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A poster announcing the launch of a charcoal briquette making factory in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

We’re Here “to create a better environment”: Nigerian Archbishop at Launch of Charcoal Briquette Production Initiative

Apr 15, 2024

The launching of a charcoal briquette making factory in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja continues initiatives aimed to realize “a better environment” in line with the recommendations of Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Letter “on care for our common home”, Laudato Si’, the Local Ordinary has said.

Today, April 15, We Celebrate St. Hunna

Apr 15, 2024

Known as "the Holy Washerwoman", St. Hunna was a 7th century noblewoman who cared for and bathed the poor of Strasbourg, France.

Chancery of DR Congo’s Kinshasa Archdiocese Decries Sunday “degrading treatment” Cardinal Ambongo Suffered at Airport

Apr 15, 2024

The Chancery of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has decried the “degrading treatment” that Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo suffered under officials at the N'djili International Airport.

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

Increase of Missionaries’ Work Permit Charges “absolutely unethical”: Kenya’s Catholic Bishops

Apr 14, 2024

The move by the Kenyan government to revise upwards work permit charges for missionaries in the East African nation denotes ingratitude to the sacrifices of people, who have dedicated their lives to making the society a good place, Catholic Bishops in the country have said.

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Tanzania Facing “one of its worst humanitarian crises”: Catholic Religious Order’s Disaster Service Appeals for Aid

Apr 14, 2024

Inhabitants of Tanzania’s Coastal region of Rufiji District are facing one of the “worst humanitarian crises” following floods caused by both heavy rains and the overflow of Julius Nyerere Hydropower Dam, officials of the Camillian Disaster Service International (CADIS) have said. 

A priest celebrates Mass in Sudan before the outset of war. / Credit: ACN

Sudan Civil War Leaves No Seminarians and Almost No Catholic Church

Apr 14, 2024

The third Sudanese civil war has terribly affected the entire country but especially the local Catholic Church, according to Aid to the Church in Need.

Today, April 14, We Celebrate St. Peter Gonzalez

Apr 14, 2024

Public humiliation led Peter Gonzalez to a true conversion experience and set him on the road to sainthood.

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

Kenyans’ Financial Struggles Causing “mental distress”: Catholic Bishops Urge State to Address High Cost of Living

Apr 13, 2024

The high cost of living in Kenya is causing mental agony among the people of God in the East African nation, Catholic Bishops in the country have said.

Robert Cardinal Sarah addressing members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). Credit: NECC

Cardinal Sarah Decries Paganism, Says Contemporary Church “experiencing temptation of atheism”

Apr 13, 2024

A section of Church leaders have aligned themselves with modern day values in the name “contemporary culture” akin to paganism, Robert Cardinal Sarah has noted with concern. 

Members of the Care for Aging Sisters Association of Kenya (CASAK). Credit: ACI Africa

What Catholic Sisters in Kenya are Doing to Address “knowledge gap” Regarding Care for Aging Women Religious

Apr 13, 2024

Capacity building and incorporating more members are some of the strategies Catholic Sisters in Kenya have undertaken to raise awareness about the need to care for aging women Religious in the East African nation. 

Fr. René Gaston Ayihi Tsimi. Credit: Obala Diocese

Cameroonian Catholic Priest Who Died in Rome Remembered for His “serenity in accepting the Lord's will in suffering”

Apr 13, 2024

Fr. René Gaston Ayihi Tsimi, a member of the Clergy of Cameroon’s Catholic Diocese of Obala, who died on Monday, April 8 in Rome after an illness, is being remembered for his “serenity in accepting” the will of God in his life amid suffering. He was aged 31.

Sister Medhin with school children in Tigray, Ethiopia, in March 2024. The Scotland-based organization Mary’s Meals, which feeds almost 2.5 million children in some of the world’s poorest countries, has been partnering with the Daughters of Charity in Tigray since 2017 to provide meals for thousands of children. / Credit: Armstrong Studios // 2024

As Hunger Crisis Unfolds in Ethiopia, Global Charity Teams up with Catholic Nuns to Feed Children

Apr 13, 2024

Mary’s Meals, which feeds almost 2.5 million children globally, has been partnering with the Daughters of Charity in Tigray since 2017. 

Today, April 13, We Celebrate Pope St. Martin I

Apr 13, 2024

Catholics celebrate the memory of Pope St. Martin I on April 13. The saint suffered exile and humiliation for his defense of orthodoxy in a dispute over the relationship between Christ's human and divine natures.

Robert Cardinal Sarah with members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). Credit: NECC

Cardinal Sarah Urges Africa’s Catholic Bishops to Defend “unity of faith” in October 2024 Synod on Synodality Session

Apr 12, 2024

Robert Cardinal Sarah has urged Catholic Bishops in Africa to be keen on defending the Catholic faith, voicing their opposition to defenders of “particular cultures” during the October 2024 session of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis extended to 2024, with the first session, 4-29 October 2023, having concluded with a 42-page summary report.

Participants during three-day formation workshop for Rectors and other formators in Seminaries of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: African Synodality Initiative (ASI)

Fostering “culture of listening” in Seminaries, Inclusion of Women among Recommendations of IMBISA Formation Workshop

Apr 12, 2024

Seminary Rectors and other formators in the nine member countries of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), who have been participating in a formation workshop in South Africa have recommended that formators “use the method of conversation in spirit to develop a culture of listening”.

Logo of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi/ Credit: ECM

“Appalling, distressing”: Malawi’s Bishops Condemn “in strongest terms” Abduction, Torture, Assault of Catholic Nun

Apr 12, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Malawi have condemned, “in the strongest terms”, the abduction, torture, and assault of a woman Religious in the country’s Catholic Diocese of Zomba.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale holding Pope Francis's congratulatory message. Credit: Sheldon Reddiar vis SACBC

Pope Francis Lauds Archbishop in South Africa Marking Episcopal Jubilee for His “energetic involvement” in Ministry

Apr 12, 2024

Pope Francis has acknowledged with appreciation the 25-year Episcopal ministry of South African Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale.

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“A future with less suffering”: Catholic Charity Foundation Helping Liberia to Make Peace with Painful Past

Apr 12, 2024

From over 20 years of civil war and Ebola, and the subsequent poverty and illiteracy, Liberia is a country haunted by a painful past. It is reportedly one of the poorest countries in the world where life-expectancy is also low.

Maya Hawke as American writer Flannery O'Connor in the 2024 film "Wildcat." / Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories

New Film about U.S.-born Writer Flannery O’Connor Shows "God can deliver his grace in any way"

Apr 12, 2024

The film depicts the life of Southern Gothic writer Flannery O’Connor and will be released in theaters on May 3. 

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis to Travel to Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea

Apr 12, 2024

Pope Francis will travel to the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Singapore later this year, the Vatican announced Friday.