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Catholic Bishops Recognize Zambia-Malawi “strong ties”, Laud Support after Cyclone Freddy

Apr 1, 2023

The Catholic Church in Zambia has a “fraternal” relationship with Malawi, two members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) have said, adding that the ties that exist between the two neighboring countries came to the fore when Malawi suffered the devastating Cyclone Freddy.

Pope Francis greets staff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 11, 2021. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Returns to the Vatican After 3 Days in the Hospital

Apr 1, 2023

Pope Francis was discharged from the hospital Saturday morning after a three-night stay in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital.

Fr. John Medeni. Credit: CDTY

“Doing a great job”: Catholic Priest on Catechists’ Service in South Sudanese Diocese

Apr 1, 2023

Catechists serving in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) are “doing a great job”, a member of the Clergy of the Diocese has said.

Some of the homeless youths in prison that Salesian MIssionaries are supporting in Madagascar. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesisans in Madagascar Providing “full meals, social support” to Young Prisoners

Apr 1, 2023

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Madagascar are providing basic means of livelihood, including “social support” to young boys imprisoned at a state-run rehabilitation center in the country’s capital, Antananarivo.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square for Easter 2022 | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Here is Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week and Easter 2023

Apr 1, 2023

Palm Sunday marks the start of one of the most full and beautiful liturgical periods of the Catholic Church year.

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Muslim Boy Who Secretly Converted to Catholicism, Sierra Leone’s First Native Missionary

Apr 1, 2023

Inside Our Lady of Victories Gerihun Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Bo, Sierra Leone, a six-year-old boy marks time, waiting for the Irish Priest presiding over Holy Mass to give the final blessing before he falls into the Priest’s steps, begging to visit the Parochial house.

Saint of the day: Today, April 1, We Celebrate St. Mary of Egypt

Apr 1, 2023

April 1 is the feast of a little-known saint whose story demonstrates the power of the Church as the home of forgiveness, redemption and mercy. St. Mary of Egypt was a prostitute for 17 years before she received the Eucharist and chose the life of a hermit.

Nigeria's President-elect, Bola Tinubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Charity Calls on Nigeria’s New Government to Stem “new tide” of Violence

Mar 31, 2023

Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has appealed to the newly elected Nigerian government to act first to stem what the charity research foundation describes as a new tide of violence in the West African country.

Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere of Kampala Archdiocese in Uganda. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Uganda Awaiting “entire Bill” on Homosexuality to Give Church Position

Mar 31, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Uganda are waiting for the details of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) that members of Parliament (MPs) recently passed to be able to give the position of the Church in the East African nation, the Local Ordinary of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese has said.

, Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo  of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese. Credit: Yei Diocese

Bishop in South Sudan Urges Politicians to “carry values of faith into government"

Mar 31, 2023

There is need for politicians serving in the South Sudanese government to render services to the people of God in the East-Central African nation under the guidance and influence of values drawn from their respective religious affiliations, especially truth, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said.

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High Cost of Living Pushing Low-income Families in Zambia “into abject poverty”: Priest

Mar 31, 2023

The high cost of living in Zambia is likely to push low-income citizens “into abject poverty”, the Executive Director of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), an institute that is engaged in research, advocacy, education, and consultancy on social issues, has said. 

Pope Francis baptizes a baby at Gemelli Hospital in Rome on March 31, 2023. | Credit: Screen shot of Vatican Media video

Pope Francis Visits Pediatric Oncology Ward at Hospital, Baptizes Newborn Baby

Mar 31, 2023

While staying at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital where he is undergoing treatment for bronchitis, Pope Francis paid a visit Friday to the pediatric oncology ward and baptized a newborn patient.

Pope Francis' General Audience in St. Peter's Square on March 29, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Vatican: Pope Francis had Pizza Dinner, May Leave Hospital Tomorrow

Mar 31, 2023

The Vatican said Friday that Pope Francis may be discharged from the hospital on Saturday after responding well to treatments yesterday and sharing a pizza dinner with those assisting him.

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Catholic Entity in New Partnership to Boost “life-changing healthcare projects” in Somalia

Mar 31, 2023

Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, is partnering with Mater Private Network, an Ireland-based private hospital, to continue facilitating healthcare for the people of God in Somalia in view of saving lives.

Saint of the day: Today, March 31, We Celebrate Bl. Jane of Toulouse

Mar 31, 2023

Blessed Jane lived in the French town of Toulouse during the 13th century. A Carmelite monastery was founded in the same town in 1240 which exposed Jane to the Carmelite lifestyle and spirituality.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 29, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Has Bronchitis but is Resting and Improving, Vatican Says

Mar 30, 2023

Pope Francis is exhibiting “marked improvement” after being admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with difficulty breathing, which was later diagnosed as bronchitis. 

A poster announcing the Wednesday, March 29 event that Uganda’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala organized to celebrate Pope Francis’ decade of service at the helm of the Catholic Church. Credit: UEC

Attention to the Poor among Underpinnings of Pope Francis’ Pontificate: Ugandan Theologian

Mar 30, 2023

Attentiveness to the poor and marginalized in society and the mercy of God are among the seven aspects that underpin the 10-year Pontificate of Pope Francis, a Ugandan-born Catholic Theologian has said. 

Representatives of Church leaders in Zambia under the auspices of the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG). Credit: CCMG

“It’s disheartening”: Zambia’s Church Leaders on 2019 Boundary Delimitation Report Secrecy

Mar 30, 2023

Representatives of Church leaders in Zambia under the auspices of the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) have decried the government’s failure to make public the 2019 Boundary Delimitation Report.  

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin of Juba Archdiocese in South Sudan. Credit: CRN

“Set aside individual interest”: Catholic Archbishop to South Sudanese Lawmakers

Mar 30, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has called on lawmakers in the East-Central African country to “set aside individual interest, and prejudice” and work towards improving the living standards of citizens.

Archbishop Arthur Roche at a Vatican press conference on Feb. 10, 2015. | Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican Cardinal Intervenes against German Church’s Plan for Laity to Give Homily, Baptize

Mar 30, 2023

The Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has intervened against the implementation of resolutions of the German Synodal Way that demand lay people should be able to regularly baptize and preach the homily at Holy Mass in churches across Germany.