Pope Francis waves to the crowds at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept 2, 2015./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Seek Renewal amid “declining numbers and aging”: Pope Francis to Friars Minor

Pope Francis urged members of the Order of Friars Minor on Saturday to seek renewal as they face “the challenges of declining numbers and aging.”

Today, July 17, We Celebrate St. Leo IV

The universal Church celebrates the life of St. Leo IV on July 17. Both a Roman and the son of Radoald, Leo was unanimously elected to succeed Sergius II as Pope. 

Today, July 17, We Celebrate Servant of God Francis Garces and Companions

A contemporary of the American Revolution and of Blessed Junipero Serra, Francisco Garcés was born in 1738 in Spain, where he joined the Franciscans.

Late Bishop Caesar Mazzolari of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese who died on 16 July 2011. Credit: Diocese of Rumbek /

Catholic Church in South Sudan Remembers Bishop Who Devoted Life to Country’s Peace

One of Bishop Caesar Mazzolari’s biggest promises while he served the people of God in South Sudan was to never leave the country that was plunged in chaos until there was peace and some form of stability.

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Widely Reported Attacks on Niger’s Villages “not only directed at Christians”: Archbishop

The recent attacks on two villages of a Catholic Parish in Niger that have received wide coverage claimed the lives of both Catholic Christians and Muslims, an Archbishop in the West African nation has told ACI Africa.

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Catholic Nun Abducted on Her Way to the Market in DR Congo Set Free

The Catholic Nun belonging to the Daughters of the Resurrection in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who was kidnapped on her way to the market has been set free, the Pontifical Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) United Kingdom, has reported.

Christ the King Parish Fuli Kom in Cameroon's Bamenda Archdiocese. Credit: Christ the King Parish Fuli-Kom/Facebook /

Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese to Offer “serious reparation prayers” after Desecrations

Members of the Clergy, Religious and the Laity of Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese have been invited to take part in “serious reparation prayers” following the desecration of two Parish churches in the Archdiocese. 

Breaking: Pope Francis Issues Restrictions on Extraordinary Form Masses of Roman Rite

Pope Francis issued a motu proprio on Friday restricting Masses celebrated in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.

Today, July 16, We Celebrate Our Lady of Mount Carmel

On July 16 the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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Catholic Bishops in Kenya Call for Closeness with Grandparents ahead of Maiden Celebration

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have expressed the need for younger members of society to build relationships with their grandparents and other elderly people who they describe as an “indispensable” gift to humanity.

The Official logo of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). Credit: JCAM /

Persuade Germany to Waive Exclusive COVID-19 Vaccine Production: African Jesuit to U.S.

A member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa has called on President of the U.S., Joe Biden, to use the July 15 meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to persuade her to support the waiver of patent rights on the production of COVID-19 vaccines. 

Contrary to Earlier Reports of Being Freed, Catholic Priest in Mali Gains “real” Freedom

Fr. Léon Dougnon who had been reportedly freed a couple of days after his abduction in Mali last month, only gained his freedom earlier this week, a Priest in the West African country has confirmed.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Nigeria’s Government “either helpless or uninterested” in Addressing Insecurity: Bishop

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has told the U.S. Congress that the failure of the Federal Government of Nigeria to address insecurity in the West African nation is either due to helplessness of disinterestedness.

South Sudanese refugees queue to receive water at a refugee camp near Kosti, Sudan, June 2017./ Aid to the Church in Need. /

From Child Soldier to Catholic Priest: South Sudanese Cleric Who Lives to "give hope"

A Catholic priest is returning to the land where he was once abducted to “give hope to those who have lost hope.”

Today, July 15, We Celebrate St. Bonaventure

Today, July 15, marks the feast day of St. Bonaventure, who is called “The Seraphic Doctor” of the Church. St. Bonaventure is known for his leadership of the Franciscans and his great intellectual contributions to theology and philosophy.

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Call for Shift from Violence Mindset to Dialogue

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed concern over the growing tendency of South Africans to resort to violence whenever they need any social, political or economic issue addressed by those in leadership.

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UK-Based Religious Entity Lauds UN Directives to End Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has welcomed the adoption of a number of resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) aimed at ending human rights abuses that have been widely reported in Ethiopia.

Archbishop-elect Franklyn Nubuasah of the Catholic Diocese of Gaborone, Botswana who was recently elevated to Archbishop ad personam/ Credit: Courtesy photo /

Newly Appointed “Archbishop ad personam” in Botswana Says Elevation “was a surprise”

The Local Ordinary of Botswana’s Gaborone Diocese has said his last week’s elevation to the rank of an Archbishop “was a surprise.”

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of DRC's Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy photo /

Cardinal in DRC against Bill Restricting Presidency to People with Both Congolese Parents

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has expressed his opposition to a bill that seeks to limit presidential candidates to those who have two Congolese parents.

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican July 14 after 11 days in hospital following colon surgery./ Pablo Esparza/CNA. /

Pope Francis Discharged from Hospital, Returns to Vatican Residence after Surgery

Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on Wednesday after spending 11 days in a Rome hospital to recover from colon surgery.