Catholic News in Africa

Catholic Bishops in Chad. Credit: CET

“Do everything possible” for Success of Presidential Polls: Catholic Bishops in Chad to Government

Apr 16, 2024

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET) have called on the transitional government in the country to “do everything possible” to ensure that the Presidential elections scheduled for May 6 are successful.

South Sudanese teturnees receiving food relief in Abiemnhom, near the border with war-torn Sudan in March 2024. Credit: Sr. Elena Balatti

Yearlong Sudan Civil War “evokes terrible memories” for Comboni Missionary Sister Receiving Returnees in South Sudan

Apr 15, 2024

The sight of the South Sudanese returnees fleeing war in Sudan who arrive worn out and scared evokes painful memories for Sr. Elena Balatti, who is witnessing a civil war for a third time. 

Fr. Marcel Uwineza. Credit: Sr. Olga Massango

Stories of Rwandan Women “scarred by genocide” Must Be Told: Jesuit Priest on 30th Anniversary of Mass Killing

Apr 15, 2024

Women who were sexually assaulted, infected with diseases, and forced into exile, among other brutalities during the 1994 genocide against Tutsis remain deeply scarred three decades later, and their stories must be told, a Rwandan-born Jesuit Priest has said.

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

10 Years On, “intensify efforts” to Free Remaining Chibok Girls: Nigeria’s Christian Leaders to Government

Apr 15, 2024

Christian leaders in Nigeria are appealing to the government to escalate its efforts to secure the freedom of at least 82 Chibok girls who remain in captivity 10 years after Boko Haram militia abducted them from their school. 

SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka. Credit: SACBC

“They are alive with the Risen Lord”: Southern African Catholic Bishops on 45 Batswana Pilgrims Who Died in Bus Crash

Apr 6, 2024

The 45 Batswana Easter pilgrims, who died following the Easter holiday bus crash are resting with the glorified Lord, Jesus Christ, the Southern African Catholic Bishops have said.

Logo of Human Life International (HLI). Credit: HLI

Africa’s population “targeted for decimation”: Catholic Pro-lifers on WHO Birth Control Strategies

Apr 6, 2024

Human Life International (HLI) Directors in Africa have criticized the World Health Organization (WHO) for promoting strategies that the pro-lifers say seek to decimate the African population and undermine the family institution on the continent.

The Logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). Credit: JCTR

Zambia’s Agriculture Suffering “profound, far-reaching” Effects of “El Niño-induced dry spell”: Jesuit Scholars

Apr 6, 2024

Zambia’s agricultural sector, the economic backbone of the Southern African nation, is suffering due to drought, officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have said. 

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe posing with Pope Francis. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe Appeal for Food Aid amid Prolonged Drought

Apr 4, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the drought-stricken Zimbabwe are calling for concerted efforts to provide food to people who are starving.

Bishop Christian Carlassare of Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan, during 2024 Chrism Mass at Holy Family Cathedral of Rumbek Diocese on 27 March 2024. Credit: Fr. Luka Dor/Rumbek Diocese

Let’s Strive for “well-formed will, after the example of Christ”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan in 2024 Easter Message

Mar 31, 2024

Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has emphasized the need to look to Jesus Christ for inspiration in determining the directions of our respective lives through our wills.

Prayer Appeal Following Death of Catholic Bishop of Kaga-Bandoro Diocese in CAR on Easter Sunday

Mar 31, 2024

Prayers are being sought for the repose of the soul of the Local Ordinary of Kaga-Bandoro Diocese in the Central African Republic (CAR) who died on Easter Sunday 2024 at the age of 72.

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio Lauds “wonderful partnership” between Angola, São Tomé & Príncipe and Vatican

Mar 30, 2024

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari, who has been representing the Holy Father in Angola and São Tomé & Príncipe for close to four years has described as “wonderful” the collaboration between the Holy See and the two African nations.

Bishop Julius Yakubu Kundi of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan. Credit: ACI Africa

Priesthood Under Criticism, Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Urges Priests to Work “towards creating right image”

Mar 28, 2024

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria has called on Priests to strive towards the fostering of “the right image” of ministerial Priesthood, which he says is under criticism.

Bishop John Oballa of Kenya's Ngong Diocese. Credit: Nairobi Archdiocese

Amid “challenges within the Church”, Catholic Bishop in Kenya Urges Priests to “stand by revealed truth of the Gospel”

Mar 28, 2024

Bishop John Oballa Owaa of the Catholic Diocese of Ngong in Kenya has cautioned Priests against despair in the face of challenges they experience “within the Church”.

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Christian Foundation Warns of “Sudan’s evolution towards an Islamic State” if War Persists

Mar 28, 2024

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is concerned that Sudan could evolve into an Islamic State should war in the Northeastern African nation persist.

Seminarian Na'aman Danlami died when the Fulanis attacked St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Parish on the night of Thursday, 7 September 2023. Credit: ACN

Apprehending Mastermind in Killing of Nigerian Seminarian “a welcome development”, Activist Calls for More Arrests

Mar 27, 2024

International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety), a Catholic-inspired human rights foundation in Nigeria is calling for more arrests following the nabbing of the leader of the gang suspected to have killed a Seminarian in a torching incident last September. 

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during an interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Agenzia Fides

Catholic Archbishop in Sierra Leone Puzzled by Low Turnout for Holy Week Activities “in the last twenty or so years”

Mar 25, 2024

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles  of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has decried the low turnout for Holy Week activities in the Archdiocese, and expressed concern that the lay faithful he is shepherding have continued to show indifference to many other pastoral activities that are available for them.

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

Death Penalty Degrading, “incompatible with the Gospel”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo

Mar 25, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have condemned the decision by the government of the Central African nation to lift a 2003 ban on the death penalty, saying it is a “degrading treatment” that is not in accordance with the Gospel.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Catholics in Sierra Leone Asked to Confess Sins against the Environment

Mar 20, 2024

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles  of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has challenged citizens of the West African nation to treat their abuse of the environment as an “ecological sin”, which must be confessed.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during an interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Caritas Freetown

“Tribalism is showing its ugly head in our Church”: Catholic Archbishop in Sierra Leone

Mar 19, 2024

The Archbishop of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has decried favouritism in the West African nation based on tribal lines, and expressed concern that the vice is now manifesting itself among members of the Church.

Bishop Julius Yakubu Kundi of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan. Credit: ACI Africa

Insecurity Impeding Evangelization, Nigerian Catholic Bishop Says, Appeals for Aid

Mar 15, 2024

Bishop Julius Yakubu Kundi of Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese has decried insecurity in his Episcopal See, saying that persistent attacks in the Diocese are impeding evangelization efforts.