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Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) during the opening Mass of the SACBC Plenary Assembly in January 2023. Credit: SACBC

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Decry Rooted Racial Division in Parishes

Jan 31, 2023

Racial divisions are still evident in the Church in South Africa, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said, decrying the failure of some Catholics in South Africa to embrace their diverse races and cultures.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama blesses a lady after Holy Mass on 29 January 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Good news”: Archbishop on Nigeria Having Highest Proportion of Catholics Attending Mass

Jan 31, 2023

Data showing Nigeria as the country with the highest proportion of Catholics attending Holy Mass across the globe is “good news” and a break from negative news, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

Today we celebrate St, John Bosco, patron saint of young people

Jan 31, 2023

On Jan. 31, the Roman Catholic Church honors St. John Bosco (or “Don Bosco”), a 19th century Italian priest who reached out to young people to remedy their lack of education, opportunities, and faith.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, 29 January 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Asks for Prayers Ahead of Apostolic Journey to DR Congo, South Sudan

Jan 30, 2023

Pope Francis is seeking prayerful solidarity as he prepares to embark on his third Apostolic trip to sub-Saharan Africa, beginning from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday, January 31, and then South Sudan from Friday, February 3. 

Papal dais ready for Holy Mass on Wednesday, February 1 at Ndolo Airport. Credit: ACI Africa

Venue for Papal Public Mass in DR Congo at “final touches”: Congolese Official

Jan 30, 2023

Ndolo Airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the venue for the Papal public Mass during the first leg of Pope Francis’ two-African-nation Apostolic journey, is almost ready, the technical Coordinator has said.

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. Vatican Media

“A historic visit”: Archbishop of Canterbury on Ecumenical Trip to South Sudan

Jan 30, 2023

The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said the planned ecumenical visit to be undertaken alongside Pope Francis and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields later this week is “historic”.

“Barbaric, inhuman, unacceptable”: Catholic Bishops in Cameroon on Murdered Journalist

Jan 30, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Cameroon have described the alleged assassination of a radio journalist in the Central African nation as a “barbaric, inhuman and unacceptable act” and urged the government to “shed light” on his abduction and eventual death.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg, (left) and Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Synod organizers Tell Continental Assemblies not to "impose an agenda" on Discussions

Jan 30, 2023

Cardinals organizing the Synod on Synodality have written a letter to all of the world’s bishops sharing urgent considerations for the Continental Assemblies, seven of which are set to take place by the end of March.

Professor Richard Solomon Musa Tarfa, the co-founder of the Du Merci orphanages for vulnerable children in Kano and Kaduna states, Nigeria. Credit: CSW

Christian Human Rights Group Wants “reparations” for Acquitted Nigerian Professor

Jan 30, 2023

Human rights foundation, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), has expressed relief following the release of a Christian Professor who was accused of forging certificates to start a foundation that takes care of homeless children in Nigeria’s Kaduna State.

Participants at a Saturday, January 28 girls' conference in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Caritas Freetown Official Calls for Renewed Fight against FGM in Sierra Leone

Jan 30, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has called for renewed awareness of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a rampant practice in the West African country that he says is denying young girls opportunities in life.

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Benin Catholic Bishops Condole with Road Accident Victims, Express “spiritual closeness”

Jan 30, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Benin have condoled with victims of the tragic road accident that reportedly killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more on Sunday, January 29.

Archbishop Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin (right) and Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria Currency Redesign “not interesting”, “causing untold hardship”: Catholic Prelates

Jan 29, 2023

Two Catholic Prelates in Nigeria have, on separate occasions, lamented the ongoing process of redesigning Nigeria’s currency, the Naira.

A group of school girls receiving the sacraments of baptism and confirmation in Onitsha, Anambra, Nigeria, on May 30, 2022. / Shutterstock

Globally, Nigeria, Kenya Have Highest Proportion of Catholics Attending Mass: CARA Report

Jan 29, 2023

A compilation of new data by researchers at Georgetown University sheds light on the countries around the world that have the highest Mass attendance numbers. 

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen. Credit: KCCB

Deepen Relationship with God “step by step, patiently”: Nuncio in Kenya to Seminarians

Jan 29, 2023

Strive to deepen your personal relationship with God in steps, exercising patience, the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has told Major Seminarians in the East African nation.

Bishop Raphael Mweempwa and Daughters of St. Paul who participated in the inauguration of their new residence and Catholic Bookshop in Lusaka Zambia on 25 January 2023. Credit: Paulines Publications Africa

Pauline Sisters Lauded as Source of Inspiration, for “expanding” Apostolate in Zambia

Jan 29, 2023

Members of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) have been lauded for “expanding” their apostolate of evangelization with the means of communication in the Southern African country of Zambia.

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Ecumenical Visit to South Sudan “an opportunity that God has given us once in life”

Jan 28, 2023

The planned ecumenical visit to South Sudan to be undertaken by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields next week is a “once in life” opportunity from God for the realization of unity in South Sudan, a Catholic Priest involved in the preparations for the February 3-5 trip has said. 

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Elections Could Offer Nigerians “new lease of life”, Bishops Say, Urge Mass Voting

Jan 28, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Lagos Ecclesiastical Province are calling on Nigeria’s to turn up in their numbers during the February 25 general elections, saying the polls are an opportunity for Nigerians to turn a new leaf. 

Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Zimbabwe Christian Leaders Lament “surge in systematic political violence, repression”

Jan 28, 2023

A surge in what is described as “systematic political violence, repression” and “arbitrary arrests” are among concerns that Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are raising. 

Fr. Samuel Abe. Credit: ACI Africa

Planned Papal Encounter with IDPs in South Sudan “sign of solidarity”: Catholic Priest

Jan 28, 2023

The meeting of the Holy Father with the internally displaced persons (IDPs) when he visits South Sudan next week alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, is a “sign of solidarity” with those suffering, a Catholic Priest involved in the preparations of the visit has told ACI Africa.

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 18, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Clarifies Comments on sin and Homosexuality

Jan 28, 2023

Pope Francis has written a letter to clarify his comments on sin and homosexuality from a recent interview with the Associated Press.