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Catholic Charity Partners with South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese to Re-Settle Refugees

The Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is partnering with South Africa’s Catholic Archdiocese of Durban to resettle refugees and asylum seekers in the Ecclesiastical Province, an initiative that seeks to restore “lost dignity, faith and hope” of beneficiaries.

Pope Francis gives an Angelus address from the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis to Lead Sunday Angelus from Hospital After Intestinal Surgery

Pope Francis will lead the Angelus from his hospital room on Sunday as he recovers from intestinal surgery, the Vatican said.

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Dozens in South Sudan Undergo Free Cleft Lip Surgery at Catholic Health Facility

At least 50 South Sudanese living with cleft lips are expected to undergo surgery at Mary Help Hospital of the Catholic Diocese of Wau.

Today, Friday, July 9, We Celebrate 120 Martyrs of China

On July 9 the Church celebrates the feast of the 120 Martyrs of China. Religious persecution has a long history in China, especially persecution of Christians, thousands of whom have died for their faith in the last millennium.  

Students of Loreto Girls' Secondary School in the Diocese of Rumbek, South Sudan, holding South Sudan Flag on 10th anniversary of independence on 9 July 2021/ Credit: Sr. Orla Treacy, Loreto Sisters, Rumbek /

After 10 Years of Self Rule, “there is little to celebrate”: Faith Leaders in South Sudan

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, forums of faith leaders in the East-Central African nation have, in separate statements, lamented the many years of civil strife, the country’s Council of churches saying “there is little to celebrate.”

Officials of Caritas Aliwal in South Africa led by Bishop Joseph Kizito pose for a photo with some immigrant children in the Catholic Diocese/Credit: Bishop Joseph Kizito/ Caritas Aliwal North / Bishop Joseph Kizito/ Caritas Aliwal North

Relief as Diocese’s Five-Year Commitment to Stateless Children in South Africa Bears Fruit

The journey of South Africa’s Aliwal Diocese with child immigrants from neighboring Kingdom of Lesotho has been one of blood, sweat and tears.

Bethel High School in Nigeria's Kaduna State where around 140 students and staff were abducted on 5 July 2021/Credit: Public Domain / Public Domain

UK-Based Religious Entity Faults Closure of Christian Schools in Nigeria amid Abductions

The leadership of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization that works in areas experiencing religious persecution, has faulted closure of schools in Nigeria, most of them Christian educational facilities in the wake of attacks and abductions that target learning institutions in Kaduna State, in Northern Nigeria.

Participants in a Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) forum in Ethiopia's Tigray region/Credit: SCIAF / SCIAF

Scottish Catholic Charity Launches Aid Appeal for the Needy in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

A Scottish Catholic charity organization has launched an appeal for aid to reach out to millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia’s Tigray region following the protracted violent conflict between the federal and regional governments.

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Pope Francis Has Further Health Scans in Hospital after Running a Fever

Pope Francis underwent a CT scan of his chest and abdomen on Thursday morning after running a fever during his hospitalization, according to the Vatican.

A Catholic Nun getting a COVID-19 inoculation at a medical center in Zimbabwe. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) /

Catholic Charity Facilitates PPE Supplies in Zimbabwe amid Coronavirus Challenges

Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has facilitated the provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to more than 1200 pastoral workers in Zimbabwe.

Today, July 8, We Celebrate Sts. Aquila and Priscilla

Saints Aquila and Priscilla were a Jewish couple from Rome who had been exiled to Corinth, and were friends of St. Paul in the first century. They hosted St. Paul on his visit to that city and were probably converted by him. They are mentioned a few times in the New Testament in glowing terms by their friend Paul, who calls them "my helpers in Christ, who have for my life laid down their own necks" (Romans 16:3-4).

Fr. Stephano Musomba, OSB (left) and Fr. Henry Mchamungu (right) who have been appointed to serve as Auxiliary Bishops in the Catholic Archdiocese of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania /Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Pope Francis Appoints Two Auxiliary Bishops for Tanzania’s Dar-es-Salaam Archdiocese

Pope Francis has, on Wednesday, July 7, appointed two Auxiliary Bishops for Tanzania’s Dar-es-Salaam Archdiocese. 

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Catholic Bishop in Eswatini Prays for Victims of Protests, Says Violence Unacceptable

The Catholic Bishop of Eswatini’s Manzini Diocese is offering prayers for the repose of souls of scores that have lost their lives in the violence that was sparked by pro-democracy protests in the Southern African country.

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

Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Decries Nepotism in Job Recruitment Locally, Nationally

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wau in South Sudan has expressed concerns about the practice of nepotism in job recruitment at the local and national level in the East-Central African nation.

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UK-Based Religious Entity Calls for Justice for Christian Advocate Attacked in Sudan

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, which specializes in religious freedom all over the world, is calling for a speedy investigation into the attack on a Christian activist in Sudan by unknown assailants.

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Pope Francis Grateful For Prayers As He Recovers From Intestinal Surgery

Pope Francis is grateful for prayers as he recovers in hospital from intestinal surgery, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Sea Sunday 2021: Vatican calls for dignified conditions for maritime workers

In a message for Sea Sunday, a Vatican cardinal appealed to the international community to ensure that those who work at sea are treated with full human dignity.

Today, July 7, We Celebrate St. Pope Benedict XI

Nicholas Boccasini was born at Treviso, Italy, in 1240. Hhe entered the Dominican Order at the age of 14. After 14 years of study, he became lector of theology, an office he filled for several years.

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada abducted last week in Nigeria's Maiduguri Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Prayer Appeal for Quick, Safe Release of Priest Kidnapped in Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese

Prayers are being sought in Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese for the speedy and safe release of Fr. Elijah Juma Wada who was abducted last week.

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Bishops in Nine African Countries Deplore Human Rights Violations amid Eswatini Protests

Catholic Bishops in nine Southern African countries have, in a statement, condemned the rise in arbitrary executions, indiscriminate arrests, abductions and a myriad of other human rights violations amid ongoing protests in Eswatini.