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A poster announcing the series of online conversations bringing together African theologians, priests, and religious, as well as laity in Africa. Credit: PACTPAN

Catholic Church in Africa Urged to Tap into Diaspora Communities to Grow Continent

Jun 14, 2024

Catholic Bishops and religious communities in Africa have been urged to harness the potential of the diasporic communities in growing the continent.

Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior, the Secretary General of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: SECAM

Bishops in Africa Laud Theologians’ Weekly Conversations on Synod on Synodality

Jun 11, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Africa have lauded the weekly conversations organized by African theologians on the Synod on Synodality, noting that the Friday engagements will deepen the understanding of the synod.

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African Palaver Series is “a call to action” on Synod on Synodality: Kenyan Nun

Jun 11, 2024

African theologians, priests, religious, and laity have embarked on a series of synodal conversations, describing their encounter ahead of the October session in Rome as a call to action for all the people of God in Africa to make their voices heard in the Synod on Synodality.

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Why is Pope Francis Sometimes Misunderstood? Nigerian Catholic Theologian Explains

Mar 14, 2023

Not everyone, including some Theologians, understands the theology of Pope Francis, a Nigerian-born Catholic Theologian has said.

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“He fertilized my brain”: Widely Published Nigerian Priest Inspired by Pope Francis

Mar 12, 2023

With over 100 scholarly publications in just about a decade, Fr. Stan Chu Ilo is inarguably one of the most published Catholic authors in Africa.

Fr. Stan Chu Ilo. Credit: PACTPAN

Church Leaders in Africa Urged to Emulate Pope Francis’ Inclusivity Style to Save Numbers

Mar 9, 2023

In his 10 years of leadership of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has prioritized inclusivity, ensuring that all voices, including those of the marginalized, are heard. 

Outcomes of Nigeria’s General Election Mirror Country’s Rot: African Catholic Theologian

Mar 2, 2023

With the high levels of poverty and corruption in Nigeria, amid increased violence and persecution of Christians, the west African country is always getting the leaders that mirror its rottenness, a leading African Catholic Theologian has said.

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Political Elite, Religious Leaders Benefitting from Violence in Nigeria: Catholic Scholar

Feb 25, 2023

A section of politicians, self-proclaimed humanitarian agencies, and some religious leaders are reaping big from the ongoing violence in Nigeria, a Catholic Theologian has said, noting that those benefitting from the country’s ethnoreligious conflict do not wish to see the end of it.

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Muslim Leaders Challenged to Play Role in Ending Christian Persecution in Nigeria

Feb 21, 2023

Christian religious leaders continue to play their role in ensuring that the violence in Nigeria does not transition into a religious war, a Catholic Theologian has said, and challenged Muslim leaders to condemn extremism in the West African nation.

Fr. Stan Chu Ilo, a Research Professor in the Department of Catholic Studies at DePaul University. Credit: PACTPAN

Time to “leave the scene”, Warring South Sudanese Politicians Told after Ecumenical Visit

Feb 14, 2023

A Catholic Theologian has called on political rivals in South Sudan to either commit to working with Pope Francis in ending the conflict in the East-Central African nation or to leave politics altogether for better leaders committed to working towards peace in the country.

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“It's not war”: African Theologians on Church Involvement in National Politics

Jan 15, 2023

Involvement of the Church in the politics of a country should not always be adversarial, seeking to always oppose the running of governments, Catholic Theologians have said.

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Catholic Theologians Foresee Year of “good surprises” for Africa in 2023

Jan 14, 2023

The growing population of the youth in Africa, the continent’s increasing percentage of Christians, as well as its vastness of resources, signals better days ahead for African countries, two Catholic Theologians have said.

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Inside Pope Francis’ Envisioned Two-hour Dialogue with Catholic Youth in Africa

Oct 27, 2022

Everything is set for the November 1 dialogue between Pope Francis and young people drawn from various Catholic universities from African countries.

Pope Francis at the Economy of Francesco conference for young economists, researchers, and activists in Assisi, Italy, 24 September 2022. | Vatican Media.

Planned Papal Dialogue with African University Students to Stir Synodal Conversations

Oct 14, 2022

Young people drawn from various Catholic Universities in Africa are set to engage with Pope Francis in a dialogue that is aimed at stirring full participation of the youth in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality.