Catholic News in Africa

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.

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 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.

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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”.

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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. 

Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops with former President, Edgar Lungu of Zambia and other attendees of the first sub-regional consultative meeting. Credit: Vatican News

Planned 2024 Meeting of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Bishops to “address various challenges”

Sep 27, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are to deliberate on “various challenges” bedeviling the people of God in the African region, including inequality, and concerns around the environment. 

Mons. Pierre Cibambo, the new president of Caritas Africa. Credit: Caritas Africa.

“We are not operating as an NGO”: New Caritas Africa President on Identity of Caritas

Sep 26, 2023

Caritas is an entity under the auspices of the Catholic Church hierarchy, and as such operates with the goal to witness the person of Jesus Christ, distinct from Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), the new President of Caritas Africa has said.

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Human Rights Activists Challenge UN to Investigate Jihadist Killings in Nigerian Region

Sep 26, 2023

Activists at the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) are calling on the United Nations (UN) to intervene in insecurity in Southeastern Nigeria by investigating those behind Jihadist killings targeting Christians in the region.

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Catholic Activists Want TikTok’s “sexually provocative” Content Banned in Kenya

Sep 26, 2023

Catholic activists in Africa under their umbrella organization, CitizenGO Africa are calling upon the Kenyan government to ban sexually provocative content on TikTok, a social media platform that has gained rootedness in the East African nation, especially among the youth.

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Catholic Entity Reaching Out to Cyclone Victims in Malawi with “vital humanitarian aid”

Sep 26, 2023

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) is helping victims of Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Malawi to rebuild their lives through “vital humanitarian aid”.

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Priest in Niger Facilitating Help to Families in “almost impossible situation” after Coup

Sep 26, 2023

A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in Niger’s Niamey Archdiocese is facilitating help to members of families in “almost impossible situation” amid effects of the July 26 military coup that led to the ousting of President Mohamed Bazoum from power.

Mass burial in Runji village, Zangon Kataf LGA on 16 April. Credit: Nasarawa Mirror

Nigerian Police Commissioner Seeking Ties with Religious Leaders to Address Insecurity

Sep 26, 2023

The new Police Commissioner of Nigeria’s Kaduna State is seeking to strengthen the relationship between the Police and religious leaders as a “strategy” to address insecurity in the State.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga during the launch of the new pastoral year in the Archdiocese of Bangui in the Central African Republic (CAR). Credit: LANOCA

New Pastoral Year Launched in CAR Archdiocese, Cardinal Urges Faithful to “get involved”

Sep 26, 2023

The Cardinal in the Central African Republic (CAR) has urged the people of God under his pastoral care to “get involved” in the Church’s pastoral mission of evangelization as he presided over the launching of the Pastoral Year in his Metropolitan See.

Parishioners of St. Austin's Catholic Church of Kenya's Archdiocese of Nairobi pause to reflect on a Station of the Cross at the Subukia Shrine in the Diocese of Nakuru. Credit: ACI Africa

Pilgrims Share Stories of Conversion and Healing at National Marian Shrine in Kenya

Sep 25, 2023

The steep hill, marked with the Stations of the Cross, leads to a spring of water believed to offer miraculous healing to those who visit Subukia National Marian Shrine in Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Nakuru.

Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea of Bamenda Archdiocese in Cameroon. Credit: ACI Africa

Delegates to Synod on Synodality to Give “no room for distraction”: Archbishop in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2023

Delegates to the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops are not to give “room for distractions” during the meeting scheduled to begin on October 4, a Catholic Bishop in Cameroon has told ACI Africa.