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Three African career women, Ivorian Olga Kouassi, Cameroonian Esther Tallah, and Ivorian Karine Kouassi expected to present papers on "Women in leadership: An overview from Sub-Saharan Africa" at Università della Santa Croce on November 16, 2019 / Harambee Africa International

Reversing Negative Trend in “women and leadership in Africa”, Focus of Rome Conference

Nov 16, 2019

Ways of reversing trends demonstrating that women in Sub-Saharan Africa seem to be lagging behind in the exercise of their leadership in the various spheres of life including their presence in politics, economic, and even scholarship spheres will be the focus of the Saturday, November 16 presentations at the University of Holy Cross (P. Università della Santa Croce) in Rome under the auspices of Harambee Africa International, the association’s Vice President, Manuel Sanchez told ACI Africa.

Pro-Life supporters demonstrate against ICPD25 in Nairobi, Kenya / Peter Kahama

Countering ICPD25: Population, Underdevelopment Narratives, Ploy to Impoverish Africa

Nov 12, 2019

As the widely publicized and “controversial “United Nations” Summit bringing together thousands of delegates from across the globe is set to kick off in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, voices of dissent faulting the meeting have increased, the argument of misplaced priorities and a wrong agenda characterizing criticisms leveled against the three-day conference.

Women in Angola. Africa. Credit: Adriana Mahdalova / Shutterstock.

As Angola Drought Continues, Catholic Church Calls for Emergency Declaration

Oct 16, 2019

As a severe drought continues to devastate regions of Angola, the Catholic Church in the country is asking the government to declare a state of emergency, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

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Shifting from “human-centric to ecological-centric mission”: African Priest’s Reflection

Oct 15, 2019

At a time when the message on the care of creation seems predominant in Pope Francis' recent addresses, including his latest visit to Africa, an African missionary priest is proposing a shift from missions focused on human beings to missions that are inclusive of creation.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, October 2019 / SECAM

SECAM Representatives Condemn Xenophobia in Africa, Support Regional Conferences

Oct 9, 2019

When the dust around xenophobia mainly in South Africa seems to be settling amid high level interventions, members of the Standing Committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have added their voice to those of the regional bodies of Bishops’ conferences, condemning xenophobic violence and reprisal attacks and called on governments and political actors to end hatred on the African continent.

Panelists at Conference on Peace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Sant'Edigio Ivory Coast

From Madrid to Abidjan, Sant'Egidio to Deliver Peace Message to Ivory Coast

Oct 5, 2019

In the spirit of the 33rd International Meeting for Peace held from September 15 to 17 in Madrid, Spain, the Community of Sant'Egidio in collaboration with the religious leaders of Ivory Coast, is organizing an inter-religious meeting for peace in the country’s economic capital, Abidjan, an official has told ACI Africa.

Participants in the Second Africa Region Conference on Human Trafficking in Nairobi, Kenya: 02.10.2019 / Rose Achiego/KCCB

African Conference on Human Trafficking Opens with Call for Collaborative Approaches

Oct 4, 2019

The African regional conference on human trafficking held in Kenya’s capital Nairobi opened with the recognition for multi-agency working in fighting against the vice of the trade of humans, Catholic Church leaders calling for collaboration.

Pope Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis Prays that Cameroon National Dialogue “may be fruitful”

Oct 1, 2019

As parties to the National Dialogue in Cameroon convene to deliberate on possible solutions to the Anglophone crisis, Pope Francis has expressed his closeness with the people of Cameroon and called on the faithful to pray that the “dialogue may be fruitful.”

Photo at Venue of the AMECEA Writers' Conference 2019 at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Gaba Campus, Eldoret September 27, 2019 / ACI Africa

Conference Focusing on Holistic Health and Healing in Africa Described as “timely”

Oct 1, 2019

The just concluded conference that saw African scholars present research papers around the theme “Christianity, holistic health and healing in Africa” at a time when health matters seem to preoccupy people on the continent more than before has been described as “timely”.

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A Network of Catholic Radios Contributing to Peace in Africa: Practitioner Testifies

Sep 26, 2019

Celebrated as a key form of free expression globally and ranked by UNESCO as Africa’s most influential information outlet, radio stations in Africa have an impact on audiences and a network of Catholic radios is particularly contributing to peace on the continent, a media practitioner overseeing some 23 radio stations across Africa has testified to ACI Africa.

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After Hosting Pope Francis, Maputo to Host IMBISA Bishops in November

Sep 26, 2019

Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, which just hosted Pope Francis during his three-nation pastoral visit of Africa will be the venue for the 12th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).

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Amazon Synod: Who are the Africans and Africa-based Participants?

Sep 26, 2019

On Saturday, September 21, the Vatican released the list of participants for next month’s meeting of bishops from the Amazon region consisting of nine countries, that is, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.

Alice Muchiri, social entrepreneur and head of the Nairobi-based Secretariat of Catholic Members of Parliament forum / Alice Muchiri

Kenyan Catholic Families in UK Seeking to Foster African Way of Being Church

Sep 25, 2019

Catholic families from Kenya living in the United Kingdom (UK) are seeking to continue practicing their faith the same way their African counterparts do, being part of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) and forming relevant associations, Alice Muchiri who recently addressed members of Catholic Women Association (CWA) UK branch testified to ACI Africa.

Doctor in white medical gown walking through the hospital lobby in village in Africa. Via Shutterstock

Pro-lifers Condemn Clinical Testing of Chemical Abortions on African Women

Sep 24, 2019

Pro-life advocates have condemend clinical testing of second trimester chemical abortions on women in West Africa.

Credit: Helen Blakesley/CRS.

Violence, displacement on the rise in Sahel region of Africa

Sep 17, 2019

Catholic Relief Services is warning of increasing violence and displacement in the Sahel— the vast area of western and north-central Africa stretching from Senegal to Sudan.

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Solidarity is Strong in the Catholic Church in Madagascar Ahead of Pope Francis Visit

Sep 3, 2019

Later this week, Pope Francis visit the island nation of Madagascar, a place where the faith is practiced with simplicity and with a strong solidarity, according to one priest on the island nation.

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Cardinal Ouédraogo elected president of African bishops' conference

Aug 17, 2019

During the plenary assembly celebrating its golden jubilee, the leadership organization for bishops' conferences in Africa elected Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo of Ouagadougou as its president.

Ebola is a deadly virus that is primarily spread through contact with bodily fluids. / Unsplash

Promising clinical trial for Ebola drugs brings hope to DRC

Aug 17, 2019

Scientists are hopeful after a clinical trial of two experimental drugs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) showed promise in treating the deadly Ebola virus.

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope offers words of encouragement to African missionaries

Jun 23, 2019

Pope Francis spoke to African-based missionaries gathered at the Vatican on Friday, applauding their efforts to show compassion to the continent’s most vulnerable.