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Volunteers at Caritas Freetown getting ready to serve victims of the Thursday, March 25 fire at Susan's Bay slum in Freetown in Sierra Leone. / Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Leads 21-Day Feeding Program for Thousands of Sierra Leone’s Fire Victims

Volunteers at Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone are leading teams of other charity organizations in reaching out to thousands of people who were left homeless when fire razed down a huge chunk of a slum outside the country’s capital in the Archdiocese of Freetown.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Leaders in South Sudan Want Ban on Public Worship Lifted During Easter

Leaders of the Catholic Church in South Sudan have reached out to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) requesting to be permitted to lead public worship during the Holy Week and Easter.

The Apostolic Administrator of Kenya's Nairobi Archdiocese, Bishop David Kamau / Archdiocese of Nairobi/Facebook

Amid Public Worship Suspension in Kenya, Bishop Urges Clerics to Foster “message of hope”

The Apostolic Administrator of Kenya’s Nairobi Archdiocese has encouraged members of the Clergy serving in the Metropolitan see to remains sources of encouragement and hope amid public worship suspension in sections of the East African nation.

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola during the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King Tuesday, March 30. / Catholic Diocese of Ndola Facebook

At Chrism Mass, Zambian Bishop Underscores Priests’ Mission to Foster Unity, Peace

At the celebration of the Chrism Mass in Zambia’s Diocese of Ndola, the Bishop has underscored the mission of Priests to foster unity among the people of God under their pastoral care, and to be sources of “peace and serenity.”  

Pope Francis holds an audience with members of the Pontifical Mexican College at the Vatican March 29, 2021. / Vatican Media /

Pope Francis Cautions Priests and Seminarians against Worldly Temptations

Pope Francis has told priests that “spiritual worldliness” is one of the worst temptations in clerical life.

Today, March 30, We Celebrate St. John Climacus

St. John Climacus was born around the year 525 in Palestine. As a youth, he excelled in his studies and was highly regarded by his peers for his knowledge. 

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare standing amidst South Sudanese Catholic women. / Courtesy Photo

In Q&A, Bishop-elect in South Sudan Shares about Planned Episcopal Ordination

Ahead of his episcopal ordination in May, the Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Diocese of Rumbek, Fr. Christian Carlassare, has shared with ACI Africa about the event of his ordination as a Bishop, including the significance of the proposed date and links with his predecessor, Bishop Caesar Mazzolari who passed on in July 2011.

The interior of the Holy Family Cathedral in Kenya's Nairobi Archdiocese. / Public Domain

Kenyan Catholic Activists, Religious Leaders Want Churches Opened for Easter Celebrations

Hope for this year’s Easter celebrations for a section of Kenyans crashed on Sunday, March 28 when their respective places of worship remained closed for a second time in adherence to the presidential directives of last Friday.

Bishop António Juliasse Ferreira Sandramo during the Palm Sunday Mass streamed live on Facebook. / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Expresses Solidarity with Victims of Mozambique’s Palma Attack

A Catholic Bishop has expressed solidarity with the people of God affected by Mozambique’s Palma attack that left dozens of foreigners and locals killed.

Fr. Giovanni Corselli of the Salesians of Don Bosco working in Madagascar / Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesians in Madagascar Battling Poverty, Illiteracy, Witchcraft in Evangelization Mission

Poverty, a retrogressive culture that does not support education as well as lack of exposure to the outside world are some of the factors that stand in the way of evangelization for members of the members of the Religious Institution of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) who are ministering in Ankililoaka, a region covered by the Catholic Diocese of Moramanga, Southwest of Madagascar.

Cardinal Robert Sarah offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for his 50th anniversary of priesthood in 2019. / Credit: Evandro Inetti/CNA. /

African Cardinal Asks Pope Francis to Reinstate Individual Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica

Robert Cardinal Sarah has asked Pope Francis to reinstate the celebration of private Masses at the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, after individual Masses were suspended earlier this month in favor of concelebration.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese at the beginning of the Palm Sunday Mass at the Holy Trinity Church in Maitama / Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama Facebok

Faith Leaders in Nigeria Cautioned against “religious pettiness, finger-pointing”

Faith leaders in Nigeria have been cautioned against the tendency to engage in inessential matters that create a sense of competitiveness between religions.

Today, March 29, We Celebrate St. Joseph of Arimathea

St. Joseph of Arimathea is a disciple of Jesus Christ who is mentioned in each account of the Passion narrative. After the Passion of the Lord, Joseph, a member of the Jewish council went to Pilate and asked for possession of the body of Jesus. After receiving this permission, Joseph had Jesus laid in a nearby tomb.

Archbishop Roger Houngbédji greets Benin's president of the constitutional council Joseph Djogbenou during the prayer service at Our Lady of Mercy Cathedral in Cotonou Archdiocese. / Courtesy Photo

Benin’s Religious Leaders Seek “peace that comes from God” Ahead of Presidential Election

Religious leaders in the West African nation of Benin are praying for peace ahead of the presidential election scheduled to take place on April 11.

Debris of shattered buildings from an explosion in Bata, Equatorial Guinea / Agenzia Fides

Catholic Nuns Serving in Equatorial Guinea Recount Explosion that Killed Dozens

Members of the Community of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Anne working among victims of a recent explosion that claimed more than 100 people in Bata in the Northwestern of Equatorial Guinea have recounted the horrific experience and how they sprang into action to assist those who had been affected.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021 / Vatican Media. /

Lift Your Eyes to the Cross in Holy Week: Pope Francis on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021. / Vatican Media /

At Angelus, Pope Francis Prays for Indonesian Catholics Injured in Palm Sunday Bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, pictured Sept. 26, 2016. / Tino Adi P/Shutterstock. /

Indonesian President Condemns Palm Sunday Bombing at Catholic Cathedral

Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned a bomb attack at a Catholic cathedral after a Palm Sunday Mass that killed two suspects and wounded at least 20 people.

Fr. Habila Daboh - Rector of Nigeria's Good Shepherd Seminary / Fr. Habila Daboh

Nigeria’s Seminarians “more determined to study for priesthood” Since Murder of Colleague

A year after gunmen attacked the Good Shepherd Catholic Major Seminary in Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Kaduna, kidnapped four Seminarians and later killed one of them, the Rector of the formation center says Seminarians there are “more determined than ever” in their journey to Priesthood.

Image of The COVID-19 vaccine / Courtesy Photo

Archbishop, Clergy, Religious in Zimbabwe’s Harare Archdiocese Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

The Archbishop, members of the Clergy, women Religious in Zimbabwe’s Archdiocese of Harare have been inoculated against COVID-19.