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Young People’s “friendship with mobile phones” Cause for Concern: Kenyan Catholic Nun

Aug 18, 2022

The tendency for young people to be absorbed in social media forums, prioritizing “friendship with mobile phones” is a cause for concern, a Kenyan Catholic Nun has said.

Kenya's President-elect, Dr. William Ruto, greeting the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Archbishop Martin Kivuva (foreground), representatives of religious leaders in Kenya in the background. Credit: Catholic MPs in Kenya/Facebook

Kenya’s Faith Leaders Engage “key political actors” to Foster “justice, peace, prosperity”

Aug 17, 2022

Faith leaders in Kenya are reaching out to “key political actors” in the East African nation following the declaration of the Presidential election results, which the candidate who was ranked second has rejected. 

Catherine Njore, the founder of Linda Vijana Initiative (LVI), an organization that addresses youth challenges in Kenya. Credit: Catherine Njore

Show Compassion amid “so much emotion”, Kenyan Pro-lifer on Handling Post-election Reality

Aug 17, 2022

Kenyans are dealing with varied emotions as citizens come to terms with results of the general elections, a Kenyan Pro-Life advocate has observed, and underscored the need for the people of God in the East African country to respect each other’s feelings concerning the August 9 polls outcome.

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Why South Sudan Needs Now More Than Ever Leaders like Country’s Celebrated Catholic Bishop

Aug 17, 2022

Today, more than ever before, South Sudan needs more leaders like Bishop Paride Taban, the celebrated Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Torit, to stand up to the poor governance of the East-Central African country.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, the SACBC President.Credit:SACBC

Catholic Church in South Africa “struggling financially” amid High Cost of Living: Bishop

Aug 17, 2022

The Catholic Church in South Africa is going through hard times due to the high cost of living, with the faithful unable to make their respective contributions as they were doing before, the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said. 

Dr. Paolo Ruffini addressing delegates at the of the Sixth SIGNIS World Congress 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. Credit: SIGNIS

Focus on Dialogue, Not “on marketing of ideas”: Vatican Official to Catholic Journalists

Aug 17, 2022

The Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications has challenged Catholic communicators around the globe to foster dialogue in their practice of journalism and not the “marketing of ideas”.

Distribution of food and seeds to people in Adumi, DRC. Credit: Trócaire

Ahead of World Humanitarian Day, Catholic Entity Highlights Partnerships in Africa

Aug 17, 2022

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Day (WHD) to be celebrated August 19, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire has reviewed humanitarian responses across the globe, including Africa.

A blaze ripped through the St. Mercurius (Abu Sefein) Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt on Sunday, Aug. 14 2022. ACI MENA

Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia Condole with Coptic Church after Church Fire in Cairo, Egypt

Aug 17, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) have sent a condolence message to the leadership of the Coptic Methodist Church following the outbreak of a fire in their church in the capital city of Egypt, Cairo. 

Today, August 17, We Celebrate St. Hyacinth

Aug 17, 2022

St. Hyacinth was one of the first members of the Dominicans (the Order of Preachers) and the "apostle of the North", and is also called the "Apostle of Poland."

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Catholic Charity Concerned Christians in Some African Countries Practice Faith Underground

Aug 16, 2022

Christians in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and in many other African countries experiencing religious persecution are being forced to practice their faith in hiding for fear of attacks, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

“Break down walls of hatred, violence ... build bridges of love”: Cardinal in Burkina Faso

Aug 16, 2022

The Cardinal in Burkina Faso has called upon the people of God in the West African nation to “break down the walls of hatred, violence” and build bridges of love.

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Abduction, Killing of Priests in Nigeria "loud sign" of Government Failure: Advocacy Group

Aug 16, 2022

The leadership of Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has decried the "recurring killing and kidnapping of Catholic Priests" in the West African country, terming it a sign of failure on the part of Nigeria’s Federal government.

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Catholic Bishop Hopes Meeting with Somalia Authorities Will Yield to Religious Freedom

Aug 16, 2022

The Apostolic Administrator of Somalia’s Catholic Diocese of Mogadishu has expressed optimism that a recent meeting between Catholic Church leaders and high-level political leaders in Somalia will open more opportunities for Christians in the country to worship more freely.

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On International Youth Day, Salesians Review Youth Empowerment Initiatives in Africa

Aug 16, 2022

On the annual event of the International Youth Day (IYD) marked August 12, officials of a development entity of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have reviewed their initiatives that seek to empower young people across the globe, including Africa.

Salesian ‘A New Beginning’ program helps youth in conflict with the law in Angola. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in Angola Fostering “rights of children in conflict with law” and Reintegration

Aug 16, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Angola are fostering “the rights of children in conflict with the law” in an initiative dubbed “A New Beginning”. 

Today, August 16, We Celebrate St. Stephen of Hungary

Aug 16, 2022

On Aug. 16, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of King Saint Stephen of Hungary, the monarch who led his country to embrace the Christian faith during the 11th century.

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Kenya’s Faith Leaders Call for Peace amid Tension after Declaration of Presidential Result

Aug 15, 2022

Religious leaders in Kenya are calling for peace and calm amid tension in the East African nation following the declaration of the final results of the Presidential election that was conducted on August 9.

Pope Francis during the Angelus on 14 August 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Draws Global “attention to the serious humanitarian crisis affecting Somalia”

Aug 15, 2022

Pope Francis has drawn the attention of the international community to “the serious humanitarian crisis” that the people of God in Somalia and the horn of Africa nations are facing. 

Fr. Chinedu Nwadike. Credit: Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN)

Spiritan Priest, Seminarian Freed after Abduction from Okigwe Catholic Diocese in Nigeria

Aug 15, 2022

A member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost Fathers – Spiritans) and a seminarian kidnapped from the Catholic Diocese of Okigwe in Nigeria on August 12 have been freed.

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Sierra Leone’s Protracted Unrest May Trigger Past Civil Strife Memories: Catholic Priest

Aug 15, 2022

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has condemned the ongoing protests in the West African country, and expressed concern that the situation of unrest in the West African country may trigger memories of a civil war that everyone wishes to forget.