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Members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Four Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in Congolese Province Want Addressed for Peace

May 31, 2023

Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their ordinary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in their province are facing, which they want addressed for peace to reign.

Pope Francis meets victims of violence from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ridden eastern region. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Recognizes African Children’s “lofty ambitions, great dreams” in Audience

May 30, 2023

Pope Francis has recognized the rich talent, “lofty ambitions and great dreams” that children in Africa have amid challenging situations on the world’s second-largest continent.

People fleeing Sudan being transferred from Renk to Malakal, where their families are. Credit: JRS

Jesuit Entity Warns Rains to Worsen Situation of Returnees at South Sudanese Camp

May 30, 2023

The expected rainy season in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State is likely to worsen the situation of returnees, who have camped at Renk, one of the entry points for those fleeing violence in Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, officials the Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS) have said.

A banner welcoming Michael Cardinal Czerny to the 140th anniversary of evangelization in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville). Credit: DPIHD

The appointment of the Vatican-based Michael Cardinal Czerny to represent the Holy Father at the June 4 Holy Mass to mark the conclusion of the year-long celebrations in the Central African nation was announced by the Holy See Press Office on Monday, May 29.

Pope Francis Appoints Envoy to Congo Brazzaville's 140th Anniversary of Evangelization

May 30, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) as his envoy to the 140th anniversary of evangelization in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville).

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Urge New President to Prioritize Security, Economic Issues

May 30, 2023

Nigeria’s new President,  who was sworn in on Monday, May 29 needs to prioritize the security concerns and the economic struggles of the people of God in the West African nation, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have said. 

Pope Francis meets with young cancer patients from Poland at the Vatican on May 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets with Young Cancer Patients: "Jesus is always close to you"

May 30, 2023

Pope Francis welcomed pediatric cancer patients from Poland to the Vatican on Monday, telling them “Jesus is always close to you.”

Bishop Isaac Bundepuun Dugu (left) and  Governor Hyacinth Iormem Alia (right). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Urges New Nigerian Governor, a Suspended Priest, to Exercise Compassion

May 30, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Katsina-Ala Diocese in Nigeria has called upon the new Governor of the country’s Benue State to exercise compassion in his leadership.

Some participants during the May 26-27 military-civilian dialogue in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State (CES). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Bishop in South Sudan Emphasizes Need for Civilian-Military “dialogue” to Rebuild Trust

May 30, 2023

There is need for continuous dialogue between the civil population and the army in South Sudan to re-establish trust that seems to have been lost over the years, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Yei Diocese has said. 

Catholic and Africa-based civil entities are among the organizations calling for the inclusion of seafood in the Sharm El-Sheikh Joint Work on Implementation of Climate Action on Agriculture and Food Security. Credit: Fr. Bryan P. Galligan/Twitter

Catholic, Africa Civil Entities Call for Seafood Inclusion in Global Climate Discussions

May 30, 2023

Catholic and Africa-based civil entities are among the organizations calling for the inclusion of seafood in the Sharm El-Sheikh Joint Work on Implementation of Climate Action on Agriculture and Food Security. 

Rajesh Mohur pictured with Carlo Acutis on the day of his Confirmation | Photo courtesy of Ignatius Press

From Hinduism to Catholicism: How Blessed Carlo Acutis Inspired a Man to Convert

May 30, 2023

Blessed Carlo Acutis inspired the son of a Brahman Hindu priest to be baptized as a Catholic through the young boy’s joyful witness to Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist and his love for the poor.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

"Perplexing": Catholic Archbishop on Swearing in of Nigeria’s President Despite Petition

May 29, 2023

It is “perplexing” that Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been sworn in as Nigeria’s new President despite the fact that the Presidential election petition has not yet been heard and determined, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.

Fr. Dominic Gathurithu and Fr. George Omondi  with the newly commissioned  Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers/Spiritans/CSSp.) in Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

New Lay Associates of Kenya’s Oldest Missionary Order Urged to “be available for service”

May 29, 2023

The newly commissioned Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers/Spiritans/CSSp.) in Kenya, the country’s oldest Missionary Order, have been called upon to participate in the “apostolic life” of the 320-year-old Congregation, availing themselves “for the service of the Gospel”.

Members of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations. Credit: WUCWO

Catholic Women Have Mission to “mentor, animate the girl child”: Bishop in South Africa

May 29, 2023

Catholic women have the mission to contribute to the bringing up of young girls into Catholic faith and practice through mentorship and animation initiatives, the Auxiliary Bishop of Pretoria Archdiocese in South Africa has said.

Catholic Youth on Annual Pilgrimage in Zambian Archdiocese Urged to Embrace Truth, Christ

May 29, 2023

Catholic youth taking part in the Annual Youth Pilgrimage in Zambia’s Lusaka Archdiocese have been challenged to “let the truth of Christ” guide their lives.

Pope Francis during his general audience in Paul VI Hall on January 26, 2022. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Vatican Releases Pastoral Reflection on Christian Engagement with Social Media

May 29, 2023

Attention #CatholicTwitter and keyboard warriors: The Vatican has released recommendations for how to better “love your neighbor” on social media.

Thousands of pilgrims have lined up at the Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus in Gower, Missouri, to view the remains of Sr. Wilhelmina Lancaster.

Thousands Visiting Sister Wilhelmina's Body Over Holiday Weekend

May 29, 2023

Thousands of pilgrims are descending on a Benedictine abbey outside rural Gower, Missouri, this Memorial Day weekend to view the surprisingly well-preserved body of its African American foundress, Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, who died in 2019.

Religious sisters of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, sing as the process with the body of their late foundress, Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, on May 29, 2023, at their abbey near Gower, Missouri. The sisters exhumed the nun's body on May 18 and discovered that it was apparently intact, four years after her death and burial in a simple wooden coffin. | Joe Bukuras/CNA

Body of Sr. Wilhelmina, African American Foundress, Placed in Glass Case

May 29, 2023

The body of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, an African American nun whose surprisingly intact remains have created a sensation at a remote Missouri abbey, was placed inside a glass display case Monday after a solemn procession led by members of the community she founded.

Fr. Matthias Opara freed after spending three days in captivity in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri

Catholic Priest in Nigeria Freed on Pentecost Sunday after Three Days in Captivity

May 29, 2023

Fr. Matthias Opara, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who was abducted on May 26 while returning from a funeral has been set free.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese during the 2023 presidential inauguration lecture held in Abuja. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Everything is not okay”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to New Government, Urges Diagnosis

May 28, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has cautioned the incoming government of the West African nation against the thinking that all is well in the country.

Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara hands the crosier to Bishop Elias Kwenzakufani Zondi during the May 27 Episcopal Ordination. Credit: SACBC

New Catholic Bishop in South Africa Urged to Foster Unity “without any prejudice”

May 28, 2023

Episcopal Ministry is built around the fostering of unity among the people of God “without any prejudice”, the Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has told the Bishop who is to assist him in the pastoral care and administration of the Metropolitan See.