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President William Samoei Ruto at a press briefing in at State House in Kenya

Kenya’s President Continues to Bow to Pressure amid Youth-led Protests, Dissolves Cabinet

Jul 11, 2024

Kenya’s President William Samoei Ruto has dissolved his Cabinet, as well as the office of the Attorney General, amid youth-led protests and a public outcry for better leadership in the East African country.

AMECEA Secretary General Highlights “some gaps” in Operations of Lay Associations, Ecclesial Movements

Jul 11, 2024

The Secretary General of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has highlighted gaps in the functioning of associations of the Laity and other movements in the Church.

Official Distances DR Congo’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa from Accusation of Mismanagement

Jul 11, 2024

The Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has distanced the Metropolitan See headquartered in the country’s capital from information on social media platforms that alleges mismanagement of funds and other "persistent malaise" in the Archdiocese.

“Resilience is the best definition to describe these wonderful people”: Catholic Bishop on Residents of Tigray, Ethiopia

Jul 11, 2024

Bishop Tesfasellassie Medhin of Ethiopia’s Catholic Eparchy of Adigrat, which covers the Tigray region has lauded the people of God in the Northernmost regional state in the Horn of Africa nation for their resilience. 

Catholic Activists in Africa Want Nigeria Withdrawn from “pro-LGBT, pro-abortion” Samoa Agreement

Jul 11, 2024

Catholic activists under their umbrella organization, CitizenGO Africa, are calling on the Nigerian government to withdraw from the Samoa Agreement, a contentious document they say seeks to promote abortion and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) ideologies in the West African nation.

Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the immediate former president of Zambia

“I salute you”: Zambia’s Former President Lauds Caritas Officials for Addressing Country’s “various important issues”

Jul 11, 2024

The immediate former president of Zambia, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has commended officials of Caritas in the country for the initiatives they have taken with commitment to address “various important issues” in the Southern African nation.

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“Be instruments in God's hands”: Cardinal in Cape Verde to Newly Ordained Priest, Deacon

Jul 11, 2024

The Bishop of Cape Verde’s Catholic Diocese of Santiago has called upon the Priest and Deacon he ordained on July 7 to allow God guide them in their service as Clergy. 

Today, Monday, July 11, We Celebrate St. Benedict

Jul 11, 2024

On July 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Saint Benedict of Nursia, the sixth-century abbot who gave Christian monasticism its lasting foundation in Western Europe.

Synodal Process in Africa “should also foster intergenerational dialogue”: Catholic Youths

Jul 11, 2024

There is need for the Church in Africa to foster interactions between the young and the not-so young people in the spirit of the multi-year ongoing Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis extended to 2024, with the first phase, 4-29 October 2023, having concluded with a 42-page summary report.  

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Catholic Charity Lauds U.S. Legislators for Approving Bill that Supports Religious Freedom in Nigeria

Jul 10, 2024

Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has congratulated the United States of America (U.S.) Congress for approving a Bill that expresses a commitment to promote religious freedom in Nigeria, and in other countries where it is lacking.

Map of the Sahel region. Credit: Shutterstock

Commitment to Unity, Stability “promising step” for Prosperity of Africa’s Sahel Region: Christian Professionals

Jul 10, 2024

Christian Professionals in Africa have commended the three heads of State of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso in the Africa’s Sahel Region for the move to unite in countering conflicts.

Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Cabinda with the three members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers/Spiritans) whom he ordained Priests.

Newly Ordained Spiritan Priests in Angola Urged to Build Priestly Ministry on Prayer, to “pray holy rosary every day”

Jul 10, 2024

Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Cabinda has called upon the three members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers/Spiritans) whom he ordained Priests to build their Priestly ministry on the foundation of prayer.

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“Watch out for jealousy, envy”: Catholic Archbishop in Angola to Scout Coordinators

Jul 10, 2024

Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lubango in Angola has called upon scout coordinators in his Metropolitan See to foster good relationships among members. 

Fr. Maurice Kwairanga, a Catholic Priest of Nigeria's Yola Diocese, coordinating the project for the construction of a new primary and secondary school in Northern Nigeria to address the plight of out-of-school children.

Catholic Diocese’s Initiative to Address Plight of Nigeria’s “over 10 million out-of-school children” in the North

Jul 10, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Yola is spearheading a project for the construction of a new primary and secondary school in Northern Nigeria to address the plight of out-of-school children, who are in millions across the West African nation.

High Cost of Living, Electricity Load shedding, Unstable Fuel Prices among Concerns Caritas Zambia Wants Addressed

Jul 10, 2024

Directors of Caritas drawn from Zambia’s Catholic Episcopal Sees have highlighted the high cost of living, electricity load shedding, and unstable fuel prices among issues of concern that the government of the Southern African nation needs to address.

Today, July 10, We Celebrate St. Amalberga

Jul 10, 2024

St. Amalberga, otherwise Amelia, was born at Brabantrelated, and was in some way related to Pepin of Landen. Whether she was a sister or niece, the Bollandists are not sure. She was married to Witger and became the mother of three saints: Gudila, Reinelda, and Emembertus.

Mrs. Bridget Itsueli, the Founder and Chairperson of Relate Africa Organization for Marriage and Family. Credit: Relate Africa Organization for Marriage and Family

“We need to listen to women at the grassroots”: Catholic Marriage Expert on Why African Marriages are Breaking

Jul 9, 2024

Many African marriages are breaking because women are no longer comfortable with their roles in the family, a Nigerian Catholic expert on marriage and family has said.

Let’s “uphold good morals, cherished values that define our nation”: Bishop in Message on South Sudan Independence Day

Jul 9, 2024

On the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of South Sudan marked on July 9, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) has urged citizens to foster “good morals” and values that give their country an identity.

How Kenya’s Catholics Faced Backlash following Fiducia Supplicans, Declaration Permitting Blessing of “same-sex couples”

Jul 9, 2024

When the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF) issued Fiducia Supplicans, the declaration permitting the blessing of “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations”, Catholic Church leaders in Africa expressed their sharp opposition to the move.

Apostolic Nuncio in Benin, Togo Transferred, to Represent the Holy Father in Costa Rica

Jul 9, 2024

Pope Francis has transferred Archbishop Mark Gerard Miles to the Vatican Diplomatic Mission in Costa Rica.