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Sadaq Osman Hussein's dream is to be a civil engineer. Credit:: Maurine Akinyi/Trócaire

Catholic Entity Facilitating Education Opportunities to Thousands of Learners in Somalia

Jul 30, 2022

More than 5,500 learners at primary and secondary levels in Somalia schools are benefiting from an education program, which the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire is spearheading. 

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

Pope Francis’ In-flight Press Conference from Canada: Full Text

Jul 30, 2022

Pope Francis returned to Rome on Saturday after a week-long trip to Canada. During the July 24 to 30 trip, the pope visited Edmonton, Québec, and Iqaluit on what he called a “penitential pilgrimage” to apologize to the country’s indigenous communities.

Pope Francis prays with journalists on a papal flight August 14, 2014. Alan Holdren/CNA

Canada's Residential Schools System was "cultural genocide": Pope Francis

Jul 30, 2022

Pope Francis has agreed with the view that the forced removal of Indigenous children and their treatment in Canada’s residential school system was a form of “cultural genocide.”

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr, one of the two Cardinals-designate from Africa. Credit: ACI Africa

“I came to accept it as an invitation to serve”: Ghanaian Bishop on Being Named Cardinal

Jul 29, 2022

Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr, one of the two Cardinals-designate from Africa, has described his being named candidate to receive a red hat in August as “an invitation to serve” the people of God in Ghana.

Archbishop Benjamin Marc Balthason Ramaroson of Antsiranana Archdiocese in Madagascar. Credit: ACI Africa

Find Solutions to Challenges of Migration, Security in Africa “on the spot”: Archbishop

Jul 29, 2022

The Archbishop of Antsiranana Archdiocese in Madagascar has challenged political leaders in Africa to seek concrete and feasible solutions to the challenges of migration and security on the continent at the grassroots.

Newly Established Pretoria Archdiocesan Commission for Caritas, Migrants and Refugees. Credit: ACI Africa

Stop Working in Silos, Archbishop in South Africa Urges Pastoral Agents

Jul 29, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop at South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese has urged pastoral agents in his Metropolitan See to stop working in silos, and instead operate in “a coordinated manner” to optimally reach out to the needy.

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of South Sudan's Yei Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Stop threatening our people”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan to Military, Armed Rebels

Jul 29, 2022

The Bishop of South Sudan’s Yei Catholic Diocese has called on the military and armed rebels to halt their threats and intimidation of the people of God in the East-Central African nation.

Stained glass window depicting St. Joseph. Shutterstock

Pope Francis Gifts His "dearest friend", St. Joseph, to Canada

Jul 29, 2022

The 85-year-old pontiff gifted a statue of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus to the archbishop’s residence in Québec City.

Pope Francis address indigenous young people and elders in Iqaluit, Canada, on July 29, 2022, on the final day of his weeklong trip to Canada. Vatican Media

Choose Light Over Darkness: Pope Francis to Indigenous Youth, Elders in Northern Canada

Jul 29, 2022

Some of those indigenous people assembled to listen to the pope had met with him at the Vatican in March.

Pope Francis address representatives of Canada's indigenous peoples at the archbishop's residence in Québec City. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Praises Canada’s Indigenous People as he Departs Québec

Jul 29, 2022

The pope's next, and final stop, in Canada is Iqaluit, in the country's northernmost territory.

The President of SECAM, Philippe Cardinal Ouedraogo addressing delegates at the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

SECAM Leadership Urges Political Leaders in Africa to Realize Pledge to “silence guns”

Jul 28, 2022

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has challenged political leaders in Africa to live up to their pledge to end violent conflicts on the continent that they said would be realized by the year 2020.

President Nana Akufo-Addo addressing delegates at the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Ghana’s President Reaches Out to Catholic Bishops in Africa on National Cathedral Project

Jul 28, 2022

The President of Ghana has reached out to Catholic Bishops in Africa for financial support in the construction of the National Cathedral of Ghana, an ongoing initiative in Ghana’s capital city, Accra, that seeks to realize “a sacred space and infrastructure for the formal religious activities of the nation, like state funerals and presidential inaugural services.”

Bishop Tesfaselassie Medhin of the Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat in Ethiopia. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Appeals to Parties in Ethiopia’s “silent genocide” to End Violence

Jul 28, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat in Ethiopia has decried the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country’s embattled Tigray region, and called upon those who are behind the massive loss of lives in the region to work fast to resolve the situation.

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

Address Migration in Africa from Rights Perspective, “not security”: Cardinal in Morocco

Jul 28, 2022

The challenge of migration in Africa needs to be addressed from the point of view of human rights, the Cardinal in Morocco has told delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra, Ghana.

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience on June 22, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

The Vatican is Asking Catholics to Share Their Experiences Helping Migrants and Refugees

Jul 28, 2022

In a video message released on July 28 ahead of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis poses the question: “How can we foster an enriching encounter with migrants and refugees?”

Catholic Women in South Africa. Credit: Southern Cross

Catholic Women in South Africa Promoting Rainwater Harvesting amid Scarcity

Jul 28, 2022

As parts of South Africa face water scarcity, a group of lay Catholic women led by a retired nurse are running rainwater harvesting projects to promote access to water by rural communities served by the Archdiocese of Pretoria.

Pope Francis presides over a July 28 Mass at the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Canada. Vatican Media

Jesus Comes to Us When We “come up against a paralyzing sense of failure”: Pope Francis

Jul 28, 2022

At a July 28 Mass in the historic Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré in Québec, Pope Francis preached on the hope and redemption that Christ offers in the face of shame.

Pope Francis speaks during evening prayer from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Québec, Canada, July 28, 2022. Andrea Gagliarducci

Complaining the world is Evil is "not Christian": Pope Francis to Pastoral Agents

Jul 28, 2022

The pope spoke Thursday evening at the Cathedral Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec to those engaged in pastoral ministry.

SECAM members following presentations at their 19th Plenary Assembly in Accra, Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

Vatican Official Urges Bishops in Africa to Tell Their Local Stories to “globalized world”

Jul 27, 2022

The Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications has challenged Catholic Bishops in Africa to voice their initiatives taken at the grassroots beyond their respective Episcopal Sees to the “globalized world”.

Archbishop Andrew Nkea of Cameroon's Bamenda Achdiocese, addressing delegates at the 19th Plenary Assembly of SECAM in Accra , Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa Given “a voice to be heard”: Catholic Archbishop in Cameroon on Synodality

Jul 27, 2022

The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality has finally given Africa a voice to be heard by the rest of the world, a member of the Synod Council in Rome has told delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra, Ghana.