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“I pray for their redemption”, Catholic Girl Tortured by Boko Haram in Nigeria Says

Nov 20, 2022

By ACI Africa Staff

A Nigerian Catholic girl who was forced to watch as his father was beheaded, after which she was captured and tortured for days has forgiven his tormentors, saying that she prays for the militants’ redemption.

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

Moral Decay, Poverty, Unemployment among Concerns Zambia’s Catholic Bishops Want Addressed

Nov 20, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

Moral decay, high poverty levels, and unemployment in Zambia are among issues of national concern that the Catholic Bishops in the Southern African nation want addressed.

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Cautions Youth against “being misled to do bad things”

Nov 20, 2022

By Patrick Juma Wani

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese has cautioned young people in the East-Central African nation against “being misled” to engage in bad behavior. 

Logo National Peace Committee (NPC) in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

National Peace Committee Officials in Nigeria Concerned about Violent Election Campaigns

Nov 20, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

Members of the  National Peace Committee (NPC) in Nigeria who include representatives of the Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have raised concern over violent election campaigns ahead of the country’s February 2023 polls.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of Asti, in northern Italy, for the Solemnity of Christ the King on Nov. 20, 2022. | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Through the Paradox of the Cross, Jesus "embraced our death"

Nov 20, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the Solemnity of Christ the King, Pope Francis said Jesus, through his death on the cross, opened his arms to embrace all people and everything about them, including their death, pain, and weakness.

A three-day conference Nov. 16–18, 2022, highlighted the Congregation of Propaganda Fide’s missionary work around the world, spanning four centuries. | Credit: EWTN Nightly News

Vatican Conference Examines History of 400-year-old Congregation of Propaganda Fide

Nov 20, 2022

By Leonardo Colon

The Congregation of Propaganda Fide — a Vatican department dedicated to the Church’s missionary activity — is celebrating its 400th anniversary. A three-day conference at the Vatican this week sought to examine the centuries-long history of this department, including its global impact today.

Today, November 20, We Celebrate St. Bernward

Nov 20, 2022

Saint Bernward served as the thirteenth Bishop of Hildesheim, Germany during the middle of the tenth century. His grandfather was Athelbero, Count Palatine of Saxony. After having lost his parents, Bernward was sent to live with his uncle Volkmar, who was the Bishop of Utrecht. 

Bishop Christian Carlassare  of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Rumbek Diocese

Synod on Synodality Call to Heal “wounds of violence, division”: Bishop in South Sudan

Nov 19, 2022

By Patrick Juma Wani

The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality  is a call to heal “wounds of violence and division” that the people of God in South Sudan have experiences, the Bishop of the country’s Rumbek Diocese has said. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Cerdit: CEM

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique Call for Joint Effort in Addressing Insecurity “misfortune”

Nov 19, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have cautioned against the sole reliance on the military in addressing the “misfortune” of insecurity in the Southern African nation, and called for joint efforts.

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Provide Holistic Education, Orienting Learners “to be human”: Malawian Catholic Bishop

Nov 19, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

The Catholic Bishop of Dedza Diocese in Malawi is calling on all institutions of learning to provide holistic education, the kind that orients learners in human and Christian formation, fostering the spirit of responsibility. 

Mons. Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta speaking to journalists at Juba International Airport on Thursday, November 17. Credit: Radio Bakhita

“Rejoice because we have suffered enough”: Bishop-elect in South Sudan to Citizens

Nov 19, 2022

By Patrick Juma Wani

The Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Torit has called on the people of God in the East-Central African nation to look beyond the challenges they have experienced in the past as a result of protracted violent conflict and to cheer up. 

Pope Francis has lunch with his second cousin Carla Rabezzana at her home in Portacomaro, Italy on Nov. 19, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Travels to Northern Italy to Share a Special Meal with his Cousins

Nov 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis traveled to northern Italy on Saturday to celebrate the 90th birthday of his second cousin Carla Rabezzana with his Italian relatives.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, pictured on Feb. 18, 2021. | Yung Chi Wai Derek/Shutterstock.

Verdict in Cardinal Zen’s Trial Expected on Friday

Nov 19, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Days after Cardinal Joseph Zen’s defense lawyer made his closing arguments in the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court, one of the pro-democracy advocates on trial with Zen was arrested under Hong Kong’s national security law.

Today, November 19, We Celebrate St. Raphael Kalinowski

Nov 19, 2022

Saint Raphael was born  in 1835 as Joseph, son of Andrew and Josepha Kalinowski in present day Lithuania. Saint Raphael felt a call to the priesthood early in his life, but decided to complete his education. He studied zoology, chemistry, agriculture, and apiculture at the Institute of Agronomy in Hory Horki, Russia, and at the Academy of Military Engineering in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Rome-based Catholic Development Entity Unveils African Countries Marked for 2023 Funding

Nov 18, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Liberia, Kenya, and Nigeria are the five African countries that Rome-based Harambee Africa International (HAI) has marked for support through funding of various development projects next year.

Bishop Bruno Ateba of the Catholic Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo in Cameroon. Credit: ACN

Catholic Bishop Decries “reign of terror” in Cameroon, Says “local population powerless”

Nov 18, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo in Cameroon has decried rising violence in the Central African country, noting that the people, specifically in the country’s northernmost region, are experiencing the “reign of terror”.

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Rwanda and Burundi (ACOREB). Credit: CEPR

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda, Burundi Express Solidarity with the Congolese amid Insecurity

Nov 18, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic Bishops in Rwanda and Burundi have expressed their “solidarity and spiritual closeness” with the people of God in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid reports of persistent violent conflicts and deaths. 

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Address Christian Persecution Lest “Nigeria is overrun as is case of Afghanistan”: Bishop

Nov 18, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese has pleaded with lawmakers in the United Kingdom (UK) to push their government and other nations to help address the persecution of Christians in the West African nation lest it is overrun by terrorists.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrating Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Nov. 17, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

"We raise our prayers to God for peace in Ukraine": Vatican Secretary of State

Nov 18, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Pietro Parolin offered Mass for peace in Ukraine on Thursday in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.

Fr. Peter Konteh (seated), poses for a photo session with beneficiaries of Desert Flower Foundation- Sierra Leone on the celebrations of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Genital Mutilation on February 6. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Secret FGM Society Victim Beats Trauma, Joins Catholic Fight for Girls’ Rights in S. Leone

Nov 18, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Wuyatta Musu Genda had just completed her secondary education at the age of sixteen when she gave in to pressure and went for “the cut”.