A Carmelite Sister at a Convent in the Ecclesiastical province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catholic Charity Supports Nuns at Convent Destroyed in DR Congo Violence

Apr 17, 2021

For nearly five years, Carmelite Sisters in the Ecclesiastical Province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have stayed at premises that were looted and partly destroyed in violence that wreaked havoc in the Central African country between 2016 and 2017.

Women, men, and children crowded on a canter in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado / Aid to the Church in Need

International Catholic Charity Facilitating Counselling of Mozambique’s Violence Victims

Mar 21, 2021

The Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has reached out to the victims of violence in Mozambique who have been traumatized by the various kinds of atrocities they are facing owing to the ongoing insurgency in their country.

Bishop Benjamin Ndiaye Addressing the Press at a Previous Event / Courtesy Photo

“Foster dialogue, stop spiral of violence”: Bishops in Senegal’s Dakar Metropolitan

Mar 11, 2021

The ongoing violence in Senegal that started last week is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the Ecclesiastical Province of Dakar who are calling on parties in conflict to “foster dialogue” and end the skirmishes.

“Exercise restraint, avoid all forms of violence”, Bishops in Ghana Appeal amid Unrest

Dec 18, 2020

Following days of post-election unrest in some parts of Ghana, members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) have called on the leadership of political parties and their supporters to restrain from all forms of violence. 

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of Diocese of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado in the north of Mozambique. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

“Church has lent its voice to be voice of the poor”: Bishop in Mozambique amid Attacks

Dec 4, 2020

A Bishop in Mozambique says the Catholic Church in the Southern African nation has become the voice of the country’s poor people who are suffering “the most” amid armed conflict in the region of Cabo Delgado that is part of Pemba Diocese.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. / Archdiocese of Abuja Facebook Page.

Amid Interethnic Violence in Nigeria, Prelate Encourages Mutual Understanding of Diversity

Dec 3, 2020

Amid persistent interethnic violence between Nigeria’s Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups, the Archbishop of Abuja has encouraged members of both tribes to understand cultural diversities and to “appreciate what each has.”

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Faith Actors in Africa Recommend Gender Justice, Child Protection Laws to Curb Violence

Nov 30, 2020

The All African Council of Churches (AACC) and other faith-based actors have recommended the formulation of legislations that support safety of women and children as their way forward in reinforcing gender justice and child safeguarding.

Global Catholic Peace Movement Alarmed by Violence in Ethiopia, Calls for Peace

Nov 28, 2020

The leadership of Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace movement, has expressed “great” concerns about the ongoing violent conflict in Ethiopia pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.

“War is anti-life, it kills, maims, destroys”: Eritrea’s Bishops over Violence in Ethiopia

Nov 24, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Eritrea have expressed sadness over the ongoing civil conflict in Ethiopia highlighting the negative effects of war, including loss of lives, displacements, destructions, among others.

The Regional Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Eastern Africa, Andre Atsu. / Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Eastern Africa.

Catholic Refugee Agency Appeals for Humanitarian Access amid Ethiopia’s Tigray Violence

Nov 14, 2020

The leadership of a Catholic refugee agency with operations in 56 countries worldwide is appealing for humanitarian access to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which is experiencing violent conflict between the Federal government forces and the paramilitary in the Northern region of the Horn of Africa country.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN).

Burkina Faso’s Bishops Outline Four Conditions for Peaceful November Elections

Nov 7, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have outlined four conditions that could guarantee peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections in the West African nation slated to take place on November 22.

Catholic Bishops lead a protest over the continued killings of Nigerians in Abuja, Nigeria, on March 1, 2020. / CNS/Afolabi Sotunde, Reuters

U.S.-Based Cleric, Nun Say Militants Getting Help to Attack Christians in Nigeria

Nov 5, 2020

A Nigerian-born Catholic Cleric and Sister ministering in the Diocese of Brooklyn within the Archdiocese of New York in the United States have blamed the ongoing attacks meted against Christians in Nigeria on the laxity of the government to act, saying that attackers are getting help to carry out the atrocities.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese.

“With genuine forgiveness, most social crises can be curtailed”: Archbishop in Nigeria

Sep 14, 2020

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has, reflecting on Sunday, September 13 readings, called for “genuine forgiveness” as a way out of “most social crises.”

Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province with the Chiefs of Kagoro and the Emir of Jama’a in Southern Kaduna Saturday, August 22.

“End senseless killings, not tomorrow but now”: Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Province

Aug 24, 2020

The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province within the territory of Kaduna State have expressed their pain over continued “senseless killings” in their pastoral jurisdiction and urged the people of God in the affected areas to end “the culture of death” immediately.

A poster calling on Ivorians to embrace peace amid political tensions. / Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast

Lay Catholic Association in Ivory Coast Encourages Citizens to Be “sowers of peace”

Aug 14, 2020

The members of Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast, an organization that is part of the Rome-based Lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, have issued a statement on the rising political tensions in the West African nation of Ivory Coast ahead of the presidential election scheduled for October.

Fr. Apollinaire Cibaka Cikongo / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

African Nations @60, “Church the institution that functions better than any other”: Cleric

Aug 2, 2020

As a good number of African nations mark 60 years since they gained their independence in 1960, a Cleric serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International shared with ACI Africa, said that the Church stands out as “the only institution that functions better than any other” on the continent.

Some Ghanaians going through formalities during the Electoral Commission’s Pilot Voters Registration Exercise which took place in all 16 Regions across the Country. / Ghana's Electoral Commission.

Bishops in Ghana Concerned about “recent spate of violence” in Voter Registration Exercise

Jul 22, 2020

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) have expressed their concerns about the recent cases of violence in the ongoing voter registration exercise in the West African nation and have urged political parties to abide by the law.

Sign Post of the Juba-based South Sudan Council of Churches, seven-member ecumenical body with a strong legacy of peacebuilding, reconciliation and advocacy. / ACI Africa

“We strongly denounce the recent and on-going violence”: Church Leaders in South Sudan

Jun 20, 2020

The representatives of various Christian denominations in South Sudan have, in a collective statement, denounced the violence in the Eastern Africa country following recent incidents in which several armed confrontations in some six States ended with hundreds of deaths and numerous injuries.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET). / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

With Lower Cases of COVID-19 in Togo, Bishops Express Gratitude, Solidarity, Caution

Jun 19, 2020

With less than 200 people yet to recover from COVID-19 in the West African nation of Togo, Catholic Bishops have, at the end of their four-day meeting this week, expressed gratitude to the people of God in the country for acting responsibly, called for solidarity with the vulnerable in society, and cautioned against complacency.

Fr. Ephraim N. Sani, Chairman of NCDPA reading the Press Release, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. / Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria (FB).

Our State “almost suffocated by crises”, Clerics in Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese Decry

Jun 17, 2020

The Clergy of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese within the territory of Taraba State have, in a collective statement, bemoaned multiple cases of violence in their pastoral jurisdiction and called on all parties in conflict to “give peace a chance” and save the State from suffocation under insecurity-related crises.