Bishop Roberto Bergamaschi, the newly appointed Vicar Apostolic of Gambella in Ethiopia.

Salesian Prelate Appointed Vicar Apostolic of Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate

Sep 29, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Roberto Bergamaschi, a member of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), as the Vicar Apostolic of Gambella in the Western part of Ethiopia.

Leaders of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia during a September 17 bilateral meeting with officials of the Federal Immigration Nationality and Vital Events Agency. / Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat/ Facebook

Catholic Leaders in Ethiopia Request Permanent Residence Permits for Foreign Missionaries

Sep 17, 2020

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has reached out to the Government requesting for permanent residence permits for foreign missionaries in the country.

Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok (left) and Abdel al-Hilu (right), the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation-North rebel group, on September 3 signed a declaration in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa that put an end to decades of Islamic rule in Sudan.

Sudan’s Separation of Religion from State a New Beginning of Faith Without Fear: Cleric

Sep 16, 2020

The decision by Sudan’s transitional government to separate religion from state after three decades of Islamic rule in Sudan marks a new era of faith in the country, a Church official told ACI Africa in an interview.

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam under construction on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Cardinal Appeals for Dialogue Over Controversial Dam Project in New Year Message

Sep 13, 2020

On the occasion of the Ethiopian New Year celebration marked Friday, September 11, the head of the Catholic Church in the Horn of Africa nation has appealed for dialogue to address tensions that surround the controversial construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile.

Eritrean refugees protest conditions in Libyan detention.

Cleric Highlights Plight of Eritrean Refugees: Rejected, Exploited, Prostituted, Deprived

Sep 11, 2020

A Rome-based Eritrean Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has highlighted the plight of Eritrean refugees in neighboring Ethiopia who, he says, have been rejected and become “victims of exploitation, prostitution and deprivation.”

Ethiopia's Grand Renaissance Dam under construction on the river Nile in Guba Woreda, Benishangul Gumuz Region, Ethiopia.

Pope Francis Appeals for Dialogue Between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan over Nile Dam Project

Aug 17, 2020

Pope Francis has expressed his awareness of the conflict over the Nile Dam project, which he follows “with particular attention” and called for dialogue between the three African nations involved.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Abeba (Ethiopian), Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Cardinal Highlights COVID-19 “harmful side effects,” Church’s Intervention

Jul 29, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia, Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, has highlighted the “harmful side effects” of COVID-19 in the East African country including the loss of a Catholic Bishop and increased cases of gender-based violence (GBV).

Logo International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE).

African Bishops Join Worldwide Call to End Abuse by Multinational Corporations

Jul 7, 2020

Catholic Bishops from across Africa joined more than 110 Prelates from different parts of the world to appeal for an end to corporate abuse by multinational companies, which they say, has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Church in Ethiopia, Musicians Collaborate in Campaign against Domestic Violence

Jun 30, 2020

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia is collaborating with some of the country’s musicians in a campaign dubbed Zim Alilim, which aims at creating awareness about the challenge of domestic violence, which has worsened in recent times because of COVID-19 lockdown.

Late President Pierre Nkurunziza and wife Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza at a national Prayer for Peace in Bujumbura.

Burundi's Government Calls for “calm, prayers” Following the President’s Death

Jun 10, 2020

Government officials in Burundi have asked the citizens of the East African nation “to remain calm” and to pray for the soul of their country’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza who died Monday, June 8 at the age of 55.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Amid Stay-at-Home Directive, “something good can still emerge”: Ethiopian Cardinal

Jun 9, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia has encouraged the people of God in the country to turn the challenge of staying at home amid COVID-19 into an opportunity for reflection “on the meaning of life” in the light of the “Word of God.”

Fr. Jorge Mario Crisafulli with Street children at the Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown, Sierra Leone. / Salesian Missions in Africa

Salesian Missions Reviews Service to Street Children in Africa on Their International Day

Apr 15, 2020

On the occasion of the International Day for Street Children marked Sunday, April 12, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), joined other humanitarian and international organizations in reviewing initiatives toward street children around the globe, including Africa.

