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Members of Pastoral Care Office for Migrants and Refugees, Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Sr. Maria Rissini

Put “word of God into action” in Caring for Migrants, Refugees: Bishop in South Africa

Aug 13, 2022

There is need to put the “Catholic faith and word of God into action” in reaching out to migrants and refugees, the Bishop of South Africa’s Kroonstad Diocese has said. 

Late Fr. Prof. Laurenti Magesa Corneli, Priest of Tanzania's Musoma Diocese who died 11 August 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Tanzanian-born “Giant of African Theology” Remained Humble to his Death: Jesuit Scholar

Aug 12, 2022

Few hours to his death on Thursday, August 11, Fr. Prof. Laurenti Magesa Corneli who has been described as “the Giant of African Theology” remained the humble man he had been all his life, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has said in his tribute to the late Tanzanian-born Theologian. He had just turned 76.

From left to right: Fr. Constant Munkala, Fr. Jorge Guerra, Fr. Mario Geremia, Archbishop Grace Butti, Fr. Leonir Chiarellon and Fr. Eduardo Gabriel. Credit: ACI Africa

Local Church to Foster Migrants, Refugees’ Dignity: Religious Superior Visiting S. Africa

Aug 12, 2022

There is need for the local Church to take up the responsibility of welcoming and promoting the dignity of refugees and migrants, the Superior General of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Saint Charles (Scalabrinians) who is on a canonical visit to South Africa has said. 

Members of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province (OWEP) in Nigeria. Credit: Archdiocese of Owerri/Facebook

Nigeria “is in trouble, no one appears to be safe”: Catholic Bishops of Owerri Province

Aug 12, 2022

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Owerri Ecclesiastical Province in the territory of Imo State are concerned with persistent insecurity in their Episcopal Sees, and have said that with violent entities “on the rampage”, the West African nation “is in trouble” and that “no one appears to be safe”.

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Zambia's Ndola Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in Zambia Cautions Priests against Allowing Politicians to Speak in Church

Aug 12, 2022

The Bishop of Zambia’s Catholic Diocese of Ndola has directed members of the Clergy in his Episcopal See to refrain from allowing politicians to address worshippers in the premises of the church.

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Trauma Healing Training in South Sudan’s Yei Diocese to Foster Forgiveness: Facilitator

Aug 12, 2022

The workshop on trauma healing that the Catholic Diocese of Yei in South Sudan organized in collaboration with Mission Aviation Fellowship aims at fostering repentance and forgiveness in the East-Central African nation, a facilitator has said.   

The official logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Jesuit Scholars Laud Zambia’s Interventions in Health, Agricultural, Education Sectors

Aug 12, 2022

Officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have lauded the government of Zambia for recruiting thousands of teachers and health workers, and for additional funds to support the agricultural sector.

Mrs. Sobhy and the perpetrator. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Concerned about Muslim Assaulting Christian Women and Going Unpunished

Aug 12, 2022

Catholic Charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has expressed concern about a Muslim man in Egypt who has become notorious for assaulting Christian women and his actions going unpunished every time.

SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops Call for “more robust measures” to Address South Africa’s Cost of Living

Aug 11, 2022

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have called on members of the government in South Africa to set aside political differences and put in place “more robust measures” to address the high cost of living, unemployment, and the gap between the rich and the poor that they say is widening.

Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. Credit: Nigerian Catholic Network

Some Suspects of Pentecost Sunday Attack on Catholic Church in Nigeria Arrested: Governor

Aug 11, 2022

Some of the suspects of the Pentecost Sunday attack on St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese that left 39 worshippers killed and more than 80 injured have been arrested, the Governor of Ondo State in the West African country has confirmed.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). Credit: NECC

Create “ethics committees in hospitals, universities”: Catholic Bishops in Cameroon

Aug 11, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Cameroon are encouraging the creation of committees for ethics in the major institutions of the Central African nation, including hospitals and institutions of higher learning. 

Bishop Lúcio Andrice Muandula, re-elected as the second Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique Laud Re-election of Colleague to SECAM Leadership

Aug 11, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have lauded the re-election of Bishop Lúcio Andrice Muandula as the second Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Cardinal Joseph Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong. Yung Chi Wai Derek/Shutterstock.

Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong to Stand Trial in September Over Role with Pro-democracy Fund

Aug 11, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen is set to stand trial next month, along with four other people, in connection to his role as a trustee of a pro-democracy legal fund.

Representatives of religious leaders in Kenya addressing the nation after closure of polling stations on Tuesday, August 9. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Kenya’s Faith Leaders Urge “highest possible levels of transparency” in Vote Tallying

Aug 10, 2022

Religious leaders in Kenya have urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to demonstrate “the highest possible levels of transparency, accountability and accuracy” in the vote tallying process following the general elections in the East African nation.

Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia Laud Kenyan Colleagues for Pastoral Guidance in Elections

Aug 10, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) have lauded the role of their counterparts in Kenya, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), in the country’s general elections conducted on Tuesday, August 9.

Late Fr. Godefroid Pembele Mandon. Credit: Vatican Media

Search for “suspects” in Murder of Catholic Priest in DR Congo Ongoing, Cousin Arrested

Aug 10, 2022

The search for those behind the shooting and killing of Fr. Godefroid Pembele Mandon in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is ongoing, a security official in the country has said, and announced the arrest of some suspects who include a cousin of the late Catholic Priest.

Funeral Mass of Bishop of Zaria George Jonathan Dodo, Nigeria. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Remembers Bishop Who Served Against Odds in Nigeria

Aug 10, 2022

Catholic charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has paid tribute to the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Zaria in Nigeria who passed on in July after serving the wider embattled Nigeria’s Kaduna state with courage.

Pope Francis at the general audience on Aug. 10, 2022. Vatican Media

Desire for "eternal youth" and "unlimited well-being" is Delusional Conceit: Pope Francis

Aug 10, 2022

Pope Francis said Wednesday that it is “delusional” to try to stop the natural passage of time in pursuit of “eternal youth” and “unlimited well-being.”

Salesian missionaries invited film experts from India to hold intensive training for 40 young student filmmakers. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians Empowering Dozens of Youth in Southern Africa Through Filmmaking Initiative

Aug 10, 2022

The filmmaking initiative that the members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have spearheaded in the Catholic Archdiocese of Lusaka in Zambia is benefiting dozens of youth from three Southern African countries.

Some of the participants in the July 25-30 Diocesan Week on Synodality in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Doing synodality” among Highlights of “Diocesan Week” on Synodality in Rumbek, S. Sudan

Aug 9, 2022

The need to go beyond discussing about the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality to “doing synodality” is among the highlights of the recently concluded “Diocesan Week” on synodality in the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek, the Bishop of the South Sudanese Episcopal See has said.