Pope Francis signs his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, on the altar before the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 3, 2020. / Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Signs New Encyclical ‘Fratelli tutti’ in Assisi

Oct 3, 2020

Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli tutti, Saturday during a visit to Assisi.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

"We must return to the Eucharist": Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal

Sep 13, 2020

In a letter to the leaders of the world’s episcopal conferences, the head of the Vatican’s office for worship and sacraments said that Catholic communities should return to Mass as soon as it can be done safely, and that the Christian life cannot be sustained without the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Christian community of the Church.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, at a Vatican press conference July 7, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

"You are not forgotten," Vatican-based African Cardinal Tells Seafarers on Sea Sunday

Jul 12, 2020

A Vatican cardinal urged Catholics Sunday to exercise a “preferential option for the poor” for seafarers serving on the front line of the coronavirus crisis. 

Pope Francis waves from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square during an Angelus address. / Vatican Media.

"If we want, we can become good soil": Pope Francis

Jul 12, 2020

Pope Francis urged Catholics Sunday to reflect on whether they are receptive to the Word of God. 

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Catholics Should be “sign of unity” in a Divided Society: Vatican cardinal

Jun 7, 2020

The Catholic Church cannot be an authentic witness to unity in diversity if it only mirrors the divisions found in society, Cardinal Kurt Koch said Friday.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. / Lee Ferris/Mount Saint Mary's College.

"Racism Driving Some Catholics From Church": Ghanaian Cardinal

Jun 6, 2020

A Vatican cardinal intervened in an online discussion of racism on Friday to warn that a lack of welcome in U.S. churches is driving young African Catholics away from the Church.

St. Cajetan.

Unemployed Due to Coronavirus? There’s a Saint for that.

Apr 26, 2020

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, at least 26 million people have filed for unemployment. Economists say the U.S. now has levels of unemployment close to those of the Great Depression

Crowds pray the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum with Pope Francis on Good Friday 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Beauty, Drama and Pinpoint Silence: Easter Triduum Memories from Rome

Apr 11, 2020

As Christians reflect on the reality of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ during these three momentous days, several Catholics living in Rome have recalled their favorite memories of the Easter Triduum in the Eternal City.

Fr. Gérard Lagleder and some of his staff in an Order of Malta clinic in Mandeni, South Africa. / Vatican News

Rome-based Catholic Lay Religious Order Supporting Fight against COVID-19 in Africa

Apr 8, 2020

The Order of Malta, a Rome-based Catholic lay Religious Order that is active in some 120 countries, is supporting efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Africa where the centuries old institution is present in over 30 nations.

: Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery of Promoting Integral Hunan Development with some members of the Ghana Catholic Ecclesiastical Union. / GCEU

Ghanaian Clergy, Religious, Seminarians in Rome Take “precautionary measures to stay safe”

Mar 26, 2020

With Italy ranked the world’s worst-hit country by COVID-19, the clergy, religious and seminarians who are natives of Ghana and based in the country’s capital, Rome have, in an interview with ACI Africa correspondent, said that they are taking seriously directives from the Italian government as precautionary measures to stay safe.

Candidates, including 10 Africans who graduated at the Pontifical Gregorian University on February 14, 2020 after a five-month training in Child Protection. / Centre for Child Protection (CCP), Pontifical Gregorian University

African Clergy, Religious, Laity Complete Child Protection Training at a Rome University

Feb 18, 2020

As a response to the challenge of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults that has affected the Church globally, 10 Africans, among them four priests, four nuns, and two lay people were among the 25 candidates who completed a five-month training in child protection at the Rome-based Pontifical Gregorian University and graduated with a diploma Friday, February 14.

A Poster of Solidarity with South Sudan / Solidarity with South Sudan

“Solidarity with South Sudan” Seeking to Recruit Rome-Based Mission Promoter

Jan 17, 2020

The collaborative association comprising men and women religious institutes and members of the Unions of Superiors General (USG) in partnership with the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) known as Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS) is seeking to engage a new Rome-based personnel to facilitate the flow of information between the various religious orders and the officials in South Sudan capital, Juba.

Three of the 10 signatories to the Rome Declaration on the Peace Process in South Sudan January 12, 2020. From left: Head of government delegation, Barnaba Marial Benjamin; Secretary General of Sant'Egidio Community, Paolo Impagliazzo; and Interim Chairman of Real-SPLM, Pa’gan Amum Okiech / Courtney Mares/CNA

Sant’Egidio Facilitates “cessation of hostilities, humanitarian access” in South Sudan

Jan 14, 2020

The Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community has, in a two-day meeting at its headquarters with representatives of government and various opposition parties in South Sudan, facilitated an agreement to end hostilities and to allow “continued and uninterrupted humanitarian access” as the country prepares to form a unity government next month.

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.

Portrait previously used by the Rome-based lay Catholic association, Sant’Egidio Catholic community

Rome-Based Lay Catholic Association Meets South Sudanese “dissidents”

Jan 9, 2020

With the countdown to the possible formation of South Sudan’s unity government into the last full month after the latest 100-day extension, a group of opposition leaders is currently in Rome for a meeting under the auspices of Sant’Egidio Catholic community, a lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, ACI Africa has confirmed.

Three African career women, Ivorian Olga Kouassi, Cameroonian Esther Tallah, and Ivorian Karine Kouassi expected to present papers on "Women in leadership: An overview from Sub-Saharan Africa" at Università della Santa Croce on November 16, 2019 / Harambee Africa International

Reversing Negative Trend in “women and leadership in Africa”, Focus of Rome Conference

Nov 16, 2019

Ways of reversing trends demonstrating that women in Sub-Saharan Africa seem to be lagging behind in the exercise of their leadership in the various spheres of life including their presence in politics, economic, and even scholarship spheres will be the focus of the Saturday, November 16 presentations at the University of Holy Cross (P. Università della Santa Croce) in Rome under the auspices of Harambee Africa International, the association’s Vice President, Manuel Sanchez told ACI Africa.