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The Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Youth Wing (YOWICAN). The Youth leaders have bemoaned the spate of kidnappings in the country calling on the government to act. / Courtesy Photo

“Nigeria on way to Golgotha, only divine intervention can stop it”: Christian Youth Leader

Christian youth leaders in Nigeria have bemoaned the state of insecurity in the West African nation characterized by frequent kidnappings.

South Sudanese refugee children carry water through Bidi Bidi camp in Uganda. / Tommy Trenchard/ Trocaire

Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan “likely to worsen in 2021”: Catholic Aid Agency

The humanitarian situation of the people of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, is likely to worsen in 2021, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trocaire, has said.

Bishop Paul Swarbrick of England's Lancaster Diocese addressing participants in a virtual Mass for the people of Ethiopia / Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Residents “remain at the heart of the Passion”: English Bishop

As Christians begin celebrations that culminate in the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday to be marked April 4, a Bishop in England has highlighted the plight of the people living in crisis-ridden Ethiopia’s Tigray region, noting that they remain stuck “at the heart of the Passion” of Christ.

Saint of the day: Today, April , We Celebrate St. Mary of Egypt

April 1 is the feast of a little-known saint whose story demonstrates the power of the Church as the home of forgiveness, redemption and mercy. St. Mary of Egypt was a prostitute for 17 years before she received the Eucharist and chose the life of a hermit.

Late Fr. Ferdinand Fanen Ngugban killed by unknown gunmen at St. Paul Parish Ayetwar, Katsina-Ala Local Government of Benue State on Tuesday, March 30. / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Priest, Six Others Killed in Armed Attack at Parish of Nigeria’s Katsina Diocese

A Catholic Priest and six others have been killed in an armed attack at a Parish of Nigeria’s Katsina Diocese, an official of the Diocese has confirmed.

From left, the Bishop-elect of Uganda's Nebbi Diocese, Mons. Raphael p’Mony Wokorach, MCCJ, and the Bishop-elect of Nigeria's Lafia Diocese, Mons. David Ajang. / Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Bishops for Dioceses of Nebbi in Uganda, Lafia in Nigeria

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Raphael p’Mony Wokorach as the Local Ordinary of Uganda’s Nebbi Diocese and Fr. David Ajang as the Bishop of Lafia Diocese in Nigeria.

Late Archbishop Jean-Pierre Tafunga Mbayo of DR Congo's Lubumbashi Archdiocese who succumbed to an illness Wednesday, March 31 in Pretoria, South Africa. / Courtesy Photo

Plans Underway to Return Late Congolese Archbishop to Native Country for Interment

Plans are underway to ship the body of the late Congolese Archbishop who died in South Africa back to his native country for interment.

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Being Vaccinated against COVID-19 Part of “duty to care”: Jesuit Leaders in Africa

Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have, through their leadership, sought to encourage the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program, saying being vaccinated is part of the Christian “duty do care.”

Saint of the day: Today, March 31, We Celebrate Bl. Jane of Toulouse

Blessed Jane lived in the French town of Toulouse during the 13th century. A Carmelite monastery was founded in the same town in 1240 which exposed Jane to the Carmelite lifestyle and spirituality.

Volunteers at Caritas Freetown getting ready to serve victims of the Thursday, March 25 fire at Susan's Bay slum in Freetown in Sierra Leone. / Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Leads 21-Day Feeding Program for Thousands of Sierra Leone’s Fire Victims

Volunteers at Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone are leading teams of other charity organizations in reaching out to thousands of people who were left homeless when fire razed down a huge chunk of a slum outside the country’s capital in the Archdiocese of Freetown.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Leaders in South Sudan Want Ban on Public Worship Lifted During Easter

Leaders of the Catholic Church in South Sudan have reached out to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) requesting to be permitted to lead public worship during the Holy Week and Easter.

The Apostolic Administrator of Kenya's Nairobi Archdiocese, Bishop David Kamau / Archdiocese of Nairobi/Facebook

Amid Public Worship Suspension in Kenya, Bishop Urges Clerics to Foster “message of hope”

The Apostolic Administrator of Kenya’s Nairobi Archdiocese has encouraged members of the Clergy serving in the Metropolitan see to remains sources of encouragement and hope amid public worship suspension in sections of the East African nation.

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola during the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King Tuesday, March 30. / Catholic Diocese of Ndola Facebook

At Chrism Mass, Zambian Bishop Underscores Priests’ Mission to Foster Unity, Peace

At the celebration of the Chrism Mass in Zambia’s Diocese of Ndola, the Bishop has underscored the mission of Priests to foster unity among the people of God under their pastoral care, and to be sources of “peace and serenity.”  

Today, March 30, We Celebrate St. John Climacus

St. John Climacus was born around the year 525 in Palestine. As a youth, he excelled in his studies and was highly regarded by his peers for his knowledge. 

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare standing amidst South Sudanese Catholic women. / Courtesy Photo

In Q&A, Bishop-elect in South Sudan Shares about Planned Episcopal Ordination

Ahead of his episcopal ordination in May, the Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Diocese of Rumbek, Fr. Christian Carlassare, has shared with ACI Africa about the event of his ordination as a Bishop, including the significance of the proposed date and links with his predecessor, Bishop Caesar Mazzolari who passed on in July 2011.

The interior of the Holy Family Cathedral in Kenya's Nairobi Archdiocese. / Public Domain

Kenyan Catholic Activists, Religious Leaders Want Churches Opened for Easter Celebrations

Hope for this year’s Easter celebrations for a section of Kenyans crashed on Sunday, March 28 when their respective places of worship remained closed for a second time in adherence to the presidential directives of last Friday.

Bishop António Juliasse Ferreira Sandramo during the Palm Sunday Mass streamed live on Facebook. / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Expresses Solidarity with Victims of Mozambique’s Palma Attack

A Catholic Bishop has expressed solidarity with the people of God affected by Mozambique’s Palma attack that left dozens of foreigners and locals killed.

Fr. Giovanni Corselli of the Salesians of Don Bosco working in Madagascar / Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesians in Madagascar Battling Poverty, Illiteracy, Witchcraft in Evangelization Mission

Poverty, a retrogressive culture that does not support education as well as lack of exposure to the outside world are some of the factors that stand in the way of evangelization for members of the members of the Religious Institution of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) who are ministering in Ankililoaka, a region covered by the Catholic Diocese of Moramanga, Southwest of Madagascar.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese at the beginning of the Palm Sunday Mass at the Holy Trinity Church in Maitama / Archbishop Ignatius A. Kaigama Facebok

Faith Leaders in Nigeria Cautioned against “religious pettiness, finger-pointing”

Faith leaders in Nigeria have been cautioned against the tendency to engage in inessential matters that create a sense of competitiveness between religions.

Today, March 29, We Celebrate St. Joseph of Arimathea

St. Joseph of Arimathea is a disciple of Jesus Christ who is mentioned in each account of the Passion narrative. After the Passion of the Lord, Joseph, a member of the Jewish council went to Pilate and asked for possession of the body of Jesus. After receiving this permission, Joseph had Jesus laid in a nearby tomb.