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Today, June 24, We Celebrate The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

John the Baptist spent his adult life preparing the way for Jesus, and proclaiming that “the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.”. He was born to Zachary and Elizabeth, an elderly married couple. The Angel Gabriel had visited Zachary and told him that his wife would bear a child, even though she was already past the child-bearing age.

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Catholic Peace Organization Calls for Dialogue to End Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), is appealing to the Cameroonian government to try dialogue with other parties involved in the ongoing civil crisis in Anglophone regions of Cameroon, saying that the military method that the government has been insisting upon has failed.

Trocaire supports hygiene and sanitation projects in Mabukulu Village in Eastern DR Congo./ Credit: Garry Walsh/Trocaire /

Bishops in Ireland Offer Financial Support to Victims of DR Congo’s Volcanic Eruption

Catholic Bishops in Ireland have, through their overseas development agency, Trócaire, facilitated the procurement and distribution of food to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees seeking shelter in Rwanda after the eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo. 

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International offers a a sturdy four-wheel-drive vehicle to the members of the Franciscan Capuchin Friars (OFM Cap) serving in Ghana's  Jasikan Diocese/ Credit: ACN /

Catholic Charity Donates Towards Primary Evangelization in Ghana’s Remote Villages

The lack of reliable means of transport has, for over a decade, slowed down the activities of the members of the Franciscan Capuchin Friars (OFM Cap) who have been on a mission to evangelize remote parts of Ghana that do not know about the person of Jesus Christ.

A poster announcing the June 22-24 Webinar on Food Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: JENA /

Transforming Africa’s Food Systems “not only possibility, also a necessity”: Jesuit Priest

The President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has, at a conference on Food Sovereignty, underscored the need for Africans to have stronger and secure food systems.

Salesian water project at St. John Bosco Parish in Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu/ Credit: Salesian Missions /

Salesian Missionaries Facilitate Water Project in Namibia’s Rundu Apostolic Vicariate

More than 7,300 people at St. John Bosco Parish in Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu can now access clean water following an initiative, which Salesian Missions, the US development wing of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) facilitated.

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Pope Francis Warns Against Preachers Who Sow Division Online

At his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis warned against preachers who sow division and mistrust online.

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Why a Bishop in Taiwan Resigned Only Six Months After Installation

The Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Tainan in Taiwan resigned six months after his ordination and installation on Jan. 1, 2021, citing physical and mental problems.

Bishop Willybard Lagho addresses the faithful during Holy Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Outstation of St. Anthony’s Cathedral Parish in Malindi/ Credit: Diocese of Malindi/Facebook /

Kenyan Bishop Calls for Child Safeguarding amid Initiatives by Diocese against Abuse

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese has called for child safeguarding amid initiatives undertaken by the Kenyan Diocese to ensure the safety of children.

Today, June 23, We Celebrate Blessed Basil Hopko

Blessed Basil Hopko is considered one of the many priests and religious martyred by Communism. He was born in Slovakia to poor parents. His father died when he was a year old and his mother left for the United States when he was four in seach of work.

Poster announcing the Fourth African Union-European Union Agricultural Ministerial Conference/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

African Faith Leaders, Civil Society Decry Locals’ Exclusion in World Agriculture Policies

Members of Our Land is Our Life Alliance, an entity that brings together various African civil society organizations (CSOs) and faith leaders, have decried the exclusion of local populations in the implementation of agricultural policies that affect the continent.

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Catholic Priest among Five People Kidnapped in Mali’s Mopti Diocese

A Catholic Priest serving in Mali’s Mopti Diocese is among five people who were reportedly abducted Monday, June 21 morning by gunmen, a Cleric in the West African nation has confirmed.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa addressing former President Laurent Gbagbo during Mass at the St. Paul Cathedral in Ivory Coast's Abidjan Archdiocese. Credit: CECCI/Facebook /

Ivorian Cardinal Gifts Former President Rosary, Asks Him to Join “train of reconciliation”

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has gifted a Rosary to the country’s former President, Laurent Gbagbo, who returned to the West African nation after close to a decade in exile.

Francis Cardinal Arinze during the Holy Mass at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso. Credit: Vatican Media /

At Vatican’s Holy Mass for Peace in Burkina Faso, Nigerian Cardinal Reflects on Terrorism

At the Eucharistic celebration organized at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso, Francis Cardinal Arinze reflected on terrorism in Africa, delinking the menace from religion.

Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis to Elderly: The Church Needs your Prayers Like ‘a deep breath’

There is no “retirement” from spreading the faith, Pope Francis said in a message to grandparents on Tuesday, adding that the prayers of the elderly are needed by the Church and the world.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook. /

Nigerian Archbishop Seeks Government Partnership in Environmental Conservation

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has asked the federal government to collaborate with the Church to ensure that there is a clean and healthy environment in the West African country.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing participants at the workshop on the environment in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa/ Credit: CENCO /

Congolese Cardinal Urges Bishops to Participate in Safeguarding the Congo Basin

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has, at the ongoing workshop on the environment, called on his brother Bishops to seek ways of protecting the world’s second largest river basin, the Congo Basin. 

The Official Logo of the Community Empowerment Organization (CEPO)/ Credit: CEPO /

Civil Society in South Sudan Condemns Torture of Catholic Radio Journalists

A civil society organization in South Sudan’s Lakes State has condemned the torture of three Catholic journalists linked to an artist who is involved in activism in the East-Central Africa country.

The Secretary-General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Fr. Donatien Ntshole addressing journalists during a press conference in DRC's capital, Kinshasa on 21 June 2021. Credit: CENCO /

Four Issues of Concerns Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Want Addressed for National Cohesion

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their plenary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in the Central African nation are facing, which they want addressed for the achievement of national cohesion and development.

Logo of the Catholic Professionals Network of Zimbabwe (CPNZ)/ Credit: CPNZ /

Catholic Professionals in Zimbabwe Join Laudato Si’ Conservation Campaign

Members of the Catholic Professionals Network of Zimbabwe (CPNZ) under the auspices of Zimbabwe Catholic Commission for the Laity (ZCCL) have launched a campaign to conserve the environment in the spirit of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’.