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Sean Callahan, President and CEO of CRS addressing delegates at the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

CRS Rallying for Support of SECAM Bishops in Renewed Fight Against Hunger, Violence

Jul 27, 2022

Catholic Relief Services, the humanitarian arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has appealed for more partners to join Catholic Bishops in Africa in the fight against the challenges facing the continent, including hunger, youth unemployment, and violence.

Pope Francis meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Québec, Canada, on July 27, 2022. pool VAMP

Pope Francis Expresses "deep shame" in Canada, Warns of New "cancel culture"

Jul 27, 2022

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for the harm done to indigenous Canadians by Catholics in a Wednesday address before top government officials and representatives of the indigenous peoples in Canada.

Bishop Appeals for Prayers for Church’s Future in Africa as SECAM Plenary Gets Underway

Jul 26, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa who are meeting in Ghana’s capital, Accra, need to be supported by prayers as they deliberate on the Church on the continent and her future, the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has said.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, a Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization at the opening  Mass of the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra, Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

SECAM Bishops’ Plenary, a Moment to Renew Commitment to Evangelization: Vatican Cardinal

Jul 26, 2022

Delegates of the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that officially started Tuesday, July 26 have been urged to seek to renew their commitment to the “mission of evangelization” in Africa.

Nuncio in Ghana Says Security, Migration “great” Challenges in Need of Collective Response

Jul 26, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Ghana has told delegates participating in the 19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that security and migration remain “great” challenges that require “the entire Church of Africa” to address.

Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, the founder and chairman of Apo Group. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa Challenged to Improve Media Visibility of Church Initiatives

Jul 26, 2022

The Catholic Church in Africa is a leading provider of quality social services and is at the center of key development initiatives. Unfortunately, very little is known about the important role of the Catholic Church in society, the founder of the APO Group, a leading Pan-African communications agency has said.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass from the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 26, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Preaches Sharing Faith with Love Before 50,000 at Largest Stadium in Canada

Jul 26, 2022

Developing a theme he introduced earlier in his "penitential pilgrimage," the pope reflected on the importance of presenting the faith to others in a loving way, rather than with proselytism.

Bishop Joseph Mwongela of Kitui Diocese reading the message of members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Elect Candidates “who worry about our environment”: Bishops in Kenya ahead of Elections

Jul 25, 2022

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have urged the electorate in Kenya to consider political candidates’ track record in environmental conservation during the general elections scheduled to take place on August 9.

Bishop Stanislaw Dziuba of South Africa's Umzimkulu Diocese. Credit: IMBISA

Bishops in South Africa Urged to Create “parish” Caritas to Enhance “authentic charity”

Jul 25, 2022

There is need for Catholic Bishops in South Africa to establish Caritas offices at the level of Parishes in their respective Episcopal Sees, a Bishop in the country has said.

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Catholic Peace Entity Bemoans “harsh treatment” of Mozambicans, Others in South Africa

Jul 25, 2022

The leadership of Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) has lamented the “harsh treatment” of Mozambican and “other foreign nationals” in South Africa.

Mons. Ephrem Ndjoni, appointed Bishop of Gabon's Franceville Diocese on 25 July 2022. Credit: Franceville Diocese

Parish Priest of St. Hilaire Cathedral of Franceville Diocese in Gabon Appointed Bishop

Jul 25, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Ephrem Ndjoni who has been serving as Parish Priest of St. Hilaire Cathedral of Franceville Diocese in Gabon as the Bishop of the same Diocese.

Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with indigenous peoples in Maskwacis, Canada, July 25, 2022. Vatican Media

Pope Francis Apologizes for Harm Done to Indigenous Canadians at Residential Schools

Jul 25, 2022

In a speech in rural Canada before a crowd of indigenous Canadian people, Pope Francis publicly apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in running much of Canada’s government-sponsored residential school system.

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Catholic Activists Decry Omission of Life, Family Agenda in Kenya’s Presidential Debates

Jul 25, 2022

Past presidential debates in Kenya, as the country heads to the general elections, have failed to address the right to life and other pertinent family issues, Catholic activists in Kenya have said.

Pope Francis is greeted by a representative of Canada's indigenous peoples upon his arrival in Edmonton, Alberta, on July 24, 2022 at the start of his six-day visit to Canada. Vatican Media

Pope Francis in Canada for a Six-day Cross-country Visit: Photos

Jul 25, 2022

Upon his arrival in Edmonton, the pope was greeted by representatives of Canada's indigenous peoples.

Sr. Clemency Nabishawo (Left) during her presentation on the second day of the biannual Pan African Congress on Theology in Nairobi.  Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Nun in Kenya Calls for Aligning Formation Programs “to the signs of the times”

Jul 24, 2022

There is need to revise formation programs for women and men joining Religious Orders and Societies of Apostolic Life, aligning them to contemporary times of Christian living, a Catholic Nun in Kenya has said.

Rev. John Chan in Nairobi during the biannual Pan African Congress on Theology at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Credit: ACI Africa.

More Protestants in Congress on Theology Mean “a more fruitful dialogue”: Baptist Minister

Jul 24, 2022

Inviting more Protestant Christians in future Pan-African Catholic Congresses on Theology, Society, and Pastoral Life would expand participants’ perspectives, boiling down to “a more fruitful dialogue”, a Baptist Minister who participated in the July 19-22 Congress in Nairobi has said.

Désiré Cardinal Tsarahazana, Archbishop of Toamasina in Madagascar. Credit: ACN

Cardinal in Madagascar Blames Country’s Deteriorating Social Structures on Corruption

Jul 24, 2022

Désiré Cardinal Tsarahazana, Archbishop of Toamasina in Madagascar has decried what he terms as rampant corruption in the country, and blamed the country’s deteriorating social structures on graft.

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Christian Entity Distances “itself from unveiling of Vice-presidential candidate”

Jul 24, 2022

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has disassociated itself from a section of church leaders who were reportedly at the official unveiling of the vice-presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2023 general elections.

Pope Francis on July 12, 2022, said the knee pain he experienced for several months “scared me, in the sense of ‘think a little about what your future is going to be like now.’”. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/ACI Press

Here’s What Pope Francis Said on the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Jul 24, 2022

The special observance is held on the fourth Sunday in July to roughly coincide with the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

Pope Francis prepares to board an ITA Airlines plane for his approximately 10-hour flight from Rome to Edmonton in western Canada on July 24, 2022. Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis Begins "penitential pilgrimage" to Canada

Jul 24, 2022

During his six-day trip, he’s expected to meet with and apologize to indigenous Canadians for abuses committed at Church-run residential schools.