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Africa’s Challenges “must be addressed” from Africans’ View at AU/EU Summit: Religious

Jan 27, 2022

Women and men Religious with presence in Africa have called on the African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) officials who are expected to take part in the sixth edition of the AU-EU Summit to seek solutions for challenges in the world’s second largest continent from Africans’ viewpoint.

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African Governments’ Laxity in Negotiating UN Treaty on Transnationals Worrying: Religious

Jan 16, 2022

The laxity of African governments at the negotiations of the UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights (LBI) that started in 2014 is a matter of concern for women and men Religious with presence in Africa and Europe. 

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Priests, Religious in Africa among Those in Danger of Persecution, Catholic Charity Says

Dec 27, 2021

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has highlighted a number of African countries on the list of many countries in the world where Priests, Religious and Lay missionaries are facing the danger of killings, kidnappings and other forms of persecution.

The Official Logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Religious in Africa, Youth Share Understanding of Synodality after Launch by Pope Francis

Oct 21, 2021

Synodality is a journey, a “reversed pyramid” and an opportunity to create more engagement among the people of God, young African Catholics and women and men Religious who shared their understanding of the synod which Pope Francis launched October 10 have said.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese/ Credit Courtesy Photo

Priests, Religious in Predicament amid Ethnic Skirmishes in South Sudan: Catholic Bishop

Sep 30, 2021

Members of the Clergy, women and men Religious and other Church personnel in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) are in a predicament amid ongoing tribal skirmishes, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese has said, regrating the fact that the violence seems to have “taken the direction of negative ethnicity.”

Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese/ Credit: Nsukka Diocese/Facebook

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Cautions Priests, Religious against Operating Personal Projects

Jun 16, 2021

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese has cautioned Clerics, women and men Religious against owning and operating personal projects saying conflicts have often resulted from such engagement.

Participants at the June 1-5 Talitha Kum workshop on collaboration and networking to combat human trafficking in Africa. Credit: Damian Avevor

At Conference in Ghana, Clergy, Religious Vow to End Human Trafficking in Region

Jun 12, 2021

Members of the Clergy, Religious, and Laity who took part in a recent conference in Ghana’s capital city, Accra, vowed to do all it takes to strengthen existing networks and build new connections to tackle the problem of human trafficking in the West African region. 

Late Paolino Lukudu Loro, the immediate former Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese. He died April 5 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, at the age of 80. Credit : Courtesy Photo

Religious, Political Leaders Hail Archbishop Who Mobilized South Sudan’s Bishops for Peace

Apr 12, 2021

Religious and political leaders in South Sudan have paid glowing tribute to the emeritus Archbishop of Juba Archdiocese, describing him as a great man who mobilized his brother Bishops in the country to work towards peace. 

Invoking Ethnic, Religious Sentiments Shifts “focus from noble cause”: Prelate in Nigeria

Oct 28, 2020

Attempts to invoke tribal and religious perspectives in the ongoing protests in Nigeria shifts the focus from the initial “noble cause” with the risk of derailing the entire initiative, the Archbishop of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has said.

South Africans protesting against the high rate of corruption in their country.

Clergy, Religious Bowing to Family Pressure to Misuse Church Funds: South African Prelate

Oct 1, 2020

Priests and religious who are misappropriating funds meant for Church projects are doing so because of pressure from their families and friends who want financial support from the Clergy and Religious men and women, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has said in his new month reflection shared with ACI Africa.

Bishop of Mauritius' Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat during Holy Mass marking the diocesan Feast of Vocations, August 2. / Port Louis Diocese/ Facebook

On Mauritius’ “feast of vocations,” Cardinal Likens Priests, Religious, Laity to Musicians

Aug 3, 2020

On the day set aside for the celebration of the gift of various vocations in Mauritius (feast of vocations) marked on Sunday, August 2, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation likened followers of Jesus Christ including Priests, Religious and Laity to musicians who have answered the call to dance to the music of the Gospel, advocating for a collaborative ministry akin to that of an orchestra.

Group photo of African nuns who are members of Higher Education for Sisters in Africa (HESA) at CUEA on October 23, 2019 ahead of October 25 graduation / CUEA communications

African Nuns Encouraged to Engage in Empirical Studies Examining their Lifestyle, Ministry

Oct 25, 2019

In a move that seems to further a previous call for collaboration with African-based scholars in view of enhancing empirical research on Catholic education in Africa, Catholic nuns in Africa have been encouraged to engage in studies that seek to examine issues affecting the lives of consecrated women in a bid to fill a scholarship gap that currently exists.

Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert van Megen addressing guests during Golden Jubilee of the Religious Superiors Conference of Kenya (RSCK) in Nairobi on October 8, 2019 / ACI Africa

“Do not slip into being an NGO”: Pope’s Representative to Religious in Kenya

Oct 11, 2019

In a country where structures have been put in place to enable the government of the day to provide for its citizens the needed services including health and education, members of religious orders and societies of apostolic life have been cautioned against the temptation to become Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Cross, representing Religious Superiors’ Conference of Kenya (RSCK)

Missionary Renewal to Guide Planned Golden Jubilee of Religious Men in Kenya

Sep 28, 2019

As Catholics around the world prepare to begin the celebration of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 (EMMOCT2019), which Pope Francis announced, a planned Golden Jubilee of male Religious in Kenya is providing an opportunity for the men who have consecrated their lives to God in different religious orders to renew themselves as missionaries, their Executive Secretary has said.

Pope Francis meets religious people in Madagascar / Vatican Media

Pope to Madagascar Religious: To avoid Discouragement, focus on Praising God

Sep 8, 2019

In an address to priests, religious, and seminarians of Madagascar, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of maintaining a focus on praising God in order to find strength in times of hardship.