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Fr. Hans Joachim Lohre. Credit: ACN Deutschland.

German Catholic Missionary Priest Released after 12 Months of Captivity in Mali

Nov 27, 2023

Fr. Hans-Joachim Lohre, a member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), who was taken away in a kidnapping incident in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on 20 November 2022 has been set free.    

A poster announcing a curfew in Sierra Leone after unidentified individuals broke into the military barracks in the country's capital Freetown

Churches Remain Closed in Sierra Leone amid Sunday Curfew and Fears of Brewing Coup

Nov 27, 2023

Gloom swept across the entire nation of Sierra Leone on Sunday, November 26 as Churches and other worship centres remained closed following a curfew directive that was issued by the government in response to a security breach that was witnessed in the West African country.

Logo of the National Peace Council (NPC) in Ghana. Credit: NPC

Religious Leaders in Ghana Call for Peace as Violence Sweeps Across the Country

Nov 27, 2023

Members of the National Peace Council (NPC) in Ghana, among them Catholic Bishops, have condemned the rise of violence in at least three regions of the country: Kintampo, in the Bono East Region, Nkwanta in the Oti Region, and Wenchiki in the North-East Region.

Smoke increases after Israeli airstrikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Anas-Mohammed/Shutterstock

“Our staff is helpless”, Caritas MONA Says as Deadly Raids Continue in Israel-Hamas War

Nov 27, 2023

The West Bank remains “a huge prison” where people cannot move to get basic services, and Gaza is reeling in a deep humanitarian crisis, a Caritas official has said, noting that staff of the charity arm of the Church who are based in the two zones are unable to provide any help to those affected by the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe posing with Pope Francis. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe Decry Recalls of Elected Candidates as “new form of violence”

Nov 27, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe have decried what they are terming a “new form” of post-election violence characterized by “recalls of the elected” political candidates in the Southern African nation.  

Today, November 27, We Celebrate St. Francesco Antonio Fasani

Nov 27, 2023

St. Francesco (Francis) Antonio Fasani was born as Giovanneillo in Lucera, Italy in 1681, the son of Giuseppe Fasani and Isabella Della Monaca. He entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1695 and took the names of St. Francis and St. Anthony. 

A session at a Caritas Internationalis training workshop in Nairobi Kenya. Credit: ACI Africa

Church in Africa to Benefit from Caritas Internationalis Strategies to Foster Safeguarding

Nov 26, 2023

Members of Caritas Internationalis (CI) in Africa are set to benefit from a wide range of educational and funding strategies unveiled by the international humanitarian agency to enhance the protection of minors and vulnerable adults on the continent.

Credit: Agenzia Fides

Catholic Missionary Priest in Niger Recognizes Apostolate with Blind as “a privilege”

Nov 26, 2023

A Catholic Missionary Priest ministering in Niger has recognized with satisfaction his apostolate among children living with low vision and blindness, terming his experience “a privilege”.

Bishop Luka Sylvester Gopep. Credit: ACI Africa

Put in Place “enabling mechanism” for Self-Reliance: Bishop to Nigerian Authorities

Nov 26, 2023

There is need for the Nigerian government to plan for ways in which families can cope with life, providing for their day-to-day needs, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said.

Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou of Brazzaville Archdiocese in Congo. Credit: Vatican Media

Pentecostalism Waging “guerrilla warfare" on Catholic Church in C. Brazzaville: Archbishop

Nov 26, 2023

Increasing Pentecostalism in the Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, is causing a kind of “guerrilla warfare" on the Catholic Church by disrupting the faith of many Catholic adherents in the Central African nation, Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou of Brazzaville has said.

Pope Francis and Mons. Paolo Braida during the Sunday Angelus address, Nov. 26 | Vatican Media

Papal Aide Relays Pope Francis’ Remarks at Sunday Angelus While Pope Recovers from Flu

Nov 26, 2023

During this week’s Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis spoke not from the window of the Apostolic Palace but via livestream from Casa Santa Marta.

The famous Banksy’s Armored Dove of Peace, the painting of a peace dove wearing a flak jacket. The dove is painted on a wall near the separation wall between Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) and Israel. Nov. 18, 2023. | Credit: Marinella Bandini

PHOTOS: Christmas Celebrations Canceled in Bethlehem in the Midst of War

Nov 26, 2023

The strands of lights are falling down one after another, forming a kind of curtain of threads in front of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Following the municipality’s decision to suspend Christmas events and remove decorations, workers are busy dismantling the light canopy on Nativity Square and at other locations in the city.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: CEB

Address “soaring prices of basic necessities”: Catholic Bishops in Benin to Government

Nov 26, 2023

There is need for the government of Benin to address the rising cost of living in the West African nation, Catholic Bishops in the country have said. 

Today, November 26, We Celebrate St. Leonard of Port Maurice

Nov 26, 2023

St. Leonard was born on December 20, 1676 in Porto Maurizio, Italy. He was given the name Paul Jerome Casanova by his father, Domenico Casanova, a sea captain, and his mother, Anna Maria Benza.

Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula addressing delegates during the Golden Jubilee of the Pan-African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) in Lagos, Nigeria. Credit: ACI Africa

Three “practical” Ways Church in Africa Can Boost Evangelization Through Media

Nov 25, 2023

Investing in the media, training communication agents, and being innovative as a people of God are three “practical” ways the Church in Africa can realize to boost evangelization through digital culture, Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula has said.

Catholic Youths in Cape Verde at the World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: Diocese of Santiago

Plans Underway for National Jubilee Year of Catholic Youth Official Launch in Cape Verde

Nov 25, 2023

Plans are underway for the official launch of the National Jubilee Year of Catholic Youth in Cape Verde.

Bishop António Francisco Jaca of Benguela Diocese in Angola. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Catholic Bishop in Angola Challenges African Leaders to Contribute to “improving life”

Nov 25, 2023

A Catholic Bishop in Angola has weighed in on the November 22-24 Third Edition of the Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace, also known as Luanda Biennial, challenging African leaders in attendance to take action that contribute to “improving life” on the continent.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama giving his speech at the 11th Convocation Ceremony of Godfrey Okoye University on Saturday, 18 November 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese.

Nigerian Catholic University “a good setting for cross-fertilization of ideas”: Archbishop

Nov 25, 2023

Godfrey Okoye University (GOUNI), a Catholic institution of higher learning under the auspices of Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese, is facilitating the sharing of ideas among students and faculty drawn from “most” Nigerian States, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said. 

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21, 2021. | Credit: Vatican Media

Christ the King: Pope Pius XI’s Hope for "lasting peace among the nations"

Nov 25, 2023

The feast of Christ the King is a relatively recent addition to the Church’s liturgical calendar but a powerful reminder to the modern world that Jesus reigns.

Today, November 25, We Celebrate St. Catherine of Alexandria

Nov 25, 2023

Catholics and other Christians around the world celebrate today, Nov. 25, the memorial of St. Catherine of Alexandria, a revered martyr of the fourth century.