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Sisters from the Salesian Sisters in Sudan serve the poor and needy in the midst of a brutal war in Sudan. The sisters commiunity, Dar Mariam, has been a refuge for hundreds, though has damaged by gunfire and bombs. May 2024. / Credit: Father Jacob Thelekkadan

Civil war in Sudan: What’s Happening and Why?

Jun 17, 2024

Amid the chaos and a complex set of competing political interests, children and the poor have been hit hardest.

A woman and a girl in Tigray walk with supplies. The founder and CEO of the global school-feeding charity Mary’s Meals visited northern Ethiopia in March and confirmed reports of a widespread hunger crisis unfolding rapidly in Tigray in the aftermath of a two-year civil war and ongoing drought.  / Credit: Armstrong Studios/2024

Ethiopia among World Countries Benefiting from Large Catholic aid organizations amid Widespread Hunger Crises

May 27, 2024

Approximately 350 million people are in dire need of food globally, including vast numbers of children. Catholic groups are on the ground tirelessly working to help.

Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III. | Credit: Ben P L from Provo, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Black Pentecostal Leader Urges Pope to Withdraw Same-sex Blessing Document

Dec 29, 2023

A prominent black Pentecostal leader is voicing his “solidarity” with African Catholics and urging Pope Francis to withdraw the new same-sex blessing guidelines.

Bishop Stephen Mamza of Yola Diocese in Nigeria laying the foundation for a Chapel for Prison Inmates at the Yolde Pate Correctional Center. Credit: Yola Diocese

Catholic Diocese in Nigeria Constructing Chapel in Prison to Provide “solace” to Inmates

Dec 8, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria is constructing a Chapel at the Yolde Pate Correctional Center to provide a place of worship and solace to inmates.

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U.S. Pro-life Catholic Entity Reports Success in Africa, Over 10,000 Seminarians Trained

Nov 14, 2023

The U.S.-based pro-life Catholic group says it has trained thousands of African seminarians in its anti-abortion programs over the last few decades.

Archbishop Goetbé Edmond Djitangar during the November 11 Episcopal Ordination. Credit: Cloche TV Chad

Pioneer Catholic Bishop of New Diocese in Chad Urged to “be attentive to all”

Nov 13, 2023

The Archbishop of Chad’s N’Djamena Archdiocese has urged the pioneer Bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Koumra to be “attentive to all” people of God in his care.

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.” | Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Africa, Oceania Delegates Say Synod on Synodality their Turn to Speak

Oct 12, 2023

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.”

Pope Francis gives his general audience address in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Sept. 13, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Morocco’s Deadly Earthquake: Pope Francis Offers Country “prayerful communion”

Sep 9, 2023

Pope Francis has offered Morocco “prayerful communion” following the Friday, September 8 deadly earthquake that, according to media reports, has left at least 1,300 people dead, and caused widespread damage in and around the Northern African nation’s city of Marrakesh.

Schoolchildren in Tigray, Ethiopia, eat biscuits and tea provided by Mary's Meals. | Copyright Mary’s Meals

Catholic Charity Resumes Bringing Meals and Hope to War-torn Tigray

Sep 3, 2023

A Catholic charity providing thousands of free meals daily to schoolchildren in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, recently resumed operations after a brutal civil war precluded it from its mission for almost three years. 

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After 1,700 years, An Ancient Olive Tree Marks the Vanished Hometown of St. Augustine

Aug 28, 2023

St. Augustine, whose feast day is today, Aug. 28, is associated most prominently with Hippo, the city that constitutes his well-known epithet. Yet well before his ancient bishopric, Augustine hailed from a now-long-vanished town located just a few dozen miles from that city, a place that still bears at least one landmark popularly associated with the venerated saint.

Schoolchildren in Tigray, Ethiopia, eat biscuits and tea provided by Mary's Meals. | Copyright Mary’s Meals

Tigray Food Crisis Deepens as Catholic Leaders Plead for Relief

Aug 18, 2023

Widespread starvation is being reported in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, an area that was embattled in a brutal conflict from 2020–2022 that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.   

An IDP Camp in Mozambique. Credit: DHPI

Catholic Charity Calls for Renewed Humanitarian Advocacy as Mozambican IDPs Face Famine

Feb 3, 2023

The Catholic charity, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has warned of impending famine in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, noting that IDPs in the embattled province are already experiencing food shortage.

Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“All necessary measures put in place”: South Sudanese Governor ahead of Ecumenical Visit

Jan 27, 2023

Participants in the planned ecumenical visit to South Sudan have been assured of security as the time of the previously postponed Papal trip to two-African-nation nears.

Police and residents of Wumat, a farming town 45 miles south of Jos, Nigeria, arrive to survey damage and help survivors of a terrorist attack on Nov 22, 2022. | Courtesy of Victor Nafor

Africa’s Leaders Gather in DC as Religious Persecution in Nigeria is Still Being Ignored

Dec 15, 2022

As President Joe Biden welcomes leaders from over 40 African nations this week, religious freedom advocates are calling for the U.S. government to recognize the rising persecution of Christians in Nigeria.

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Human Rights Day: Salesians Highlight Vulnerable Youth Empowerment Initiatives in Africa

Dec 12, 2022

On the annual event of Human Rights Day marked December 10, officials of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), have highlighted programs empowering vulnerable young people across the world, including Africa, focusing on initiatives that help the youth understand their rights.

Children from South Sudan painting a poster of “One Million Children Praying the Rosary 2021”. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Announces Children’s Rosary Campaign for Sahel Africa, War-torn Countries

Sep 22, 2022

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is inviting children from across the globe to join the “One million children praying the Rosary” campaign for countries experiencing war and hunger, especially those in Africa’s Sahel region, which has been described as the “world’s most neglected and conflict-ridden region”.

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African Nations Stand Alone Against Abortion Rights, Gender Ideology at the UN

Sep 16, 2022

A United Nations resolution defining abortion as a human right and advancing gender ideology was adopted this month with overwhelming support from Western countries but was opposed by a group of mainly African nations. 

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Nigeria Church Massacre: State Department Official Meets Local Bishop

Jun 17, 2022

The meeting took place following a request by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigeria Experiencing “kwashiorkor of love”, Catholic Archbishop Says, Calls for Patriotism

Nov 1, 2021

The ills that Nigeria is experiencing, including selfishness and unjust governance, are a “kwashiorkor of love” and the failure to recognize the image of God in other people, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African country has said.    

A poster announcing the 27 September 2021 conference organized by the Rome-based Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Credit: Harambee Africa International

Rome-based Catholic Entity Decries Low COVID-19 Uptake in Africa, Highlights Interventions

Oct 10, 2021

The leadership of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based international Catholic association established to enhance various realities in Sub-Saharan Africa, has decried the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among African countries, warning that the trend puts the whole world at risk of a protracted pandemic.