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Today, January 19, We Celebrate St. Canutus, King of Denmark

Jan 19, 2023

Saint Canutus, King of Denmark,  succeeded his elder brother Harold on the throne of Denmark in the year 1080. He began his reign by a successful war against the enemies of the state, and by planting the faith in the conquered provinces.

Pope Francis prays at the general audience, Oct. 19, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

“Join me in praying for Fr. Isaac Achi,” Pope Francis’ Appeal for Murdered Nigerian Priest

Jan 18, 2023

By Magdalene Kahiu

Pope Francis has invoked prayers for the soul of Fr. Isaac Achi, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who was murdered on Sunday, January 15 following an attack on Sts. Peter and Paul Kaffin Koro Parish of Minna Diocese in Nigeria. 

Screengrab from the offending social media video. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Extreme brutality”: Catholic Peace Entity on Burning of Bodies in Mozambique

Jan 18, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

The Catholic humanitarian foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has described a video that depicts soldiers burning bodies in Mozambique as an extreme level of brutality.

Archbishop Dabula Anthony Mpako. Credit: SACBC

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urged to Endeavor to “advance” Evangelization Mission

Jan 18, 2023

By Silas Isenjia

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) gathering for their Plenary Assembly at St. John Vianney National Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa have been urged to endeavor to “advance the mission of evangelization” in their deliberations.

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Nigeria (CMSN) with some Catholic Bishops. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Major Superiors in Nigeria Urge State to “be proactive in ameliorating sufferings"

Jan 18, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Nigeria (CMSN) have called on the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to “be proactive” in addressing to the challenges of the people of God in the West African country and secure the nation.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 18, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Jesus is "the unsurpassed model of evangelization"

Jan 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis invited Christians on Wednesday to pray for the grace to have a “pastoral heart” like Jesus that “suffers and takes risks” out of love for others.

Some of the 60 people, predominantly teen mothers, who completed a vocational training programme at Cyanika TVET school. Their training was sponsored by a Major Donor (private donor) through Trócaire and Duterimbere ONG. Credit: Trócaire

Teen Mothers in Rwandan Diocese Gain Vocational Skills in Catholic Entity's Initiative

Jan 18, 2023

By Silas Isenjia

The overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, is empowering teen mothers with vocational skills in Rwanda’s Gikongoro Diocese.

Mrs Suad Thabet. Credit: CSW

Acquittal of Egyptian Men who Assaulted Christian Woman Angers Christian Foundation

Jan 18, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

The human rights foundation, Christians Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has expressed disgruntlement over the acquittal of three men who were accused of attacking, beating, and stripping an elderly Christian woman in Egypt.

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Report: Christian Persecution at its Highest Point in 30 years

Jan 18, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The persecution of Christians is at its highest point in three decades, according to the latest report from advocacy group Open Doors.

Fr. Isaac Achi. Credit: Fr Ebube and CYON of SS Peter & Paul.

Nigeria Allows “violence to metastasize, take root”: Christian Entity after Priest Murder

Jan 18, 2023

By Magdalene Kahiu

Nigeria has permitted violence to take root and to spread across the country, with vulnerable communities bearing the brunt, the leadership of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has said.

Today, January 18, We Celebrate St. Charles of Sezze

Jan 18, 2023

Saint Charles was born John Charles Marchioni in Sezze, Italy on October 19, 1613.  His family was extremely pious. They lived in a rural area and as a child Saint Charles worked as a shepherd.  

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen during the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta of Torit Diocese on Sunday, 15 January 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ecumenical Visit to South Sudan Set to Open “new chapter of hope, inspiration”: Nuncio

Jan 17, 2023

By Patrick Juma Wani

The representative of the Holy Father in South Sudan has said the planned ecumenical visit to the East-Central African nation is expected to open a “new chapter of hope and inspiration” for the people of God in the country. 

Credit: Harambee Africa International (HAI)

Rome-based Catholic Development Entity for Africa Announces AI training for Communicators

Jan 17, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

Harambee Africa International (HAI), a Catholic Development foundation supporting African countries, is inviting digital communicators to participate in its Artificial Intelligence (AI) training at a university in Rome.

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix during his general audience on Oct. 26, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Prays for Victims of Congo Church Bombing

Jan 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis expressed his closeness on Tuesday to the victims of a church bombing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that killed at least 14 people and injured more than 60.

Bishop Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta greets the faithful at his Episcopal Ordination in Torit Diocese. Credit: Radio Bakhita

“Cooperate with Bishop”: Cardinal at Episcopal Ordination in South Sudan

Jan 17, 2023

By Patrick Juma Wani

The people of God in the Catholic Diocese of Torit in South Sudan have been urged to cooperate with the new Bishop who was Consecrated on Sunday, January 15.

Sister André Randon. | Credit: EHPAD Sainte Catherine Labouré

Oldest Person in the World, French Catholic Nun Sister Andre, Dies at 118

Jan 17, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Sister Andre Randon, a French nun and the oldest person in the world, has passed away at the age of 118. 

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Mass at Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Don’t Be “passive consumers of spiritual goods”: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria

Jan 17, 2023

By Silas Isenjia

The Local Ordinary of Abuja Archdiocese in Nigeria has cautioned the people of God in the West African nation against the tendency to passively consume “spiritual goods” in general and the message and person of Jesus Christ in particular.

Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in Benin’s Kandi Diocese Reaching Out to “abused, abandoned children”

Jan 17, 2023

By Silas Isenjia

Foyer Don Bosco, a children’s home under the auspices of members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Catholic Diocese of Kandi, Benin, is providing for the basic needs of “abused and abandoned children”.

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in CAR Highlight Country’s Challenges, Advocate for Security Reforms

Jan 17, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have highlighted challenges the country is facing and called on the government to spearhead reforms in the security sector to guarantee the safeguarding of the lives and property of citizens. 

Today, January 17, We Celebrate St. Anthony of Egypt

Jan 17, 2023

On his Jan. 17 feast day, both Eastern and Western Catholics celebrate the life and legacy of St. Anthony of Egypt, the founder of Christian monasticism whose radical approach to discipleship permanently impacted the Church.