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Today is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Feb 2, 2023

At the end of the fourth century, a woman named Etheria made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Her journal, discovered in 1887, gives an unprecedented glimpse of liturgical life there.

Sr. Rita Yamba Tadi. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis’ Presence in DR Congo “a blessing, opportunity to renew faith”: Catholic Nun

Feb 1, 2023

The presence of Pope Francis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is “a blessing” for the people of God in the Central African nation and an opportunity for them to renew their faith, a Catholic Nun has told ACI Africa.

A poster welcoming Pope Francis to South Sudan. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Ecumenical flavor of unity”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan ahead of Ecumenical Visit

Feb 1, 2023

The arrival of three global church leaders in South Sudan on Friday, February 3 will bring about an “ecumenical flavor of unity”, a Catholic Bishop in the East-Central African nation has said in reference to the planned visit of Pope Francis, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields.

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Stop Blaming Apartheid Regime for South Africa’s Failures: Catholic Bishops

Feb 1, 2023

Political leaders in South Africa have, for the longest time, blamed the country’s failures on the past apartheid regime, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said, and called on the South African government to stop looking for excuses for the ailing country.

Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“We are ready to die,” Catholic Priest Says in Tribute to Murdered colleague in Nigeria

Feb 1, 2023

Christians in Nigeria are ready to stand for the truth and to defend their religious beliefs even if it means dying for it, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has said.

Millions gather in Manila for Pope Francis' closing Mass on Jan. 18, 2015. / Alan Holdren/CNA.

Biggest Papal Masses Ever: How Does February 1 Mass in the DR Congo Compare?

Feb 1, 2023

Papal Masses, especially in the last 50 years or so, have attracted crowds of millions — many of them at World Youth Days. 

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023. | Vatican Media

1 Million Attend Joyful Mass with Pope Francis in Democratic Republic of Congo

Feb 1, 2023

More than one million people attended Pope Francis’ Mass in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday morning, according to local authorities.

On his second day in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, Feb. 1, 2023, Pope Francis listened to the stories of victims of violence from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ridden eastern region. / Vatican Media

"It’s not philanthropy, but faith": Pope Francis to Congolese Charities

Feb 1, 2023

The pope praised the work being done to assist those in poverty and emphasized the importance of Christian charity as an integral part of the faith.

Gabriel Cardinal Zubeir Wako during the meeting with President Salva Kiir in Juba. Credit: Office of the President of South Sudan/Facebook

“Continue spreading messages of peace”: Cardinal in Sudan ahead of Ecumenical Visit

Feb 1, 2023

As Pope Francis begins the first leg of his previously postponed pastoral trip to two African nations that the Vatican confirmed on December 1, the people of God in South Sudan where he is set to arrive on Friday, February 3 have been urged to be proactive in spreading messages of peace, love and unity.

Shamsa Abubakar Fadhil, known as “Mama Shamsa”, and the logo of the Sant’Egidio Community. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Kenyan Activist, Rome-based Lay Catholic Association Receive Human Fraternity Award

Feb 1, 2023

A Kenyan community activist, and the Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, are the recipients of the 2023 Zayed Award for Human Fraternity.

Late Thulani Maseko. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Southern African Bishops Join Murder Condemnation of Eswatini’s “protagonist of dialogue”

Feb 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have joined the Local Ordinary of Manzini in Eswatini in condemning the murder of  Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer in the Southern African Eswatini: Activist Thulani Maseko shot dead at his home | AfricanewsKingdom.

Today we celebrate Saint Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland

Feb 1, 2023

On Feb. 1 Catholics in Ireland and elsewhere will honor Saint Brigid of Kildare, a monastic foundress who is – together with Saint Patrick and Saint Columcille – one of the country’s three patron saints.

Students at the Ndjili Airport to welcome Pope Francis to DR Congo. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis’ Visit to “strengthen faith, hope, charity” of Congolese: Catholic Archbishop

Jan 31, 2023

The Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is to “strengthen the faith, hope and charity” of the people of God in the Central African nation, the President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has told ACI Africa.

Fr. Rigobert Kyungu Musenge. Credit: ACI Africa

Dozens of Central Africa Province Jesuits to Meet Pope Francis in Private Audience

Jan 31, 2023

Out of some 400 members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the Central Africa Province , “only 85 selected members” are scheduled to meet Pope Francis in a private audience on Thursday, February 2 in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Provincial Superior has told ACI Africa.

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Climate Activists in DR Congo Appeal for Pope’s Support in Ending Fossil Fuel Projects

Jan 31, 2023

Climate activists in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are seeking Pope Francis’ support in engaging the government to stop plans for oil and gas exploration during his Apostolic Journey to the country.

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South Sudan lifts Suspension on Rome Peace Talks ahead of Ecumenical Visit

Jan 31, 2023

South Sudan has announced the lifting of the suspension on the Rome Peace talks with the Non-Signatory groups days to the arrival of Pope Francis, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, to the country.

From left to right: Shannon Mullen, editor-in-chief of the National Catholic Register; Kelsey Wicks, executive director of the ACI Group; and Jeanette De Melo, executive director of the National Catholic Register and Catholic News Agency. | EWTN News

EWTN Restructures Domestic News Outlets, Aims to Further U.S., Global Growth

Jan 31, 2023

EWTN Global Catholic Network has announced an organizational restructuring of its domestic digital and print news platforms that aims to further growth across the globe, including the U.S. where it is headquartered.

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"Hands off Africa!" Pope Francis Says in Democratic Republic of Congo

Jan 31, 2023

In his first speech in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday, Pope Francis urged the international community to give the central African country its autonomy while not turning a blind eye to exploitation and violence.

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before his flight to Africa on Jan. 31, 2023. | Centro Astalli

Pope Francis Meets with Refugees from Congo and South Sudan Before Flight to Africa

Jan 31, 2023

Before departing on his flight to Africa on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis met with a group of refugees and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan at the Vatican.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

Bishops Laud Growth of Catholic Church’s Service Delivery in Southern Africa

Jan 31, 2023

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have lauded the steady growth of the Catholic Church in the countries making up the conference, noting that many good quality services in education, health, and in other institutions within the region are provided by the Catholic church.