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Today, October 8, We Celebrate St.Thais

Saint Thais was a penitent woman of Egypt in the fourth century. While little is known of her life, she was a sinful woman converted by a monk, perhaps Paphnutius of Thebes, who then lived three years in a narrow cell in most profound penitence.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017./ Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Backs South Africa, India Proposal to Suspend COVID-19 Vaccine Production Barriers

The Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, has maintained the support of the Vatican entity of a call to waive barriers in the production of COVID-19 vaccines as proposed by South Africa and India.

Msgr. Dieudonné Datonou (left) Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and Bishop-elect Hassa Florent Koné of Mali's San Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

New Catholic Bishop for Mali’s San Diocese, Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi Appointed

Pope Francis has, in his latest appointments, named a new Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of San in the West African nation of Mali and his representative in Burundi. 

Map of Nigeria. Credit: Public domain

Clamor for Secession in Nigeria “a problem of bad governance”: Christian Leaders

The push for secession from a section of Nigerians is a manifestation of “bad governance”, representatives of Christian leaders in the West African country have said.

Some members of the IMBISA Standing Committee. Credit: Manzini Diocese

Regional Bishops Pay “solidarity, pastoral visit” to Eswatini after Pro-democracy Protests

Some three months after police in the Kingdom of Eswatini violently suppressed pro-democracy protests, a delegation from the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has started on a five-day “solidarity and pastoral visit” to the country.

Today, October 7, We Celebrate Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th century naval victory which secured Europe against Turkish invasion. 

Officials of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and some of the awardees. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Four Catholic School Teachers in Kenya among Tutors Awarded for Exemplary Work

Four Catholic School teachers in Kenya are among 31 tutors who have been recognized by their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), for their exemplary work in year 2020. 

Logo of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DR Congo. Credit: CENI

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Yet to “reach a consensus” Over Electoral Commission Head

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are yet to reach a consensus over the person to head the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), a Catholic Bishop has said.

Teachers in Maputo, Mozambique, attended technical training as part of collaborative effort. Credit: Salesian Missions

On World Teachers’ Day, Salesians Highlight Programs that Support Teachers in Africa

On the annual World Teachers’ Day marked October 5, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted programs supporting teachers around the globe including Africa.

Today, October 6, We Celebrate St. Bruno, founder

On Oct. 6, the Catholic Church commemorates Saint Bruno of Cologne, founder of the Carthusian order of monks who remain notable for their strictly traditional and austere rule of contemplative life.

Dieudonné Cardinal Nzapalainga during the press conference in CAR's capital Bangui 5 October 2021. Credit: Archdiocese of Bangui

Vatican Did Not Give Funds “to help victims of mutinies”, Cardinal in CAR Faults Report

Vatican has never sent funds intended to help victims of the 1996/1997 mutinies in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Archbishop of Bangui has sought to clarify, faulting a newspaper report.

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria with President Muhammadu Buhari. Credit: Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Church Entity Decries Nigerian President’s Silence on Killings of Christians

Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has blamed the persistent attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen against innocent Christians in Nigeria on the laxity by the country’s head of state to act to stop the violence.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Flood Victims in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese with Donation

Pope Francis has reached out to the people of God affected by floods in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Malakal with a donation of US$75,000.00.

A screenshot of part of the proceedings at the Subukia National Marian Shrine in Kenya's Ctholic Diocese of Nakuru on Saturday, October 2. Credit: Capuchin Tv

Catholic Bishop in Kenya Invites Prayer for “servant leaders” Ahead of Country’s Elections

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Marsabit Diocese has urged the people of God in Kenya to start praying to get hardworking leaders who will have the people’s interests at heart as campaigns toward August 2022 general elections gain momentum.

Today, October 5, We Celebrate St. Faustina, Virgin

On October 5, the church celebrates the Memorial of St. Mary Faustina Kowalska, virgin.

Fr. Paul Béré, delivering the inaugural lecture of the Sarpong Theological Lecture (STL) organized by the Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI) on 1 October 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Share “richness of our theology”: African Award-winning Priest at Inaugural Lecture

Catholics in Africa and beyond need to share the richness of African theology for a better understanding of this type of Christian theology, an African award-winning Priest has said. 

Logo of Caritas Sierra Leone. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Caritas Sierra Leone Seeking “speedy support to save lives” Following Slum Inferno

The development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in Sierra Leone is calling on the people of God in the West African nation to offer aid to dwellers of Kroo Bay slum on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, whose houses were razed in an inferno last month. 

A mass burial site at Genabe village, in Makurdi- Benue State where over 80 people who were killed following an attack on 1 January 2018 on the village were buried. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Makurdi

This is “ethnic Cleansing”, Catholic Bishop Says of Killings by Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria

The growing attacks reportedly by armed Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria have left villages previously occupied by Christian farmers desolate, a Catholic Bishop has narrated, adding that the attacks suggest “an Ethnic cleansing agenda” in the West African country.

Late Alexandre José Maria Cardinal dos Santos with President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Mozambique’s President Mourns Cardinal Who “stood out for commitment to good of humanity”

The President of Mozambique has eulogized the country’s first Cardinal as a Catholic Church leader who was committed to the welfare of humanity.

Today, October 4, We Celebrate St. Francis of Assisi

On Oct. 4, Roman Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Italian deacon who brought renewal to the Church through his decision to follow Jesus' words as literally as possible.