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Today, September 2, We Celebrate Martyrs of September

The September Martyrs are a group of 191 faithful Christians who were martyred at the hands of the French Revolution on September 2 and 3, 1792.

Mgsr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, Vicar General of Cameroon's Mamfe Diocese freed after spending three days in captivity. Credit: Mamfe Diocese

Catholic Priest in Cameroon Freed after Three Days in Captivity, No Ransom Paid: Official

The Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese, Mgsr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, who was kidnapped in the country’s Anglophone region Sunday, August 29 has been freed. 

Mr. Chris Wamalwa, a Kenyan Catholic Lawmaker, receiving the St. Mother Teresa Award. Credit: Chris Wamalwa Facebook

Kenyan Lawmaker Awarded for Promoting Human Life, Says He’s “motivated to go further”

The Kenyan Member of Parliament (MP) who received an international award for his effort in pro-life activities has told ACI Africa that the international recognition motivates him to do more to promote human life.   

Credit: Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW)

Christian Entity Joins Call to Transfer Sudan’s Human Rights Violators to The Hague

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, has joined more than 60 international organizations that are urging Sudan’s Sovereignty Council to transfer three indictees of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to The Hague where they will be charged for crimes against humanity.

Bishop Willybard Lagho commissions 160 new members of the Catholic Women Association at Bishop Francis Baldacchino Primary School Grounds on 29 August 2021. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Malindi/Kenya

Catholic Bishop in Kenya Calls for Parental Support in Fostering Priestly Vocation

The Bishop of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese has called upon parents in his Episcopal See to encourage vocations to the Priesthood in their respective families amid an increasing number of Parishes in the Kenyan Diocese.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Choose Faith in Christ Over Formalities: Pope Francis at Wednesday General Audience

At the general audience, the pope continued to reflect on Galatians.

Pope Francis greets supporters of the Laudato Si’ Movement at his general audience at the Vatican, Sept. 1, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invites Catholics to Pray for “courageous choices” to Protect Environment

He made the appeal in his prayer intention for September.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Mthatha Diocese and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Unequal Care of Catholic Priests and Sisters is Gender Inequality: South African Bishop

One of the ways in which gender inequality manifests itself in the Church is the unequal care given to Catholic Priests and Religious Sisters, a South African Bishop has said.

Bishop Félicien Ntambue of DR Congo's Kabinda Diocese. Credit: Kabinda Diocese

Bishop of DR Congo’s Kabinda Diocese Condemns Church Desecration in “the strongest terms”

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Kabinda in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has condemned the desecration of a Parish church in his pastoral jurisdiction.

The Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Youth Wing (YOWICAN). Credit: YOWICAN

“Enough is enough”: Nigeria’s Youth Christian Leaders Say Following Plateau State Killings

Christian youth leaders in Nigeria have condemned the increased killings in the country’s Plateau State and called for an end to the bloodshed. 

Poster for the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Credit: United Nations

Church Leaders in Zimbabwe Urge Government to Bring All Cases of Disappearance to Closure

On the commemoration of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, members of the Churches Converge on Conflict and Peace (CCCOP) in Zimbabwe, a consortium of church organizations working for peace, have called on their country’s government to bring all cases of missing persons to a close.  

Pope Francis attends a general audience at the Vatican. Daniel Ibáñez/​CNA.

“A nurse saved my life,” Pope Francis Says in New Interview to Air Wednesday, September 1

The nurse reportedly advised the pope to undergo tests in February.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese/Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Cautions Country’s Poor against Being Used in Violence

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has acknowledged the calm in the country that followed a series of violent attacks and cautioned the country’s poor people against accepting to be used by those in power to fuel violence.

Today, August 31, We Celebrate Saint Aristides

Not much is known about the life of St. Aristides, excpet that he lived during the second century and was an avid confessor of the faith and Athenian philosopher.

Mgr. Julius Agbortoko, Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese abducted by separatist fighters on Sunday, 29 August 2021. Credit: Diocese of Mamfe/Facebook

Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese Reportedly Abducted by Separatist Fighters

The Vicar General of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese has reportedly been abducted by separatist fighters operating in the Central African country’s troubled English-Speaking regions.

Members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE). Credit: CBCE

Catholic Church in Ethiopia Declares Week of Prayer, Plans to Channel Collections to IDPs

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has announced a week of prayer for an end to the country’s instability.

The Logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). Credit: JCTR

Address “shrinking economy,” Deliver on Promises, Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Urge President

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia have called upon the newly elected President to work toward reviving the country’s “shrinking economy” and delivering on the promises he made to Zambians.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigerian Archbishop Condemns “external ritualistic observances”, Calls for True Religion

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese is calling for the promotion of sanctity of human life in the West African nation, noting that people in the country are more focused on promoting “ritualistic observances” in place of true Religion.

The Franciscan friar Fr. Placido Cortese (1907-1944). Il Messaggero di Sant’Antonio via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Pope Francis Advances Sainthood Cause of Italian Catholic Priest Who Saved Jews in WWII

Fr. Placido Cortese has been dubbed “the Italian Fr. Kolbe.”

Pope Francis meets with members of Lazare Association from France at the Vatican, Aug. 28, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Tosses Speech to Listen to 200 Formerly Homeless People

The pope asked those present: ‘What do you expect from the Church?