Catholic News in Africa

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Caritas Pledges Humanitarian Support for Families Displaced by Terrorism in Burkina Faso

Dec 2, 2023

Caritas Burkina Faso, supported by Caritas Internationalis (CI) will be providing aid and support aimed at strengthening livelihoods of vulnerable families displaced by terrorism in the West African nation. 

Officials of Caritas Nigeria during the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV in the Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Caritas Nigeria

Caritas Nigeria Urges Government to Speed Up Trial of Gender-Based Violence Perpetrators

Dec 2, 2023

Caritas Nigeria, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has called on the Nigerian government to speed up the prosecution and punishment of individuals involved in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases in the West African country.

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Salesian Missionary in Liberia Calls for Release of Young Men Locked up Without Indictment

Dec 2, 2023

A member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Liberia is calling for the release of 63 young men locked up without indictment.

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Catholic Bishops in Malawi Laud Government for Efforts in Fighting HIV/AIDS

Dec 1, 2023

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) have lauded the government of the Southern African nation for implementing policies they say have gone a long way in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in the country.

Bishop Charles Kasonde delivering the message of Catholic Bishops in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region. Credit: AMECEA

What Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa Seek to Champion at COP28

Dec 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops in the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region will be advocating for good governance in the extraction of minerals, and operationalization of the Loss and Damage Fund among other issues at the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

Archbishop Philip Subira Anyolo of Nairobi Archdiocese. Credit: ADN

Catholic Archbishop in Kenya Tells Couples to Stop Postponing Sacrament of Marriage

Dec 1, 2023

The Archbishop of Nairobi Archdiocese in Kenya has encouraged those not married in Church to solemnize their marriages and to stop postponing the Sacrament so as to get closer to Christ.

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Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso Lift COVID-19 Restrictions on Church Activities

Dec 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have lifted COVID-19 restrictions during Eucharistic celebrations in the West Africa nation.

Some Catholic Bishops in Cameroon during the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui (STAMS) on 1 December 2023. Credit: Archdiocese of Bamenda

Major Seminary in Cameroon Earns Recognition for Producing “true pastors of souls”

Dec 1, 2023

St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary Bambui (STAMS) in Cameroon’s Catholic Archdiocese of Bamenda has been lauded for producing “true pastors of souls” in its 50 years of existence.

A screenshot of members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) during a press conference. Credit: KCCB

Let’s Not Gamble with Children’s Future: Kenyan Catholic Bishops on Disputed School Result

Nov 30, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have weighed in on the disputed Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) results that had numerous discrepancies, and cautioned the government against jeopardizing children's future through issuing of erroneous exam results.

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Catholic Activists Launch Petition against HPV Vaccine in Nigeria

Nov 30, 2023

The African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGo Africa, is calling on the Nigerian government to suspend the ongoing Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination campaign in Nigeria, citing safety concerns.

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Catholic Priest Urges Sierra Leoneans to Remain United Despite Peace Threats

Nov 30, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone is calling on the people of God in the nation to remain united and promote peace despite tensions that arose following an attack on the military barracks in the country’s capital Freetown and the release of some prisoners on November 26.

Bishop Firmino David of Sumbe Diocese in Angola. Credit: Sumbe Diocese

“Be beacons of hope, cultivate fraternity”: Catholic Bishop in Angola Tells Young people

Nov 30, 2023

Bishop Firmino David of Sumbe Diocese in Angola has urged young people in his Episcopal See to be “beacons of hope” and to cultivate fraternity.

Members of the Standing Committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) with delegates during the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) in Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: CEPACS

Bishops in Africa Shine Light on Continent's Crises, Appeal for "culture of fraternity"

Nov 29, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Africa have outlined issues affecting various African countries, including poverty, inter-state conflicts, as well as coups in some places, and  appealed to the continent to nurture a “culture of fraternity”.

A poster of the November 22 funeral rights of Br. Godwin Eze at the St Joseph Cathedral of Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Ilorin 
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Nigerian Monk Fed Chained Companions Before Killing by Kidnappers

Nov 29, 2023

Details have emerged of how Br. Godwin Eze, the Nigerian monk who was kidnapped with two others from a monastery in Nigeria spent his final hours before he was singled out and killed.  

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Catholic Bishops in Kenya Urge Government to “respond swiftly” to El Nino Victims

Nov 29, 2023

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) are calling on the government of the East African country to “respond swiftly” to the damage caused by the ongoing El Nino rains especially by helping the victims of the rains that have reportedly claimed at least 120 lives and displaced about 90,000.

Eucharistic Congress in South Sudan: Cardinal Urges Leaders to “disinfect from tribalism”

Nov 29, 2023

At the launch of the Eucharistic Congress in South Sudan, Stephen Cardinal Ameyu Martin Mulla of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has urged leaders to “disinfect people from tribalism” in order to build a stronger and more united country.

Members of the Association of Pauline Cooperators (APC), the lay association of the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Michael and Grace Njuguna. Credit: Sr. Praxides Nafula

Pauline Sisters Celebrate Collaboration with Kenyan Couple on Silver Jubilee

Nov 28, 2023

For 25 years, a Kenyan couple , Michael and Grace Njuguna have been members of the Association of Pauline Cooperators (APC), the lay association of the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP).

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Religious Leaders Say Sunday Security Breach in Sierra Leone’s Capital a Threat to Peace

Nov 28, 2023

Members of the Interreligious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) have condemned the Sunday, November 26 security breach at a military barracks in the country’s capital Freetown, saying that the attack threatens the country’s peace efforts.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

“Vote according to your conscience”: Congolese Cardinal ahead of General Elections

Nov 28, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has urged eligible voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to vote according to their conscience and to elect leaders of good moral character in the country’s general elections slated for December 20.

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Initiate Measures to End Killings, Christian Leaders in Nigerian State Urge Government

Nov 28, 2023

Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nigeria’s Taraba State are calling on the government to initiate measures aimed at permanently ending killings, especially the murder of people after armed bandits killed dozens in the state.