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Not “any impact”: Catholic Terrorism Expert on Religious Delegation to U.S. Over Sahel

Mar 21, 2023

The planned visit to the United States (U.S) by a section of religious leaders from West Africa to discuss the protracted insecurity in the Sahel region that dates back to January 2012  “will not have any impact”, a Nigerian Catholic Priest with specialization in matters insecurity and terrorism has said.

Fr. Peter Konteh, Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Empower Persons with Disabilities in Sierra Leone’s Polls: Church Entity to Authorities

Mar 21, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has called on authorities in the West African nation to ensure that Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are adequately empowered to participate in the country’s elections slated for June 24.

Archbishop Lucius Ugorji during Holy Mass for the Canonical Erection of the new Diocese of Aguleri and the installation of the new Local Ordinary, Bishop Denis Chidi Isizoh. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Archbishop Urges Nigeria’s Electoral Commission to “live above board, redeem reputation”

Mar 20, 2023

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has called on Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to seize the opportunity of the Gubernatorial polls to redeem its “damaged reputation.”

Mons. Vusumuzi Francis Mazibuko, appointed Vicar Apostolic for the Apostolic Vicariate of Ingwavuma in South Africa. Credit: SACBC

Pope Francis Appoints Vicar Apostolic for South Africa’s Ingwavuma Vicariate

Mar 20, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Vusumuzi Francis Mazibuko as the new Vicar Apostolic for the Apostolic Vicariate of Ingwavuma in South Africa. 

Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula among seven members of the newly established Preparatory Commission to facilitate the realization of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Credit: ACI Africa

“Deep joy”: SECAM on Appointment of Member to Preparatory Commission of Synod

Mar 20, 2023

The Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has expressed “deep joy” following the appointment of the Symposium’s First Vice President to the newly established Preparatory Commission of the Synod on Synodality.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with catecumens at St. Paul’s Pastoral Area in Sauka Wasa, Abuja. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“God will return you someday”: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop to IDPs in Abuja

Mar 20, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has expressed optimism that victims of extremist attacks who fled from Northern Nigeria and are now living in communities served by his Metropolitan See will “someday” enjoy peace and tranquility back in their homeland.

The Vatican flag and the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. | Credit: Bohumil Petrik/ACI

The Last Diplomat from the Vatican Leaves Nicaragua

Mar 20, 2023

The Holy See reported on Saturday that the Vatican’s diplomatic headquarters in Nicaragua was forced to close.

Fr. Anthony Makunde speaking during a Synodality Resources Team workshop in Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

Resource Team for Africa Proposes Synodality as Way to Heal Africa’s Deep-seated Wounds

Mar 19, 2023

Synodality, an invitation for the people of God to journey together irrespective of their differences, which the International Theological Commission defined as “the action of the Spirit in the communion of the Body of Christ and in the missionary journey of the People of God” can facilitate the healing of Africa’s deep wounds, member of the resource team that is working to deepen synodal engagements have said.

Logo South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC). Credit: SSCC

South Sudan’s Church Leaders Recommit to “prophetic stance against violence, injustice”

Mar 19, 2023

Members of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their recommitment to fostering “the gospel nonviolence” in the East-Central African nation, pledging to have “a prophetic stance against violence and injustice”.

Launching of water project in Mambe Parish. Credit: CDTY

“Happy with initiative”: Beneficiary of Water Project in South Sudanese Catholic Diocese

Mar 19, 2023

Beneficiaries of a “safe and clean drinking water” project being realized in a partnership between the Sudan Relief Fund (SRF) and South Sudan’s the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) have expressed their appreciation for the initiative.

Pope Francis speaks during his Angelus address on March 19, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Differences of Others are an Occasion to Love Better

Mar 19, 2023

We should treat the physical and social differences of others as a chance to love, not as an inconvenience, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address on Sunday.

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“In solidarity”: Catholic Bishop in Zambia Appeals for Malawi’s Cyclone Freddy Victims

Mar 18, 2023

The Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola in Zambia is appealing for donations among the people of God in his Episcopal See in view of reaching out to those affected by the Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Malawi where at least 300 people have lost their lives. 

Members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Kenya's Malindi Diocese at Mass on Sunday, February 26. It was the first Mass after the Church remained closed for two months following suspected militant attacks in December last year. Credit: Fr. Alex Kimbi

Joy as Kenyan Catholic Outstation Resumes Mass after Suspected Al Shabaab Attack

Mar 18, 2023

Inside a mud-walled church in Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Malindi, Christians of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Kakathe, under St. Joseph Freinademetz Witu-Kipini Parish dance happily during Holy Mass.

Launching of water project in Mambe Parish. Credit: CDTY

Catholic Entity in South Sudan Facilitating Provision of “safe and clean drinking water”

Mar 18, 2023

The seven boreholes “are a hope for the local communities living in these areas because it’s not easy to get water.” Fr. Mbikoyo said about the water initiative that was first launched in the Eastern Deanery of Maridi, Mambe, Nzara, Yambio, Gangura and Ezo.

Sister María del Carmen, a Mexican Combonian missionary who served in Sudan. | Credit: Ana Paula Morales/ACI Prensa

Muslims-Christians “peaceful coexistence” Possible in Sudan: Comboni Missionary Sister

Mar 18, 2023

Sister María del Carmen Galicia, a Mexican nun of the Comboni Missionary Sisters who worked in Sudan, an African country with a 97% Muslim population, stressed that “peaceful coexistence” is possible between the followers of Islam and Christianity.

Members of the the African Synodality Initiative (ASI) at a workshop that was held at the headquarters of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) in Nairobi, Kenya to constitute a Synodality Resource Team (SRT) which is expected to deepen the engagement on the Synod on Synodality. Credit: ACI Africa

Laity in Africa Cautioned against Fostering Clericalism, Elevating “the Clergy too much”

Mar 17, 2023

Clericalism is not just a problem of the Clergy, members of the newly constituted Synodality Resource Team (SRT) for Africa have said, and called on the Laity to play their role in de-clericalizing the Church.

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Nigeria’s National Peace Committee Warns of “voter suppression” in Gubernatorial Polls

Mar 17, 2023

Members of the  National Peace Committee (NPC) in Nigeria who include representatives of the Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have warned against voter suppression through “ethnic and religious labels” ahead of the Gubernatorial polls.

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No, Pope Francis Didn’t Really Hint That Priestly Celibacy Requirement Will Be Lifted

Mar 17, 2023

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his election to the See of Peter, Pope Francis sat down with Infobae — a news agency from Argentina — to reminisce about his pontificate and to discuss issues affecting the Church and the world. During the interview, he said: “There is no contradiction for a priest to marry.” He called priestly celibacy “a temporary prescription” and said that it’s a prescription that could be reviewed.

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Ifuanya of Cameroon's Archdiocese of Bamenda speaking during a Synodality Resources Team workshop in Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa’s Synodality Resource Team to Develop Training Module for Deeper Engagement

Mar 16, 2023

The newly constituted Synodality Resource Team (SRT) for Africa has started developing a manual to be used in various training activities to deepen the understanding of “a Synodal Church”.

Pope Francis prays with journalists on a papal flight August 14, 2014. | Alan Holdren/CNA

“I pray for deceased, injured, displaced”: Pope Francis amid Cyclone Freddy in Malawi

Mar 16, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his prayerful solidarity with the people of God in Malawi following the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Freddy, which has reportedly claimed the lives of at least “400 people in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar since it first made landfall in Africa”, according to Reuters.