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Bishop Joseph Obanyi of Kenya's Kakamega Diocese. Credit: Kakamega Diocese

Kenyan Catholic Bishop Discourages Priests “from soliciting for funds from politicians”

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Kakamega Diocese has “strongly discouraged” members of the Clergy from reaching out to politicians for funds.

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Zimbabwean Diocese Launches Empowerment Program in Fight against Gender Based Violence

Zimbabwe’s Catholic Diocese of Masvingo is empowering women through self-help initiatives in view of ending “the scourge” of gender-based violence (GBV) in that part of the country. 

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Human Rights Entity Demands Release of Christian Arrested in Egypt’s Sectarian Violence

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an international Human Rights foundation, is calling for the release of an Egyptian man who was arrested towards the end of last year when clashes broke out between Muslims and Christians in Upper Egypt.

Logo of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

Southern African Bishops Decry Corruption in Member Nations, Urge “solidarity with needy”

Theft of COVID-19 response funds in nine Southern African countries is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the region who are decrying the vice and urging solidarity with “weakest and needy members of society.”  

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Cape Town Archdiocese

South African Archdiocese Maintains Stance against Singing to Curb COVID-19 Infections

The Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has urged the people of God under his pastoral care to continue exercising restraint against singing during Holy Mass to curb COVID-19 infections.

St. Cornelius, Pope, Martyr and St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyr

Saint Cornelius was elected Pope in 251 during the persecutions of the Emperor Decius. His first challenge, besides the ever present threat of the Roman authorities, was to bring an end to the schism brought on by his rival, the first anti-pope Novatian. He convened a synod of bishops to confirm him as the rightful successor of Peter.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Nine Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in Kenya Want Addressed to “keep hope alive”

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have, in a collective statement, outlined nine issues of concern, which they want addressed to keep alive the hope of the citizens of the East African nation.

Fr. Benson Bulus Luka, freed Tuesday, 14 September 2021 after 24hours in captivity in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese. Credit: Kafanchan Diocese

Nigerian Catholic Priest Regains Freedom “barely 24 hours after his kidnap”

The Nigerian Catholic Priest who was kidnapped from his Parish residence in the Diocese of Kafanchan on Monday, September 13 has been freed.

Synod on the Family meeting in the Synod Hall in Vatican City on Oct. 21, 2015./ L’Osservatore Romano.

Jesuit President in Africa Lauds Synod on Synodality, Says Process Not “one-off” Event

The President of Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has lauded the Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis announced earlier this year to solemnly open next month, on 9–10 October 2021 in Rome.

Help for the training of 59 seminarians in Kinshasa, DR Congo. Credit: ACN

Catholic Pastoral Charity Facilitates Formation of Dozens of Seminarians in DR Congo

Dozens of Major Seminarians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are set to benefit from a financial “contribution” from the Catholic Pastoral Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, the leadership of the Pontifical entity has said in a report.

Some vulnerable children at the Don Bosco pre-school and parents in the Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu in northern Namibia. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in Namibia Reach Out to Dozens of Vulnerable Children with Nutritional Support

Dozens of vulnerable children in the Southern African nation of Namibia are receiving nutritional support through a feeding program at Don Bosco Youth Center amid COVID-19 challenges.

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Nigeria’s Laxed Response to Militias Behind Security Failures: UK-Based Christian Entity

Nigerian government’s lack of strictness in dealing with militia groups is behind the security failures in the West African nation, the leadership of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has said.

Today, September 15, We Celebrate Our Lady of Sorrows

The feast of Our Lady of Sorrows commemorates the seven great sorrows which Mary lived in relation to Her Son, as they are recorded in the Gospels or through Tradition. 

Fr. Benson Bulus Luka, kidnapped from his Parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese on 13 September 2021. Credit: Kafanchan Diocese

Prayers Sought for “quick, safe release” of Catholic Priest in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese

Prayers are being sought for the “quick and safe release” of a Catholic Priest kidnapped from his Parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese.

Logo of the Society of African Missions (SMA). Credit: SMA

Catholics, Muslims in Collaboration to Build New Catholic School in a Liberian Diocese

Catholics and Muslims are collaborating in the ongoing construction of a Catholic school under the auspices of members of the Society of African Missions (SMA) at a village in Liberia’s Gbarnga Diocese.

Zambia's President, Hakainde Hichilema. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Will New Government Walk the Talk? Jesuits in Zambia on President’s Maiden Address to MPs

Members of the Zambia-based Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have lauded President Hakainde Hichilema (HH) for his maiden address to the 13th Parliament that “struck the right codes” but, reflecting on previous speeches, wondered if HH would chart a new path and “walk the talk”.

Late Trinidad Sánchez Moreno. Credit: IMBISA

Weeks after Catholic Nun Laid to Rest, Southern African Bishops Eulogize Her as Selfless

Trinidad Sánchez Moreno, the Spanish Consecrated Catholic who founded the Religious Congregation of The Work of The Church, has been eulogized as “selfless” weeks after she was laid to rest.

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Catholic Activists Condemn Move to Bar Unvaccinated Nigerians from Going to Church

Officials of CitizenGo Africa, the African branch of the International Catholic entity of social activists, are calling on the government of Nigeria’s Ondo State to stop an order that requires residents to get vaccinated before they are cleared to access essential services including going to places of worship.

Today, September 14, We Celebrate The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrates two historical events: the discovery of the True Cross by Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, in 320 under the temple of Venus in Jerusalem, and the dedication in 335 of the basilica and shrine built on Calvary by Constantine, which mark the site of the Crucifixion.

The Logo of the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary. Credit: Courtesy Photo

International Eucharistic Congress “spiritually uplifting, edifying”: Nigerian Archbishop

The just concluded International Eucharistic Congress was fruitful in multiple ways, a Nigerian Archbishop has said.