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Catholic Charity Concerned Christians in Some African Countries Practice Faith Underground

Aug 16, 2022

Christians in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and in many other African countries experiencing religious persecution are being forced to practice their faith in hiding for fear of attacks, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

“Break down walls of hatred, violence ... build bridges of love”: Cardinal in Burkina Faso

Aug 16, 2022

The Cardinal in Burkina Faso has called upon the people of God in the West African nation to “break down the walls of hatred, violence” and build bridges of love.

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Abduction, Killing of Priests in Nigeria "loud sign" of Government Failure: Advocacy Group

Aug 16, 2022

The leadership of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has decried the "recurring killing and kidnapping of Catholic Priests" in the West African country, terming it a sign of failure on the part of Nigeria’s Federal government.

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Catholic Bishop Hopes Meeting with Somalia Authorities Will Yield to Religious Freedom

Aug 16, 2022

The Apostolic Administrator of Somalia’s Catholic Diocese of Mogadishu has expressed optimism that a recent meeting between Catholic Church leaders and high-level political leaders in Somalia will open more opportunities for Christians in the country to worship more freely.

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On International Youth Day, Salesians Review Youth Empowerment Initiatives in Africa

Aug 16, 2022

On the annual event of the International Youth Day (IYD) marked August 12, officials of a development entity of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have reviewed their initiatives that seek to empower young people across the globe, including Africa.

Salesian ‘A New Beginning’ program helps youth in conflict with the law in Angola. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in Angola Fostering “rights of children in conflict with law” and Reintegration

Aug 16, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Angola are fostering “the rights of children in conflict with the law” in an initiative dubbed “A New Beginning”. 

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Kenya’s Faith Leaders Call for Peace amid Tension after Declaration of Presidential Result

Aug 15, 2022

Religious leaders in Kenya are calling for peace and calm amid tension in the East African nation following the declaration of the final results of the Presidential election that was conducted on August 9.

Pope Francis during the Angelus on 14 August 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Draws Global “attention to the serious humanitarian crisis affecting Somalia”

Aug 15, 2022

Pope Francis has drawn the attention of the international community to “the serious humanitarian crisis” that the people of God in Somalia and the horn of Africa nations are facing. 

Fr. Chinedu Nwadike. Credit: Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN)

Spiritan Priest, Seminarian Freed after Abduction from Okigwe Catholic Diocese in Nigeria

Aug 15, 2022

A member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers – Spiritans) and a seminarian kidnapped from the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe in Nigeria on August 12 have been freed.

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Sierra Leone’s Protracted Unrest May Trigger Past Civil Strife Memories: Catholic Priest

Aug 15, 2022

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has condemned the ongoing protests in the West African country, and expressed concern that the situation of unrest in the West African country may trigger memories of a civil war that everyone wishes to forget.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address at St. Peter's Square, Aug. 15, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis on Assumption Day: "Do I believe to love is to reign, and to serve is power?"

Aug 15, 2022

Reflecting on the Visitation during his Angelus address on Monday, Pope Francis reflected on the raising up to heaven of the humble handmaid of the Lord, and how that attitude is to repeated in our lives.

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Enroll Your Sons in Seminary for Integral Formation: Rector in South Sudan to Parents

Aug 15, 2022

The Rector of St. Lawrence Minor Seminary of Juba Archdiocese has encouraged parents in the South Sudanese Metropolitan See to consider enrolling their sons in the Archdiocesan institution of learning and formation.

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Exercise Patience, Self-control: Church Leaders to Kenyans amid Delayed Poll Results

Aug 14, 2022

Church leaders in Kenya have urged citizens of the East African country to exercise patience and control their emotions amid delayed declaration of the Presidential election results following the August 9 general polls.

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Southern Africa Jesuit Provincial Urges Support for “poor” in Addressing Climate Change

Aug 14, 2022

A Catholic Priest at the helm of the Southern Africa Province (SAP) of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has urged developed countries to support poor communities in addressing the challenge of climate change.

A fire broke out in the Abu Sefein Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt on Sunday, Aug. 14 2022. ACI MENA

Reports of at Least 40 People Killed in Coptic Church Fire in Cairo, Egypt

Aug 14, 2022

At least 40 people have died in a Coptic church fire in Egypt — most of them were children under the age of six, according to media reports.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during the Angelus Aug. 14, 2022. Vatican Media

“Faith not a ‘lullaby’, but rather living flame to keep us wakeful, active”: Pope Fracis

Aug 14, 2022

“Faith is not a ‘lullaby’ that lulls us to sleep, but rather a living flame to keep us wakeful and active even at night,” Pope Francis said.

Archbishop Alfred Martins Adewale of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

"Use your youthful energy" to Serve God: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria to Youth

Aug 14, 2022

Young people in Nigerian have been urged to use their “youthful energy” to render their services to serve God, the people of God, and the country.

Preparations for the construction of the diocesan Marian shrine. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catholic Charity Rallying for Support to Fund Construction of Marian Shrine in Angola

Aug 13, 2022

The Catholic Pontifical and Charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is appealing for financial assistance to aid the Diocese of Mbanza Congo in Angola in the construction of a Marian Shrine to “deepen the people’s Catholic identity” in the Angolan Episcopal See. 

St. Joseph Vocational Training Center offers students opportunity to have hands-on learning in renewable energy. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in Sudan Empowering Youths with Skills in Renewable Energy

Aug 13, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) are empowering young people in Sudan with skills in the field of renewable energy.

Samuel Zan Akologo, the Knights of Marshall Supreme Officer Responsible for MAREDES and Advocacy, planting a seedling. Credit: Business Ghana

Catholic Entity in Ghana Facilitates Tree Planting Initiative to Address Climate Change

Aug 13, 2022

Members of the Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES), a not-for-profit wing of the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall of the Catholic Church, have facilitated the planting of some 10,600 tree seedlings at Saboba in the Northern Region in Ghana in view of addressing the challenge of climate change.