Pioneer Catholic Bishop Appointed to South Sudan’s Newest Diocese Upbeat about Serving in “familiar” Harsh Conditions

Jul 8, 2024

Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity State, is harsh. It has been estimated that 90 percent of the town, which hosts one of the biggest refugee camps in the South Sudanese State is submerged. 

Archbishop Philip Anyolo of Nairobi Archdiocese in Kenya. Credit: Nairobi Archdiocese

“Wake up, address the thorny issues raised”: Catholic Archbishop to Kenya’s Govt at “Saba Saba” Sunday Youth Convention

Jul 8, 2024

Archbishop Philip Anyolo Subira of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) in Kenya has reiterated the appeal by other Kenyan faith leaders in support of the Generation Z (Gen Z)-led peaceful protests that have put President William Samoei Ruto-led government on notice with additional concerns after successfully opposing the ontroversial Finance Bill 2024.

Bishop Martin Banga Ayanyaki of the Catholic Diocese of Buta in DR Congo. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Buta

Cardinal Ambongo Urges Newly Ordained Bishop to “always be available”, Serving “without discrimination of any kind”

Jul 8, 2024

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has urged the newly Consecrated Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Buta in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be at the service of the people of God, serving them all with humility. 

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At Priestly Anniversary, Catholic Bishop in Tanzania Emphasizes Love, Cautions against Selfishness

Jul 8, 2024

Bishop Liberatus Sangu of Tanzania’s Catholic Diocese of Shinyanga has called upon the people of God to foster the virtue of love.

Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, presides over a press conference on Friday, May 17, 2024, on the Vatican’s new document on Marian apparitions. / Credit: Rudolf Gehrig/EWTN News

"Mystical Rose" Marian Apparitions in Italy Receive Vatican Approval

Jul 8, 2024

The apparitions took place in Montichiari and Fontanelle, Italy, located in the country’s northern province of Brescia in 1947 and 1966.

“Miraculous conversion”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Says Transfer to Newly Erected Diocese is Mission Accomplished

Jul 8, 2024

The outgoing Bishop of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has described his transfer to the country’s newly erected Catholic Diocese of Bentiu as a “mission accomplished”, noting that he leaves behind a very vibrant church community in Rumbek.

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Priesthood “an act of courage”: Catholic Bishop in Cape Verde to Newly Ordained Priest

Jul 8, 2024

The call to the Priesthood takes courage and the will to serve God’s people, Bishop Ildo Augusto dos Santos Lopes Fortes of the Catholic Diocese of Mindelo in Cape Verde has said.

Today, July 8, We Celebrate Sts. Aquila and Priscilla

Jul 8, 2024

Saints Aquila and Priscilla were a Jewish couple from Rome who had been exiled to Corinth, and were friends of St. Paul in the first century. They hosted St. Paul on his visit to that city and were probably converted by him. They are mentioned a few times in the New Testament in glowing terms by their friend Paul, who calls them "my helpers in Christ, who have for my life laid down their own necks" (Romans 16:3-4).

“Thank you for your prayers, support”: Catholic Priest in Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese after Securing Freedom from Abductors

Jul 8, 2024

Fr. Mikah Suleiman, the Catholic Priest who had been abducted on June 22 from his Parish Rectory in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has thanked the people of God for their spiritual solidarity after securing freedom from his abductors.

Tanzanian Cardinal Prays for “firm, unwavering faith” after Receiving Pallium in Rome as Metropolitan Archbishop

Jul 8, 2024

Protase Cardinal Rugambwa is imploring the grace of God to have his faith strengthened alongside that of the people of God in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Tabora, which he shepherds.

Bishop Philippe Alain Mbarga of the Catholic Diocese of Ebolowa. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Ebolowa

Cameroonian Catholic Diocese Thanks God, “Master and Protector of life”, as Bishop, Driver Discharged after Car Accident

Jul 7, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Ebolowa in Cameroon is thanking God for protecting the Local Ordinary and his driver from harm after the duo were discharged from hospital following the June 29 road accident. 

Bishop António Francisco Jaca of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Benguela

Catholic Bishop in Angola Urges Seminarians to Brace up for Life’s Challenges, Work for a Just Society

Jul 7, 2024

The Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Benguela in Angola has urged Seminarians in his Episcopal See to work for a just society.

An image of the Annunciation and the Incarnation — when God became man in the womb of the Virgin Mary — sits close to the altar during a Mass Pope Francis celebrated on July 7, 2024, in Trieste, Italy. | Vatican Media

"God is hidden in human misery": Pope Francis Highlights Dignity of Migrants, Prisoners

Jul 7, 2024

In the face of a sometimes “anesthetized,” consumerist society, we must recall the “scandal” of our Christian faith — that God became man and dwells in each of us, especially the weakest, Pope Francis said in the northern Italian city of Trieste on Sunday.

Pope Francis gives his blessing at the end of a speech to around 1,200 Catholics, Christian representatives, and politicians from throughout Italy on the final day of the 50th annual Social Week of Catholics, held in the northern Italian city of Trieste July 3-7, 2024. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: In Politics, Catholics Cannot Live a "private faith"

Jul 7, 2024

Pope Francis on Sunday urged Catholics to share their faith in the public square and to combat political polarization by supporting person-centered democracy.

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Plans Underway for Cape Verde’s Catholic Youth Jubilee Year, Official Says “spiritual dimension is extremely important”

Jul 7, 2024

Plans are underway towards the celebration of the National Jubilee Year of Catholic Youths in Cape Verde that is scheduled to take place from August 4 -12 under the theme, “Joyful in hope” that was inspired by recommendations from Pope Francis 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal.

A poster announcing the inauguration of the Year of Prayer to prepare for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year in the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara in Nigeria. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Ahiara

Catholic Diocese in Nigeria Launches Year of Prayer to Prepare for 2025 Jubilee Year

Jul 7, 2024

Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Ahiara has announced the inauguration of the Year of Prayer in his Episcopal See to prepare for the Catholic Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.

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Nairobi Archdiocese to Gather Youths on “Saba Saba” Sunday for Holy Mass, Voicing Concerns amid anti-Govt Protests

Jul 6, 2024

The Chaplaincy of Kenya’s Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) has invited members of the Youth Serving Christ (YSC) and Young Catholic Adults (YCA) for Holy Mass and a forum for them to join other Kenyan youths voicing grievances against President William Samoei Ruto-led government on July 7, “Saba Saba” Sunday.

Bishop Christian Carlassare. Credit: Catholic Radio Network (CRN)

Transferred Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Cautions against “any spirit of competition or disunity” in Vacant Diocese

Jul 6, 2024

The immediate former Local Ordinary the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has cautioned against rivalry in the South Sudanese Episcopal See as the process that will result in the appointment of his successor officially begins. 

Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria's Nsukka Diocese. Credit: Nsukka Diocese

Have the Sacrament of Penance among “your primary responsibilities”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to Priests

Jul 6, 2024

Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka is calling upon Priests in his Episcopal See to give the people of God the opportunity to confess regularly by including the Sacrament of Penance in their day-to-day programs.   

Participants at the First National Canon Law Forum in Angola. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Luanda

Catholic Church Judicial Services in Angola Need “profound pastoral transformation”: Bishop at First National Canon Law

Jul 6, 2024

The Catholic Church’s judicial processes in Angola need “profound” adjustments so the people of God seeking redress are better served, the President of the Episcopal Commission for Laity and Family Life of the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (CEAST) has said.