Lenten Message

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. Credit: Lagos Archdiocese

Catholic Archbishop Urges Nigerians who have “lost faith” to Keep Praying for Country

Mar 14, 2024

Nigerians seem to be losing confidence in prayers in their seemingly unanswered cries to be liberated from suffering, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has said, and encouraged the people of God in the country to continue interceding for their nation. 

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese. Credit: Ndola Diocese

Amid Life’s Challenges, “remain focussed on Christ”: Bishop in Zambia in Lenten Message

Feb 20, 2024

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese has called on Christians to nurture a relationship with the person of Jesus Christ and maintain their focus on Him amid “many” life’s challenges. 

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Engage in Lenten Observances Devoid of “outward show”: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria

Feb 17, 2024

Christians will do well to engage in Lenten Observances devoid of outward display to win people’s recognition, the Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has said. 

Bishop Neil Augustine Frank of the Catholic Diocese of Mariannhill in South Africa Credit: SACBC

Let’s Fast “for our country”: Catholic Bishop in South Africa ahead of General Elections

Feb 16, 2024

Bishop Neil Augustine Frank of the Catholic Diocese of Mariannhill in South Africa is appealing to Christians in the country to fast during lent for the good of the African nation as it prepares for general elections. 

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambia (CDTY). Credit: CDTY

Let’s “become authentic agents of selfless love”: Catholic Bishop to South Sudanese

Feb 16, 2024

A South Sudanese Catholic Bishop is calling upon the people of God in the East-Central African nation to incorporate altruism in their day-to-day undertakings and encounters, manifesting their love for others. 

Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan. Credit: Fr. Luka Dor/Rumbek Diocese

Let’s Begin Lent with “spirit of intimacy with the Lord”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan

Feb 15, 2024

Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has called on the people of God in his Episcopal See to start off the Lenten Season with a decision to nurture a close relationship with God, seeking to maintain a prayerful spirit throughout the period.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo. Credit: ACI Africa

Use Lent to Examine Pastoral Structures with “clear, forward-looking vision”: DRC Cardinal

Feb 15, 2024

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called upon the people of God in his Metropolitan See to use the Lenten Season to examine pastoral “structures and infrastructures” in line with the theme of the Pastoral Year 2024.


Don’t “play to the gallery”: Bishop in Nigeria on Dishonest, Insincere Religious Practices

Feb 15, 2024

“True religion requires an honest heart and a change of heart”, the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Katsina has said and cautioned the people of God against delinking honesty and religious practices during this year’s Lenten Season.

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Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Urge Authorities to “recognize urgency of economic challenges”

Feb 15, 2024

Representatives of Christians leaders in Nigeria under the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) are calling upon those with leadership roles in the West African nation to recognize the fact that the economic challenges in the country need to be resolved with “urgency”.

Members of the Ghana Conference of Catholic Bishops (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

Ghana’s Eligible Christians “should actively participate” in Dec. Polls: Catholic Bishops

Feb 15, 2024

Christian voters in Ghana must be prepared to take part in the country’s general elections scheduled for later this year, members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) have said. 

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Let’s Be “sacraments of unity”: Catholic Bishops in Ghana in 2024 Lenten Message

Feb 14, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Ghana are calling on the people of God in the West African nation to join them in manifesting unity through the fostering of good relationships with God, others, and nature.  

Bishop Eugène Cyrille Houndékon reading the message of members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: CEB

Pray, Fast for “true peace”: Benin’s Catholic Bishops in Lenten Message

Feb 11, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Benin are inviting the people of God in the West African nation to engage in various forms of prayer and to fast during the Lenten season that begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, for “true peace” in the country. 

Logo of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

“Intensify prayers”: Lenten Appeal of Catholic Bishops in Ghana to End Violent Conflicts

Feb 25, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Ghana are appealing for divine intervention through intense prayers for an end to violent conflicts in the West African nation and internationally. 

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria “tottering at the brinks, this election is decisive”: Cardinal in Lenten Message

Feb 24, 2023

A Nigerian Cardinal has, in his message for Lent 2023, reflected on the General elections in Nigeria scheduled for February 25, saying the West African country is “tottering at the brinks” and the polls are “decisive.”

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

Prayer, Forgiveness “vital for our spiritual growth”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan

Feb 24, 2023

A life of prayer and reaching out to God for mercy and the grace to be forgiving are essential in a person's life, a Catholic Bishop in South Sudan has said.

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Seize Moment to Vote in “fresh, less contaminated leaders”: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop

Feb 23, 2023

The Archbishop of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria is calling upon eligible voters in the West African nation to make good use of the “God-given time” of the general elections to vote in new leaders who he says need to be “less contaminated”. 

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Why Lent in 2023 is Important for Nigerians: Catholic Bishop

Feb 22, 2023

This year’s Lenten Season is a time that Nigerians are “knocking on heaven’s door”, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria has said, noting that the West African nation, especially, needs God’s mercy ahead of the country’s general elections.

Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso of Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese. Credit: Kaduna Archdiocese/Facebook

Seek Divine Intervention to Insecurity Challenge During Lent: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop

Mar 12, 2022

A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has urged the people of God in the country to use the Lenten Season to seek divine intervention to the challenge of insecurity in the West African nation.

Bishop John Oballa Owaa places ashes on a Priest's forehead during Ash Wednesday Mass. Credit: Ngong Diocese

Catholic Bishop in Kenya Decries Discrimination, Urges Fostering of “unity in diversity”

Mar 5, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in Kenya has urged the people of God in the East African country to stop discriminating each other based on their various differences but instead to foster unity in their diversity.

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke of Nigeria's Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Ekwulobia Diocese

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Says Intimidation Has Become a Survival Technique in Country

Mar 4, 2022

Violence in Nigeria is on the rise and the people are intimidating others for survival, the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese has said.