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Fr.Joseph Akete Bako. Credit: Father Emmanuel Anyanwu

Mixed Signals as Nigerian Catholic Archdiocese Disputes Abducted Priest Murder Allegations

May 8, 2022

Conflicting reports have emerged describing the fate of a Catholic Priest who was kidnapped in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, with some sources alleging that the Priest has been tortured to death in captivity.    

Today, May 8, We Celebrate St. Peter of Tarantaise, bishop

May 8, 2022

Peter was born near Vienne, France in 1102 and died at Bellevaux, France in 1175. He was canonized in 1191.  

Bishop Joseph Kwaku Afrifah-Agyekum of Ghana's Koforidua Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

“Align catechism to lives of people” amid Challenges in West Africa: RECOWA Vice President

May 7, 2022

The new Vice President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, emphasized the need to align the teaching of the word of God to the daily challenges people face in West Africa.

Yemi Osinbajo, ice President of Nigeria addressing participants at the fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly that opened on Tuesday, May 3 in Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: CSN

Catholic Bishops in West Africa Urged to Build “bridges across every divide”, Foster Peace

May 7, 2022

The President of Nigeria has called upon Catholic Bishops under the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), to “bridges across every divide” in West African nations and foster peace to safeguard the countries therein from fracturing.

Credit: Fr. Rampe Hlobo

Church in Eswatini in Right Direction on “pastoral care for migrants, refugees”: Jesuit

May 7, 2022

Initiatives the Catholic Church in Eswatini is taking to reach out to migrants and refugees in the one-Diocese Southern African nation are steps in the right direction, a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has said.

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria Announce Three-day Prayer for Peaceful Elections in 2023

May 7, 2022

Christian leaders in Nigeria have announced three days of national prayer dedicating the West African nation to peace ahead of the country’s 2023 general elections.

Today, May 7, We Celebrate St. John of Beverley

May 7, 2022

St. John of Beverley was the Bishop of Hexham, and later of York. He was born in Harpham, Yorkshire, and died in Beverley on May 7, 721.

Fr. John Gbemboyo, Social Communication Coordinator at the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC). Credit: ACI Africa

Church in South Sudan Set “to intensify awareness campaigns” about Planned Ecumenical Trip

May 6, 2022

Catholic Bishops in South Sudan have agreed to spearhead campaigns aimed at making the people of God aware of the planned ecumenical visit in their respective Dioceses, a Catholic Priest serving at the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Bishop Alexis Touably Youlo, elected President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) on 5 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa.

Newly Elected RECOWA President Counting “on support of my brothers in the Episcopate”

May 6, 2022

The newly elected President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), has, in an interview with ACI Africa, said he is counting on the support of his brother Bishops as he takes the helm of the body that brings together Catholic Bishops in 16 countries of West Africa.

Fr. Timothy Ngwuta. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Priest of Abakaliki Diocese in Nigeria Released on Bail after Months in Detention

May 6, 2022

The Catholic Priest of Abakaliki Diocese in Nigeria who stands accused of murder, among other acts of violence in the West African country, has been “released on bail”, the Chancellor of the Nigerian Diocese has said.

Bishop Aloysius Fondong Abangalo, ordained Bishop of Cameroon's Mamfe Diocese 5 May 2022. Credit: Mamfe Diocese

Be “apostle of hope” to People: Archbishop in Cameroon to New Bishop at Consecration

May 6, 2022

The newly consecrated Catholic Bishop of Mamfe Diocese in Cameroon has been encouraged to foster the virtue of hope in his Episcopal Ministry among the people of God in the Cameroonian Diocese.

Dieudonne Micomyiza, JCTR Programs Officer in Solwezi, North western Province of Zambia. Credit: JCTR

Zambia Needs “to harness mineral resources” for Sustainability: Jesuit Institute Official

May 6, 2022

Zambia needs to use the mineral resources in the country for sustainable development, an official of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) has said. 

Psoter announcing the May 5 book launch. Credit: Pauline Publications Africa

Newly Launched Book to Redefine Religious Life amid Challenges: Catholic Priest in Kenya

May 6, 2022

A new book on Religious Life seeks to redefine the life of consecrated persons and to prepare them to tackle current challenges in life, a Catholic Priest who provided a review of the book said.

Bishop Willybard Kitogho Lagho of Kenya's Malindi Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Environmental Task Force to Address Farmer-Harder Hostility: Kenyan Catholic Bishop

May 6, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Malindi in Kenya has blamed protracted violence between the farming and cattle-rearing communities in the various regions served by his Episcopal See on effects of climate change and expressed optimism that a new taskforce on the environment will address hostilities in the coastal region.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin of South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese. Credit: Radio Bakhita/Facebook

Catholic Archdiocese in South Sudan to Devote Next Century to “developing” Local Languages

May 6, 2022

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan has said that the Metropolitan See will seek to prioritize the development of local languages in the next one hundred years.

Late Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, the immediate former Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese. He died 5 April 2021 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, at the age of 80. Credit : Courtesy Photo

One Year On, Late South Sudanese Archbishop Remembered as “healer, champion of love”

May 6, 2022

One year after his death, the immediate former Local Ordinary of Juba Archdiocese in South Sudan, Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, has been remembered as a “healer and champion of love”.

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Christian Leaders in Kenyan County Initiate Prayer, Civic Education Forums Ahead of Polls

May 6, 2022

Christian leaders in Kenya’s Embu County have organized a number of meetings aimed at educating voters and praying for the 2022 general elections.     

Today, May 6, We Celebrate St. Evodius of Antioch

May 6, 2022

Evodius was one of the 72 disciples of Christ, and Catholic tradition has always held that he was the first bishop of Antioch after St. Peter. However, we are not sure in what year he assumed the position.

Fr. Felix Zakari Fidson, abducted in Nigeria's Zaria Diocese on 24 March 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Joy, Gratitude as Catholic Priest in Nigeria Released after 40 Days of Abduction

May 5, 2022

The Catholic Diocese of Zaria in Nigeria has announced “with joy” the release of Fr. Felix Zakari Fidson who has been in captivity for forty days.

Credit: Prince Henderson

Catholic Nuns in Africa Urged to Strive for Transparency to Sustain Project Partnerships

May 5, 2022

Catholic Nuns in sub-Saharan African countries who are struggling to sustain their respective Religious Congregations financially have been urged to strive for transparency especially when dealing with partners in projects.