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Fr. Thégène Ngoboka, director of the Cyangugu Justice and Peace Commission in Rwanda. Credit: ACN

Catholic Church in Rwanda Journeying with Prisoners to Heal Wounds of Civil War

May 7, 2023

Nearly three decades after the Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed, the wounds are still tender, and a lot still needs to be done to bring about forgiveness by those who remain wounded.

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Let’s Join “in prayer and action for peace in Sudan”: Jesuit Entity

May 7, 2023

The Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network – Africa (JENA) is calling for “prayer and action” to bring an end to the ongoing violent conflict in Sudan, where violence between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) erupted on April 15. 

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for the recitation of the Regina Caeli on May 7, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Jesus Calls us to Set our Sights on Heaven

May 7, 2023

Pope Francis on Sunday warned against the danger of living life without a sense of purpose or a destination to set our course by, reminding the faithful that Jesus is “our compass for reaching heaven,” our true home.

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Sudan. Credit: Agenzia Info Salesiana

Catholic Religious Institute in Sudan Considers Relocating School following Bombing

May 6, 2023

The leadership of St. Joseph Vocational Training Centre (VCT) situated in Khartoum, Sudan’s embattled capital city, is mulling over a plan to move the institution to a safer place following a bombing that destroyed part of the facility under the auspices of Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB).

Reference image of Pope Francis at a general audience. Credit: Vatican Media.

“Blessings of strength, peace”: Pope Francis to Rwandans after Deadly Floods

May 6, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” to the people of God in Rwanda following the torrential rains that swept through the Northern, Western, and Southern Provinces of the country during the night of May 2-3, resulting in deadly floods.

Religious Leaders in Kenya. Credit: KCCB

Curb “staggering wastage”: Religious Leaders in Kenya to County, National Governments

May 6, 2023

Kenya has sufficient resources to manage its economic affairs, including the servicing of loans and “salary obligations”, religious leaders in the East African nation have observed, and identified “wastage” at County and national levels as the reason behind the country’s economic crisis.

Burned vehicles after Good Friday raid on April 7, 2023, in Ngban, Benue state, Nigeria. | Courtesy of Justice, Development, and Peace Commission

Advocates for Nigerian Persecuted Christians Fault US Report Depicting Fulani as Victims

May 6, 2023

Advocates for persecuted Christians in Nigeria are criticizing a new report prepared by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) that they say ignores the many documented atrocities perpetrated against Christians by the Fulani ethnic group in Nigeria and instead paints the Fulani as persecuted victims.  

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Rwandan Catholic Priest Known as “key genocide mastermind” Dismissed from Clerical Duties

May 6, 2023

Fr. Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, a Rwandan Catholic Priest considered a “key mastermind” of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has been, “not subject to any appeal”, dismissed from clerical duties. 

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Here’s the Prayer of a Journalist Saint Before He Died for Freedom of the Catholic Press

May 6, 2023

World Press Freedom Day was celebrated May 3 and the courage to get the truth out has sometimes cost the lives of Catholic journalists, among them St. Titus Brandsma, a Carmelite priest whose efforts cost him his life at the hands of the Nazi regime.

A new Swiss Guard swears to protect the pope, even sacrificing his life if necessary, during a ceremony on May 6, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

6 Things to Know about the Swiss Guard and its Swearing-in Ceremony

May 6, 2023

A group of new Swiss Guard recruits officially joined the ranks after swearing to “faithfully, loyally and honorably serve the reigning Pontiff” at the Vatican on Saturday.

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“Anomalous situation”: Cardinal in Nigeria on Delayed Presidential Petition Verdict

May 5, 2023

The delay in delivering the Presidential petition verdict following Nigeria’s disputed presidential poll has put the West African nation in an “anomalous situation”,  John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said.

Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu, among the 17 members appointed to the Presidential Taskforce to facilitate the reviewing of the Legal and Regulatory Framework Governing Religious Organizations in Kenya. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Archbishop Named in Presidential Taskforce to Regulate Kenyan Religious Entities

May 5, 2023

Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu is among the 17 members appointed to the Presidential Taskforce to facilitate the reviewing of the Legal and Regulatory Framework Governing Religious Organizations in Kenya. 

Fr. Chochos Kunav (right) and Fr. Raphael Ogigba (left), freed by abductors after five days of captivity from the Catholic Diocese of Warri in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo.

Released “unharmed, unbroken”: Official on Two Nigerian Priests Kidnapped from Warri

May 5, 2023

Fr. Chochos Kunav and Fr. Raphael Ogigba, who were abducted on April 29 from the Catholic Diocese of Warri in Nigeria, have been released.

The Imperial State Crown, Sceptre, and wreath of symbolic flowers adorn the coffin of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the gun carriage for the funeral procession, Sept. 19, 2022. | Credit: Kelly Chow/Shutterstock

A Guide to the Christian — and Catholic — Symbolism in King Charles III’s Coronation

May 5, 2023

King Charles III will be crowned on Saturday in Westminster Abbey in the first royal coronation since that of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, 70 years ago. The coronation will be a Christian service, centered on the celebration of holy communion in an Anglican (Church of England) liturgy.

Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in an audience May 5, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Invites Child Protection Group to have "a spirituality of reparation"

May 5, 2023

Pope Francis invited the Vatican’s child protection commission to have “a spirituality of reparation” toward victims of clergy sexual abuse and to examine where the Church has committed “sins of omission” in this area.

Bishop Robert Francis Prevost was named prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Bishops on Jan. 30, 2023. | Credit: Frayjhonattan, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Vatican’s New Bishops’ Prefect Shares His "portrait of a bishop"

May 5, 2023

A bishop should nurture closeness to Christ, share the beauty of the faith, use social media wisely, and have a universal vision, the new head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Bishops shared this week.

Section of Namugongo Shrine in Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese. Credit: Fr. Don Bosco Onyalla

Ugandan Diocese Sets Safety Protocols for Martyrs’ Day Pilgrimage: Over a Million Expected

May 4, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Jinja in Uganda is in “very high gear” preparing for one of the world’s largest religious gatherings – the annual June 3 Martyrs’ Day Pilgrimage – by implementing safety protocols, training local medical response teams, and preparing for the expansive liturgical celebrations for the pilgrims who will number over one million, according to the Vicar General of the Diocese.

Bishop Willybard Kitogho Lagho  of Kenya's Malindi Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Kenyan Starvation Cult: Catholic Bishop Highlights Sects to Avoid

May 4, 2023

Sects led by people who claim to have supernatural experiences could potentially be dangerous cults that must be avoided, the Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese has said.

Mons. Frimino David, appointed Bishop of Angola's Sumbe Diocese on 4 May 2023. Credit: Sumbe Diocese

Rector of Christ the King Major Seminary in Angola Appointed Bishop of Sumbe Diocese

May 4, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Frimino David who has been serving as Rector of Christ the King Major Seminary Huambo in Angola as the Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Sumbe in the Southern African nation. 

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier speaks at the Vatican Press Office on Oct 14 2014. Credit Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Cardinal in Africa Condemns “outlawing prayer” in UK ahead of Coronation of Charles III

May 4, 2023

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier has criticized policies of the West, including bans on prayers in zones around abortion clinics in the United Kingdom (UK) ahead of the coronation of King Charles III.