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John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Credit: ACI Africa

Security Situation in Nigeria “getting out of hand, nobody is safe”: Cardinal

Aug 2, 2022

Nigeria is facing unprecedented security crisis and the situation “is getting out of hand”, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said, and regretted the fact that “nobody is safe” in the West African nation.

Sr. Marivane Chiesa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Rise in Crime in South Africa Impeding Service to Refugee Women, Children: Catholic Nun

Aug 2, 2022

The rise in levels of crime in South Africa is impeding the efforts of a Catholic entity in the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg to reach out to refugee women and children, a Catholic Nun has said. 

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen imposes the Pallium on Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of the Archdiocese of Kisumu in Kenya. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya Challenges Catholic Bishops to Go Out “where the people are”

Aug 2, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has challenged Catholic Bishops not to limit themselves to “big celebrations”, but “to go where people are” and to bring those lost in sin back to the community of God.

Members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE). Credit: CBCE

Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia Urge Church Institutions to Embrace Culture of Forgiveness

Aug 2, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) are calling for prayers for the healing of the people who have undergone suffering in the embattled parts of the country, and are urging Church institutions in the Horn of Africa nation to teach repentance and forgiveness. 

The Church of St. James in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Miropink/Shutterstock.

"Follow the example of Mary": Pope Francis to Medjugorje Youth Festival

Aug 2, 2022

Pope Francis has urged the thousands of young people gathered at Medjugorje this week to follow the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who leads us closer to Christ.

Screenshot of Bishop John Mbinda of Lodwar Diocese in Kenya addressing journalists on the state of insecurity in his Episcopal See. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Bishop in Kenya Calls for Increased Presence of Security Officers in Parts of His Diocese

Aug 1, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Lodwar in Kenya has called upon the government of the East African country to increase the presence of security officers in parts of his Episcopal See that are witnessing insecurity.

Bishop Oliver Doeme inspecting a burnt church in Bahuli, Maiduguri. Credit: ACN

Nigerians Hoping for “a compassionate new president” to End Religious Intolerance: Bishop

Aug 1, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria has expressed optimism that Nigerians will get a president who has the needs of the people at heart in the country’s general elections.

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

Prepare Supporters for “any result”: Catholic Bishops in Kenya to Political Candidates

Aug 1, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have urged political candidates in the East African to prepare their respective supporters to accept the outcome of the poll scheduled for August 9. 

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Christian Entity Urges Egypt to Enact “policies to counter sectarianism, hate speech”

Aug 1, 2022

The leadership of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling on the government of Egypt to ratify policies that counter sectarianism and hate speech in the country.

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Pope Francis to Visit Kazakhstan in September

Aug 1, 2022

The pope will attend the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan.

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) at the conclusion Mass of their 19th Plenary  Assembly at the Holy Spirit Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Accra on 31 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

SECAM Plenary Assembly Ends with Appeal to Political Stakeholders to End Insecurity

Jul 31, 2022

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)) have, in their communiqué at the end of their 19th Plenary Assembly, appealed to “social and political stakeholders and decision-makers … to do their utmost” to end insecurity on the African continent.

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr (center), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu (left) and Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula (right)bSECAM President, First Vice and Second Vice President respectively. Credit: ACI Africa

New SECAM Leadership Reaches Out to Regional Conferences for Support to Realize Mission

Jul 31, 2022

The newly elected officials of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have called upon members of the eight regional associations to support them realize the mission the continental symposium.

Catholic Bishops in Africa Urged to Foster Human Dignity to Achieve “lasting security”

Jul 31, 2022

Sustainable and lasting security across the globe including Africa can be achieved when human dignity is both valued and protected, a Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization has told delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in Burkina Faso’s Bobo-Dioulasso Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Archdiocese in Burkina Faso Soliciting Funds to Repay Bank Loan after Cathedral Renovation

Jul 31, 2022

The Archdiocese of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso is soliciting funds internally and externally to repay a 10-year bank loan that the Archdiocese got to renovate Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral.

Pope Francis reflected on the dangers of coveting wealth and possessions during his Angelus reflection in St. Peter's Square in Rome on July 31, 2022. Vatican Media

Coveting Wealth and Possessions Blind us to the "true goods of life": Pope Francis

Jul 31, 2022

Covetousness is the “unbridled greed for possessions, always desiring to be rich,” the pope explained.

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr (center), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo Besungu (left) and Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula (right) elected SECAM President, First Vice and Second Vice President respectively on 30 July 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Ghanaian Cardinal-designate to Head Symposium of Catholic Bishops in Africa and Madagascar

Jul 30, 2022

The Ghanaian Cardinal-designate, Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr, has been elected President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Emmanuel Habuka Bombande, Executive Director of the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) addressing delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa Urged to Be “more engaged in speaking out for right policies”

Jul 30, 2022

There is need for Catholic Bishops in Africa to advocate for “right policies” that facilitate equitable distribution of resources in their respective countries, a UN Senior Mediation Adviser has told delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

President of the National Laity Council (CNL) in Senegal, Philippe Abraham Birane Tine. Credit: Philippe Abraham Birane Tine

Catholic Laity in Senegal Urge Politicians to “act in accordance with rules of democracy”

Jul 30, 2022

Catholic Laity in Senegal are, through the leadership of the country’s National Laity Council (CNL), calling upon politicians in the West African nation, to adhere to “the rules of democracy” ahead of elections for members of parliament.

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How Jesuits in Southern Africa are Empowering Youth in Mozambique Following Cyclone Idai

Jul 30, 2022

Members of the Southern Africa Province (SAP) of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have been reaching out to the youth in a Mozambican Province following the  Cyclone Idai, one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa, that ravaged parts of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in March 2019.

Pope Francis speaking to journalists on the flight from Canada to Rome, Italy on July 30, 2022. Vatican Media

The Door of Retiring “is open … up to today I haven't knocked on that door”: Pope Francis

Jul 30, 2022

Pope Francis said Saturday that he is “open” to the possibility of retiring if he discerns that it is God’s will.