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Zimbabwe’s Church Leaders Offer to Mediate Election-related Disputes for Peace

Aug 30, 2023

Christian leaders in Zimbabwe have offered to mediate disputes arising from the just concluded general elections to help maintain peace in the Southern African nation. 

A screenshop of Bishop Charles Kasonde delivering the keynote address at the conference of stakeholders of the Catholic Care for Children International (CCCI)  in Lusaka, Zambia on Tuesday, August 29. Credit: Lumentv Zambia

AMECEA Chairman Faults “institutionalized child care apostolate”, Says Not “ideal”

Aug 30, 2023

The care of children in faith-based structured institutions is not the “ideal” way of child upbringing, the Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has said. 

Catholic Bishops during the SACBC second annual plenary held in Mariannhill Diocese on the second week of August. Credit: SACBC

Catholic Bishops Urge South Africans to “reawaken”, Engage in Restoring “shattered dream”

Aug 30, 2023

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) are calling upon South Africans to “reawaken” and get engaged in restoring their “shattered dream”.

Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Apostolic Nuncio in Georgia Transferred, to Represent the Holy Father in Cameroon

Aug 30, 2023

Pope Francis has transferred Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt, who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Georgia and Armenia to the Vatican Diplomatic Mission in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

Pope Francis delivers a Laudato Si' video message May 24, 2021. | Screenshot

Pope Francis to Release Second Laudato Si’ on Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4

Aug 30, 2023

Pope Francis said Wednesday he will release a follow-up environmental document to the 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ on Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). Credit: JCTR

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Call for Establishment of Food Reserves amid Price Increase

Aug 30, 2023

Officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) are calling on the Zambian government to set up strategic reserves of food and essential commodities to cushion the Southern African nation against price fluctuations and supply shocks.

Pope Francis greets newly married couples at the general audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Aug. 30, 2023. | Adi Zace/CNA

Pope Francis: St. Kateri Tekakwitha is an Example of Patience in Suffering

Aug 30, 2023

St. Kateri Tekakwitha teaches us to live an ordinary holiness and to confront the suffering of life with patience, Pope Francis said on Wednesday.

A crucifix which was destroyed during an attack on St. Kisito minor seminary in Bougui, Burkina Faso, Feb. 10, 2022. | Aid to the Church in Need

Priest: "Immense" Pastoral Work Needed Amid Anti-Christian Violence in Burkina Faso

Aug 30, 2023

A missionary priest working in one of the most dangerous countries in the world said this month that “immense” work from religious leaders and mediators is needed to heal the “physical and psychological” damage wrought by years of anti-Christian Islamic violence there. 

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick outside the Dedham District Court on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. | Joe Bukuras / CNA

Former U.S. Cardinal Ruled Incompetent to Face Criminal Trial for Sexual Assault

Aug 30, 2023

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not competent to stand trial on criminal sexual abuse charges in Massachusetts, a state district judge ruled Wednesday in criminal court. 

Members of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) at their Monastery in Kenya's Kisii Diocese together with Caroline Kavita and Ndanu Mung'ala, who facilitated a two-day workshop on the Synod on Synodality - August 2-3.  Credit: African Synodality Initiative (ASI)

“A blessed opportunity”: Facilitators on Synodal Encounter with Nuns at Kenyan Monastery

Aug 29, 2023

Facilitators of a formation workshop on the Synod on Synodality with members the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) at a Kenyan Monastery have lauded the encounter with the Cloistered contemplative Nuns as “a blessed opportunity” in promoting the synodal process among “people in ministry”. 

Bishop Mark Kadima during the Silver, Golden, and Diamond Jubilee celebration of 10 members of the Congregation of Sisters of Mary of Kakamega (SMK) on 28 August 2023 at Sacred Heart Mukumu Parish of Kakamega Diocese. Credit: FIAT Communications Centre

Catholic Bishop in Kenya Decries “devolved” Corruption, Cautions against Selfishness

Aug 29, 2023

The devolved structure of the Kenyan government enshrined in the 2010 Constitution that established two levels of government has been characterized with corruption, a Kenyan Catholic Bishop has lamented.

A poster showing the 26 new Priests ordained by Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese on 26 August 2023. Credit: Nsukka Diocese

Don’t “become a burden”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to 26 Newly Ordained Priests

Aug 29, 2023

The 26 newly ordained Priests in Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese have been cautioned against becoming burdens to their leaders in the practice of their Priestly ministry.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on Aug. 23, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: People — not machines — are the Value of Work

Aug 29, 2023

Pope Francis told a group of entrepreneurs this week that work’s greatest value comes from human beings, not from machines.

Bishop Antonio Lunguieki (left), Bishop Belmiro Tchissengueti (center) and Bishop Mauricio Camuto (right) during the 28 August press conference. Credit: ACI Africa

Respect the Presidency: Catholic Bishops in Angola on Proposal to Oust President

Aug 29, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Angola are calling for respect of the Presidency in the Southern African nation amid a proposal to oust the country’s President from power. 

World Youth Day 2023: Delegates with the Zambian flag. Credit: Vatican Media

Church in Zambia Seeking to “harness” WYD Experiences for Youth “pastoral model”

Aug 29, 2023

Plans are underway for the Catholic Church in Zambia to “harness” experiences during the August 1-6 World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal, for a “pastoral model” that can benefit the youth, including those who did participate in the global event.

Youth attending the three-day retreat which the Eastern Deanery of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek (CDOR) organized. Credit: Fr. Justin Ngbo

Prayer “key to succeed in life”: Catholic Missionary Priest in South Sudan to Youth

Aug 29, 2023

A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek (CDOR) has urged the youth to embrace a life of prayer.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama planting a tree as part of the 20000 tree Planting Campaign in the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja Nigeria.  Credit: Samson Adeyanju

Tree Planting in Nigerian Archdiocese to Foster “ecological conversion”: Archbishop

Aug 29, 2023

The Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has launched a campaign to plant thousands of trees aimed at fostering “ecological conversion”, the Local Ordinary has said.

Some of the members of the Legion of Mary in Uganda. Credit: Victor Nashaba

“People are joining”: Legion of Mary Official in Uganda on Membership after Centenary Fete

Aug 28, 2023

Months after the centenary celebration of the Legion of Mary in Uganda, new members are joining the Marian movements, and misconceptions about the Ireland-founded lay apostolic association are being clarified, an official in the East African nation has said. 

Mass at Don Bosco Parish of Malawi's Archdiocese of Lilongwe. Credit: Fr. Joseph Czerwinski

Church in Malawi Thriving Above Harmful Culture, Challenging Christian-Muslim Marriages

Aug 28, 2023

Baptisms at Don Bosco Parish of Malawi’s Archdiocese of Lilongwe are held every second month. Fr. Joseph Czerwinski, the Priest in Charge of the Parish has said that the ceremony cannot be held on an annual basis because then, the number of those being baptized would be too large to handle.

Andrew Nana Gyan, Accra Archdiocesan Catechists’ Association President. Credit: Catholic Trends

Catechists in Ghanaian Archdiocese Cautioned against Laxity, Urged to “work hard”

Aug 28, 2023

Catechists in the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra in Ghana have been cautioned against laxity, and urged to “work hard” and affirm the dignity of their call to God’s service.