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Philippe Cardinal Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou Archdiocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Burkinabes “really suffering, still await a strong signal in terms of peace”: Cardinal

May 5, 2022

The military leadership in Burkina Faso needs to do “much” more to address the plight of the people of God in the West African nation who are yet to see “a strong signal in terms of peace”, the Cardinal in the country has said. 

Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi addressing participants during the fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly that started on May 3 in Abuja, Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

End “tribalism, all other forms of division”: Nuncio in Nigeria to Bishops in West Africa

May 5, 2022

The Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria has called on Catholic Church leaders in the 16 West African countries that make up the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) to make every effort to end “tribalism and all other forms of division” that seem to be on the rise in Catholic communities.  

Archbishop-elect Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji addressing participants at the Plenary Assembly of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) on Tuesday, May 3. Credit: CNS

Challenges to Peace in West Africa “demand” Coming Together, Solidarity: Archbishop-elect

May 5, 2022

The challenges to peace in the countries of West Africa require that stakeholders come together “in solidarity as a human family to address them,” the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop-elect Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji has said.

Today, May 5, We Celebrate St. Hilary of Arles

May 5, 2022

On May 5, Catholics celebrate Saint Hilary of Arles, a fifth-century bishop who gave up wealth and privilege in favor of austerity and sacrifice for the sake of the Church.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama addressing participants during the plenary assembly of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA). Credit: CSN

Leaders in West Africa “must use political power” for Good Governance: RECOWA President

May 4, 2022

The President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), the common forum of the Catholic Bishops from 16 West African countries, has called on political leaders in the African region to use their authority to foster good governance, and for the “common good”.

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

Make Schools in Kenya Drug Free for Learners “to excel well”: Catholic Bishop

May 4, 2022

The Catholic Bishop at the helm of the Commission for Education and Religious Education (CERE) in Kenya has called upon learners and the management of schools in the East African country to use all means possible to eradicate drugs from learning institutions in order to improve their academic performance.

Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of South Africa's Klerksdorp Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Africa “not failed State, still intact”, Catholic Bishop Responds to Online Critics

May 4, 2022

South Africa should not be categorized among countries that have disintegrated to the extent that their sovereign governments no longer function as required, a Catholic Bishop in the country said in a recent interview with ACI Africa. 

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Diocese in Eswatini Conducting Home Visits to Boost Participation in Synod

May 4, 2022

The team tasked with facilitating participation in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality in Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini is conducting home visits to the people of God in the Diocese to encourage conversations on the Synod.

Sokorey and her baby boy being discharged from Dollow Referral Health Centre. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Identifies African Nation with “one of highest maternal mortality rates”

May 4, 2022

The leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, has said that Somalia, a country in the Horn of Africa, is among top countries with more women dying from births or pregnancy complications in the world.

Today, May 4, We Celebrate St. Pelagia

May 4, 2022

Pelagia (originally Margarita) was born as the beautiful daughter of pagan parents, and was said to have caught the eye of the Emperor Diocletian's son. 

Today, May 4, We Celebrate English Carthusian Martyrs

May 4, 2022

These 18 Carthusian monks were put to death in England under King Henry VIII between 1535-1540 for maintaining their allegiance to the Pope.

Cover page of the book titled, “Embrace difference: The journey of an African mother with her autistic son”. Credit: Courtesy Photo

In New Book, Author Shares Her “journey as African mother, living with autistic child”

May 3, 2022

The recently published book, “Embrace difference: The journey of an African mother with her autistic son”, is about personal experiences of living with a child with autism, the author of the 10-chapter book told ACI Africa in a recent interview.

Fr. Innocent Akum Wefon pushing a wheelbarrow in his kitchen garden at St. Raphael Archangel Parish of the Catholic Archdiocese of Douala. Credit: 3650 Plastics At 10

Inside Catholic Priest’s Kitchen Garden of Plastics Cleaning Streets in Cameroon

May 3, 2022

Fr. Innocent Akum Wefon’s kitchen garden is an alluring collection of bottles of different sizes and colors that enclose spaces in which the Catholic Priest has planted various kinds of vegetables and fruits.

Fr. Banyuzukwabo Laurianus Tuyisabe explains contents of his books on Immigration to Pope Francis on February 26. Credit: Fr. Banyuzukwabo Laurianus Tuyisabe

Congolese Priest’s New Books Detail Religious Leaders’ Role in Illegal Immigration

May 3, 2022

Religious leaders are using their influence to entice young people into travelling abroad in search of “greener pastures” unaware of the dangers of illegal immigration, a Congolese Catholic Priest has said in his two books that detail the experiences of African migrants.

Screengrab of Fr. Bonginkosi Dennis Xulu making a present at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Credit: International Center for Law and Religion Studies Youtube Channel

In New Book, South African Catholic Priest Advocates for “Ubuntu, justice under the tree”

May 3, 2022

A Catholic Priest in South Africa is, in his new book, advocating for traditional methods of resolving conflicts in what he has described as “justice under the tree”.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Archbishop Urges Youth to Promote “peace, togetherness” in South Sudanese State

May 3, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has urged young people in the country’s Eastern Equatoria State to promote peace and togetherness amid reported cases of violent conflicts. 

Today, May 3, We Celebrate Sts. Philip and James the Less, Apostles

May 3, 2022

Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee and was one of the 12 Apostles that Jesus called.

Screengrab of Archbishop Hubertus van Megen during the Diamond Jubilee of the Brothers of St. Joseph, Saturday, 30 April 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

75 Years of Brothers of St. Joseph in Kenya Occasion to “look back at beginnings”: Nuncio

May 2, 2022

The Diamond Jubilee of the Brothers of St. Joseph, the first indigenous Religious Congregation of men in Kenya that is under the Archdiocese of Nyeri, provides an occasion to look back at the humble beginnings of the Catholic institution whose cardinal obligation is to “respond to the needy and oppressed people”, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya said.

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Ireland transferred to the Czech Republic. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Nigerian-born Apostolic Nuncio to Succeed Former Nuncio in Kenya, South Sudan in Czech

May 2, 2022

Pope Francis has transferred Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Ireland to the Czech Republic where he is to succeed Archbishop Charles Daniel Balvo.

Screengrab of Archbishop Anthony Muheria during the funeral of Late President Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki on Saturday, 30 April 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Late Kenya’s Third President Eulogized as Humble Leader with “respect for sacred places”

May 2, 2022

The late third President of Kenya, Emilio Stanley Mwai Kibaki, was a humble leader with notable “respect for sacred places”, Archbishop Anthony Muheria said Saturday, April 30 during the Funeral Mass of the former Head of State who died on April 21 at the age of 90.