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Survivors of Pentecost Sunday Massacre in Nigeria Recount “terrible” Experiences in Church

Jun 25, 2022

Survivors of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that left 39 Catholics killed and more than 80 injured have recounted their experiences in the church on the fateful day. 

Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese. Credit: ACN

Nigerian Catholic Priest Recounts Experience of Pentecost Sunday Massacre in Ondo Diocese

Jun 16, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic Priest has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International shared with ACI Africa, recounted his experience of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese that reportedly left dozens killed.

Bishop Georges Varkey Puthiyakulangara of the Diocese of Port-Bergé  in Madagascar. Credit: ACN

New Chapel, Library at Madagascar Prison Drawing Inmates to Catholic Church

Jun 3, 2022

The chapel at the prison of Port-Bergé located in the North of Madagascar has been witnessing a rising number of “religious conversions”, with most of them joining the Catholic Church, a Catholic Bishop in the Island country in the Indian Ocean has said.

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Catholic Charity Constructs Education Center for South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda

Jun 3, 2022

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is completing the construction of an educational and pastoral center to support the learning of South Sudanese refugees at Bidibidi Refugee Settlement in the Catholic Diocese of Arua, Uganda.

A Combonian missionary nun living in Wau, South Sudan, believes the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to the youngest country in the world, scheduled for 5-7 July, could have an historic effect on the peace process. Credit: ACN

Pope’s Envisioned Visit to South Sudan Heightens Expectations for Swift Peace Process

May 19, 2022

Pope Francis is scheduled to be in South Sudan in July, an Ecumenical visit that has raised expectations for a swifter peace process in the embattled African country.

Bishop Timothée Bodika Mansiyai of DR Congo's Kikwit Diocese. Credit: ACN

Pope Francis “is St. Peter coming to us, to confirm us in the faith”: Bishop in DR Congo

May 17, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kikwit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed joy as the Central African nation awaits the visit of Pope Francis, noting that the visit signifies the coming of St. Peter “to confirm us in the faith”.

Bishop Christian Carlassare during Thanksgiving Mass on 26 March 2022 following his Episcopal Ordination. Credit:  Fr. Wanyonyi Eric Simiyu, S.J. (Rumbek)

Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Recalls Shooting Ordeal, Says “the Lord guided the bullets”

Apr 15, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Rumbek Diocese in South Sudan has recalled the 26 April 2021 incident when he was attacked and shot in both legs and attributed his survival to divine intervention.

Nuns from the Carmelite Sisters of the Child Jesus community. Credit: ACN

Carmelite Missionary Sisters Facilitating Reconciliation, Support in Burundi as “mothers”

Apr 12, 2022

In Burundi, Carmelite Sisters of the Infant Jesus are referred to as “mothers” owing to their relationship with locals who are still healing from decades of civil strife.

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Catholic Charity says Church Alarmed by Increased Kidnapping, Indoctrination in Mozambique

Apr 4, 2022

Cases of kidnapping in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province are on the rise, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Portugal, has reported, adding that the situation that also involves deep indoctrination of victims of militant attacks in the country is a matter of concern to the Catholic Church.

Burnt church at Saint Pierre parish in Douroum, Cameroon. Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest in Cameroon Says Parish “paralyzed” by Heavy Boko Haram Insurgency

Apr 3, 2022

Boko Haram militants are expanding their operations to rural villages in Nigeria and on the border with other countries, a Catholic Priest in Cameroon has said, adding that the militants have paralyzed pastoral activities in a huge chunk of his Parish.

Peter and Elizabeth, two siblings who survived a kidnapping by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s Kaduna. Credit: ACN

Harrowing Encounter of Nigerian Siblings Abducted by Fulani Herdsmen: Catholic Entity

Mar 23, 2022

Two siblings who survived a kidnapping by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s Kaduna State have narrated their harrowing encounter in the hands of their abductors, with one of them being shot and left for dead.

Nigerian Teen Leah Remains “fragile and abandoned” amid Rescue Promises: Catholic Charity

Feb 22, 2022

The parents of Leah Sharibu, a Nigerian teenager who was kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria, are suffering, knowing that their daughter remains “fragile and abandoned” in captivity, Catholic Pontifical and charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has said.

Late Abune Antonios, Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church Tawaedo. Credit: ACN

Catholic Entity Mourns Death of Eritrean Christian Leader after Prolonged Captivity

Feb 17, 2022

Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has joined other Christian entities in mourning the passing on of a renowned Eritrean Christian leader who has been held captive by the country’s authorities since his arrest in 2007.

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Christian Community in Egypt Marking Martyrdom of 21 Christians Killed by Jihadists

Feb 5, 2022

A community in Egypt’s Diocese of Minya has embarked on a 15-day commemoration of the martyrdom of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians who were murdered in 2015 by Daesh jihadists.

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Why Mothers and Their Children are Targeted in Egypt’s Religious Persecution

Jan 23, 2022

Radical Islamists in Egypt are using mothers and their children to wage war against Christianity in the Northern African country where religious persecution is said to be high.

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez, the Colombian Catholic Nun who was released in October last year in Mali after spending close to five years in captivity. Credit: ACN

How Colombian Catholic Nun Touched Hearts of Her Kidnappers in Mali

Jan 5, 2022

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez, the Colombian Catholic Nun who was released in October last year in Mali after spending close to five years in captivity has recalled the testimony she gave about her faith that touched the hearts of her kidnappers.

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Priests, Religious in Africa among Those in Danger of Persecution, Catholic Charity Says

Dec 27, 2021

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has highlighted a number of African countries on the list of many countries in the world where Priests, Religious and Lay missionaries are facing the danger of killings, kidnappings and other forms of persecution.

Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Nigeria's Makurdi Diocese. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Crisis in Nigeria “increasingly looks like a jihad against Christians”: Catholic Bishop

Dec 19, 2021

The crisis in Nigeria seems to be a war against Christians in the West African nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Makurdi Diocese has said. 

Christmas in Ouagadougou. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Christian Refugees in Burkina Faso Nostalgic about Christmas before Terrorist Attacks

Dec 18, 2021

Displaced Christians in Burkina Faso are remembering with nostalgia how joyfully they celebrated Christmas before militants uprooted them from their homes, forcing them to seek refuge elsewhere.

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Catholic Priest Facing Danger Daily to Serve Hundreds of Refugees in Nigerian Town

Dec 14, 2021

Fr. Christopher, a Catholic Priest from the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria, faces danger every time he travels to Pulka, a small town in the country’s Borno state to serve hundreds of refugees in the small town.