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Bishop John Mbinda, ordained Bishop of Kenya's Lodwar Diocese on 4 June 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

"Never fall into the temptation of routine": Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya to New Bishop

Jun 5, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has cautioned the newly ordained Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar against the temptation of “routine” characterized with "blindly following” the beaten path of traditions.

Official logo and motto of Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the South Sudan in July 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Nuncio to South Sudan Says Planned Ecumenical Visit “a moment of grace for all of us”

May 17, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in South Sudan has said that the planned ecumenical visit to the East-Central African nation is “a moment of grace” for the people of God in the country.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen lays hands on the head of Bishop George Muthaka, during his episcopal ordination May 7 at Our Lady of Consolation Cathedral of Garissa Diocese grounds. Credit: Garissa Diocese

Nuncio in Kenya Cautions against “power, imposition”, Calls for “humility of heart”

May 9, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has cautioned church members including members of the Clergy against the tendency to refer to authority saying, “The church of Christ does not build on power or on imposition.”

Screengrab of Archbishop Hubertus van Megen during the Diamond Jubilee of the Brothers of St. Joseph, Saturday, 30 April 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

75 Years of Brothers of St. Joseph in Kenya Occasion to “look back at beginnings”: Nuncio

May 2, 2022

The Diamond Jubilee of the Brothers of St. Joseph, the first indigenous Religious Congregation of men in Kenya that is under the Archdiocese of Nyeri, provides an occasion to look back at the humble beginnings of the Catholic institution whose cardinal obligation is to “respond to the needy and oppressed people”, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya said.

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero (left) and Minister Patrick Muyaya (right) addressing journalists after the first preparatory meeting ahead of the Pope's July 2-5 trip to DRC. Credit: Primature RDC/Facebook

Pope Francis Coming “not only for Catholics”, Apostolic Nuncio in DR Congo Says

Apr 4, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has said the planned Papal visit is for everyone in the Central African nation, and not just for Catholics.

Archbishop Michael Francis Crotty addressing journalists Thursday, March 31 after an audience with Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister, Albert Ouédraogo. Credit: Primature Burkina Faso/Facebook

Holy See “ready to accompany” Burkina Faso in Process of Transition, Apostolic Nuncio Says

Apr 1, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Burkina Faso has said the Holy See is ready to accompany the West African nation in its process of transition following the military coup that ousted former President, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen blesses congregants at the installation of Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba as the Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Kisumu. Credit: ACI Africa

Nuncio in Kenya Cautions Predecessors against Interfering with Affairs of Successors

Mar 21, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has cautioned Catholic Church leaders who have been succeeded against meddling in the affairs of their successors and urged the former to leave room for the latter to start a “new chapter” in their new respective ministries. 

Bishop Mark Kadima (center), Archbishop Hubertus van Megen (right) and Archbishop-elect Maurice Muhatia Makumba at the Episcopal Ordination Mass on 19 February 2022 in Bungoma Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

At Episcopal Ordination in Kenya, Nuncio Cautions against Clericalism, Urges Listening

Feb 20, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has cautioned against “clericalism” which he said he had noted from his interactions with the people of God in the East African country including Priests and Bishops as they participate in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality. 

President Hakainde Hichilema (R) and Archbishop Giafranco Gallone (L) at a meeting. Credit: Hakainde Hichilema/Facebook

Zambia’s President Acknowledges Catholic Church as “beacon of hope, nation's conscience”

Feb 16, 2022

The President of Zambia, Hakainde Hichilema, has acknowledged the significant role of the Catholic Church in the Southern African nation, describing the entity as a “beacon of hope” and “a barometer of our nation's conscience.”

Msgr. Mambé Jean-Sylvain Emien, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the West African nation of Mali. Credit: Vatican Media

New Apostolic Nuncio to Mali Says Country to Realize True Peace “only through dialogue”

Feb 11, 2022

The West African nation of Mali can “achieve true peace” and development only if the leadership and citizens embrace dialogue, the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the country has said.

Msgr. Javier Herrera Corona. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio to Republic of Congo and Gabon

Feb 7, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Javier Herrera Corona as the new Apostolic Nuncio to the Republic of Congo and Gabon and assigned him the Titular See of Vulturara in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.

Msgr. Mambé Jean-Sylvain Emien, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the West African nation of Mali. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appoints Native of Ivory Coast Apostolic Nuncio to Mali

Feb 2, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Mambé Jean-Sylvain Emien, a native of Ivory Coast, as his representative in Mali and assigned him the Titular See of Potenza Picena in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.

Msgr. Arnaldo Sanchez Catalan, the newly appointed Nuncio to Rwanda. Credit: ​Manila Catholic Cathedral/Facebook

Pope Francis Appoints New Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda, Assigns Him Titular See

Jan 31, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Arnaldo Sanchez Catalan Apostolic Nuncio to Rwanda and assigned him the Titular See of Apollonia in Albania with the dignity of Archbishop.  

Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells. Credit: Sheila Pires

Diocesan Synod Not Parliament of Christians, Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa Says

Jan 21, 2022

The Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa has urged the people of God in the Southern African countries to look at the Synod on Synodality as a type of “council meeting”, which is “pastoral in nature”, and not some kind of parliamentary discussion.

Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, appointed as the representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva. Credit: Antilles Episcopal Conference - AEC/Facebook

Nigerian-born Apostolic Nuncio Appointed Holy See Permanent Observer to UN in Geneva

Dec 20, 2021

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, a member of the Clergy of Nigeria’s Aba Diocese, as the representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva.

Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone, the Apostolic Nuncio in Zambia and Malawi. Credit: ECM

Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi Calls for COVID-19 Vaccination as New Variant is Discovered

Nov 30, 2021

The representative of the Holy Father in Malawi has urged the people of God in the Southeastern African country to take vaccination against COVID-19 seriously following the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus.

Archbishop Ettore Balestrero, Apostolic Nuncio in DR Congo addressing journalists during a press conference in Kinshasa on 6 October 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Church Wants “inclusive, credible, peaceful elections in 2023”: DR Congo Nuncio

Oct 10, 2021

The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) seeks to support democracy by ensuring an inclusive, credible and peaceful general elections in 2023, the Apostolic Nuncio in the Central African nation has said.

Msgr. Dieudonné Datonou (left) Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and Bishop-elect Hassa Florent Koné of Mali's San Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

New Catholic Bishop for Mali’s San Diocese, Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi Appointed

Oct 7, 2021

Pope Francis has, in his latest appointments, named a new Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of San in the West African nation of Mali and his representative in Burundi. 

The Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia, Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Salas handing over the Pope's donation to the staff of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese. Credit: CABICOL/Facebook

Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Catholic Hospital Fighting COVID-19 in Liberia

Aug 29, 2021

Pope Francis has donated medical equipment to St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese, to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Archbishop Francisco Escalante Molina in procession during the Mass at Our lady of Assumption Cathedral of Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese/ Credit: Archdiocese of Libreville/Facebook

Outgoing Nuncio in Gabon Urges Church to “urgently” Address Divisions amid Tribalism

Jul 11, 2021

The outgoing Apostolic Nuncio in Gabon has called upon the people of God in the Central African nation to “urgently” address the challenge of tribalism that seems to be behind divisions, blocking an authentic “exchange of charisms, faith experiences.”