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Aid Agencies Expressing Interest in Somalia’s Drought Crisis after Pope Francis’ Appeal

Aug 19, 2022

Various organizations that received Pope Francis’ August 14 appeal concerning Somalia’s “serious humanitarian crisis” owing to drought and famine are expressing their interest to help.

Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Charity Funding Training of Priests in Egypt to Serve “marginalized” Christians

Aug 19, 2022

The Catholic charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is providing scholarships for the training of Priests in Egypt to expand their pastoral care to Christians in the country who, the foundation notes, have been marginalized.

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Push Eswatini to Implement “the dialogue”: Christian Leaders to Regional Development Body

Aug 19, 2022

Christian leaders in Eswatini are calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to push their government to implement “the dialogue” that was proposed last year to address the political situation in the country.

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Caritas Internationalis Draws Attention to “unprecedented food crisis” in Parts of Africa

Aug 18, 2022

Ahead of this year’s World Humanitarian Day (WHD) to be marked Friday, August 19,  the leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is drawing the attention of the international community to “unprecedented food crisis” in parts of Africa.

Distribution of food and seeds to people in Adumi, DRC. Credit: Trócaire

Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, Catholic Entity Highlights Partnerships in Africa

Aug 18, 2022

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Day (WHD) to be celebrated August 19, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire has reviewed humanitarian responses across the globe, including Africa.

The Executive Director of Caritas South Sudan (CSS), Gabriel Yai Kuol. Credit: ACI Africa

“Protect humanitarian workers” in South Sudan: Caritas Official to Government

Aug 18, 2022

There is need for the government of South Sudan to protect humanitarian workers serving in the East-Central African nation, the Executive Director of Caritas South Sudan (CSS) has said.

Bishop Martin Luluga. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop who Promoted “green evangelization” in Uganda Laid to Rest

Aug 18, 2022

The Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Nebbi in Uganda who was laid to rest on Wednesday, August 17 is being remembered for his love for nature and evangelization through the protection of the environment.

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Catholic Charity Appeals to the UK to Save Nigerian Christians from Growing Persecution

Aug 18, 2022

Catholic charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has raised the alarm on the situation facing Christians in Nigeria where persecution is rife, and implored the UK government to do something to help stabilize the West African nation.

Salesian Boscolac community provides education and social programs for 100 youth. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DRC Fostering Youth Talent in Art, Craft, Recreational, Religious activities

Aug 18, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are boosting the talents of dozens of young people through art and craft, recreational, and religious activities.

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Vatican Enters into Agreement with São Tomé and Príncipe on Catholic Church Recognition

Aug 18, 2022

The Vatican has signed an agreement with the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe on the recognition of the Catholic Church and her ecclesiastical institutions as a “juridical personality” in the African Island country.

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Young People’s “friendship with mobile phones” Cause for Concern: Kenyan Catholic Nun

Aug 18, 2022

The tendency for young people to be absorbed in social media forums, prioritizing “friendship with mobile phones” is a cause for concern, a Kenyan Catholic Nun has said.

Kenya's President-elect, Dr. William Ruto, greeting the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Archbishop Martin Kivuva (foreground), representatives of religious leaders in Kenya in the background. Credit: Catholic MPs in Kenya/Facebook

Kenya’s Faith Leaders Engage “key political actors” to Foster “justice, peace, prosperity”

Aug 17, 2022

Faith leaders in Kenya are reaching out to “key political actors” in the East African nation following the declaration of the Presidential election results, which the candidate who was ranked second has rejected. 

Catherine Njore, the founder of Linda Vijana Initiative (LVI), an organization that addresses youth challenges in Kenya. Credit: Catherine Njore

Show Compassion amid “so much emotion”, Kenyan Pro-lifer on Handling Post-election Reality

Aug 17, 2022

Kenyans are dealing with varied emotions as citizens come to terms with results of the general elections, a Kenyan Pro-Life advocate has observed, and underscored the need for the people of God in the East African country to respect each other’s feelings concerning the August 9 polls outcome.

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Why South Sudan Needs Now More Than Ever Leaders like Country’s Celebrated Catholic Bishop

Aug 17, 2022

Today, more than ever before, South Sudan needs more leaders like Bishop Paride Taban, the celebrated Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Torit, to stand up to the poor governance of the East-Central African country.

Dr. Paolo Ruffini addressing delegates at the of the Sixth SIGNIS World Congress 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. Credit: SIGNIS

Focus on Dialogue, Not “on marketing of ideas”: Vatican Official to Catholic Journalists

Aug 17, 2022

The Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications has challenged Catholic communicators around the globe to foster dialogue in their practice of journalism and not the “marketing of ideas”.

A blaze ripped through the St. Mercurius (Abu Sefein) Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt on Sunday, Aug. 14 2022. ACI MENA

Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia Condole with Coptic Church after Church Fire in Cairo, Egypt

Aug 17, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) have sent a condolence message to the leadership of the Coptic Methodist Church following the outbreak of a fire in their church in the capital city of Egypt, Cairo. 

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Catholic Charity Concerned Christians in Some African Countries Practice Faith Underground

Aug 16, 2022

Christians in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and in many other African countries experiencing religious persecution are being forced to practice their faith in hiding for fear of attacks, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

“Break down walls of hatred, violence ... build bridges of love”: Cardinal in Burkina Faso

Aug 16, 2022

The Cardinal in Burkina Faso has called upon the people of God in the West African nation to “break down the walls of hatred, violence” and build bridges of love.

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Abduction, Killing of Priests in Nigeria "loud sign" of Government Failure: Advocacy Group

Aug 16, 2022

The leadership of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has decried the "recurring killing and kidnapping of Catholic Priests" in the West African country, terming it a sign of failure on the part of Nigeria’s Federal government.

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Catholic Bishop Hopes Meeting with Somalia Authorities Will Yield to Religious Freedom

Aug 16, 2022

The Apostolic Administrator of Somalia’s Catholic Diocese of Mogadishu has expressed optimism that a recent meeting between Catholic Church leaders and high-level political leaders in Somalia will open more opportunities for Christians in the country to worship more freely.