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Abductors Demand Ransom to Free Priests, Nun, Others Kidnapped in Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese

Sep 22, 2022

Those behind the abduction of five Catholic Priests, a Catholic Nun and three others in Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese are demanding a ransom of some US$100,000.00 in order to free them, a Catholic Archbishop in the Central African nation has told ACI Africa.

Official logo and motto of Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the South Sudan. Credit: Vatican Media

South Sudan Papal Ecumenical Visit Awaiting Vatican’s “official announcement”: Archbishop

Sep 22, 2022

The ecumenical visit to South Sudan to be undertaken by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, is awaiting the Holy See’s “official announcement”, the Archbishop of South Sudan’s only Metropolitan See has said.

Bishop Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma of Nigeria's Orlu Diocese. Credit: CBCN

Catholic Bishop Condemns Killing of Residents, Razing of Markets in Nigeria’s Orlu Diocese

Sep 22, 2022

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Orlu has condemned the September 17 killing of two residents and torching of markets in two South-east communities of his Episcopal See allegedly by troops belonging to Nigerian “government security agencies”.

Children from South Sudan painting a poster of “One Million Children Praying the Rosary 2021”. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Announces Children’s Rosary Campaign for Sahel Africa, War-torn Countries

Sep 22, 2022

The Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is inviting children from across the globe to join the “One million children praying the Rosary” campaign for countries experiencing war and hunger, especially those in Africa’s Sahel region, which has been described as the “world’s most neglected and conflict-ridden region”.

Pope Francis speaks with Punit Renjen, an Indian-American businessman and CEO of the multinational professional services firm Deloitte, during an audience to the participants of the Deloitte Global meeting on Sept. 22, 2022, at Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. | Photo by ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis Asks Financial Consultants to Put People Before Business

Sep 22, 2022

Pope Francis has encouraged financial advisers and consultants to make decisions that put the good of individuals and communities before that of businesses.

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Blessed Sacrament Found Intact in Tabernacle of Church Burned by Armed Men in Cameroon

Sep 22, 2022

In the aftermath of the fire that gutted a church in Cameroon, Bishop Aloysius Fondong of the Diocese of Mamfé entered the ruins to retrieve the Blessed Sacrament and found the sacred Hosts and the ciborium containing them to be intact.

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Leading Theologian Sees a ‘rise in interest in Aquinas’ Among Young Catholics

Sep 22, 2022

A new generation of young people are deeply invested in the study of St. Thomas Aquinas, according to Father Thomas Joseph White.

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Ortega Dictatorship Expels a Another Religious Congregation from Nicaragua

Sep 22, 2022

The dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua has expelled the Religious Sisters of the Cross, thus continuing its attacks against the Catholic Church in Nicaragua.

Today, September 22, We Celebrate St. Thomas of Villanova

Sep 22, 2022

On Sept. 22, the Catholic Church remembers Saint Thomas of Villanova, a 16th century Spanish Augustinian monk and archbishop who lived a life of austerity in order to provide for the spiritual and material needs of his people.

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“We all need to be missionary children”: Kenyan Catholic Bishop at Diocesan PMC Holy Mass

Sep 21, 2022

There is need for following of Christ “to be missionary children”, making sacrifices to reach out others with the Gospel message in the example of the first evangelizers of the African continent, the Bishop of Bungoma Diocese in Kenya has said. 

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South African Author’s Insight into Religious Life through Grandaunt’s Missionary Journey

Sep 21, 2022

The recently published book, “The Adventurous Nun – Stories my Family Told Me”, is about Catholic Religious Life through the experiences of a South African Catholic Nun who died of COVID-19 in 2020, the author of the 35-chapter book has said in an interview with ACI Africa.

CRS Appeals to World Leaders at UN General Assembly for Humanitarian Aid to East Africa

Sep 21, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the humanitarian arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has appealed to the world leaders at the 77th United Nations (UN) General Assembly (UNGA77) to consider more humanitarian aid to the East African region.

Displaced Nigerians camped near St. Francis Xavier Parish in Agagbe, Nigeria, in 2022. | Courtesy of Adakole Daniel

Human Rights Activists Call on US State Department to Return Nigeria to Religious Freedom

Sep 21, 2022

Human rights advocates are calling on U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to put Nigeria back on a list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom in light of increasing attacks against Christians.

Giulia Cirillo gives Pope Francis a report from Catholics with disabilities on Sept. 21, 2022. | Vatican Media

‘Full members of Church’: Catholics with Disabilities Contribute to Synod on Synodality

Sep 21, 2022

Catholics with disabilities delivered to Pope Francis on Wednesday a report they prepared for the Synod on Synodality.

Today, September 21, We Celebrate St. Matthew, Apostle

Sep 21, 2022

Saint Matthew, the first-century tax collector turned apostle who chronicled the life and ministry of Christ in his Gospel, is celebrated by the Church today, September 21. Although relatively little is known about the life of St. Matthew, the account he wrote of Christ's ministry – traditionally considered to be the first of the four Gospels - is of inestimable value to the Church, particularly in its verification of Jesus as the Messiah.

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Catholic Peace Foundation Fears for Anarchy in Cameroon as Militias Get Out of Control

Sep 20, 2022

Groups claiming to be fighting for the independence of the Northwest and Southwest English-speaking regions of Cameroon have been increasing in number, a situation that is running out of control, the leadership of the Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has said, and expressed concern that the Central African nation may be sliding into anarchy.

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Catholic Church in South Africa Offering Counseling, Emotional Support to Mudslide Victims

Sep 20, 2022

Jagersfontein community members affected by the mudslide reportedly triggered by the collapse of a tailings dam wall are devastated and traumatized, the Parish Priest of Kriste Morena Catholic Church of South Africa’s Bloemfontein Archdiocese who has been providing counseling and emotional support to the victims has said.

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Validity Extension of Zimbabwe Exemption Permits “far from a resolution”: Catholic Priest

Sep 20, 2022

The decision by the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to extend the validity of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permits (ZEPs) from 31 December 2022 to 30 June 2023 is not a solution to challenges that Zimbabweans that have been in living in South Africa legally are facing, a Catholic Priest in South Africa has said. 

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Let’s Take Action to End Suffering of “others” in South Sudan: Catholic Bishop

Sep 20, 2022

The Auxiliary Bishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has challenged the people of God in the East-Central African nation to work toward ending suffering in the lives of “others” in the country. 

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St. Peter’s Basilica to Light up with Video Projection Telling the Story of First Pope

Sep 20, 2022

Visitors to the Vatican in October will be able to see the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica illuminated with a video display telling the story of the Church’s first pope.