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Pope Francis meets participants in the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General on May 5, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Encourages Religious Orders to "make their synodal journey"

May 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope spoke off the cuff to members of the International Union of Superiors General.

Pope Francis is pictured outside the Casa Santa Marta on July 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Merges Four Foundations into New Vatican Hospitality Body

May 5, 2022

By CNA Staff

A papal decree, known as a chirograph, united the foundations under a new body known as the Domus Vaticanae.

Today, May 5, We Celebrate St. Hilary of Arles

May 5, 2022

On May 5, Catholics celebrate Saint Hilary of Arles, a fifth-century bishop who gave up wealth and privilege in favor of austerity and sacrifice for the sake of the Church.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama addressing participants during the plenary assembly of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA). Credit: CSN

Leaders in West Africa “must use political power” for Good Governance: RECOWA President

May 4, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

The President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), the common forum of the Catholic Bishops from 16 West African countries, has called on political leaders in the African region to use their authority to foster good governance, and for the “common good”.

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Make Schools in Kenya Drug Free for Learners “to excel well”: Catholic Bishop

May 4, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

The Catholic Bishop at the helm of the Commission for Education and Religious Education (CERE) in Kenya has called upon learners and the management of schools in the East African country to use all means possible to eradicate drugs from learning institutions in order to improve their academic performance.

Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of South Africa's Klerksdorp Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Africa “not failed State, still intact”, Catholic Bishop Responds to Online Critics

May 4, 2022

By Sheila Pires

South Africa should not be categorized among countries that have disintegrated to the extent that their sovereign governments no longer function as required, a Catholic Bishop in the country said in a recent interview with ACI Africa. 

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Diocese in Eswatini Conducting Home Visits to Boost Participation in Synod

May 4, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

The team tasked with facilitating participation in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality in Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini is conducting home visits to the people of God in the Diocese to encourage conversations on the Synod.

Pope Francis’ general audience in St. Peter’s Square, May 4, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Apologizes for Not Leaving His Chair at Wednesday Audience

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

‘Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury,’ the pope said.

Sokorey and her baby boy being discharged from Dollow Referral Health Centre. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Identifies African Nation with “one of highest maternal mortality rates”

May 4, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

The leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, has said that Somalia, a country in the Horn of Africa, is among top countries with more women dying from births or pregnancy complications in the world.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 4, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Faith Not Something Only "for old people": Pope Francis

May 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope was speaking at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Today, May 4, We Celebrate St. Pelagia

May 4, 2022

Pelagia (originally Margarita) was born as the beautiful daughter of pagan parents, and was said to have caught the eye of the Emperor Diocletian's son. 

Today, May 4, We Celebrate English Carthusian Martyrs

May 4, 2022

These 18 Carthusian monks were put to death in England under King Henry VIII between 1535-1540 for maintaining their allegiance to the Pope.

Cover page of the book titled, “Embrace difference: The journey of an African mother with her autistic son”. Credit: Courtesy Photo

In New Book, Author Shares Her “journey as African mother, living with autistic child”

May 3, 2022

By Sheila Pires

The recently published book, “Embrace difference: The journey of an African mother with her autistic son”, is about personal experiences of living with a child with autism, the author of the 10-chapter book told ACI Africa in a recent interview.

Fr. Innocent Akum Wefon pushing a wheelbarrow in his kitchen garden at St. Raphael Archangel Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Douala. Credit: 3650 Plastics At 10

Inside Catholic Priest’s Kitchen Garden of Plastics Cleaning Streets in Cameroon

May 3, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Fr. Innocent Akum Wefon’s kitchen garden is an alluring collection of bottles of different sizes and colors that enclose spaces in which the Catholic Priest has planted various kinds of vegetables and fruits.

Fr. Banyuzukwabo Laurianus Tuyisabe explains contents of his books on Immigration to Pope Francis on February 26. Credit: Fr. Banyuzukwabo Laurianus Tuyisabe

Congolese Priest’s New Books Detail Religious Leaders’ Role in Illegal Immigration

May 3, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Religious leaders are using their influence to entice young people into travelling abroad in search of “greener pastures” unaware of the dangers of illegal immigration, a Congolese Catholic Priest has said in his two books that detail the experiences of African migrants.

Screengrab of Fr. Bonginkosi Dennis Xulu making a present at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Credit: International Center for Law and Religion Studies Youtube Channel

In New Book, South African Catholic Priest Advocates for “Ubuntu, justice under the tree”

May 3, 2022

By Sheila Pires

A Catholic Priest in South Africa is, in his new book, advocating for traditional methods of resolving conflicts in what he has described as “justice under the tree”.

Pope Francis with a statue of the Virgin and Child. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Prays That Young People Will Follow Mary’s Example

May 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘You young people, who want to build something new, a better world, follow her example, take risks,’ the pope urged.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Archbishop Urges Youth to Promote “peace, togetherness” in South Sudanese State

May 3, 2022

By Patrick Juma Wani

The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has urged young people in the country’s Eastern Equatoria State to promote peace and togetherness amid reported cases of violent conflicts. 

Today, May 3, We Celebrate Sts. Philip and James the Less, Apostles

May 3, 2022

Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee and was one of the 12 Apostles that Jesus called.

Screengrab of Archbishop Hubertus van Megen during the Diamond Jubilee of the Brothers of St. Joseph, Saturday, 30 April 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

75 Years of Brothers of St. Joseph in Kenya Occasion to “look back at beginnings”: Nuncio

May 2, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

The Diamond Jubilee of the Brothers of St. Joseph, the first indigenous Religious Congregation of men in Kenya that is under the Archdiocese of Nyeri, provides an occasion to look back at the humble beginnings of the Catholic institution whose cardinal obligation is to “respond to the needy and oppressed people”, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya said.