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Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN). Credit: Radio Notre Dame Kaya/Notre Dame TV

Insecurity “persists” in Burkina Faso, 30 Parishes “remain closed, inaccessible”: Bishops

Feb 20, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

The persistent insecurity in Burkina Faso has taken a heavy toll on the pastoral activities of the local churches, with some 30 Parishes remaining inaccessible, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have said.

Ghana Catholic Youths’ “Green Lent Initiative” to Foster Environmental Conservation

Feb 20, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

The Green Lent, an initiative of the Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) in Ghana, aims to foster the care of the environment during the Lenten Season, CYNESA Coordinator has told ACI Africa in an interview. 

Bishop Michael Odiwa of Kenya's Homa Bay Diocese during the world Day for the Sick. Credit: Sr. Irene Muhanga

Kenya Government’s “mess with” Health Insurance Fund Harming Healthcare Provision: Bishop

Feb 20, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

The current state of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), Kenya’s parastatal that provides universal health coverage (UHC) to citizens through a medical insurance cover, is harming the provision of healthcare to citizens of the East African nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Homa Bay Diocese has said.

An illustration of the topic of Thomas Aquinas and AI created by DALL-E, a text-to-image model native to ChatGPT. | Credit: DALL-E/OpenAI

What would Thomas Aquinas make of Artificial Intelligence?

Feb 20, 2024

By AC Wimmer

According to one German theologian, the Catholic saint and doctor of the Church can contribute to contemporary discussions about AI’s risks and role in society. 

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese. Credit: Ndola Diocese

Amid Life’s Challenges, “remain focussed on Christ”: Bishop in Zambia in Lenten Message

Feb 20, 2024

By Magdalene Kahiu

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese has called on Christians to nurture a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ and maintain their focus on Him amid “many” life’s challenges. 

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto hands Parish documents to Fr. Francisco Lumwangano. Credit: Rádio Ecclésia Caxito

Newly Installed Parish Priest in Angola Urged to Seek “everyone's cooperation”

Feb 20, 2024

By João Vissesse

The new Parish Priest of St. John the Baptist Cacuaco Parish Parish of Angola’s Caxito Diocese has been encouraged to seek the collaboration of “everyone” as he takes leadership of the Angolan Catholic Parish.

Today, February 20, we celebrate Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto

Feb 20, 2024

Francisco, 11, and Jacinta, 10, are the youngest non-martyrs to be canonized in the history of the Church. The brother and sister, who tended to their families’ sheep with their cousin Lucia Santo in the fields of Fatima, Portugal, witnessed the apparitions of Mary, now commonly known as Our Lady of Fatima.

Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) . Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Nigeria “stands on the brink of anarchy”: President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Feb 19, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria, is on the verge of disorder and lawlessness, with agents of destruction and death recording success as the government’s efforts to secure the safety of citizens proving “fruitless”, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has said.

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese. Credit: Nyeri Archdiocese

Cost of living in Kenya “totally unbearable”, Government Unconcerned: Catholic Archbishop

Feb 19, 2024

By Magdalene Kahiu

An average Kenyan is reeling under the high cost of living, the Archbishop of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese has said.

Pope Francis prays at his Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square on April 12, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis Appeals for Prayer “without getting tired” for Peace in Sudan, Mozambique

Feb 19, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

Pope Francis is appealing for spiritual solidarity with the people of God in Sudan and Mozambique following protracted violent conflicts in the two African nations.

Cardinal Protase Rugambwa at Santa Maria in Montesanto, Feb. 18 | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Tanzanian Cardinal Takes Possession of Rome’s "Church of the Artists", His Titular See

Feb 19, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

The Local Ordinary of Tanzania’s Tabora Archdiocese, Protase Cardinal Rugambwa, has taken possession of his titular see, Santa Maria in Montesanto. The church, also known as the “Church of the Artists”, is one of the twin churches that sits in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo, alongside the adjacent Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

An archaeological guide provided historical information and answered questions during a visit to the catacombs by delegates of the Synod on Synodality. Early Christians gathered within the catacombs for funeral rites and to honor the martyrs. Rome, Italy. Oct. 12, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Rome to Host 7th Day of the Catacombs, Opportunity to Reflect on Early Christians

Feb 19, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Rome's catacombs will be open to the public for free guided tours and moments of prayer and reflection on Saturday, March 2.

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese. Credit: Kaduna Archdiocese

Empower Nigeria’s Youths with “relevant skills”, Give Them Dignity: Catholic Archbishop

Feb 19, 2024

By Magdalene Kahiu

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese is advocating for youth empowerment in the West African nation.

Logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). Credit: JCTR

Zambia’s Rising Cost of Living “undermines dignity”, Jesuit Scholars Urge Support Programs

Feb 19, 2024

By Magdalene Kahiu

The rising cost of living in Zambia is undermining the dignity of the citizens of the Southern African nation, officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) based in the country’s capital, Lusaka, have said.

Today, February 19, we celebrate St. Conrad of Piacenza

Feb 19, 2024

Conrad was born into a noble family in northern Italy. He married the daughter of a nobleman, Euphrosyne.

Fr. Celestino Epalanga, executive secretary of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Angola and São Tomé. Credit: Vatican Media

Angola “moving towards an authoritarian state”, Catholic Official Says, Decries Repression

Feb 18, 2024

By João Vissesse

The democratic space in the Southern African nation of Angola is “gradually” shrinking, the Executive Secretary of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST) has said.

Archbishop Jean-Patrick Iba-Ba leads the Stations of the Cross on 15 February 2024. Credit: Archdiocese of Libreville

Lent “a time to change our mentalities, habits”: Catholic Archbishop in Gabon

Feb 18, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

The Lenten Season accords the people of God an opportunity to realize a transformation in their thoughts and day-to-day actions as they reach out to each other with love and compassion and renew their relationship with God, the Archbishop of Gabon’s Catholic Archdiocese of Libreville has said.

PMS Directors and PMC Coordinators from Kenyan Dioceses during their Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

Transfers, Secularism, Language among PMS Challenges in Kenya: Officials

Feb 18, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

Officials of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Kenya have highlighted some of the challenges their apostolate entails, and what they do to address them.

Mons. João de Ceita Nazaré, appointed Bishop for the Diocese of São Tomé and Príncipe on 9 January 2024. Credit: Diocese of São Tomé and Príncipe

Vatican-São Tomé and Príncipe Agreement an “instrument” of Dialogue: Catholic Bishop-elect

Feb 18, 2024

By João Vissesse

The agreement between the Vatican and  the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe signed on 15 August 2022, and ratified on January 30 is an opportunity for dialogue and exercise of freedom, the Bishop-elect  for the lone Episcopal See in the Central African island nation has said.

Pope Francis: Lent is a Time to "encounter wild beasts and angels"

Feb 18, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

On the first Sunday of Lent, Pope Francis focused his Angelus address on the temptation of Jesus in the desert.