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Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

“Act immediately to stem the tide”: Nigeria’s Catholic Bishops to Government on Insecurity

Feb 24, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are appealing to the country’s government to take immediate action to address the challenge of security in the country. 

Over 300 shops were razed to ashes after a fire broke out at the Bamenda Main Market in the North West region of Cameroon on 22 February 2024. Credit: Public Domain

Archbishop in Cameroon in Solidarity with Fire Disaster Victims in “pain and desperation”

Feb 24, 2024

Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea of Bamenda Archdiocese in Cameroon has expressed his solidarity with persons affected by the fire disaster that razed hundreds of shops at the central market in his Metropolitan See.

Tobias Nauruki, the Empowered Youth Coalition (EYC) Africa regional Coordinator. Credit: ACI Africa

Kenyan Catholic Leader on How Youth-centric Pastoral Programs can Boost Evangelization

Feb 24, 2024

Youth-centric pastoral programs can boost evangelization among young people who are dealing with a myriad of contemporary challenges, a Kenyan Catholic youth leader has said.

Bishop Ildo Augusto dos Santos Lopes Fortes  of the Catholic Diocese of Mindelo in Cape Verde. Credit: Diocese of Mindelo

Cape Verdean Diocese Allocates 2024 Lenten Collection to Violence Victims in Holy Land

Feb 24, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Mindelo in Cape Verde has announced that the 2024 Lenten collection will be channeled to Caritas Jerusalem to support victims of violence in the Holy Land.

Beer lovers gather at the release of the "40 Days" beer brewed by Breaker Brewing and the Diocese of Scranton. | Credit: Kristen Mullen

Beer for Lent? The Diocese of Scranton’s ‘40 Days’ Brew Helps Feed the Homeless

Feb 24, 2024

The Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania, has launched a beer collaboration with a local brewery to support its anti-hunger programs for homeless people.

Today, February 24, we celebrate Blessed Thomas Maria Fusco

Feb 24, 2024

Thomas was born to a noble family in 1831 in Pagani, Italy. He was the seventh of eight children.

Robert Cardinal Sarah. Credit: ACI Africa

Cardinal Sarah Cautions against Disunity among Christians, Says It’s Counter Witnessing

Feb 23, 2024

Disunity among followers of Christ is counterproductive to the mission of witnessing the Gospel message and the evangelization ministry, Robert Cardinal Sarah has said. 

Bishop Martin Igwe Uzoukwu. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Bishops in Nigeria Urged to Embrace Prayerful Living for “divine strength” in Ministry

Feb 23, 2024

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) have, on the fifth day of their First 2024 Plenary Assembly, been urged to embrace a life of prayer to attract “divine strength” in their Episcopal Ministry.  

Archbishop Philip Anyolo of Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

Kenyan Archbishop Concerned about Declining “missionary impulse”, Calls for Reflection

Feb 23, 2024

The Archbishop of Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi has expressed concern about what he described as a global decline in the missionary spirit, and called on the people of God in Africa to reflect on how the African Church can assist in missionary work across the world.

From left to right: Bishop George, Bishop Aloysius Fondong Abangalo, Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt, Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya, and Bishop Agapitus Enuyehnyoh Nfon. Credit: Mamfe Diocese

At Silver Jubilee of Cameroonian Diocese, Nuncio Urges Priests to Be “agents of service”

Feb 23, 2024

The representative of the Holy Father in Cameroon has called upon members of the Clergy ministering in the country’s Diocese of Mamfe to be agents of service and champions of fraternity amid violent conflicts that the Cameroonian Diocese has witnessed for years. 

Diocesan Caritas Director in CAR Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese

Feb 23, 2024

The Director of Caritas in the Catholic Diocese of Bouar in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) has been appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese, which is under the pastoral care of 69-year-old Bishop Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz.

Today, February 23, we celebrate St. Polycarp of Smyrna

Feb 23, 2024

On Feb. 23, the Catholic Church remembers the life and martyrdom of St. Polycarp, a disciple of the apostle and evangelist St. John. Polycarp is celebrated on the same date by Eastern Orthodox Christians, who also honor him as a Saint.

Credit: Harambee Africa International (HAI)

Rome-Based Catholic Development Agency Opens Contest for Storytelling on Africa’s “beauty”

Feb 22, 2024

Storytellers in Africa have been invited to participate in the 10th edition of "Conveying Africa" contest through which Harambee Africa International (HAI), a Rome-based Catholic development agency, seeks to communicate the challenges, hopes, richness, and diversity of the continent.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Bishops in Nigeria Briefed on “areas of concern” ahead of October Synod on Synodality

Feb 22, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have been briefed on what “should preoccupy” the people of God in the West African nation as the Church prepares for the second session of the Synod on Synodality, which has been scheduled to take place from 2-29 October 2024. 

Bishop Teshome Fikre Woldetensae. Credit: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE)

“I count on your prayers”: Catholic Bishop in Ethiopia at Episcopal Ordination

Feb 22, 2024

The Coadjutor Bishop of the Eparchy of Emdeber in Ethiopia has said he is counting on the prayers of the people of God to succeed in his Episcopal Ministry.

Late Bishop Robert Patrick Ellison. Credit: Gambia Pastoral Institute

Bishop Emeritus of Gambia’s Banjul Diocese Eulogized for “gentle way of doing things”

Feb 22, 2024

Tributes are pouring in for Bishop Robert Patrick Ellison, the Irish-born Bishop Emeritus of Gambia’s Banjul Diocese, who passed on at 82, with some remembering him for his “gentle way of doing things”.

Mons. Moïse Tinguiano, appointed Bishop of the nely erected Diocese of Boké in Guinea on 22 February 2024. Credit: Conakry Archdiocese

Pope Francis Erects New Catholic Diocese in Guinea, Appoints Pioneer Local Ordinary

Feb 22, 2024

Pope Francis has erected the Diocese of Boké in Guinea and appointed Mons. Moïse Tinguiano, of the clergy of Conakry Archdiocese as its pioneer Bishop. 

Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias delivering his homily during the the thanksgiving Mass to mark the 25 years of existence of the Catholic University of Angola (UCAN). Credit: ACI Africa

Angolan Catholic University Lauded for Commitment to Research, Training “new generations"

Feb 22, 2024

The Catholic University of Angola (UCAN) has been lauded for positioning itself among the most prestigious institutions in the Southern Africa country by contributing to quality research and training.

Archbishop Philip Subira Anyolo of Nairobi Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Nairobi

Emulate Jesus’ Upbringing, Raise Children in Godly Way: Kenyan Archbishop to Parents

Feb 22, 2024

The Archbishop of Kenya’s Nairobi Archdiocese has urged parents to emulate Mary and Joseph who raised Jesus in knowledge and wisdom.

Today, February 22, We Celebrate the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

Feb 22, 2024

The Feast of the Chair of St. Peter celebrates the papacy and St. Peter as the first bishop of Rome. St. Peter's original name was Simon. He was married with children and was living and working in Capernaum as a fisherman when Jesus called him to be one of the Twelve Apostles.