Catholic News in Africa

Trócaire is supporting and investing in women’s rights organisations. Credit: Trócaire

How Irish Catholic Entity is Addressing Violence against Women in Two African Countries

Nov 24, 2023

Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, is making deliberate efforts to invest in women’s rights organizations to address violence against women in Somalia and South Sudan in a partnership initiative.

Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle addressing delegates during the Golden Jubilee of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS). Credit: ACI Africa

Archbishop Decries Post COVID-19 “media virus” in Africa, Says Youth “most infected”

Nov 23, 2023

Increased media consumption that characterized people’s lives during the COVID-19 pandemic has continued, with a section of Africa’s Catholic population choosing to engage with digital gadgets rather than join others for Sunday worship, a Catholic Archbishop has noted with concern.

Fr. Hans-Joachim, a Catholic Priest of German nationality who went missing on Sunday, November 20 in a suspected forceful abduction. Credit: ACN

Twelve Months, German Catholic Missionary Priest Kidnapped in Mali Still Missing

Nov 23, 2023

Twelve months have gone by since the disappearance of Fr. Hans-Joachim Lohre, a member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), who was taken away in a suspected kidnapping incident in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Douala Archdiocese recognised by Paul Biya. Credit: NECC

Archbishop in Cameroon Known for the Practice of Herbalism Receives State Recognition

Nov 23, 2023

A Catholic Archbishop in Cameroon known for the practice of herbalism has been recognised by the President of the Central African nation.

Archbishop Jean-Patrick Iba-Ba of Libreville Archdiocese with the Preisdent of Gabon's Transition, General Brice Oligui Nguema. Credit: Fr. Serge-Patrick Mabickassa

Archbishop of Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese to Chair 2024 National Inclusive Dialogue

Nov 23, 2023

The Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI) in Gabon has settled for the Archbishop of Libreville to chair the country’s National Inclusive Dialogue scheduled for April 2024.

Bishop Tsegaye Keneni Derara. Credit: CBCE

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Apostolic Vicar in Ethiopia

Nov 23, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Tsegaye Keneni Derara from the pastoral care of the Apostolic Vicariate of Soddo in Ethiopia, where he has been serving as Apostolic Vicar.

Africa Bishops Propose Formation of “digital missionaries” to Boost Church Communications

Nov 22, 2023

Members of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an initiative of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), are proposing formation that targets “digital missionaries” in academic institutions to boost communications on the continent.

Members of the Joint Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Senegal, Mauritania, Cape-Verde, and Guinea-Bissau (CESMCVGB). Credit:  CESMCVGB

The “resurgence” of Illegal Immigration in West Africa a Concern for Catholic Bishops

Nov 22, 2023

Catholic Bishops of the four-nation Conference in West Africa are concerned about the “resurgence” of migration of people in violation of laws of immigration.

Fr. Andrew Kaufa, Coordinator of the department of Social Communications of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Credit: ACI Africa

CEPACS Jubilee, Synod “opportunity to revisit Pan-African dream” on Communication: Priest

Nov 22, 2023

The Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) and the Synod on Synodality , which Pope Francis extended to 2024, provide an opportunity to examine the situation of “the Pan-African dream” with regard to communication, an official involved in the preparation of the November 18-21 event has said.

Logo Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB). Credit: SDB

Salesians in South Africa Strategically Choose Youth for Skills to Realize “social change”

Nov 22, 2023

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in South Africa are strategically choosing young people from “disadvantaged communities” in the country’s Cape Town region, equipping them with entrepreneurial skills capable of realizing positive social change. 

CEPACS Golden Jubilee Ends with Calls for Church in Africa to Embrace Digitality

Nov 21, 2023

The Golden Jubilee of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has ended with calls on the Church in Africa to embrace the digital culture.

A screenshot of Bishop Cleophas Oseso Tuka during the graduation ceremony at St. Elizabeth Demo Farm-Subukia on 21 November 2023. Credit: Capuchin TV

Like Mary, Take Responsibility of Family Care “with seriousness”: Kenyan Bishop to Women

Nov 21, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Nakuru Diocese in Kenya has called upon women in marriages to take the responsibility of taking care of their respective families “with seriousness” in the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


U.S. Congressman Warns of a “powerful global agenda” behind Push for Abortions in Liberia

Nov 21, 2023

The Congressman for New Jersey’s 4th District in the U.S., Chris Smith, has called on the Liberian lawmakers to fight to remove the abortion section in the Public Health Bill, noting that those behind the bill have the backing of “a powerful global agenda.”

Dr. Paolo Ruffini, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication addressing participants at the Golden Jubilee of celebrations of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an entity of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: Vatican Media

Communication Gift to Humanity “to weave communion”: Vatican Official at CEPACS Jubilee

Nov 21, 2023

Communication is a divine gift to humanity to facilitate the fostering of relationships and the realization of communion, the Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has said. 

Logo Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG). Credit: CCMG

Zambia Church Leaders Call for Erection of Ramps in Voter Registration Centres

Nov 21, 2023

There is need for the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to erect ramps at voter registration centers to enable people living with disability access them, Church leaders in Zambia under the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) have said.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Despite Boko Haram Atrocities, “find a place in our hearts to forgive”: Nigerian Bishop

Nov 21, 2023

There is need for Christians in Nigeria to let go the pain they may be harboring against members of Boko Haram, who have caused them traumatic experiences, by making the decision to forgive, a Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has said.

Cristobal Cardinal Lòpez Romero during his presentation at the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra, Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

Cardinal in Morocco Dedicates Advent Week I to Prayers, Fasting for Peace in Holy Land

Nov 21, 2023

Catholic Parishes of the Archdiocese of Rabat in Morocco are to mark the first Week of Advent praying for peace in the Holy Land, the Local Ordinary has said.

Bishop Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi and Honourable Alban S. K. Bagbin, Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament. Credit: Catholic Trends

Catholic Bishops in Ghana Laud Parliament for Passing Family Protection Bill

Nov 21, 2023

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) have lauded the West African nation’s parliament for passing the Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill 2021.

Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of Kisumu Archdiocese in Kenya posing for a photo with the newly ordained Priests on Saturday, 18 November 2023. Credit: Radio Maria Kisumu

“Protect your vocations zealously”: Archbishop in Kenya to New Priests at Ordination

Nov 20, 2023

Newly ordained Priests of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu in Kenya have been urged to “zealously” protect their Priestly vocation, and to live “respectable lives” that conform to their divine calling. 

Pope Gelasius I. Credit: Vatican Media

Five Things to Know about this African Pope Celebrated on November 21

Nov 20, 2023

Of the 266 successors to St. Peter, three are of African descent. One of them is St. Gelasius I, whose feast is celebrated on November 21.