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Pope Francis greeted victims of sexual abuse by members of the Church after the general audience on May 17, 2023. The victims arrived in Rome after making a pilgrimage by bicycle from Munich, Germany. | Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

Abuse Victims Share "wounded heart" with Pope Francis After Bike Trek from Germany

May 17, 2023

Pope Francis on Wednesday met briefly with a group of abuse victims who undertook a bicycle pilgrimage from Germany to Rome this month to ask the pope to do everything in his power to heal and prevent abuses in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis at his general audience on May 17, 2023 (left) and a painting of St. Francis Xavier in the Church of the Gesù in Rome (right). | Daniel Ibanez/Creative Commons

Pope Francis: Share the Gospel with Zeal Like St. Francis Xavier

May 17, 2023

In a world in which there are “so many people who need Jesus,” St. Francis Xavier is an exemplary model of how to live and share the Gospel with zeal, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

“Unacceptable”: Religious Freedom Advocates on Protracted Captivity of Nigerian Teen, Leah

May 16, 2023

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has termed as “unacceptable” the continued holding in captivity of Leah Sharibu, the only remaining student who has not been released since the 2018 Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapping.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe currently undergoing treatment in Rome. Credit: ACI Africa

Prayer Appeal for Healing of South Sudanese Bishop after “minor operation” in Rome

May 16, 2023

Prayers are being sought for “God’s healing and protection” for Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe who is undergoing treatment in Rome.

Venerable Edel Quinn. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Pray for Venerable Edel Quinn’s Canonization: Official of Legion of Mary in Kenya

May 16, 2023

Members of the Legion of Mary globally have been urged to intensify prayers for the canonization of  Venerable Edel Quinn who pioneered the lay apostolic association of Catholics that is rooted in Marian spirituality in East and Central Africa.

Catholic Archbishop in Uganda Urges Government to “Respect more role of communicators”

May 16, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese in Uganda has urged the government of the East African nation, especially the country’s “security and administration” to accord communicators respect “in their line of duty”. 

Bishop Bob John Koroma, ordained Bishop on May 13, 2023. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

“Let’s learn from our past mistakes”: Catholic Bishop in Sierra Leone on Need for Unity

May 15, 2023

The new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Makeni in Sierra Leone has called on the people of God under his pastoral care to embrace unity, and to shun “the spirit of divisiveness”, which he said had made them wait for a Local Ordinary for many years.

Students in process with the photo of Venerable Edel Quinn during the May 13 event at St. Mary’s Msongari School grounds in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

Four Lessons from Irish-born Legion of Mary Pioneer in East and Central Africa

May 15, 2023

Her love for God, for the person of Jesus Christ, for neighbor, and her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary are lessons that members of the Legion of Mary and other Catholics can learn from Venerable Edel Quinn, the pioneer, in East and Central Africa, of the lay apostolic association of Catholics that is rooted in Marian spirituality, a Catholic Bishop in Kenya has said.

Credit: Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF)

Kenya’s Christian Professionals to Start Constitutional Review Process to Protect Families

May 15, 2023

Members of the Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF) are to start a constitutional amendment process aimed at clarifying “ambiguities” in Kenya’s Constitution of 2010 that they say are being exploited to undermine Kenyan “moral and family values”.

Archbishop Walter Erbì (left), Apostolic Nuncio in Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia and Bishop Bob John Hassan Koroma (right),  the new Local Ordinary of Makeni Diocese in Sierra Leone. Credit: Makeni Diocese

Catholic Bishops Called to Service, Not to “honor”: Nuncio in Sierra Leone at Consecration

May 15, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Sierra Leone has advised the new Bishop of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Makeni to view his Episcopal consecration as a humble service to the people of God and not a call to “honor.” 

After Nine Years Without Ordinations, Argentine Diocese has a New Priest. Here’s his Story

May 15, 2023

After nine years without priestly ordinations, the Diocese of Alto Valle de Río Negro in Argentina on May 1 celebrated the ordination of Father Alexis Oser, 27.

Archbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi of Tokyo was elected president of Caritas Internationalis during the Vatican-based confederation of national charities' General Assembly on May 11-16, 2023. | Courtesy of Caritas Internationalis

Tokyo Archbishop Elected New President of Caritas Internationalis

May 15, 2023

Archbishop Tarcisius Isao Kikuchi has been elected as the new president of Caritas Internationalis, the second-largest humanitarian aid organization in the world after the Red Cross.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen officially opens the door of the St. John the Evangelist Holy Ghost Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi in Kenya on 13 May 2023. Credit: St. John the Evangelist Holy Ghost Parish

“A Holy space”: Nuncio at Kenyan Church Consecration, Cautions against Politics in Church

May 14, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has underscored the need to respect Catholic church buildings, and cautioned against using the “holy space” for politics.

Mons. Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate (right) and Mons. Honoré Beugré Dakpa (left). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Comboni Provincial Superior in DR Congo, Ivorian Priest, Appointed Bishops

May 14, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate who has been serving as the Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the Auxiliary Bishop for Kisangani Archdiocese.

Sarah Cleto Rial, Governor of South Sudan’s Western Bahr El Ghazal State. Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Sudanese Catholic Diocese Lauded for “standing with our people” in Service Delivery

May 14, 2023

A government official in South Sudan has lauded the country’s Catholic Diocese of Wau for “standing with our people” through service delivery. 

Religious Leaders in Guinea-Bissau Commit to Working for Peace in Country’s June Elections

May 14, 2023

Leaders of various faiths in Guinea-Bissau have pledged to support free, fair, and peaceful parliamentary elections scheduled for June 4 in the West African nation.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Gyumri, Armenia, June 25, 2016. | L'Osservatore Romano/CNA

Pope Francis Entrusts All Mothers to Blessed Virgin Mary on Mother’s Day

May 14, 2023

On Mother’s Day, Pope Francis entrusted all mothers, including those in heaven, to the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Pope Francis arrives at the Paul VI Hall for his weekly general audience on Ash Wednesday Feb. 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Issues New Constitution for Vatican City State

May 14, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday issued a new constitution of the Vatican City State that further emphasizes the power of the pope over the sovereign state.

Trócaire and Caritas Nyundo responded to devastating floods which took the lives of 131 people and displaced almost 6,000 families in serious flooding in northern and western Rwanda last week. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Reaches Out to Flood Victims in Rwanda in “a very safe, dignified way”

May 13, 2023

Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, has reached out to victims of floods in a Rwandan Catholic Diocese in a grant to Caritas, implemented through cash transfers.

Credit: CAN

Nigeria’s Church Leaders Promote Bill Seeking to Establish Christian Education Curriculum

May 13, 2023

Church leaders in Nigeria are promoting the National Council for Christian Education Bill, which seeks to oversee the development of a Christian education curriculum and monitor what learners are taught in schools.