Fr. Tesfaye Petros Botachew, the Apostolic Administrator of Gambella Vicariate. / Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat

After Ethiopia’s Gambella Bishop Succumbed to COVID-19, Vicariate Gets Administrator

Apr 7, 2020

Following the demise of Bishop Angelo Moreschi of Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate, the first Catholic Prelate known to have died of COVID-19, an Apostolic Administrator has been appointed for the missionary ecclesiastical territory in the Western part of the country that is dependent upon the Vatican-based Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The late Bishop Angelo Moreschi of Ethiopia's Gambella Vicariate. He died of COVID-19 on March 25, 2020 in Brescia, Italy / Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat

Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicar Apostolic First Bishop Known to Die of COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020

The Vicar Apostolic of Ethiopia’s Gambella Vicariate, Bishop Angelo Moreschi has succumbed to COVID-19, the first known Catholic Prelate to die of the pandemic.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who was denied entry into Eritrea on February 22.

Bishops in Eritrea Write to Protest Ethiopian Cardinal-led Delegation’s Denied Entry

Mar 4, 2020

Following the incident that saw the Ethiopian Cardinal and his delegation denied entry into Eritrea, being forced to spend a night at Asmara airport, Catholic Bishops in the northeast African nation have, in a letter addressed to Eritrean government authorities, expressed disappointment over the “most unfortunate incident”.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Cardinal, Church Delegates Held Overnight at Asmara Airport, Denied Entry

Feb 28, 2020

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia, Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel and the members of the delegation he was leading spent a night at Eritrea’s Asmara airport Saturday, February 22 and returned home after they were denied entry into Eritrea, the Bishops’ Secretariat has confirmed in a statement.

Poster of the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: February 9-10, 2020 under the theme, “Silencing arms to create conditions conducive to the development of Africa.” / African Union

“Forgive us, grant that the guns be silent, a sweet song may rise”: SECAM President to AU

Feb 11, 2020

At the two-day Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) that concluded Monday, February 10, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Philippe Cardinal Nakellentuba Ouédraogo highlighted some of the challenges bedeviling the people of God on the continent and, in his prayer, implored God for forgiveness and the renewal of hope.

Pope Francis arrives for his audience with the Pontifical Ethiopian College on Saturday January 11. / Vatican Media

At Centenary Celebration of Vatican-based College with African Roots, Pope is Thankful

Jan 14, 2020

On Saturday, January 11, the Vatican-based institution of higher learning with African roots, the Pontifical Ethiopian College, celebrated 100 years since its inception, an event graced by Pope Francis who acknowledged with appreciation the existence of the facility in Rome.

Father Petro Berga presiding over an inter-religious Service to pray for peace in Ethiopia

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Ethiopia’s Catholic Church Best Positioned for “mediation work, promoting peace”: Priest

Dec 6, 2019

In the wake of ethnic violence in Ethiopia’s Oromia region in October that resulted in the death of dozens of people and the persecution of Christians in the country, a Catholic Priest  has identified the Catholic Church, which holds a minority Christian population, as best positioned for successful “mediation work” and reconciliation of the people in the Horn of Africa.

Nigerian Spiritan Father Kenneth Iwunna administering Holy Communion to a parishioner of Ethiopia’s Holy Cross Parish in Dhadim / Aid to Church in Need International (ACN)

In Ethiopia: Couples Evangelized, Women Empowered, Youth Exposed Despite Limited Funding

Nov 30, 2019

With 5,000 Euros a year, a religious missionary ministering among Ethiopia’s Borana community has been able to have an impactful apostolate that has included giving dozens of youth the opportunity to interact with peers from other cultures in inter-diocesan pastoral programs, evangelizing couples through the Sacrament of Matrimony, empowering women to become teachers of faith, among other activities that have kept faith alive in the Horn of Africa.