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Maurice Cardinal Piat of Port Louis Diocese in Mauritius. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

Church Vitality “depends on your participation”: Mauritian Cardinal in Message for Synod

The need for the people of God in Mauritius to fully participate in the upcoming Synod on Synodality has been emphasized by the Bishop of Mauritius’ Port-Louis Diocese.

Today, October 8, We Celebrate St.Thais

Saint Thais was a penitent woman of Egypt in the fourth century. While little is known of her life, she was a sinful woman converted by a monk, perhaps Paphnutius of Thebes, who then lived three years in a narrow cell in most profound penitence.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017./ Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Backs South Africa, India Proposal to Suspend COVID-19 Vaccine Production Barriers

The Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, has maintained the support of the Vatican entity of a call to waive barriers in the production of COVID-19 vaccines as proposed by South Africa and India.

Msgr. Dieudonné Datonou (left) Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and Bishop-elect Hassa Florent Koné of Mali's San Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

New Catholic Bishop for Mali’s San Diocese, Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi Appointed

Pope Francis has, in his latest appointments, named a new Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of San in the West African nation of Mali and his representative in Burundi. 

Map of Nigeria. Credit: Public domain

Clamor for Secession in Nigeria “a problem of bad governance”: Christian Leaders

The push for secession from a section of Nigerians is a manifestation of “bad governance”, representatives of Christian leaders in the West African country have said.

Patriarch Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, and UNESCO’s Audrey Azoulay at Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University, Oct. 7, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Launches Ecology, Environment Degree Course at Pontifical Lateran University

The course was created with the Ecumenical Patriarch’s cooperation.

A stained-glass window by Lucien Bégule depicting St. Irenaeus at the Church of St, Irenaeus in Lyon, France. Gérald Gambier via Wikimedia (Public Domain).

Pope Francis to Declare St. Irenaeus a Doctor of the Church with Title "Doctor of Unity"

St. Irenaeus is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

Some members of the IMBISA Standing Committee. Credit: Manzini Diocese

Regional Bishops Pay “solidarity, pastoral visit” to Eswatini after Pro-democracy Protests

Some three months after police in the Kingdom of Eswatini violently suppressed pro-democracy protests, a delegation from the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has started on a five-day “solidarity and pastoral visit” to the country.

Today, October 7, We Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion. 

Officials of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and some of the awardees. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Four Catholic School Teachers in Kenya among Tutors Awarded for Exemplary Work

Four Catholic School teachers in Kenya are among 31 tutors who have been recognized by their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), for their exemplary work in year 2020. 

Logo of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo. Credit: CENI

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Yet to “reach a consensus” Over Electoral Commission Head

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are yet to reach a consensus over the person to head the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), a Catholic Bishop has said.

Teachers in Maputo, Mozambique, attended technical training as part of collaborative effort. Credit: Salesian Missions

On World Teachers’ Day, Salesians Highlight Programs that Support Teachers in Africa

On the annual World Teachers’ Day marked October 5, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted programs supporting teachers around the globe including Africa.

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy Oct. 4, 2016. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. null

Pope Creates New Vatican Foundation for Catholic Hospitals Facing Financial Difficulties

The foundation for Catholic healthcare will support institutions worldwide.

Pope Francis prays with French bishops before his general audience, Oct. 6, 2021, in the wake of a devastating abuse report. Vatican Media.

"This is a moment of shame": Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow at French Abuse Report

The report estimated that 216,000 children were abused by priests and religious over 70 years.

Today, October 6, We Celebrate St. Bruno, founder

On Oct. 6, the Catholic Church commemorates Saint Bruno of Cologne, founder of the Carthusian order of monks who remain notable for their strictly traditional and austere rule of contemplative life.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga during the press conference in CAR's capital Bangui 5 October 2021. Credit: Archdiocese of Bangui

Vatican Did Not Give Funds “to help victims of mutinies”, Cardinal in CAR Faults Report

Vatican has never sent funds intended to help victims of the 1996/1997 mutinies in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Archbishop of Bangui has sought to clarify, faulting a newspaper report.

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria with President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Church Entity Decries Nigerian President’s Silence on Killings of Christians

Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has blamed the persistent attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen against innocent Christians in Nigeria on the laxity by the country’s head of state to act to stop the violence.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Flood Victims in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese with Donation

Pope Francis has reached out to the people of God affected by floods in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Malakal with a donation of US$75,000.00.

A screenshot of part of the proceedings at the Subukia National Marian Shrine in Kenya's Ctholic Diocese of Nakuru on Saturday, October 2. Credit: Capuchin Tv

Catholic Bishop in Kenya Invites Prayer for “servant leaders” Ahead of Country’s Elections

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Marsabit Diocese has urged the people of God in Kenya to start praying to get hardworking leaders who will have the people’s interests at heart as campaigns toward August 2022 general elections gain momentum.