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Depiction of the Holy Spirit in St. Peter’s Basilica. Paolo Gallo / Shutterstock.

Everything You Need to Know about Pentecost

Jun 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

This weekend, the Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year that concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church.  

Today, June 4, We Celebrate St. Francis Caracciolo

Jun 4, 2022

Born in Villa Santa Maria, Italy on October 13, 1563, Francis Caracciolo was given the name Ascanio at his baptism.  His mother was a relative of St. Thomas Aquinas. He lived a virtuous life as a youth and seemed inclined towards a religious vocation. 

Bishop Christian Carlassare, MCCJ of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Fondazione CESAR

Catholic Diocese in South Sudan Organizing 400-km Walk to Participate in Ecumenical Visit

Jun 3, 2022

By ACI Africa Staff

The Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan is organizing a 400-km walk involving young people to participate in the ecumenical visit that is part of Pope Francis’ two-African-nation pastoral visit.

Archbishop Anthony Muheria during the Thursday, June 2 virtual meeting with Catholic Communicators. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Kenya to Begin “Sunday message strategy” to Foster Evangelization

Jun 3, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have pledged to start sharing weekly messages in what is to be called “Bishops' Sunday message” aimed at fostering evangelizing in the East African nation.

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of the Bishop of Yendi in Ghana, Appoints Successor

Jun 3, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai of the Catholic Diocese of Yendi in Ghana and appointed his successor.

Fr. Charles Chilufya , Director of the Jesuits Justice Ecology Network Africa (JENA).

Sweden Meeting on Ecology Should Achieve “more serious collective action”: African Priest

Jun 3, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

The June 2-3 international meeting on ecology in the capital city of Sweden, Stockholm, dubbed “Stockholm+50” needs to facilitate the achievement of “more serious collective action” on environmental matters including “lifestyle changes”, an African Catholic Priest overseeing the Jesuits Justice Ecology Network Africa (JENA) has said. 

Bishop Dominique Rey of Fréjus-Toulon. Claude Truong-Ngoc via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican Asks for Suspension of Ordinations in French Diocese after a “fraternal visit”

Jun 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has asked a diocese in southern France to suspend its ordinations of priests and deacons scheduled for this month after a “fraternal visit” of the diocese.

Bishop Georges Varkey Puthiyakulangara of the Diocese of Port-Bergé  in Madagascar. Credit: ACN

New Chapel, Library at Madagascar Prison Drawing Inmates to Catholic Church

Jun 3, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

The chapel at the prison of Port-Bergé located in the North of Madagascar has been witnessing a rising number of “religious conversions”, with most of them joining the Catholic Church, a Catholic Bishop in the Island country in the Indian Ocean has said.

Edmond Yakani. Credit: Civil Rights Defenders

Ecumenical Visit to “help our political leaders in making peace”: South Sudanese Catholic

Jun 3, 2022

By Patrick Juma Wani

The scheduled ecumenical visit of Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace, to South Sudan will have an impact of politicians in the East-Central African nation to work toward lasting peace, a lay Catholic has said.

Pope Francis announced that his prayer intention for June 2022 is families. Shutterstock

Pope Francis Announces His Prayer Intention for June 2022

Jun 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

The choice is fitting, since families from around the world will gather in Rome later this month for the World Meeting of Families on June 22-26.

Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Constructs Education Center for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

Jun 3, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is completing the construction of an educational and pastoral center to support the learning of South Sudanese refugees at Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in the Catholic Diocese of Arua, Uganda.

Today, June 3, We Celebrate St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, Martyrs of Uganda

Jun 3, 2022

St. Charles and many other martyrs for the faith died between November 15, 1885 – January 27, 1887 in Namugongo, Uganda. St. Charles and his companions were beatified in 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1964.

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: Vatican Media

Ensure “no one dies from lack of basic food”: Catholic Bishops in Africa to Governments

Jun 2, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in a message ahead the Solemnity of Pentecost, urged governments and humanitarian organizations to take necessary measures to ensure that “no one dies from lack of basic food.”    

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). Credit: Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) Communications

Catholic Bishops in Malawi Seeking Financial Support for Formation of Major Seminarians

Jun 2, 2022

By Magdalene Kahiu

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are reaching out to the faithful and well-wishers in the Southern African nation to “generously” support the formation of Diocesan Major Seminarians.

Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria's Nsukka Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Value, Focus on “the unity that Jesus sees in us”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Jun 2, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka has urged the people of God in the country to work towards disregarding the things that divide them and instead to foster the common humanity that unites them.

Bishop Giorgio Bertin. Credit: ICMC

Election of New President in Somalia “a rebirth of hope” That Could Fade Over Time: Bishop

Jun 2, 2022

By Silas Isenjia

The Apostolic Administrator of Somalia’s Catholic Diocese of Mogadishu has said that while the election of president Hassan Sheikh Mahamud is a sign of hope, “new direction” in the Horn of Africa country is still unpredictable.

Bishop Giorgio Marengo, Prefect of Ulaanbaatar, who will be elevated to cardinal Aug. 27, 2022. Amunra Magnus via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

47-year-old Consolata Missionary Bishop in Mongolia to Become the Youngest Cardinal

Jun 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

A Consolata missionary Bishop who has ministered in the East Asian nation of Mongolia for nearly 20 years will soon become the world’s youngest cardinal.

Cover page of the book titled "Migration and social transformation: Engaged perspectives”. Credit: Courtesy Photo

In New Book, Authors Pioneer “research and practice network” on South-South Migration

Jun 2, 2022

By Sheila Pires

Authors of a new book have explored the combination of empirical research and practice on the topic of the movement of migrants between and among developing countries in what is the first publication of its kind, ACI Africa has been told.

Today, June 2, We Celebrate Sts. Marcellinus and Peter

Jun 2, 2022

On June 2, the Catholic Church remembers two fourth-century martyrs, Saints Marcellinus and Peter, who were highly venerated after the discovery of their tomb and the conversion of their executioner.

Senator Regina Mundi freed in Cameroon's Bamenda Archdiocese on 31 May 2022 after a month in captivity. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Freeing of Cameroonian Senator “a big sigh of relief, answered prayers”: Archbishop

Jun 1, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

The freeing of Senator Regina Mundi after being held captive for a month in Cameroon brings “a big sigh of relief” and God’s answer to “our prayers”, a Catholic Archbishop in the Central African nation has said.