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Archbishop Hubertus van Megen blesses the Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral ground in Kenya's Homa Bay Diocese. Credit: Fr. Joshua Mege/Arise Communications Network

Groundbreaking for New Cathedral in Kenyan Diocese “a gracious milestone”: Local Ordinary

May 19, 2023

The groundbreaking for the construction of a new Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay in Kenya is “a gracious milestone”, the Local Ordinary of the 30-year-old Kenyan Diocese has said.

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DRC. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Transparency in Funding among Electoral Reforms Church Leaders in DRC Want Implemented

May 19, 2023

Transparency in the disbursement of funds is one of the electoral reforms that church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) want implemented ahead of general elections scheduled to take place in December this year.

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How Nigerian Government is Overspending to Cover Up Christian Persecution

May 19, 2023

Many individuals and organizations who vehemently spoke against Christian persecution in Nigeria are now silent, a Catholic human rights defender has said, noting that most activists no longer criticize the government amid increasing violation of rights because “they have been bought”.

The Vatican has withdrawn a commemorative stamp for the 2023 World Youth Day. | Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State

Vatican Withdraws World Youth Day 2023 Stamp after Criticism in Portugal

May 19, 2023

A Vatican-produced postage stamp to commemorate the upcoming World Youth Day 2023 in Portugal has been withdrawn after criticism over its use of a mid-20th-century monument that is controversial in some Portuguese circles.

Fadumo Islow with her two-year-old son, Mohamed, in the Trócaire-run hospital in Luuq, Gedo Region, southern Somalia after eight days of treatment. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Using “integrated community” Approach to Reach Out to Needy in Somalia

May 19, 2023

Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, has adopted an approach dubbed “Integrated Community Case Management” in reaching out to victims of the protracted drought in Somalia. 

Some members of the Interreligious Council of Kenya. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Rally against Use of “any form of plastics”: Religious Leaders in Kenya

May 19, 2023

The Chairman of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) is asking other faith leaders in the East African nation to rally together against the use of all kinds of plastic, including bags and bottles.

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Judge Orders Psychiatric Treatment for Man Who Forcibly Entered Vatican

May 19, 2023

A Vatican magistrate has sentenced the unidentified man who forcibly entered Vatican City on Thursday night to mandatory psychiatric treatment, according to the Holy See press office.

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“Go to them”: Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya Urges New Deacons to Serve the Troubled, Abandoned

May 18, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has urged the new Deacons he ordained on Thursday, May 18 in Kenya’s Homa Bay Diocese to reach out to “the troubled” and “the abandoned” during their Diaconate Ministry.

Fr. Joseph Bature Fidelis the Director of the Human Resource and Skills Acquisition for Trauma Healing Center of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri. Credit: Fr. Joseph Bature Fidelis

Priest Providing Trauma Therapy in Nigeria Recounts Near-death Experiences with Militants

May 18, 2023

Outside St. Hillary Nursery and Primary School of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, a middle-aged Priest gathered teachers and older learners and gave them general absolution. Everyone in the school thought they were going to die. 

Late Sr. Mary Scheller. Credit: Christ the King Monastery, Msongari, Nairobi.

Carmelites Eulogize “last” American Nun Whose Talent Warmed Kenyan President's Heart

May 18, 2023

Members of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) have eulogized their late U.S.-born Sister who entered Nairobi Carmel in Kenya as a Postulant in 1952, and recalled her talent as an accomplished musician, carpenter, and seamstress.

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a native of China and member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Libya. Credit: ANS - Vatican City

Pope Francis Appoints Chinese-born Salesian Archbishop Apostolic Nuncio to Libya

May 18, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, a native of China and member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Libya.

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Guard Opens Fire as Man Drives Car into Vatican; Suspect in Custody

May 18, 2023

An unidentified man is in custody after driving a car at high speed through a gate at the Vatican Thursday, the Holy See press office said.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Year of Mercy, Dec. 8, 2015. | L'Osservatore Romano.

Rome Prepares for 35 Million Pilgrims During 2025 Jubilee Year

May 18, 2023

As Rome and the Vatican prepare for an influx of millions of people for a special year focused on hope, one experienced jubilee attendee is offering her advice for a fruitful pilgrimage.

Namugongo Martyrs Shrine in Uganda, venue for the annual celebration of Martyrs Day. Credit: Uganda Catholics Online

Pilgrimage to Martyrs’ Day in Uganda “journeying around Christ”: Ugandan Catholic Bishop

May 17, 2023

Pilgrims traveling to Namugongo Shrine for the annual June 3 Martyrs’ Day celebration, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings expected to bring together over one million pilgrims, is “journeying around Christ”, the Local Ordinary of Uganda’s Lira Diocese has said.

Archbishop Martin Musonde Kivuva, delivering the keynote address at the convention of stakeholders of the Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI) in the region of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) in Nairobi on 16 May 2023. Credit: Sr. Jecinter Okoth, FSSA/AMECEA

Let’s Support Families for Children’s “holistic development”: Catholic Archbishop in Kenya

May 17, 2023

Families need to be supported to ensure the “holistic development” of children, the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has said.

Fr. Andrew Small, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors addressing participants during the convention of stakeholders of the Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI) in the region of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) in Nairobi on 16 May 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Not a new moral requirement”: Vatican Official on Safeguarding Children in Eastern Africa

May 17, 2023

The moral requirement to safeguard children is not new, the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said. 

The Group of Seven (G7) countries who will be meeting in Hiroshima, Japan. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Africa Appeal for “unpayable” Debt Cancellation ahead of G7 Summit

May 17, 2023

Catholic Bishops serving in the humanitarian and development arm of the Church in Africa are appealing to leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries who will be meeting in Hiroshima, Japan, to deliberate on ways to support African countries that are struggling with poverty, including the possibility of canceling debts that the Bishops term as “unpayable”.

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Nigerian Researchers to Present Government’s “scorecard” Detailing Christian Persecution

May 17, 2023

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari’s hand-over on May 29 will be followed by the launch of a report detailing his government’s failure to address attacks against Christians in the West African nation, and “aiding” most of the persecution.

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South Sudanese Diocese Spearheading Peace Initiative, Priest Says Communities “impressed”

May 17, 2023

The peace initiative that the Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CODEP), the social wing of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY), has undertaken to reconcile two warring communities is having a positive impact, the Chancellor of the South Sudanese Diocese has said.

Pope Francis takes a telephone call during the May 17 General Audience. | Daniel Ibáñez/EWTN News

Pope Francis Receives Phone Call During General Audience

May 17, 2023

To the surprise of the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis briefly interrupted his Wednesday general audience to take a phone call.