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Mons. Donatien Nshole, reading the message of members of the National Episcopla Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

“Despicable, violent”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo on Crackdown on Protesters

May 23, 2023

The reported use of force on peaceful protesters demanding better living conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has caught the attention of Catholic Bishops who have described the May 20 police excesses as “despicable and violent”.

Fr. Jude Kingsley Maduka, freed after spending three days in captivity in Nigeria’s Okigwe Diocese. Credit: Okigwe Diocese

Nigerian Catholic Priest Freed After Three Days in Captivity

May 23, 2023

Fr. Jude Kingsley Maduka, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who was abducted on May 19 while inspecting the site of a new adoration chapel has been set free.

Michael Cardinal Czerny, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD). Credit: Caritas Africa

Vatican Cardinal Urges Caritas Africa to Foster “highly pronounced ability to listen”

May 23, 2023

The Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has urged members of Caritas Africa, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church on the continent, to promote the virtue of listening.

Archbishop Faustino Armendáriz Jiménez at a press conference on May 21, 2023. | Credit: Video capture/Archdiocese of Durango

80-year-old Man Tries to Kill Catholic Archbishop after Sunday Mass in Mexican Cathedral

May 23, 2023

An 80-year-old man wielding a knife tried to kill Archbishop Faustino Armendáriz of Durango, Mexico, on May 21. The attack took place in the cathedral sacristy after the Sunday noon Mass.

A JRS staff attending some persons fleeing violence in Sudan. Credit: JRS

Jesuit Entity Supporting Thousands Fleeing Sudan War at “an outreach point” in South Sudan

May 22, 2023

Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), has set up “an outreach point” at Renk in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State where thousands of persons fleeing the Sudan war that broke out on April 15 are being served.

“Take your bloodstained hands off our Province”: Bishops of Kinshasa Metropolitan, DRC

May 22, 2023

Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have urged those behind persistent clashes between members of the Yaka and Teke communities in Kwamouth territory to save the Metropolitan See from bloodshed.

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on June 17, 2015. | Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Pope Francis to Travel to Portugal for August World Youth Day, to Visit Fatima

May 22, 2023

The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Lisbon, Portugal, for World Youth Day this August with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.

Protesters at a Profamily event in Kenya.  Credit: Courtesy Photo

Don’t Legalize Same-sex Unions: Malawi’s Christian Leaders to Judges ahead of Ruling

May 22, 2023

Church leaders in Malawi are calling on the country’s High Court in Blantyre to rule against same-sex unions.

Logo Signis Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

On World Communications Day, SIGNIS Africa Urges “connectedness, universal Ubuntu”

May 22, 2023

Adopting the spirit of “Ubuntu”, which is defined by the sense of belonging and the connectedness between people, can go a long way in resolving challenges in relationships across the globe, the leadership of the African region of the World Catholic Association for Communication, SIGNIS Africa, has said.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyèse Badejo, President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) and Local ordinary of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Catholic Bishop Urges Media Practitioners in Africa to “promote family cohesion, harmony”

May 21, 2023

On the occasion of the 57th World Communications Day (WCD) 2023 marked Sunday, May 21, the leadership of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has called on Christian media practitioners on the continent to foster “family cohesion and harmony” in their professional practice.

A victim of Boko Haram in Nigeria's Borno State. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Held by Boko Haram for Nine Years, Victim Seeks Help at Catholic Trauma Healing Center

May 21, 2023

About a month ago, Susan Swa escaped Kangarwa, an Island on Lake Chad where Boko Haram militants had held her captive for nine years.

Daughters of St. Paul Superiors in Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, flanked by the Delegate Superior, Sr. Rosemary Mwaiwa (in white scuff). Credit: Daughters of St. Paul, Nairobi

How Daughters of St. Paul in Eastern Africa are Bouncing Back from COVID-19 Plunge

May 21, 2023

Members of the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP – Daughters of St. Paul) in Tanzania were journeying with five Aspirants when COVID-19 broke out in 2020, bringing vocations outreach activities of FSP members in the Eastern Africa region to a sudden halt.

Fr. Jude Kingsley Maduka, kidnapped from Nigeria’s Okigwe Diocese on 19 May 2023. Credit: Okigwe Diocese

Prayer Appeal for “safe, sound” Release of Nigerian Catholic Parish Priest Abducted Friday

May 21, 2023

Prayers are being sought for the “safe and sound” release of Fr. Jude Kingsley Maduka, the Nigerian Catholic Priest abducted on May 19 from Nigeria’s Okigwe Diocese.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on G7 Summit: Nuclear Deterrence Offers "only an illusion of peace"

May 21, 2023

In a letter marking the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Pope Francis asserted that the mere possession of nuclear weapons creates “a climate of fear and suspicion” and offers “only an illusion of peace.”  

Sister Beta Almendra, a Portuguese Comboni nun living in Wau. Credit: ACN

Catholic Diocese in South Sudan Raising Funds to Support War Victims in Sudan

May 20, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Wau in South Sudan is preparing to send a special collection to Khartoum, Sudan, to support people who continue to be affected by the ongoing war that broke out on April 15.

Hon. Thomas Tayebwa addressing journalists during the 57th World Communications Day (WCD) that was held at St. Mary’s Lubaga Cathedral of Kampala Archdiocese. Credit: Uganda Catholics Online

Catholic Communicators in Uganda Urged to Use Communication Tools to “build bridges”

May 20, 2023

The Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament has urged Catholic communicators to use social communication tools to “build bridges” and foster unity among the people of God in the East African nation.

“Evangelization a matter of communication”: Cardinal on Communications Week in Nigeria

May 20, 2023

Communication and evangelization are intimately connected, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said in his Tuesday, May 16 Message on the occasion of this year’s ongoing Communications Week (COMWEEK), an initiative of Catholic Bishops in Nigeria.

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Christian Entity Condemns “intentional attacks” on Worship Centers in Sudan amid Fighting

May 20, 2023

Christians Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, has condemned “intentional attacks” on worship centers in Sudan since fighting between the  Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out on April 15.

Statue of Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina. | Gnuckx via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Alleged Marian Apparitions the Subject of New Vatican Observatory

May 20, 2023

An institution has been formed in Rome to study alleged Marian apparitions and other supernatural phenomena in the Catholic Church.

Canonization Mass for St. Artemide Zatti and St. Giovanni Battista Scalabrini on Oct. 9, 2022. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Approves Beatification of Priest Martyred in World War II

May 20, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday approved the beatification of a young Italian priest martyred by Nazis during World War II, and advanced the beatification causes of eight other men and women.