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Bishop Varghese Thottamkara, Vicar Apostolic for Ethiopia’s Nekemte Vicariate, appointed Bishop of Balasore Diocese in India. Credit: CBCE

Vicar Apostolic of Nekemte in Ethiopia Appointed Bishop of India’s Balasore Diocese

May 10, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Varghese Thottamkara who has been serving as the Vicar Apostolic for Ethiopia’s Nekemte Vicariate, as the Bishop of Balasore Diocese in India.

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Catholic Charity Calls for Release of Somali Women Detained for Converting to Christianity

May 10, 2023

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) international, is appealing to the international community to intervene in the arrest and detention of two women in Somaliland who converted from Islam to Christianity.

Men’s Worldwide Rosary Prays for the Conversion of the Entire World

May 10, 2023

Men from more than 40 countries joined together May 6 for the worldwide Men’s Rosary, praying on their knees before the Virgin Mary so that men would once again be valued in society and for the conversion of the entire world.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET). Credit:: CET

Catholic Bishops’ Commission in Chad “greatly concerned” about Inter-community Clashes

May 10, 2023

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Justice and Peace (CEJP) are “greatly concerned” about recurrent inter-community clashes in the North-Central African nation.

Kryzysztof Gawrysiak and his wife, Aneta, (at center) spent more than two hours with Pope Francis at his Vatican residence on May 4, 2023, to discuss their new online initiative,, which they started after learning more about the rates of depression — and suicide attempts — among adolescents around the world. | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis Welcomes Program to Spiritually Adopt A Struggling Teen

May 10, 2023

Pope Francis has given his blessing to a program started in Poland to spiritually adopt struggling teenagers and pray for them by name.

Deadly floods that hit DR Congo's South Kivu Province destroyed homes and left hundred dead. Credit: Caritas Congo ASBL

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Express “fraternal closeness” with Victims of Deadly Floods

May 9, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed their “fraternal closeness and solidarity” with victims of deadly floods and landslides that have reportedly resulted in the death of hundreds of people in the country’s South Kivu Province.

Fr. Peter Konteh,  the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown . Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

On Europe Day, Caritas Freetown Lauds EU Collaboration in Rebuilding Sierra Leone

May 9, 2023

Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has lauded the collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the development arm of the Catholic Church in the West African nation in rebuilding the country after years of civil war.

Bishop Cleophas Oseso Tuka of Kenya's Nakuru Diocese addressing congregation at his Episcopal Ordination Saturday, 6 May 2023. Credit: ACI Africa

Newly Ordained Kenyan Bishop Striving for “a prosperous Diocese”, Urges Unity of Purpose

May 9, 2023

The newly Consecrated Catholic Bishop of Kenya's Nakuru Diocese is looking forward to having “a prosperous Diocese”. 

A synodal Church has to be a listening and a discerning Church. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

“A great source of renewal”: Catholic Priest on Charismatic Groups in Zimbabwe

May 9, 2023

Charismatic groups can be “a great source of renewal” among the people of God, the National Spiritual Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) in Zimbabwe has said.

In his address to a Catholic university in Hungary on April 30, 2023, Pope Francis spoke about the false freedoms offered by both communism and consumerism, and encouraged people to seek out Christ’s truth. | Vatican News

Pope Francis Says Traditional Latin Mass was Being Used in an Ideological Way

May 9, 2023

Pope Francis said he implemented one of the changes of Traditionis custodes, the 2021 motu proprio restricting the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, because the allowances granted by his predecessors were “being used in an ideological way.”

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

“Remember your faith, study diligently”: Catholic Archbishop to Kenyan Young Learners

May 9, 2023

The Archbishop of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese has encouraged school going children in the East African nation not to overlook their faith, and to “study diligently”.

Archbishop Alex Thomas pose for a picture with young adults and the youth during a visit to Ingutsheni psychiatry hospital. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

Youth in Zimbabwean Archdiocese Visit Drug Rehabilitation Facility for “reality check”

May 9, 2023

Members of the Young Catholic Adults (YCA) in Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo Archdiocese have visited the country’s Ingutsheni Psychiatric Hospital, where victims of drug abuse are housed for a “reality check” on the dangers and effects of substance abuse.  

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Past Experiences Behind Trauma of South Sudanese, Need Help to “restore hope”: Priest

May 9, 2023

The past experiences of armed and intercommunal deadly conflicts have contributed to the reality of trauma among South Sudanese who have lost hope, and stand in need of help to live meaningful lives, a Catholic Priest in the country has said.

Pope Francis with Tawadros II, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, in Cairo, Egypt, April 28, 2017. | L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis, Tawadros II to Mark 50 Years of Renewed Catholic-Coptic Orthodox Relations

May 9, 2023

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Pope Tawadros II, will celebrate a liturgy in the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran on Sunday to mark 50 years of renewed relations between the Catholic and Coptic Orthodox Churches.

Boats belonging to Caritas South Sudan transporting persons fleeing violence in Sudan. Credit: Malakal Diocese

Caritas South Sudan Offering “humanitarian support” to Thousands Fleeing Sudan Violence

May 8, 2023

Caritas South Sudan, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the East-Central African country, is offering “humanitarian support” to thousands of South Sudanese fleeing the war in Sudan that broke out on April 15.

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Pope Francis Lauds Spiritan Rich History Realized in 60 Countries in “docility to Spirit”

May 8, 2023

Pope Francis has lauded the rich history of the members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers) that is being realized in some 60 countries across five continents.

Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya, South Sudan Bemoans “horror scenes” in Sudan amid Violence

May 8, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya and South Sudan has expressed concern about ongoing fighting in Sudan, which he said has resulted in “horror scenes”.

Members of St. Francis of Paola Parish of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo hold prayers at the parish premises. Credit: Fr. Patrick Lonkoy Bolengu

Catholic Priest in DR Congo Laments Months of Killings over Community Land

May 8, 2023

St. Francis of Paola Parish of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is losing its members to a group of individuals claiming to prevent the sale of community land.

rchbishop Michael Didi Adgum Mangoria of Sudan's Khartoum Archdiocese. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Religious, Clergy Forced to Flee as War, Humanitarian Crisis Intensify in Sudan

May 8, 2023

Faced with the danger of bombings and the worsening humanitarian situation as war rages on in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, members of the Clergy and women and men Religious are fleeing in search of safety elsewhere.

Bishop Cleophas Oseso Tuka of Kenya's Nakuru Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Nuncio Urges New Bishop in Kenya to Foster “a humble church, devoid of any clericalism”

May 7, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has urged the newly Consecrated Bishop of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Nakuru to foster “a humble church” that prioritizes service rather than the seeking of “the first position”.