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Today, April 24, We Celebrate St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Apr 24, 2024

A former lawyer who left his profession to become a Capuchin Franciscan priest, Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen has his liturgical memorial on April 24.

Bishop Christian Carlassare of Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan; Holy Family Cathedral of Rumbek Diocese; Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen

Rome-based Comboni Leadership Expresses “support” for Bishop of Rumbek, Apostolic Nuncio to Visit South Sudanese Diocese

Apr 23, 2024

The General Council of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) is in support of Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan following what the Rome-based leadership of  the 157-year-old Institute describes as “recent developments”.

Delegates during the 1-6 March 2023 SECAM Plenary Assembly in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa's Delegates to Synod in Synodality in Nairobi to “deepen their knowledge and understanding of Synodality”

Apr 23, 2024

Delegates to represent the Church in Africa at the second session of the Synod on Synodality are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to “deepen” their insights about Synodality ahead of the 2-29 October 2024 session in Rome.

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Radio Moto

“Live your vocations in synodality”: Catholic Bishop of Butembo-Beni, DR Congo to Christians on Vocations Sunday

Apr 23, 2024

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has called on the people of God to be guardians of each other and to live their respective vocations in the spirit that the ongoing Synod on Synodality is fostering.

Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Angola’s Cabinda Diocese. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

You’d “be better off” as “entrepreneur”: Angolan Bishop to Aspirants to Priestly, Religious Life Keen on Families’ Gaps

Apr 23, 2024

The Clergy and women and men Religious have the vocation to prioritize service towards the people of God under their pastoral care, Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of the Catholic Diocese of Cabinda in Angola has said. 

Oldest Consolata Missionary Eulogized in Kenya as Priest Who “built his life in Eucharist”, Loved “without segregation”

Apr 23, 2024

Fr. Antonio Bianchi, reportedly the oldest member of the Institute of Consolata Missionaries (IMC), who “passed away in his sleep” at the Consolata Regional House in Westlands in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) has been remembered as a Priest with passion for the Eucharist and love for “people without segregation”.

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

“Leaders refuse to smell like their citizens”: Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria Fault Political Leaders for Standing Aloof

Apr 23, 2024

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has faulted political leaders in the West African nation for standing aloof from the citizens.

Today, April 23, We Celebrate St. George

Apr 23, 2024

St. George was a soldier of the Roman army who was tortured and beheaded for his Christian faith in the year 303, in Lydda (in modern day Palestine).  He was likely born in Cappadocia, of a Cappadocian father and a Palestinian mother of noble rank. 

Credit: Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA)

Earth Day: Salesians Advocate for “sustainable alternatives”, Jesuits Invite Reflection on “our interconnectedness”

Apr 22, 2024

On the occasional of Earth Day 2024 marked on Monday, April 22, Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) is advocating for initiatives that would contribute to a “cleaner, healthier world”, while the Zambia-based Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) is inviting reflections on “our interconnectedness”.

Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias of Angola’s Catholic Archdiocese of Luanda. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Angolan Archdiocese to Begin Monthly Adoration of Blessed Sacrament in Parishes ahead of Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year

Apr 22, 2024

Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias of Angola’s Catholic Archdiocese of Luanda has asked the people of God under his pastoral care to dedicate the last Sunday of the month to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as part of the preparations for the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. 

Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN)

“What they have is theirs”: Catholic Bishop in Kenya Cautions Youths against Reliance on Parental Possessions

Apr 22, 2024

Members of the Missionary Youth Movement (MYM) in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) in Kenya have been cautioned against relying on the possessions of their parents and guardians and instead work hard to build their future.

Dame Mary Asibi Gonsum. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Women in Nigeria Reach Out to “the boy child” with Scholarship Initiative, Address “long years” of Neglect

Apr 22, 2024

Members of the Catholic Women Organization (CWO) of Nigeria are reaching out to the boy child with a scholarship initiative in an effort to address “long years” of neglect. 

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Catholic Church’s 2025 Year “opportune moment to deepen our relationship with God”: Bishop of Uromi Diocese, Nigeria

Apr 22, 2024

The Year of Prayer in preparation for the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year provides an opportunity for the people of God in Nigeria “to deepen” their relationship with God, the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Uromi has said.

Today, April 22, We Celebrate Sts. Caius and Soter

Apr 22, 2024

Cauis and Soter, Popes of the early Church, are both venerated in tradition as martyrs, though no reliable account of their martyrdom survives today.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambia (CDTY) in South Sudan. Credit: CDTY

World Day of Prayer for Vocations: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Reflects on His “own vocation story”

Apr 21, 2024

On the occasion of the annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2024 marked on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambia (CDTY) has reflected on his “own vocation story”, highlighting gratitude, encouragement, unworthiness, trust, and openness as key.

Fr. Yenes Manneh. Credit: The Gambia Pastoral Institute

Church “must do more”: Priest Researcher Calls for Full Returnees’ Integration as Illegal Migration Surges in The Gambia

Apr 21, 2024

In Africa’s tiniest nation of The Gambia, many illegal migrants deported from European countries hang around the country’s cities and major towns, fearing to go to their homes where they are seen as failures after having not made it abroad.

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Catholic Activists Call for Ban of Ms. Rachel, “a disguised” YouTube Channel Feeding Children “LGBTQ+ narratives”

Apr 21, 2024

The African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGo Africa, is calling on ministers of Information and technology on the continent to suspend, “Ms. Rachel: Toddler Learning Videos”, the YouTube channel the entity says is promoting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ+) ideology and contradicting fundamental family values. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: CEM

Catholic Bishops in War-Torn Mozambique Announce Prayers for Peace ahead of Church’s Jubilee Year 2025

Apr 21, 2024

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have dedicated the first Sunday of the month to prayers for peace in all Dioceses ahead of the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.

Today, April 21, We Celebrate St. Anselm

Apr 21, 2024

On April 21, the Catholic Church honors Saint Anselm, the 11th and 12th-century Benedictine monk and archbishop best known for his writings on Christ's atonement and the existence of God.

Fr. Victor Mbuthia (left) during the 2023 MYM annual Archdiocesan Mass. Credit: ACI Africa

Kenya’s Nairobi Catholic Archdiocese Strategize “maximum transition” to Address Declining Youth Numbers

Apr 20, 2024

The number of young people across different age groups has been on a decline in Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN), an official of the Archdiocese has said, noting that the Archdiocese is implementing strategies to ensure that young people do not abandon the Church.