 1963 in Rome and was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 3, 2000.

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Colombian Nun Kidnapped in Mali in 2017 Freed, Greeted, Blessed By Pope Francis at Vatican

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti was kidnapped in 2017.

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, Apostolic Nuncio in DR Congo addressing journalists during a press conference in Kinshasa on 6 October 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Church Wants “inclusive, credible, peaceful elections in 2023”: DR Congo Nuncio

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks to support democracy by ensuring an inclusive, credible and peaceful general elections in 2023, the Apostolic Nuncio in the Central African nation has said.

Logo of the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF). Credit: SCIAF

Malawi’s Vulnerable Youth Receiving Entrepreneurial Skills in Catholic Bishops’ Initiative

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are empowering young people in the Southern African nation with entrepreneurial skills and vocational education.

A poster announcing the 27 September 2021 conference organized by the Rome-based Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Credit: Harambee Africa International

Rome-based Catholic Entity Decries Low COVID-19 Uptake in Africa, Highlights Interventions

The leadership of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based international Catholic association established to enhance various realities in Sub-Saharan Africa, has decried the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among African countries, warning that the trend puts the whole world at risk of a protracted pandemic.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

"Is your faith tired and do you want to reinvigorate it?" Pope Francis at the Angelus

The pope outlined a three-step process for personal renewal.

Today, October 10, We Celebrate St. Francis Borgia

Francis Borgia was born October 28, 1510 in Gandia, Valencia, Spain as the son of the Duke of Gandia, the great grandson, from his father’s side, of Pope Alexander VI, the notorious Borgia pope, and from his mother’s side, the great grandson of King Ferdinand of Aragon.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Church Leadership in DR Congo Not Involved in Catholic Teachers’ Strike, Cardinal Says

The leadership of the Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is not involved in the strike by Catholic teachers, the Cardinal in the Central African nation has clarified.  

Map showing the major towns within Nigeria's Imo State. Credit: Public Domain

“Shed no more blood, work toward unity, peaceful co-existence”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Following persistent cases of insecurity recorded in Nigeria’s Orlu Diocese, the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese located within Imo State has appealed to the warring parties to end the bloodshed and seek dialogue.

Professor Najla Bouden Romdhane, appointed head of the new government in Tunisia. Credit: Agenzia Fides

Archbishop in Tunisia Hopes Appointment of Woman to National Leadership “is innovative”

The Archbishop of Tunisia’s Tunis Archdiocese has expressed the hope that the appointment of Professor Najla Bouden Romdhane as Prime Minister in the Northernmost African country will set a stage for the recognizing the value of women in Arab countries.

Fr. Dr. Benedict Mosiuoa Makhata, a specialist in Trauma counselling in Lesotho. Credit: Sisters of Calvary- Botswana/ Facebook

Priest in Lesotho Addresses Misconceptions about Clergy, Religious Who Further Studies

Catholic Priests and women and men Religious who go back to class to further their studies in various fields are often misunderstood by members of their respective communities, a Catholic Priest in Lesotho who was recently awarded a doctorate has said.

Pope Francis takes part in a moment of reflection for the opening of the synodal path at the Vatican’s New Synod Hall, Oct. 9, 2021. Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Path to 2023 Synod on Synodality Faces Three “risks”: Pope Francis

The two-year process leading to the synod formally opens this weekend.

Today, October 9, We Celebrate St. Denis

Saint Denis was a missionary and the first bishop of Paris. He was killed for his Christian faith by pagans on what is known as the “Montmartre” – the mount of martyrs - in 258, along with Eleutherius and Rusticus, a priest and a deacon. 

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) with the Prime Minister of Eswatini. Credit: IMBISA

Make Efforts to Build “a peaceful, just” Eswatini: Regional Catholic Bishops to Premier

There is need for the people of God in the Kingdom of Eswatini to understand the severity of the instability in their nation and make conscious efforts to build “a peaceful and just society”, the leadership of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.   

Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa . Credit: CSW

Christian Foundation Decries Lengthy Detention of Orphanage Co-founder in Nigeria

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is demanding the release of a professor accused of forging certificates to start a foundation that takes care of homeless children in Nigeria’s Kaduna State where many have lost their guardians owing to protracted militant attacks.  

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Do Not “scrap” Religious Studies in Kenyan Schools, Catholic Entity Petitions Government

The African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGo Africa, has initiated an online campaign to stop the push by atheists in Kenya to ban religious education.

Logo of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). Credit: ZCCB

“Do things that are not only legally correct, but ecologically correct”: Bishops in Zambia

Governments and policy makers across the globe should make policies that are not only legally but also environmentally correct, Catholic Bishops in Zambia have said. 

Pope Francis attends the concluding ceremony of the Prayer for Peace Meeting organized by the Sant’Egidio Community at Rome’s Colosseum, Oct. 7, 2021. Vatican Media.

All Religious Traditions Must Resist "temptation to fundamentalism": Pope Francis

He was speaking at an interreligious gathering in front of the Colosseum.

Members of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Religious Leaders in Nigeria Demand Arrest, Prosecution of Pastor's Killers

The Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) is calling on the security agents in the West African nation to ensure that those behind the Pastor Yohanna Shuaibu are arrested and charged.