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Funeral mass for the victims in 2018. Credit: ACN

At Least 65 Christians Killed in Nigeria’s Benue State in Last Two Months: Catholic Bishop

Jul 20, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria has decried the increase in the number of Christians killed in Nigeria’s Benue State where he says at least 65 followers of Christ have lost their lives “over the past two months” following targeted attacks. 

Catholic Bishops in Central Africa during their Plenary Assembly in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Central Africa Urged to Defend Youth Facing Migration Challenges

Jul 20, 2022

The Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization has called on members of the Association of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACERAC) to be the mouthpiece and defenders of youth who face numerous migration challenges in the region.

St. Mary's Cathedral of South Sudan's Wau Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Work to “restore social cohesion among communities”: Catholic Priest in South Sudan

Jul 20, 2022

The Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Wau in South Sudan has called on the people of God in the East-Central African nation to let go the tendency to focus on differences and instead open a new chapter of unity that would see cohesion among communities restored.

Late Yasmin Jessie Duarte. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Late South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Eulogized as “face of multi-cultural diversity”

Jul 20, 2022

The Archbishop of Johannesburg Archdiocese has eulogized the late South African anti-apartheid activist, Yasmin Jessie Duarte, as the “face of multi-cultural diversity”.

Late Fr. Thomas Muhosha. Credit: Nyasa Times

Sentenced Catholic Priest for Murder of Malawian Man Living with Albinism Has Died

Jul 20, 2022

The Malawian Catholic Priest who was serving his 30-year prison sentence for the murder of a 22-year-old man living with albinism is dead. 

Pope Francis delivering a video message. Credit: ANSA

Pope Francis Lauds Nairobi Congress on Theology as “a sign of an outgoing African Church”

Jul 19, 2022

Pope Francis has expressed his delight about the ongoing second biannual Pan-African Catholic Congress on Theology, Society, and Pastoral Life, which members of the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network (PACTPAN) organized in Nairobi, Kenya.

Venerable Servant of God Maria Carola Cecchin to be beatified on November 5 in Kenya's Meru Diocese. Credit: Meru Diocese

Beatification of Italian Nun Who Served in Kenya Will “spur growth of vocations”: Priest

Jul 19, 2022

The planned beatification of an Italian-born Catholic Nun described as “the venerable who gave her life in Kenya” due to her dedicated service in Kenya’s Meru Diocese for two decades is expected to “spur growth of vocations”, a member of the Clergy of the Kenyan Catholic Diocese involved in the preparations for the beatification has told ACI Africa.

Late Fr. John Mark Cheitnum. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Catholic Diocese Announces “gruesome murder” of One of Two Abducted Priests

Jul 19, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria has announced the “gruesome murder” of Fr. John Mark Cheitnum who kidnapped on July 15 alongside Fr. Denatus Cleopas, the latter having safely escaped from his captors.

Bishop-emeritus Michael Dixon Bhasera (right) and Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndhlovu (left), the Apostolic Administrator of the Zimbabwean Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of 72-year-old Zimbabwean Bishop, Appoints Caretaker

Jul 19, 2022

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera of the Catholic Diocese of Masvingo in Zimbabwe, the 72-year-old Catholic Church leader who started his Episcopal Ministry in the Zimbabwean Diocese of Gokwe in October 1991.    

One of the beneficiaries of the project tends to the vegetable garden. Credit: JRS

Jesuit Entity in Cameroon Transforming IDPs’ Lives in “a communal garden” Initiative

Jul 19, 2022

A section of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Ardjaniré camp in Cameroon are benefiting “a communal garden”, an initiative that the entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), has spearheaded.  

Some members of the African region of the World Catholic Association for Communication, SIGNIS Africa during their congress in Kigali, Rwanda. Credit: SIGNIS

Catholic Media Entities in Africa Urged to Foster “a more inclusive, participatory Church”

Jul 18, 2022

Catholic media entities in Africa have been urged to embrace the spirit of the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality by incorporating all members of society, including “more women and young people”, in their respective governance structures. 

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo Received an Award for excellent contribution to pastoral Communication in Africa. Credit: SIGNIS

Bishop Cautions Catholic Communicators in Africa against “disinformation ecosystem”

Jul 18, 2022

Catholic communicators in Africa have a duty to resist the influence of the contemporary propaganda networks that deliberately spread false information, the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has said.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

End “tribal animosity, violence that comes with every election”: Catholic Bishops in Kenya

Jul 18, 2022

Catholic Bishops have urged Kenyans to avoid tribal clashes that have previously characterized the country’s electioneering period, and instead embrace “cultural diversity”. 

Mons. Walter Erbì, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia on 16 July 2022. Credit: Iglesias Diocese

Pope Francis Appoints Italian-Born Cleric as Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia

Jul 18, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Walter Erbì, a native of Italy, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Liberia and assigned him the Titular See of Nepeta in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.

Credit: Johan Viljoen

Catholic Entity Welcomes UN Plan to Investigate Violations against Children in Mozambique

Jul 18, 2022

The leadership of Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) has told ACI Africa that the entity is in support of the report about the United Nations’ (UN) plan to investigate “violations against children” in the conflict-ridden Northern region of Mozambique, Cabo Delgado.

Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa at the closing Mass of the 20th Plenary Assembly o AMECEA in Tanzania. Credit: ACI Africa

Eastern Africa Catholic Bishops Conclude Plenary with Call for New Environment Strategies

Jul 17, 2022

Catholic Bishops of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have concluded their 20th Plenary Assembly of in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a call for tactical changes in addressing the challenges of climate change in the region in line with Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’.

A poster announcing the Pan-African Congress on Theology that members of the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network (PACTPAN) have organized. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Planned Pan-African Congress on Theology to Focus “on what it means to be a vital church”

Jul 17, 2022

The Pan-African Congress on Theology that members of the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network (PACTPAN) have organized this month is set to focus on the meaning of being “vital church” and Synodality among other issues in Africa and the whole world, an official of the entity involved in convening the Congress has said.

Mons. Masilo John Selemela, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa on 16 July 2022. Credit: Archdiocese of Pretoria

Pope Francis Appoints National Major Seminary Rector in South Africa Auxiliary Bishop

Jul 17, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed the Rector of St. John Vianney National Major Seminary the Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa.

Bishop Christian Carlassare of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

“Divine mercy has protected me”, Catholic Bishop in South Sudan on Coping after Shooting

Jul 17, 2022

Bishop Christian Carlassare who was shot in April 2021, weeks after his appointment as to the Local Ordinary of the Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan, is holding up fine.

Don Bosco Vocational Center in Cameroon held an open house to showcase students’ educational progress. Credit: Salesian Missions

On World Youth Skills Day, Salesians Highlight Youth Empowerment Initiatives in Africa

Jul 17, 2022

On the annual event of the World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) marked July 15, officials of a Salesian entity have highlighted initiatives that the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has undertaken to empower the youth across the globe, including Africa.