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How Catholics Can Speak Up for More Ethical Vaccines

A series of letter templates released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) allows Catholic to contact vaccine makers and ask them to stop relying on cell lines from aborted babies.

Today, April 20, We Celebrate St. Agnes of Montepulciano

St. Agnes of Montepulciano was born in 13th-century Tuscany. At the age of six, Agnes began trying to convince her parents to allow her to join a convent.

Fr. Bonaventure Luchidio, the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in Kenya. Credit: Screen Capture Capuchin TV /

PMS Kenya Lauded for Robust Evangelization Initiatives Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

The leadership of the Society of Missionary Childhood , which seeks to help children to discover the missionary spirit across the globe, has lauded officials of the organization in Kenya for keeping children engaged in evangelization initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam Gbitiku of South Sudan's Wau Diocese at the weeklong training on financial management. Credit: ACI Africa /

German Catholic Charity Facilitates Financial Management Training in South Sudan

A Germany Catholic charity has facilitated a weeklong training of project and finance e mployees of South Sudan's Wau Diocese in financial management that was organized to equip the staff with proper techniques of proposal and report writing in their respective departments.

Lesotho's Sebastian Koto Cardinal Khoarai who dies on Saturday, April 17. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Late Cardinal of Lesotho “made our country known”, Cleric Says in Tribute

A member of the Clergy in Lesotho has , in his tribute to late Sebastian Cardinal Koto Khoarai, credited the first-ever Cardinal in the Southern African nation for bringing the country to the global arena.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Amid Attacks, Mozambique’s Bishops Express Solidarity with All Yearning for Dignified life

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have expressed their solidarity with all those affected by the violence in the Province of Cabo Delgado within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba and “yearn for a dignified life.”

ASL interpretation of Pope Francis’ Sunday Regina Coeli address on April 18, 2021./ YouTube screenshot. /

Vatican Sign Language Project Brings Pope Francis’ Words to All

Pope Francis’ Wednesday and Sunday speeches to the public will now be accessible in American Sign Language.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique during their first plenary assembly in Maputo. /

Bishops in Mozambique Call for Protection of Thousands Displaced by Cabo Delgado Violence

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique are calling for the protection of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced amid the Cabo Delgado violence in the Northernmost part of the Southern African nation.

Fr. Lasantha Deabrew, SJ, the Jesuit Refugee Service Project Coordinator at Kakuma Refugee Camp. Credit: Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) /

Jesuit Agency Helping Children with Special Needs at World’s Largest Refugee Camp in Kenya

The leadership of the international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has, in a documentary, explained how it is reaching out to children with special needs living in the world’s largest refugee camp, Kakuma, located in Northern Kenya, within the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar.

Declining “Empowerment Fund” No Reason for Antagonism, Archbishop to Zambian Government

The decision by the Catholic Bishops in Zambia to decline government’s “Church Empowerment Fund” (CEF) allegedly to cushion churches against the effects of COVID-19 restrictions should not result in antagonism between the Church and State, an Archbishop in the Southern African country has said. 

Entrance to the Central Prison in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan. Courtesy Photo /

Overcrowded Prisons in Ivory Coast a Cause for Concern, Bishops Say, Appeal for Clemency

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have expressed concern about overcrowded prisons in the West African nation.

Jorge Fernandes from Portugal with street children he was teaching in Angola. Credit: Agenzia Info Salesiana (ANS) /

Portuguese Missionary Volunteer Says Angola Experience “completely” Changed His Worldview

A Portuguese-born Salesian Missionary who volunteered to serve the vulnerable in Angola has, in a report, shared about his experience in the Southern African nation, saying his services among slum dwellers “completely” changed his worldview.

Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Feb. 7, 2021./ Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Applauds Beatification of Monks Who Died Protecting the Eucharist

In his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis applauded the beatification of six Cistercian monks who were martyred while trying to protect the Eucharist from desecration by French soldiers in 1799.

Today, April 18, We Celebrate Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin

April 18 commemorates the feast of Blessed Marie-Anne Blondin, a Canadian woman whose life was a story of obedience in the face of personal setbacks.  

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Kenya’s PMS Launches Vocations Sunday Appeal to Revive Stalled Formation Projects

The leadership of Kenya’s Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) is appealing for generous donations to revive stalled projects in Seminaries and other houses of formation as the Church prepares to celebrate Vocations Sunday on April 25.

A Carmelite Sister at a Convent in the Ecclesiastical province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need /

Catholic Charity Supports Nuns at Convent Destroyed in DR Congo Violence

For nearly five years, Carmelite Sisters in the Ecclesiastical Province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have stayed at premises that were looted and partly destroyed in violence that wreaked havoc in the Central African country between 2016 and 2017.

Some of the beneficiaries of agroecology training offered by Salesians in Senegal. Credit: Agenzia Info Salesiana (ANS) /

Salesians Empowering Youths in Senegal through Training in Agroecology

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) serving in Senegal are empowering young people in the West African nation with skills in agroecology, officials have reported.

Maurice Cardinal Piat of Port-Louis Diocese in Mauritius. Credit : Courtesy Photo /

Mauritian Cardinal Expresses “closeness, solidarity” with Muslims Ahead of Ramadan

The Local Ordinary of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat, has expressed solidarity with the Muslims in the Indian Ocean Island nation ahead of the holy month of Ramadan scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 13 evening.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama with newly ordained Deacons at St. Donatus’ Parish, Saukale in the Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama/ Facebook /

Newly Ordained Deacons in Nigeria Cautioned against “marketing a gospel of materialism”

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called upon Seminarians he was about to ordain Deacons in the Archdiocese to refrain from the temptations of preaching materialism but instead stick to the gospel of love and peace.

Bishop emeritus Paride Taban of South Sudan's Torit Diocese receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: ACI Africa /

Elderly South Sudanese Bishop Receives COVID-19 Jab, Seeks to Dispel Fear of Vaccine

The Bishop emeritus of South Sudan’s Torit Diocese has, in a bid to dispel fears over COVID-19 vaccination exercise, become the first known prominent religious leader in the East-Central African nation to receive the jab.