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

DRC’s Catholic Bishops Want “independent body with experienced” to Audit Voter Register

May 13, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are calling on the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) to seek the expertise of “an independent body with experience” alongside “a few national experts” to audit the country’s voter register.

Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator will become the new dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST-SCU) on August 15. Credit: JST-SCU

Outgoing President of Jesuits in Africa Named Dean of U.S.-based Jesuit School of Theology

May 13, 2023

Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator who is completing his term as the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has been named the new dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST-SCU).

Pope Francis met Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Vatican on May 13, 2023, their first meeting since the start of the full-scale war with Russia. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis and Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy Meet at Vatican

May 13, 2023

Pope Francis and the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, met at the Vatican on Saturday.

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 28, 2022. | Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Laments New Euthanasia Law in Portugal on Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

May 13, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday expressed his sorrow over the legalization of euthanasia in Portugal.

Caritas officials who met in Rome for their 10th regional assembly. Credit: Caritas Africa

Caritas in Eastern Africa Urges Humanitarian Agencies to “urgently step up” Sudan support

May 12, 2023

Presidents of Caritas in the region of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have appealed to humanitarian agencies operating in war-torn Sudan to “urgently” increase their support for victims of the war that is raging in the country’s capital, Khartoum.

Archbishop Fulgence Muteba Mugalu with Sr. Lucie Mwasenga in Lubumbashi on 10 May 2023. Credit: Lubumbashi Archdiocese

Gang Leader in DR Congo Releases Abducted Catholic Nun to Avoid “Problems with the Pope”

May 12, 2023

A gang leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has freed a Catholic Nun a few hours after her kidnapping in the region covered by the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Lubumbashi, saying he did not want to have “problems with the Pope, the Archbishop, and especially with the Catholic Church”.

Lucy Esipila, Caritas Africa Secretary General. Credit: Caritas Africa

New Caritas Africa Secretary General Appeals to Dioceses to Bolster Advocacy Initiatives

May 12, 2023

The newly appointed Caritas Africa Secretary General has called on Diocesan Caritas to take every opportunity available to participate in dialogues on issues affecting the communities they serve.

Fr. Francis Kariuki (centre) with members the Legion of Mary  during Centenary celebration in Nairobi, Kenya 2021. Credit: Fr. Francis Kariuki

Plans Underway in Kenya to Celebrate 79th Death Anniversary of Legion of Mary Pioneer

May 12, 2023

Members of the Legion of Mary in Kenya are preparing to celebrate the 79th death anniversary of  Venerable Edel Quinn who pioneered, in East and Central Africa, the lay apostolic association of Catholics that is rooted in Marian spirituality.

Pope Francis shared a stage with Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on May 12, 2023, to speak at a two-day conference on “The General State of the Birth Rate,” held at Conciliazione Auditorium close to the Vatican. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis: Birth Rate is a Key Indicator of a Country’s Hope

May 12, 2023

Pope Francis said Friday a society’s birth rate is a key indicator of the hope people have in the future.

CCJPZ Coordinators during a strategic plan workshop in Harare. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Justice, Peace Commission Urged to Engage Stakeholders in Fostering Peace

May 12, 2023

Officials of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace in Zimbabwe (CCJPZ) have been urged to work with “all stakeholders” to foster peaceful coexistence in the Southern African nation.

JCTR members at a press conference on 11 May 2023 in Lusaka, Zambia. Credit: JCTR

Jesuit Scholars Call for Inclusion of Marginalized in Zambia’s Budget Planning

May 12, 2023

The Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) is calling on Zambia’s government to promote fairness during the budget preparation process by welcoming ideas from the marginalized and vulnerable.

Credit: Yei Diocese

Catholic Entity in South Sudan Empowering Religious Leaders on “peacebuilding” Initiatives

May 12, 2023

The department of Integral Human Development of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese, Caritas Yei, is empowering religious leaders with skills on how to foster peace and reconciliation in the country’s Central Equatoria State.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin during a press conference on , 22 December 2022 in Juba. Credit: Wani Yusif/CRN

Church Entities in South Sudan Urged to “open all doors” to Personnel Fleeing Sudan War

May 11, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of South Sudan’s only Metropolitan See, Juba, has urged Church institutions in the country to welcome and offer support to members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and Laity arriving from Sudan where war broke out on April 15.

Address by Mr Francesco Pinelli (temporary Caritas Internationalis administrator) at the opening session of the Caritas Africa Regional Assembly Rome, 08 May 2023. Credit: Caritas Africa

Caritas Africa Lauded for Giving Voice to Change to “eliminate the roots of injustice”

May 11, 2023

The Temporary Administrator of Caritas Internationalis (CI) has lauded members of Caritas Africa for giving voice to change that can help “eliminate the roots of injustice” on the continent.

St. John the Evangelist Holy Ghost Parish. Credit: Magdalene Kahiu/ACI Africa

Scheduled Consecration of Kenyan Church to be “a memorable event”: Parish Priest

May 11, 2023

The consecration of St. John the Evangelist Holy Ghost Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi in Kenya planned for Saturday, May 13 will be “a memorable event for parishioners”, the Parish Priest has said.

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Bishop Invites DR Congo Catholics to “massively participate” in June Eucharistic Congress

May 11, 2023

The Bishop of Butembo-Beni Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is calling upon Catholics to “massively participate” in the planned third National Eucharistic Congress.

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Pope Francis Urges Freedom in Message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

May 11, 2023

In his message for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, released May 11, Pope Francis recognized the migratory flows of our times as “the expression of a complex and varied phenomenon” that requires analysis of the different stages, including the departure, arrival, and the possibility of returning to one’s homeland.

Pope Francis receives relics of the Coptic martyrs from Pope Tawadros II, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, May 11, 2023. Pope Francis also announced that the 21 men will be added to the Church’s official list of saints. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Adds Coptic Orthodox Martyrs to Liturgical Book of Saints

May 11, 2023

Pope Francis said Thursday that the Coptic Orthodox martyrs killed by ISIS in 2015 will be added to the Catholic Church’s official list of saints. He also received a relic of the martyrs’ blood as a gift.

“Together for a New Africa” Surveying gaps in Leadership ahead of 2023 Training Cycle

May 10, 2023

Young people at Together for a New Africa (T4NA), a network started by former students of Italy-based Sophia University Institute, are surveying gaps in leadership among young people in Africa ahead of the initiative’s training scheduled for later this year.

KCCB Chairman, Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde. Credit: ACI Africa

Address Criminality, Catholic Bishops in Kenya Fault Move to Regulate Religious Entities

May 10, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have faulted the move by President William Samoei Ruto-led government to regulate religious organizations and practices.