Sr. Clare Emeroum. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Nun in Nigeria Blames Country’s Woes on Illiteracy, Ignorance, Poverty

May 11, 2022

A Catholic Nun in Nigeria has said that the challenges the West African country is facing, including insecurity, can be addressed by eliminating illiteracy and ignorance especially among young people as well as poverty.

Bishop Hyacinth Oroko Egbebo of Nigeria's Catholic Diocese of Bomadi. Credit: ACN Portugal

Roads in Nigeria Impassable amid Increased Kidnappings, Catholic Bishop Says

May 11, 2022

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Bomadi has decried the deteriorating security in various parts of the country, noting that traveling by road has become a risky endeavor for the people.

Today, May 11, We Celebrate St. Ignatius of Laconi

May 11, 2022

St. Ignatius of Laconi was a Capuchin Friar. He was born in 1701 and died in 1781. He was canonized 1951 by Pius XII.

Br. Teo Grageda. Credit: ACI Africa

Plenary of Catholic Bishops in West Africa “great force of solidarity”: Religious Brother

May 10, 2022

The coming together of Catholic Bishops under the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) for their fourth Plenary Assembly was a “great force of solidarity” and a move towards togetherness, a Religious Brother has said. 

The Papal dais under construction in Juba, South Sudan. Credit: ACI Africa

Papal Dais in Juba, South Sudan, to be “ready by mid-June”, Bishops’ Conference Official

May 10, 2022

The Papal dais under construction in South Sudan’s capital city, Juba, is to be ready by the middle of next month, the Social Communication Coordinator of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) said in an interview.    

Some victims of the Sunday, May 8 massacre in Nigeria's Zamfara State. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Church “providing relief assistance” after Attack on Villages, Killing of Dozens

May 10, 2022

Victims of a recent attack on villages in Nigeria’s Zamfara State that resulted in the death of dozens and displacement of thousands are receiving “relief assistance” from the Church, a Catholic Priest ministering in the Diocese of Sokoto has told ACI Africa.

Fr. Benny Karuvelil . Credit: Courtesy Photo

Dream to Have a Catholic Priest in “every family”, Cleric in Namibia Says

May 10, 2022

A Catholic Priest in Namibia’s Archdiocese of Windhoek has, in his message on Vocation Sunday, urged the people of God in the Southwestern African country to dream of having a Priest from every family.

ICC Prosecutor, Karim Khan. Credit: ICC

ICC Engaging “in political games with victims of atrocity”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

May 10, 2022

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is engaging “in political games with victims of atrocity” in Nigeria, representatives of Christian leaders in the West African nation have said.

Front page of the book titled “The Long-Awaited Dawn from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe” by Albert Hororo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Revised Book in Zimbabwe Highlights Catholic Church Response to Country’s Injustices

May 10, 2022

A revised book on Zimbabwe’s political history seeks to use the social teaching of the Catholic Church to educate the people of God in the country on the Church’s response to injustices after the reign of President Robert Mugabe, the author of the book has said.

St. Mary's Cathedral of South Sudan's Wau Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Be “a servant leader, not a dictator”: Catholic Priest to Authorities in South Sudan

May 10, 2022

A member of the Clergy of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese is calling on the leaders in the East-Central African country to be at the service of the people and not dictators.

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Zambia’s Public Debt “an unsettling fiscal challenge”, Faith, Civil Leaders Say

May 10, 2022

Members of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Debt Alliance in Zambia have described the country’s outstanding public debt as “an unsettling fiscal challenge.”

Today, May 10, We Celebrate St. Damien of Moloka'i

May 10, 2022

The Catholic Church remembers St. Damien of Molokai on May 10. The Belgian priest sacrificed his life and health to become a spiritual father to the victims of leprosy quarantined on a Hawaiian island.

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Clergy in Africa Hesitant “to embrace change” in Synodal Process: African Scholars

May 9, 2022

Members of the Clergy are hesitant to embrace a Church where dialogue is fostered among her variety of members, participants in a Synod on Synodality encounter organized by the African Synodality Initiative (ASI) have said.

Bishop George Muthaka, ordained Bishop of the Diocese of Garissa in Kenya on & May 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“I come to serve not to rule”: Newly Ordained Kenyan Catholic Bishop in Maiden Speech

May 9, 2022

The newly ordained Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Garissa in Kenya has, in his maiden speech, said that his Episcopal Ministry will be characterized by service.

Members of RECOWA present their final communiqué to journalists in Abuja on 7 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in West Africa “denounce policies” Allowing Exploitation, Marginalization

May 9, 2022

Catholic Bishops in West Africa have, in the final communiqué of their fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly, denounced “policies and practices” that give room to exploitation of populations and marginalization of persons.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen lays hands on the head of Bishop George Muthaka, during his episcopal ordination May 7 at Our Lady of Consolation Cathedral of Garissa Diocese grounds. Credit: Garissa Diocese

Nuncio in Kenya Cautions against “power, imposition”, Calls for “humility of heart”

May 9, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has cautioned church members including members of the Clergy against the tendency to refer to authority saying, “The church of Christ does not build on power or on imposition.”

Pope Francis meets with members of the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in the Apostolic Palace on May 7, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Trip to Lebanon "delayed for health reasons"

May 9, 2022

Lebanon’s tourism minister announced the postponement, citing ‘health reasons.’

Today, May 9, We Celebrate St. Pachomius

May 9, 2022

St. Pachomius can justifiabley be called the founder of cenobitic monasticism, monks who live in community. Even though St. Antony the Great was the first to go into the desert to live a life of seclusion pursuing evangelical perfection, he lived a heremitic life, that is, a primarily solitary life.

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) at the closing Mass of their fourth plenary assembly in Abuja, Nigeria on 8 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

RECOWA Plenary Assembly Ends with Commitment “to new vision of fraternity”

May 8, 2022

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) have, in their message at the end of their fourth Plenary Assembly, taken the commitment to work for a new fraternity in the West African subregion amid a wide range of challenges.

Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle of Ghana's Cape Coast Archdiocese. Credit: ACI Africa.

Pray for Vocations, Help Christ’s Disciples Answer Call: Ghanaian Archbishop to Christians

May 8, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Cape Coast Archdiocese in Ghana has, on the annual celebration of Vocations Sunday, May 8, encouraged followers of Christ to “pray for vocations” and help disciples of Jesus Christ “faithfully” answer God’s call.