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A poster announcing the Sports4Peace, sports festivals targeting 12-18-year-olds from refugee and migrant communities in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and Kakuma, a town in Northwestern Kenya, Lodwar Catholic Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Focolare, Jesuit Entity Organize “Sports for Peace” Initiative for Teen Migrants in Kenya

May 26, 2023

The Focolare Movement and the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) have partnered to organize “Sports4Peace”, sports festivals targeting 12-18-year-olds from refugee and migrant communities in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and Kakuma, a town in Northwestern Kenya, Lodwar Catholic Diocese, which has hosted a UNHCR Refugee Camp since 1992.

Fr. Matthias Opara abducted on Friday, May 26 while returning from a Funeral Mass in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri

“That he may be released unharmed”: Prayer Appeal for Priest Abducted in Owerri, Nigeria

May 26, 2023

Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri is appealing for prayers for the release of Fr. Matthias Opara, who was abducted on Friday, May 26 while returning from a Funeral Mass.

Gunmen stormed villages in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State in Nigeria killing dozens. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Decry “resurgence of mindless killings” after Dozens Massacred

May 26, 2023

The killing of “at least 130 people” in Nigeria’s Plateau State is a matter of “deep concern” for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 24, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Cancels Meetings on Friday “due to a feverish condition"

May 26, 2023

Pope Francis canceled meetings on Friday morning due to a fever, a Vatican spokesman confirmed

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) with the First Lady of the country. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Urgent need”: Catholic Bishops in Mozambique on Promoting Biblical Pastoral Care

May 26, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have emphasized the “urgent need” to promote Biblical Pastoral care in the Southern African nation. 

Frontpage of Pope Francis' new book titled “Hands off Africa”. Credit: Vatican Publishing House

“Hands off Africa”: Pope Francis Revisits Key Moments of Recent Trip to Africa in New Book

May 25, 2023

“Hands off Africa”, Pope Francis’ new book that was released May 22 features key moments of his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and the Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Peace in South Sudan from 31 January to 5 February 2023.  

St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre (VCT) situated in Khartoum. Credit: Salesian Missions

Restricted Movement, “communication is very difficult for us”: Missionary Priest in Sudan

May 25, 2023

A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in violence-stricken Khartoum has lamented restricted movement in the Sudanese capital city, and difficulty in establishing communication with others amid continued violence in the Northeastern African nation since April 15.


High Court in Malawi Postpones Same-Sex Unions Ruling after Christian Leaders’ Outcry

May 25, 2023

The High Court in Blantyre, Malawi, has postponed the hearing meant to interpret Section 153 (c) of the Penal Code of the Southern African nation, which criminalizes consensual same-sex relations between two consenting adults to June 5 and June 6 from May 23. 

Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Official Urges “meaningful participation” of Youth in Sierra Leonean Politics

May 25, 2023

Concerted efforts need to be made for the youth in Sierra Leone, especially women, to have a “meaningful participation” in politics and peacebuilding initiatives in the West African nation, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in the country has said.

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on Care for Creation: "God wants justice to reign"

May 25, 2023

Pope Francis has emphasized the importance of the virtue of justice in a message for the upcoming World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Christine Laura Okello (left) and Aguti Betty Rose (right). Credit: ACI Africa

Caritas Uganda Seeking Partners in “local production of reusable sanitary pads” Initiative

May 25, 2023

Caritas Uganda is seeking partners in an initiative that will see “reusable sanitary pads” locally produced, with school-going girls at a refugee center as beneficiaries.

The Vulnerable People Project rescue three nuns trapped in the middle of the crossfire in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, May 2023. | Credit: The Vulnerable People Project / The Vulnerable People Project

Catholic Nuns “thankful” after Safe Evacuation from Sudan to South Sudan amidst Violence

May 24, 2023

Three members of the Religious Order of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHS) have expressed gratitude to the Vulnerable People Project (VPP), a Catholic apostolate dedicated to helping people escape conflict, for facilitating their safe evacuation from Sudan to South Sudan amid violence in the Northeastern African nation.

Maurice Evenor Cardinal Piat (left) and Mons. Jean Michaël Durhône (right) after the May 20 press conference. Credit: Port-Louis Diocese

“A great responsibility”: Bishop-elect for Port-Louis Diocese in Mauritius on Appointment

May 24, 2023

Mons. Jean Michaël Durhône, the Bishop-elect for Port-Louis Diocese in Mauritius has described his May 19 Episcopal appointment as “a great responsibility”.

Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, whose body was discovered apparently incorrupt, founded the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. | Courtesy of the Benedictines of Mary

Sr. Wilhelmina Lancaster, African American Foundress Whose Body is the Center of Attention

May 24, 2023

When the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles exhumed the body of their foundress Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, OSB, on May 18, they found the unexpected: Four years after her death and burial in a simple wooden coffin, her body appeared remarkably well preserved.

Pastor John Joseph Hayab, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Elect Parliamentary Heads Devoid of Partisan Bias: Christian Leaders in Nigerian State

May 24, 2023

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State are calling upon lawmakers in the West African nation to elect leaders in the Senate and National Assembly, who are not foster partisan biases. 

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 24, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Vatican Auditor to Continue to Function During Sede Vacante, Pope Francis Rules

May 24, 2023

Pope Francis has established that the auditor general of the Holy See will continue to carry out its tasks during a sede vacante.

Pope Francis spoke about apostolic zeal and the example of Korean martyr St. Andrew Kim Taegon at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 24, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: St. Andrew Kim Taegon Teaches us "we must not give up"

May 24, 2023

St. Andrew Kim Taegon and the other Korean martyrs teach us to have courage when sharing the Gospel, even in the face of difficult situations, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

Pilgrims wave a Chinese flag at the general audience with Pope Francis, Oct. 12, 2022. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis: Pray that the Gospel Can be Freely Shared in China

May 24, 2023

Pope Francis asked Catholics Wednesday to pray that the Gospel can be fully and freely shared in China.

Bishop Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta of South Sudan's Torit Diocese. Credit: Torit Diocese

In Evangelizing, Foster Unity: Catholic Bishop to Catechists in South Sudanese Diocese

May 24, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Torit Diocese in South Sudan has underscored the value of oneness in evangelization, and called upon Catechists to foster it. 

Bishop Laurent Birfuoré Dabiré and other Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso during during Holy Mass to mark the end of a national day of fasting and prayer for peace and social cohesion. Credit: Fr. Paul Dah

“May God touch their hearts”, Bishop in Burkina Faso Prays for Conversion of Terrorists

May 23, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Dori Diocese in Burkina Faso has offered prayer for the conversion of terrorists, who he says have taken up arms against their people.