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Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (left) and Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior (right) during the 25 April 2024 press conference. Credit: ACI Africa

Church in Africa Acts on Synod on Synodality Call to “theological, pastoral discernment” on Polygamy, Creates Commission

May 3, 2024

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has responded to the call of the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discern pastoral care towards persons in polygamous unions.

President William Ruto (right) and the Vice Chancellor of Tangaza University (TU), Fr. Prof. Patrick Mwania holding the logo of the institution. Credit: State House Kenya/Institute of Social Communication - Tangaza University

Jointly Owned Catholic University in Kenya Granted Charter, Urged to “promote access to affordable, quality education”

May 2, 2024

Tangaza University (TU), the Kenya-based institution of higher learning that is jointly owned by some 22 Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (ICLSAL), has become a fully fledged university, after Kenya’s President, William Ruto, granted it the Charter on Thursday, May 2. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo confirmed President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Clergy, Laity in DR Congo Condemn Judicial Enquiry against Cardinal Ambongo as “shameful initiative”

May 2, 2024

The move to subject Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a judicial enquiry is a “shameful initiative”, the Clergy and Laity in the Central African nation have said. 

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Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Directs Four-day “organized prayer” for Safety of Missing Priest, Driver

May 2, 2024

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura Yambio (CDTY) has directed Parishes and other institutions in his Episcopal See to have “organized prayer” for four days for the intention of the safety of Fr. Luke Yugue and his driver, Michael Gbeko.

Archbishop Luzizila Kiala of Malanje Archdiocese in Angola. Credit: Malanje Archdiocese

Let’s “defend, love our Church with pride”: Catholic Archbishop in Angola

May 2, 2024

Archbishop Luzizila Kiala of the Catholic Archdiocese of Malanje in Angola has called upon the people of God in his Metropolitan See to speak favourably of the Catholic Church as members, loving her “with pride”.

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on 15 November 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses “spiritual closeness” to Kenyans as Flash Floods Cause Dozens of Deaths, Widespread Destruction

May 1, 2024

Pope Francis is in spiritual solidarity with the people of God in Kenya, where heavy rainfall has caused flash floods, dozens of deaths, and widespread destruction of property.

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International Labor Day: Catholic Bishop in Cameroon Recognizes Pastoral Agents’ “hard work, sacrifices”

May 1, 2024

On the occasion of the annual celebration of the International Labor Day commemorated May 1, Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi of Cameroon’s Buea Diocese has recognized with “gratitude and appreciation” the sacrificial efforts pastoral workers make in serving the people of God in his Episcopal See. 

Newly initiated Members of the Knights of St. John International of Nigeria's Katsina Diocese in a group photograph with Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa. Credit: Catholic Diocese of katsina

We’ll Participate in “alleviating the challenges” Christians Face: Knights Official in Katsina Catholic Diocese, Nigeria

May 1, 2024

An official of the Knights of St. John’s International (KSJI) in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Katsina has pledged to have members of the Roman Catholic Union guided by the adage “In unity there is strength” in the Nigerian Diocese participate in addressing the challenges the people of God face.

Privileged “to be an integral part” of Catholic Church Growth in South Sudan: Spiritan Superior General on Anniversary

Apr 30, 2024

It is a “privilege” for members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers) to be part of the South Sudan mission as the people of God in the world’s newest country embrace and grow in Christian faith, the Superior General of the 321-year-old Religious and Missionary Order has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Elizabeth Kogo Pastoral Area of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Faults Online Preachers Who “aggressively, viciously condemn the Catholic Church”

Apr 30, 2024

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has faulted online preachers, who engage in negative criticism of the Catholic Church, including her “doctrine, traditions, and worship.”

Let’s Foster Unity “we celebrated with visit of the Pope”: Apostolic Nuncio at Holy Mass in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan

Apr 29, 2024

The Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan has recalled the theme of the first-ever Papal visit to South Sudan, and called on the people of God in the East-Central African nation to foster unity.

Leonor de Freitas. Credit: ACI Africa

Let’s “stop using plastics”: Catholic Justice and Peace Official in Angola on Campaigns for Environmental Conservation

Apr 29, 2024

The people of God in Angola need to replace the use of plastics with alternatives that contribute to the conservation of the environment, the Executive Secretary of the Justice and Peace Commission (CJP) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (CEAST) has said.

South Sudanese Catholic Priest, Driver “missing”, Diocese Seeking Answers from State, National Government

Apr 28, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Tombura Yambio (CDTY) in South Sudan is asking the leadership of Western Equatoria State as well as the national government to provide answers on the “whereabouts” of Fr. Luke Yugue and his driver, Michael Gbeko.

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Uganda-based Catholic Entity Fostering “social doctrine of the Church” Wins Maiden Edition of St. John Paul II Award

Apr 28, 2024

Uganda-based John Paul II Justice and Peace Centre (JPIIJPC), the Catholic entity established by five member Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL), is the winner of the maiden edition of St. John Paul II Award, an initiative of the Rome-based John Paul II Vatican Foundation.

“We’re universal, international”: Apostolic Nuncio Highlights Catholic Meaning on Arrival in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan

Apr 27, 2024

The fact that the Catholic Church has a global membership, making it universal and international, is a “beautiful thing”, the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen, has said.

Fr. Justine John Dyikuk

Fix Africa to Benefit from Artificial Intelligence: UK-based Nigerian Catholic Scholar to African Leaders

Apr 27, 2024

A Nigerian Catholic Priest and doctoral researcher in the United Kingdom (UK) has challenged scholars, leaders and policymakers across Africa to develop the political will to “fix the continent” failure to which he says the citizenry would miss the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI). 

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Nairobi

“It’s not always easy for some”: Communicators in Kenyan Dioceses Challenged to Cover for Bishops Missing Online

Apr 27, 2024

Communicators in Kenyan Catholic Dioceses have been challenged to keep their Local Ordinaries visible on social media platforms as they juggle between busy schedules.

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Catholic Youths in Malawi Urged to Prioritize Jesus in Life Discernment, Cautioned against Slavery to “worldly things”

Apr 27, 2024

Catholic youths in Malawi have been called upon to prioritize Jesus Christ and to respond to His call to a lifelong service of the Gospel message. 

The “distinct cultural, community forces” Africa’s Delegates to Synod on Synodality Want Integrated into Church Mission

Apr 26, 2024

Embracing the new way of being Church through Small Christian Communities (SCCs) and living out the spirit of “Ubuntu” are the two particular “cultural and community forces” that delegates representing the Church in Africa at the ongoing Synod on Synodality want integrated into the continental mission of the Church.

Credit: Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA)

Let’s “stand with Kenya” as Heavy Rainfall Causes Flash Floods, Deaths, Widespread Destruction: Jesuit Entity Director

Apr 26, 2024

The flash floods, deaths, and widespread destruction of property amid rainfall in Kenya call for solidarity with and support for the people of God in the East African nation, a Nairobi-based Jesuit Priest has said.