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Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe of Kakamega leading pilgrims for a walk to Subukia National Marian Shrine which belongs to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: Kakamega Diocese

Kenyan Diocese Embarks on 160-Mile Foot Pilgrimage to Marian Shrine for Prayer Day

Sep 29, 2023

Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Kakamega has seen off 200 pilgrims who are trekking some 160 miles to a Marian shrine where they will participate in the country’s annual prayer day slated for October 7.

Bishop Henry Juma Odonya (center) of Kitale Diocese flanked by Bishop John Mbinda of Lodwar (left) and Bishop Cleophas Oseso Tuka (right) of Nakuru Diocese  following a Holy Mass to pray for peace at Kapedo. Credit: KCCB

Catholic Bishops Call for Concerted Efforts in Finding Peace in North Rift Kenya

Sep 28, 2023

A section of Catholic Bishops in Kenya are calling for concerted efforts to find lasting peace in the country’s North Rift region which has been hit by security challenges caused by violent conflicts involving cattle rustling among pastoralist groups.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: Presidency of Benin

Bishops in Benin Call for Prayers for Deadly Fire Victims on Feast of Archangels

Sep 28, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Benin have expressed their solidarity with families of over 35 people who died in a September 23 fire incident at a shop in the southeastern part of the country, announcing a day of prayer in memory of those who died in the inferno.

Fathers Domingos Filipe Isildo, Dário Bento Caxicula Francisca and Evaristo Rubem Econgo ordained 24 September 2023. Credit: Caxito Catholic News

“Be faithful and zealous”: Catholic Bishop in Angola to Newly Ordained Priests

Sep 28, 2023

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola has challenged the three Deacons he ordained to the Priesthood on September 24 to be “faithful and zealous” in their ministry.

Caritas South Sudan distributing food items to returnees in South Sudan's Renk County. Credit: Joseph Sabu, Caritas South Sudan

Caritas South Sudan Reaches Out to Hundreds of Households from War-Torn Sudan

Sep 28, 2023

Caritas South Sudan, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the East-Central African country, has reached out to hundreds of households fleeing the war that broke out in Sudan on April 15.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla of Juba and his episcopal coat of arms (top left); Bishop Stephen Chow of Hong Kong and his episcopal coat of arms (top right); Bishop Américo Aguiar of Setúbal, Portugal, and his coat of arms (bottom left); Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town and his coat of arms. | Credit: ACI Africa; Archdiocese of Juba; Society of Jesus/Diocese of Hong Kong; Patriarchate of Lisbon; Archdiocese of Cape Town

Catholic Church’s New Cardinals Explain Why They Chose Their Spiritual Mottos

Sep 28, 2023

Episcopal mottos are selected when a Catholic priest is consecrated as a bishop and are traditionally found at the base of his coat of arms.

The Coat of Arms of Cardinal-designate, Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla of juba Archdiocese in South Sudan. Credit: ACI Africa/Eye Radio

A Drum, Other Elements on South Sudanese Cardinal-Designate’s Coat of Arms Explained

Sep 28, 2023

The Vicar General of South Sudan’s Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has explained the symbols and motto represented in the coat of arms of Cardinal-designate, Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla.

Logo Caritas South Sudan. Credit: Caritas South Sudan

Returnees Fleeing War-Torn Sudan Thank Caritas South Sudan for Facilitating Evacuation

Sep 28, 2023

Returnees who were recently evacuated from war-torn Sudan have lauded Caritas South Sudan, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the East-Central African country,  for facilitating their return to Juba.

Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku of Angola’s Mbanza Congo Diocese. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Catholic Bishop in Angola Calls for Collective Action to Curb Illegal Migration

Sep 28, 2023

Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku of Angola’s Mbanza Congo Diocese has called for collection action in curbing migration, a phenomenon he describes as “complex”, requiring careful analysis.

Pope Francis speaks at the at the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens on May 31, 2021, against the backdrop of an image of Our Lady, Undoer (or Untier) of Knots. | Credit: Vatican Media

How Pope Francis Spread Devotion to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

Sep 28, 2023

This popular devotion traces its origins to Germany, in 1612, when a priest ministered to a couple in a difficult marriage.

Archbishop Jean-Patrick Iba-Ba of Libreville Archdiocese in Gabon. Credit: Libreville Archdiocese

Success of Gabon’s Transition Depends on “involvement of everyone”: Archbishop

Sep 28, 2023

The success of Gabon’s transitional government put in place following the August 30 military  coup  that ousted President Ali Bongo from power will depend on the “involvement of everyone,” the Catholic Archbishop of Libreville has said.

Fr. Elvis Mbangsi, a Mill Hill Missionary (MHM) shot and injured in Cameroon. Credit: Mill Hill Missionaries

Catholic Priest Shot, Nursing “a serious fracture” in Attack on Parish in Cameroon

Sep 27, 2023

A Catholic Priest was shot and severely injured when militants attacked St. Martin of Tour's Kembong Parish of the Diocese of Mamfe, Southwest Cameroon.

Credit: Jacob Jeketule Soko

Creating “culture of care”: Actors on Nuns’ Safeguarding Training in Monasteries in Africa

Sep 27, 2023

Contemplative Nuns from some 35 Monasteries in eight Anglophone African countries have been beneficiaries of a training on safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults aimed at creating “a safe church for everybody”.

Credit: ACN

Murdered Seminarian’s Colleagues in Nigeria Named Religious Freedom Award Recipients

Sep 27, 2023

Two Nigerian Seminarians who survived the 2020 kidnapping in which their companion Michael Nnadi was killed have been named recipients of the 2023 Religious Freedom Award organized by the Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

Jean-Pierre Cardinal Kutwa. Credit: Abidjan Archdiocese

May Muhammed’s Birthday Strengthen Faith, Bring “infinite graces”: Ivorian Cardinal

Sep 27, 2023

May the Muslim commemoration of the Feast of Maouloud that marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed strengthen the faith of those who believe in Allah and bring with it His “infinite graces”, the Local Ordinary of Abidjan Archdiocese in Ivory Coast, Jean-Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, has implored.

Pope Francis prays at his Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square on April 12, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis Expresses Spiritual Closeness with Victims of Deadly Fire in Benin

Sep 27, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his spiritual closeness with victims of a fire incident at a shop in Southeastern Benin that reportedly resulted in the death of more than 35 people. 

A poster for the Season of Creation. Credit: JCED Malawi

“Season of Creation Documentary”: Church Officials in Malawi Call for Justice for Creation

Sep 27, 2023

Catholic Church officials in Malawi have, in a new documentary on the Season of Creation 2023, called for “justice, reconciliation and healing for people affected with climate change.”

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Credit: CAN

Eid-ul-Maulud: Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Urge “mutual respect” amid Religious Diversity

Sep 27, 2023

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Maulud, the Muslim celebration that marks the birth of Prophet Mohammed, Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling for the fostering of “mutual respect” in the West African nation that they say is characterized by religious diversity. 

First edition of the Men’s Rosary. | Credit: Men’s Rosary Facebook Page

40 Countries to Participate in Men’s Rosary on October 7

Sep 27, 2023

The initiative originated in Poland and Ireland in 2018 and in just a few years has spread to other nations on different dates.

Pope Francis smiles during his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 27, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Europe Needs Hope, Pope Francis Says

Sep 27, 2023

To deal properly with the crises it faces, Europe must first have hope, Pope Francis said Wednesday at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.