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In Ivory Coast, the Don Bosco House has a psychological care center where trained educators help youth work toward emotional healing. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesian Entity Highlights Medical Care Initiatives for Youth with HIV/AIDS in Africa

Dec 2, 2022

On the annual event of World AIDS Day marked December 1, the leadership of the U.S-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has highlighted initiatives providing medical care and social support for young people living with HIV/AIDS across the globe, including Africa.

Pope Francis with members of the group Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican, Dec. 2, 2022 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The Effects of the War in Ukraine are Being Felt all Over the World

Dec 2, 2022

Pope Francis said Friday that the war between Russia and Ukraine is an example of the “globalization of problems” with the far-felt effects of the energy and food crises.

Thomas Sternberg speaking at a press conference for the German "Synodal Way" on Sept. 30, 2021, in Frankfurt. | Synodaler Weg/Maximilian von Lachner

German Synodal Way Designed to Create "pressure" on the Church, Founding President Says

Dec 2, 2022

The German Synodal Way was designed from the outset to avoid legal sanctions while simultaneously creating “pressure” on the Church to change Catholic teaching, one of the founders of the process told German media Friday.  

Today, December 2, We Celebrate St. Bibiana

Dec 2, 2022

The earliest mention in authentic historical authority of St. Bibiana, a Roman female martyr, occurs in the "Liber Pontificalis" where in the biography of Pope Simplicius (468-483) it is stated that this pope "consecrated a basilica of the holy martyr Bibiana, which contained her body". 

Official logos for Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to Realize Postponed Trip to Africa, Vatican Unveils Itinerary

Dec 1, 2022

Pope Francis is set to realize his postponed trip to two African countries early next year, officials of the Holy See have announced.

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Ethiopians “wait with hope” Results of Recently Signed Peace Agreement: Catholic Priest

Dec 1, 2022

The people of God in Ethiopia are waiting “with hope” to see the “effects” of the recently signed peace agreement between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the General Secretary of the  Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) has said.

Members of the Ghana Conference of Catholic Bishops (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

Bishops in Ghana Concerned about “dwindling population of Catholics” in the Country

Dec 1, 2022

Bishops in Ghana have expressed concern about the “dwindling number of Catholics” in the West African nation.

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Salesians’ Clean Water Initiative Benefiting Hundreds in Zambian, Namibian Villages

Dec 1, 2022

The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has facilitated the access to clean water to hundreds of residents of a Catholic Parishes in Zambia and in Namibia.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall. | © L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis Praises "fruitful" Theology of Benedict XVI

Dec 1, 2022

Pope Francis on Thursday praised the role of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his theology for the Church.

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

This is Pope Francis’ Prayer Intention for December

Dec 1, 2022

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for the month of December is for volunteer not-for-profit organizations.

Today, December 1, We Celebrate St. Anysius

Dec 1, 2022

Saint Anysius was a Martyr of Greece. She was a wealthy woman of Salonika, in Thessaly, who used her personal funds to aid the poor. A soldier accosted her in the street and tried to drag her to a pagan sacrifice. Anysius resisted and was killed when the soldier attacked her with his sword.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen speaking during the presentation of the Bishop-elect Henry Juma Odonya to the Clergy of Kitale Diocese. Credit: Kitale Diocese

Nuncio in Kenya Assures Bishop-elect of Pope Francis’ Support, Urges Local Collaboration

Nov 30, 2022

The Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya has assured the Bishop-elect of the country’s Kitale Diocese of Pope Francis’ “support and prayer” in his Episcopal Ministry.

Late Richard Cardinal Baawobr of Wa Diocese in Ghana). Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa Eulogize Cardinal Who Served “with dedication, generosity”

Nov 30, 2022

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have paid glowing tribute to Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr who passed on in Rome on November 27.

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

Listening “way out of problems we encounter”: South Sudanese Bishop in Advent 2022 Message

Nov 30, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in South Sudan has underscored the need to foster listening in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality, describing the practice as “the way out of problems we encounter.”

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET). Credit: CET

Catholic Bishops in Chad Decry Violence, Call for “true inclusive national dialogue”

Nov 30, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Chad have decried “endemic violence” in the North-Central African nation and are urging authorities to call for “a true inclusive national dialogue”.

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021. | Vatican Media.

Restoration of Christian Unity "an urgent priority in today’s world": Pope Francis

Nov 30, 2022

Pope Francis said Wednesday that the full restoration of communion among all Christians is “an urgent priority in today’s world.”

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The Vatican Says It’s Been Hacked — Again

Nov 30, 2022

A Vatican spokesman said Wednesday that the Holy See has taken down its main vatican.va website amid an apparent attempt to hack the site. 

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, 30 November 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Daily Examination of Conscience Helps Avoid Repeating Mistakes: Pope at General Audience

Nov 30, 2022

Pope Francis has recommended a daily examination of conscience as an “indispensable” practice in spiritual life.

Today, November 30, We Celebrate St. Andrew, Apostle

Nov 30, 2022

On Nov. 30, Catholics worldwide celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, apostle and martyr. A fisherman from Bethsaida and brother of Simon Peter, St. Andrew is said to have spread Christianity in Russia and Asia minor after Pentecost in the first century. He was crucified by the Romans in Greece on an X-shaped cross, which is now his distinctive symbol as well as the symbol of Scotland, of which he is the patron.

Pope Francis greets late Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

“Faithful witness, wise, gentle pastor”: Holy Father Pays Tribute to Late African Cardinal

Nov 29, 2022

Pope Francis has eulogized the late Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr who died on Sunday, November 27 as a “faithful witness to the gospel”.