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Bishop João Noé Rodrigues during his homily at the opening Eucharistic Celebration for the first annual Plenary Assembly of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Sheila Pires

The Holy Spirit Fosters Unity among Church Leaders, Catholic Bishop in South Africa Says

Jan 19, 2022

The sense of communion among Church leaders is “a fruit of the Holy Spirit” in their respective lives, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said. 

Ishmael Alfred Charles, the Caritas Freetown Programs Manager and In Country Manager at the Healy International Relief Foundation at a past event Credit: Ishmael Alfred Charles

Former Child Soldier Behind Sierra Leone’s Catholic Projects Eyes Prestigious Award

Jan 19, 2022

Ishmeal Alfred Charles who was captured at the age of nine to fight in the ill-famed Sierra Leonean civil war that ended in 2002 is relishing the restoration of his biblical years eaten by locusts.  

Today, January 19, We Celebrate St. Canutus, King of Denmark

Jan 19, 2022

Saint Canutus, King of Denmark,  succeeded his elder brother Harold on the throne of Denmark in the year 1080. He began his reign by a successful war against the enemies of the state, and by planting the faith in the conquered provinces.

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform. Bumble Dee/Shutterstock.

Separatists Storm Parish in Nigeria’s Onitsha Archdiocese, Holy Mass “temporarily” Halted

Jan 18, 2022

Militants alleged to be enforcers of the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group in Nigeria, stormed St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish of Onitsha Archdiocese Tuesday, January 18 in an incident that saw Holy Mass that was being celebrated “temporarily” halted.

Map Showing Ethiopia's Tigray region. Credit: Public Domain

Ursuline Sister Detained in Ethiopia Freed, “well and in good general condition”: Superior

Jan 18, 2022

The member of the Institute of the Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary in Ethiopia who was arrested by the government police forces more than 40 days ago has been released and is “well and in good general condition.”

Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan of Togo's Lomé Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Lomé

Accompany Prayer for Christian Unity with “concrete gestures”: Catholic Archbishop in Togo

Jan 18, 2022

A Catholic Archbishop in Togo has called on followers of Christ to use the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity not only to pray for unity but also to accompany the initiative with concrete gestures of love for one another.

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At Start of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Priest Urges Defense of Human Dignity

Jan 18, 2022

A Catholic Priest at the helm of the International Ecumenical Movement-Kenya Chapter (IEM-K) has, in his message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU), called on all followers of Christ to unite in the defense of human dignity and the freedom of worship. 

Today, January 18, We Celebrate St. Charles of Sezze

Jan 18, 2022

Saint Charles was born John Charles Marchioni in Sezze, Italy on October 19, 1613.  His family was extremely pious. They lived in a rural area and as a child Saint Charles worked as a shepherd.  

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) with President Faustin Archange Touadera. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in CAR Highlight Country’s Challenges, Lament Negative Media Reports

Jan 17, 2022

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a collective statement, highlighted challenges the country is facing and lamented negative media reports, which they say tarnish the reputation of the country and cause “great economic damage”.

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Ursuline Sisters “worried, saddened” about Prolonged Detainment of Colleague in Ethiopia

Jan 17, 2022

Members of the Institute of the Ursuline Sisters of the Immaculate Virgin Mary in Ethiopia are worried that they are being kept in the dark concerning the situation of their colleague who was arrested by the government police forces more than 40 days ago.

Fr. Edegard Silva Junior. Credit: ACN

Catholic Parishioners in Mozambique Make Wooden Crucifix from House Destroyed by Militants

Jan 17, 2022

Parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Mozambique’s Catholic Diocese of Pemba are using a Crucifix they made from a piece of wood they salvaged from one of the houses that militants burnt down in the mission of Nangololo.

The Girls Club at Dar el Salam camp received MHM kit and training by JRS, along with ACRA and CELIAF, and the support of the MENFP, UNICEF and ECW. Credit: Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS)

Catholic Entity in Chad Providing Menstrual Hygiene Education among Refugee Students

Jan 17, 2022

More than 6,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) attending Chad’s local schools are benefitting from the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) education spearheaded by Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Pope Francis met a delegation affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land on Jan. 17, 2022. Vatican Media

The story of the Holy Land is the "Fifth Gospel": Pope Francis

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land.

Today, January 17, We Celebrate St. Anthony of Egypt

Jan 17, 2022

On his Jan. 17 feast day, both Eastern and Western Catholics celebrate the life and legacy of St. Anthony of Egypt, the founder of Christian monasticism whose radical approach to discipleship permanently impacted the Church.

Brothers of the Congregation of our Lady, Mother of Mercy (CMM) who have been selected for the new mission in Zambia. Credit: cmmbrothers.org.

Kenyan Religious Brothers Set to Pioneer New Mission in Zambia Alongside Native Confrere

Jan 16, 2022

Three Kenyan-born Religious Brothers are preparing to leave for Zambia alongside their confrere who hails from the Southern African nation, as pioneer members of their Congregation in the country. 

Cover page of the new book titled,  “The Reality of Retirement: A complex emergency,” by Fr. George Tomrila Ngalim. Credit: Fr. George Tomrila Ngalim

Catholic Priest in Cameroon Appeals for Construction of “more retirement homes” for Clergy

Jan 16, 2022

A Catholic Priest in Cameroon is appealing for the construction of appropriate additional facilities for members of the Clergy in retirement in the Central African nation, whose numbers are on the increase.     

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African Governments’ Laxity in Negotiating UN Treaty on Transnationals Worrying: Religious

Jan 16, 2022

The laxity of African governments at the negotiations of the UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights (LBI) that started in 2014 is a matter of concern for women and men Religious with presence in Africa and Europe. 

The Logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). Credit: JCTR

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Call for Constitutional Review after By-Election Cancellation

Jan 16, 2022

The decision by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to cancel the Kabwata Constituency by-elections after one of the candidates withdrew from the polls is a reason for the Southern African country to review its Constitution, officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have said. 

Today, January 16, We Celebrate St. Marcellus, Pope

Jan 16, 2022

Nothing of Marcellus' life before his papacy has survived the centuries. He became Pope at the end of the persecutions of Diocletian in aound 308-309. The persecutions had disrupted the Church so much that there had been a gap of over a year with no Pope. Once he was elected, he faced several challenges, including reconsituting the clergy, which had been decimated and whose remnant had practiced their vocation only covertly and with the expectation of martyrdom. 

Logo of the Council of Religions (CoR) in Mauritius. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Faith Leaders in Mauritius Highlight Value of Religion to Society amid Life’s Challenges

Jan 15, 2022

Faith-based leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius have highlighted the value of religion to society amid challenges of life