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Today, July 15, We Celebrate St. Bonaventure

Today, July 15, marks the feast day of St. Bonaventure, who is called “The Seraphic Doctor” of the Church. St. Bonaventure is known for his leadership of the Franciscans and his great intellectual contributions to theology and philosophy.

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Call for Shift from Violence Mindset to Dialogue

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed concern over the growing tendency of South Africans to resort to violence whenever they need any social, political or economic issue addressed by those in leadership.

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UK-Based Religious Entity Lauds UN Directives to End Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has welcomed the adoption of a number of resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) aimed at ending human rights abuses that have been widely reported in Ethiopia.

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Newly Appointed “Archbishop ad personam” in Botswana Says Elevation “was a surprise”

The Local Ordinary of Botswana’s Gaborone Diocese has said his last week’s elevation to the rank of an Archbishop “was a surprise.”

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Cardinal in DRC against Bill Restricting Presidency to People with Both Congolese Parents

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has expressed his opposition to a bill that seeks to limit presidential candidates to those who have two Congolese parents.

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican July 14 after 11 days in hospital following colon surgery./ Pablo Esparza/CNA. /

Pope Francis Discharged from Hospital, Returns to Vatican Residence after Surgery

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on Wednesday after spending 11 days in a Rome hospital to recover from colon surgery.

Today, July 14, We Celebrate St. Kateri Tekakwitha

On July 14, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized. Known as the "Lily of the Mohawks," Kateri lived a life of holiness and virtue, despite obstacles and opposition within her tribe.

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada of Nigeria's Maiduguri Diocese who escaped from his abductors 8 July 2021/Credit: St. Paul Catholic Buma Parish / St. Paul Catholic Buma Parish

Nigerian Catholic Priest Who Escaped Nine-day Captivity “responding well to medication”

The member of the Clergy of Maiduguri Diocese who had been abducted June 30 and freed nine days later is “generally responding well to medication,” a Clergy of the Nigerian Diocese has told ACI Africa in an interview.

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South Africa’s Riots Spark People’s Deep-seated Anger: Catholic Peace Entity

The ongoing violence in South Africa that started with riots following the jailing of the country’s former President Jacob Zuma has very little to do with the former President, the leadership of an international Catholic peace entity has told ACI Africa, adding that people are expelling their anger after many years of suffering.

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Prayer Appeal for Catholic Nun Kidnapped in DR Congo on Her Way to the Market

Members of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Resurrection who are working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have asked for prayers for one of their members who has been missing for five days and is feared to have been kidnapped.

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Christian Human Rights Body Calls for Urgent Intervention in Nigeria’s Attacks, Abductions

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has condemned the rise in attacks and abductions in Nigeria and called on authorities in the West Africa country to act fast to stop the attacks and rescue those who have already been kidnapped.

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Late Congolese Cardinal was "a man of justice, peace, and unity": Pope Francis

Pope Francis paid tribute on Tuesday to the late Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, describing him as “a man of justice, peace, and unity.”

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Faith Leaders Condemn South Africa’s Violence, Say “this is totally unacceptable”

The leadership of KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) has, in a statement, condemned the ongoing violence in the South African Province saying the destruction of property witnessed during protests is “totally unacceptable.”

Pope Francis blesses a child in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 13, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Visits Children on Oncology Ward of Rome Hospital

Pope Francis on Tuesday met with children on the oncology ward of the Rome hospital where he is recovering after colon surgery.

Pope Francis greets staff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 11, 2021/ Vatican Media /

Vatican: Pope Francis ‘continuing planned treatment’ on 10th Day in Hospital

On the pope’s 10th day in the hospital following intestinal surgery, the Vatican said that Pope Francis’ ongoing medical treatment would allow him to “return to the Vatican as soon as possible.”

Today, July 13, We Celebrate St. Henry II

On July 13, the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of St. Henry II, a German king who led and defended Europe's Holy Roman Empire at the beginning of the first millennium.

Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya of the Democratic Republic of Congo who died 11 July 2021 aged 81/ Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa /

Late Congolese Cardinal Eulogized as a Champion of Justice, Civil Rights for Marginalized

Catholic Church leaders and government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have eulogized the Archbishop emeritus of Kinshasa, Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya, as a champion of justice and civil rights of the marginalized in the Central African nation and beyond.

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, the Franciscan religious sister abducted in Mali in February 2017. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) /

Colombian Nun Abducted in Mali Appeals for “a great deal of prayers” in Latest Message

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, a Colombian Catholic Nun who has remained in captivity for the last four years following her abduction in Mali has sent a message to her family in which she appeals for hearty prayers for her safe release.

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Ugandan Youth Urged to Engage Digital Media to Share Encouraging Messages amid COVID-19

A youth leader in Uganda has called on young people in the East African nation to engage digital media to share “messages of hope and encouragement” among themselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Catholic Bishop in Kenya Hails Irish-founded Missionary Society for "triple presence"

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya's Nakuru Diocese, Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba, has hailed members of St. Patrick's Missionary Society (SPS) who have ministered in the Kenyan Episcopal See for their instrumental role in evangelization through what he termed “triple presence.”