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Martyred by the Nazis, Dutch St. Titus Brandsma was a journalist who gave his life so that the truths of the faith would not be silenced. / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

World Press Freedom: The Prayer of a Holy Journalist Before Dying for Freedom of Catholic Press

May 3, 2024

By Abel Camasca

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every May 3, drawing attention to the importance of free and independent news media.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (left) and Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior (right) during the 25 April 2024 press conference. Credit: ACI Africa

Church in Africa Acts on Synod on Synodality Call to “theological, pastoral discernment” on Polygamy, Creates Commission

May 3, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has responded to the call of the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discern pastoral care towards persons in polygamous unions.

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

May 3, 2024

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

President William Ruto (right) and the Vice Chancellor of Tangaza University (TU), Fr. Prof. Patrick Mwania holding the logo of the institution. Credit: State House Kenya/Institute of Social Communication - Tangaza University

Jointly Owned Catholic University in Kenya Granted Charter, Urged to “promote access to affordable, quality education”

May 2, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

Tangaza University (TU), the Kenya-based institution of higher learning that is jointly owned by some 22 Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (ICLSAL), has become a fully fledged university, after Kenya’s President, William Ruto, granted it the Charter on Thursday, May 2. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo confirmed President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Clergy, Laity in DR Congo Condemn Judicial Enquiry against Cardinal Ambongo as “shameful initiative”

May 2, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

The move to subject Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a judicial enquiry is a “shameful initiative”, the Clergy and Laity in the Central African nation have said. 

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Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Directs Four-day “organized prayer” for Safety of Missing Priest, Driver

May 2, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura Yambio (CDTY) has directed Parishes and other institutions in his Episcopal See to have “organized prayer” for four days for the intention of the safety of Fr. Luke Yugue and his driver, Michael Gbeko.

Archbishop Luzizila Kiala of Malanje Archdiocese in Angola. Credit: Malanje Archdiocese

Let’s “defend, love our Church with pride”: Catholic Archbishop in Angola

May 2, 2024

By João Vissesse

Archbishop Luzizila Kiala of the Catholic Archdiocese of Malanje in Angola has called upon the people of God in his Metropolitan See to speak favourably of the Catholic Church as members, loving her “with pride”.

Pope Francis meets with 300 priests taking part in the World Meeting of Parish Priests on May 2, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

The Church Could Not Go on Without You: Pope Francis to World’s Parish Priests

May 2, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis published a letter on Thursday addressed to all parish priests in the world with his advice for building a missionary Church.

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Caxito. Credit: Caxito Diocese

Catholic Bishop in Angola Advocates for Parishes Magazines to Enlighten Local Communities

May 2, 2024

By João Vissesse

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Caxito is advocating for Parish-based magazines, aimed at enlightening community members on current affairs. 

Today, May 2, We Celebrate St. Athanasius, doctor of the Church

May 2, 2024

Catholics honor St. Athanasius on May 2. The fourth century bishop is known as “the father of orthodoxy” for his absolute dedication to the doctrine of Christ's divinity.

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on 15 November 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses “spiritual closeness” to Kenyans as Flash Floods Cause Dozens of Deaths, Widespread Destruction

May 1, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

Pope Francis is in spiritual solidarity with the people of God in Kenya, where heavy rainfall has caused flash floods, dozens of deaths, and widespread destruction of property.

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International Labor Day: Catholic Bishop in Cameroon Recognizes Pastoral Agents’ “hard work, sacrifices”

May 1, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

On the occasion of the annual celebration of the International Labor Day commemorated May 1, Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi of Cameroon’s Buea Diocese has recognized with “gratitude and appreciation” the sacrificial efforts pastoral workers make in serving the people of God in his Episcopal See. 

Newly initiated Members of the Knights of St. John International of Nigeria's Katsina Diocese in a group photograph with Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa. Credit: Catholic Diocese of katsina

We’ll Participate in “alleviating the challenges” Christians Face: Knights Official in Katsina Catholic Diocese, Nigeria

May 1, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

An official of the Knights of St. John’s International (KSJI) in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Katsina has pledged to have members of the Roman Catholic Union guided by the adage “In unity there is strength” in the Nigerian Diocese participate in addressing the challenges the people of God face.

Pope Francis delivers a message during his general audience on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

We Need to "welcome God into our daily lives" and Pray for "real peace": Pope Francis

May 1, 2024

By Kristina Millare

On Wednesday, Pope Francis addressed an international audience in the Paul VI Hall and reiterated the importance of faith in the Christian life.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square gathered for his weekly general audience on April 3, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

Formation of Women, Men Religious and Seminarians is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for the Month of May

May 1, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of May is for the formation of men and women religious and for seminarians. 

Icon of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus. / Credit: Courtesy of Knights of Columbus

The Story Behind the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

May 1, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

“There could not be a better protector to help you penetrate the spirit of the Gospel into your life,” Pope Pius XII said of Jesus’ earthly father.

Today, May 1, is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

May 1, 2024

St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19—Joseph, the Husband of Mary. The second is May 1—Joseph, the Worker.

Late Fr. Paul Tatu Mothobi. Credit: SACBC

Another Religious Priest Shot Dead in South Africa, Southern African Catholic Bishops Decry “pandemic” of Murder

Apr 30, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

Fr. Paul Tatu Mothobi, a member the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (CSS/ Stigmatines) and former Media and Communications Officer of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), is the latest victim of murder in South Africa.

Privileged “to be an integral part” of Catholic Church Growth in South Sudan: Spiritan Superior General on Anniversary

Apr 30, 2024

By ACI Africa Staff

It is a “privilege” for members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers) to be part of the South Sudan mission as the people of God in the world’s newest country embrace and grow in Christian faith, the Superior General of the 321-year-old Religious and Missionary Order has said.

Cardinal Ambongo of DR Congo Facing Judicial Enquiry, Catholic Bishops “following this situation closely”, Call for Calm

Apr 30, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are “following closely” a judicial enquiry into allegations of “seditious behavior” against the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Kinshasa Archdiocese, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo.