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Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel of Addis Ababa Archdiocese in Ethiopia. Credit: CBCE

After Ethiopian Cardinal’s Call for Dialogue, Tigray Forces Agree to AU-led Peace Talks

Sep 13, 2022

Following the Ethiopian Cardinal’s call for dialogue and ceasefire after years of violence in the country’s Tigray region, members of the Tigrayan forces have said they are willing to engage in peace talks to be mediated by the African Union (AU). 

Ugandan-born Bishop Joseph Mary Kizito of Aliwal Diocese in South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Foster Inclusivity for Integration of Migrants in Host Communities: Bishop in South Africa

Sep 13, 2022

The Bishop overseeing the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is calling on the people of God in Botswana, Eswatini, and South Africa to give special attention to values that foster inclusivity to achieve integration of migrants and refugees in host communities. 

Late Fr. Caesar Samuele Lukudu Jombi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Sudanese Cleric Involved in Priests’ Formation Eulogized as “formidable leader”

Sep 13, 2022

Fr. Caesar Samuele Lukudu Jombi, the late South Sudanese Catholic Priest who served as a formator has been eulogized as a “formidable leader”.

Pope Francis speaking in Nur-Sultan hall in Kazakhstan , Sept 13. 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Urges Peace in "senseless and tragic war" in Ukraine

Sep 13, 2022

Pope Francis arrived in Kazakhstan Tuesday urging dialogue and peace in the face of Russia’s “senseless and tragic war” in Ukraine.

"Every human being is sacred": Pope Francis to Religious Leaders in Kazakhstan

Sep 13, 2022

It is the task of religions to remind society of the sacredness of all human life, Pope Francis told leaders of the world’s religions in Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

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Human Rights Entity Lauds Dismissal of Apostasy Case against Christian Converts in Sudan

Sep 13, 2022

The UK-based human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has welcomed the dismissal of a case against four men who were accused of apostasy in Sudan.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Port Louis in Mauritius. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

On Memorial of “Apostle of Mauritius”, Blessed Laval, Cardinal Urges Closeness to Youth

Sep 13, 2022

On the occasion of the 181st anniversary of the arrival of Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval in Mauritius and the 158th anniversary of his death, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation has called upon pastoral agents to reach out to young people in view of addressing their challenges in the footsteps of the late Missionary Priest.

New King Charles III makes his first address to UK parliament. Credit: Courtesy Photo

King Charles III of UK Should Promote Religious Diversity: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria

Sep 12, 2022

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has hailed Queen Elizabeth II for her exemplary rootedness in faith, and called upon King Charles III, who acceded to the throne following the demise of the Queen on September 8, to uphold the spirit of the late Monarch and to promote religious diversity in all the Commonwealth countries.

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Let’s “join hands” to Address Human Trafficking in Uganda: Bishops’ Conference Chairman

Sep 12, 2022

The dynamics around the “heinous crime” of human trafficking in Uganda cannot be addressed by a single entity, the Chairman of Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC), Bishop Joseph Antony Zziwa, has said.

Official logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Laud Government’s “interventions” Toward Sustainability of Debt

Sep 12, 2022

Members of the Zambia-based Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have lauded the Southern African nation’s “interventions” toward sustainability of national debt.

Pope Francis greets World Youth Day pilgrims in Panama. | Jonah McKeown/CNA

Arise to Serve Others, Pope Francis Urges in World Youth Day Message

Sep 12, 2022

Pope Francis has released his message ahead of the international World Youth Day next year, imploring young people across the globe to join him in Lisbon, Portugal, and “arise,” as Mary did, to the call of service to others.

Pope Francis addressed a group of Italian entrepreneurs Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, about the need to support working mothers. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks Businesses to Support Working Women: They’re ‘afraid to get pregnant’

Sep 12, 2022

Pope Francis is stressing the importance of accommodating pregnant women as employees — and calling on the business world to find a solution. 

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke speaking on the occasion of the thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral of Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network.

Recent Creation of Nigerian Bishop as Cardinal Hailed as “an elevation of local Church”

Sep 11, 2022

The elevation of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese to the rank of Cardinal is a promotion of the local Church, the people of God in Nigeria, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

Nobel Chimenyi. Credit: Nobel Chimenyi/Facebook

Concern as Plight of Pastoral Caregivers Burying the Dead in Cameroonian Crisis Overlooked

Sep 11, 2022

Amid the ongoing killings in the Northwest and Southwest English-speaking regions of Cameroon where bodies are reportedly left strewn on the streets and on river banks, it is those taking care of the dead that are forgotten the most.

Pope Francis speaks at the Angelus address on March 20, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Honors Comboni Nun Killed by Islamist Terrorists in Mozambique

Sep 11, 2022

Pope Francis in his Angelus address on Sunday honored an Italian missionary sister who was killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique.

Archbishop Dabula Anthony Mpako of Pretoria Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

South African Archbishop Lauds Christian Brothers for Instilling “life values” in Learners

Sep 11, 2022

The Archbishop of Pretoria Archdiocese in South Africa has lauded members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers (CFC) for not only imparting academic lessons but also teaching “life values” to those enrolled in their learning institutions.

In the afternoons and evening, women and girls have the chance to learn to read, write, and calculate in a literacy course run by JRS Chad in Fourkoulom. Credit: JRS

Jesuit Entity’s Literacy Program in Chad Empowering Young Women with Survival Skills

Sep 10, 2022

Dozens of girls and young women in Chad's Fourkoulom IDP camp are benefiting from a literacy program spearheaded by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Oppose Comprehensive Sexuality Education Budgets: Kenyan Bishop to International MPs

Sep 10, 2022

International legislators need to oppose budgets toward “bad education programs” such as Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), which United Nations (UN) agencies and the European Union (EU) present to their respective parliaments, the Catholic Bishop at the helm of the Commission for education has said.

Bishops Robert Mphiwe, Bishop Antanasio Canira and Bishop Joseph Kizito. SACBC/IMBISA Cross Border Conference with CEMIRDE delegation. Lumko  Conference Centre, Benoni, Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: ACI Africa

South African Catholic Bishop Calls for “new pastoral model” in Reaching Out to Migrants

Sep 10, 2022

The Catholic Bishop at the helm of South Africa’s Rustenburg Diocese has called for a “new pastoral model” in assisting migrants in his Episcopal See and in the country.

Bishop Jean-Pierre Kwambamba Masi of Kenge Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Appeals for Peace, Reconciliation amid Inter-tribal Conflict

Sep 10, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Kenge Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has appealed for peace and reconciliation following violent clashes between members of the Yaka and Teke in the territory covered by his Episcopal See.