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Bishop David Ajang of the Catholic Diocese of Lafia in Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Long Distances, Ethnic Violence, Cultural Diversity among “greatest” Challenges of Lafia Catholic Diocese, Nigeria

May 22, 2024

The vastness of the Catholic Diocese of Lafia and insecurity amid ethnic violence are among the “greatest” challenges the Local Ordinary grapples with in the Nigerian Episcopal See. 

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Parents, Teachers, Refugees, IDPs among Beneficiaries of Jesuit Entity’s “psychosocial support” in Eastern DR Congo

May 22, 2024

Victims of violent conflicts from North and South Kivu Provinces of Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who include parents, teachers, refugees, and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are among the beneficiaries of the “psychosocial support” under the auspices of the Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), the entity has reported. 

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

“It is with great shock”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo on Reports of Pentecost Sunday Coup Attempt

May 22, 2024

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) are shocked to hear reports of a coup attempt in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the early hours of Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2024, at the Vatican. / Credit: Vatican Media

Humility "the source of peace in the world and in the Church": Pope Francis

May 22, 2024

“Humility is everything. It is what saves us from the evil one,” the pope said.

Bishop Osório Citora Afonso

Jesus’ Peace Not Just “absence of war, but relationship with God”: Catholic Bishop in Mozambique

May 22, 2024

The peace that the Risen and Ascended Lord gives to his followers and speaks about is not just about the absence of violent conflicts, Bishop Osório Citora Afonso has said. 

“Give me information about my Priest; give him back to me”: Catholic Bishop Pleads with South Sudanese Authorities

May 21, 2024

Weeks since Fr. Luke Yugue of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura Yambio (CDTY) was reported missing alongside his driver, Michael Gbeko, the Local Ordinary of the South Sudanese Episcopal See has pleaded with authorities in the country to provide information on the whereabouts of the duo.

Bishop António Francisco Jaca of Benguela Diocese in Angola

Let’s Not Sadden the Holy Spirit, Catholic Bishop in Angola Cautions Christians, Calls for Altruism, Life of Service

May 21, 2024

Christians, whose lives are characterized by vices, including jealousy and envy, sadden the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Bishop of Benguela Diocese in Angola has said. 

Fr. Oliver Buba, abducted Tuesday 21 May 2024 in Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Yola. Credit: Yola Diocese

Nigeria’s Yola Catholic Diocese Appeals for “quick, safe release” of Abducted Priest

May 21, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has, “with sadness”, announced the abduction of Fr. Oliver Buba in “the early hours” of Tuesday, May 21, and is appealing for his “quick and safe release”.

People participate in a funeral procession of president Ebrahim Raisi and his seven aides in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province, on May 21, 2024. / Credit: Photo by AZIN HAGHIGHI/MOJ News Agency/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Expresses "spiritual closeness" to Iran after Death of President in Helicopter Crash

May 21, 2024

In a telegram, the Holy Father sent “condolences upon the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and all who perished.”

Archbishop Inácio Saúre of Mozambique’s Catholic Archdiocese Nampula. Credit: Radio Maria Mozambique

Religious Intolerance “shameful”, Catholic Archbishop in Mozambique Laments, Urges “culture of peace”

May 21, 2024

Archbishop Inácio Saúre of Mozambique’s Catholic Archdiocese Nampula has condemned violence due to religious differences, and termed it “shameful”. 

Pope Francis sits down for an interview with Norah O'Donnell on CBS' "60 Minutes," which aired Monday, May 20, 2024. / Credit: CBS News/Adam Verdugo

“If it is deacons with holy orders, no”: Pope Francis against Ordained Female Deacons

May 21, 2024

The Holy Father stressed the importance of women’s roles in the Catholic Church, describing them as “the ones who move changes forward, all sorts of changes.”

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Let’s Implore Holy Spirit to Grant Africa’s Leaders “intelligence, discernment, wisdom, fear of God”: SECAM

May 20, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Africa have identified violent conflicts on the continent as a challenge that requires spiritual solidarity.

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Being Pro-Family among Qualities Christian Professionals Want Electorate in South Africa to Consider During May 29 Polls

May 20, 2024

Members of the Africa Christian Professionals Forum (ACPF) are calling upon the electorate in South Africa to elect political candidates keen on family values and the African cultural heritage during the country’s general elections later this month. 

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Let’s Work Towards Nigeria’s Healing, “wounded by corruption, parochialism, godfatherism”: Archbishop on Pentecost Feast

May 20, 2024

God’s gift of the Holy Spirit celebrated on Pentecost Sunday empowers the disciples of Jesus Christ to live a virtuous life that pays keen attention to the needs of the “marginalized” and the “common good”, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said.

Immediate Former President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ivory Coast Appointed Archbishop of Abidjan

May 20, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo, the immediate former President of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI), as the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan in the West African nation. 

Queen Mathilde of Belgium meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace with her husband, King Philippe of the Belgians, on Sept. 14, 2023. / Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Travel to Luxembourg and Belgium in September

May 20, 2024

The pope will make a one-day stopover in Luxembourg on Sept. 26 before visiting the Catholic universities of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve Sept. 26–29.

20 May 2024: The Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church

May 20, 2024

On Monday following Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church. 

Jim Wahlberg speaks to CNA in an interview ahead of the premiere of the new film "Jesus Thirsts: The Miracle of the Eucharist" in Orange County, California. / Credit: Alexis Walkenstein

Mother Teresa “was sent there for me”: A Producer on New Film on Journey to Rediscover importance of the Eucharist

May 20, 2024

“Jesus Thirsts: The Miracle of the Eucharist” is a new film co-produced by Jim Wahlberg that helps viewers rediscover the importance of the Eucharist.

In an interview with "60 Minutes" anchor Norah O'Donnell, Pope Francis discusses a wide range of issues. / Credit: CBS News/Adam Verdugo

Here’s What Pope Francis Said in His "60 Minutes" Interview

May 20, 2024

The pope spoke with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell at the Vatican via a Spanish translator.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, the relator general of the 16th Annual General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. / Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Member of the Council of Cardinals Urges Caution, Dialogue on Women’s Ordination

May 20, 2024

The cardinal said the prohibition against ordaining women was “not an infallible doctrinal decision” and could be changed over time with arguments.