Today, July 14, We Celebrate St. Kateri Tekakwitha

On July 14, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized. Known as the "Lily of the Mohawks," Kateri lived a life of holiness and virtue, despite obstacles and opposition within her tribe.

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada of Nigeria's Maiduguri Diocese who escaped from his abductors 8 July 2021/Credit: St. Paul Catholic Buma Parish / St. Paul Catholic Buma Parish

Nigerian Catholic Priest Who Escaped Nine-day Captivity “responding well to medication”

The member of the Clergy of Maiduguri Diocese who had been abducted June 30 and freed nine days later is “generally responding well to medication,” a Clergy of the Nigerian Diocese has told ACI Africa in an interview.

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South Africa’s Riots Spark People’s Deep-seated Anger: Catholic Peace Entity

The ongoing violence in South Africa that started with riots following the jailing of the country’s former President Jacob Zuma has very little to do with the former President, the leadership of an international Catholic peace entity has told ACI Africa, adding that people are expelling their anger after many years of suffering.

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Prayer Appeal for Catholic Nun Kidnapped in DR Congo on Her Way to the Market

Members of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Resurrection who are working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have asked for prayers for one of their members who has been missing for five days and is feared to have been kidnapped.

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Christian Human Rights Body Calls for Urgent Intervention in Nigeria’s Attacks, Abductions

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has condemned the rise in attacks and abductions in Nigeria and called on authorities in the West Africa country to act fast to stop the attacks and rescue those who have already been kidnapped.

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Late Congolese Cardinal was "a man of justice, peace, and unity": Pope Francis

Pope Francis paid tribute on Tuesday to the late Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, describing him as “a man of justice, peace, and unity.”

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Faith Leaders Condemn South Africa’s Violence, Say “this is totally unacceptable”

The leadership of KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) has, in a statement, condemned the ongoing violence in the South African Province saying the destruction of property witnessed during protests is “totally unacceptable.”

Pope Francis blesses a child in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 13, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis Visits Children on Oncology Ward of Rome Hospital

Pope Francis on Tuesday met with children on the oncology ward of the Rome hospital where he is recovering after colon surgery.

Pope Francis greets staff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 11, 2021/ Vatican Media /

Vatican: Pope Francis ‘continuing planned treatment’ on 10th Day in Hospital

On the pope’s 10th day in the hospital following intestinal surgery, the Vatican said that Pope Francis’ ongoing medical treatment would allow him to “return to the Vatican as soon as possible.”

Today, July 13, We Celebrate St. Henry II

On July 13, the Catholic Church celebrates the memory of St. Henry II, a German king who led and defended Europe's Holy Roman Empire at the beginning of the first millennium.

Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya of the Democratic Republic of Congo who died 11 July 2021 aged 81/ Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa /

Late Congolese Cardinal Eulogized as a Champion of Justice, Civil Rights for Marginalized

Catholic Church leaders and government officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have eulogized the Archbishop emeritus of Kinshasa, Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya, as a champion of justice and civil rights of the marginalized in the Central African nation and beyond.

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, the Franciscan religious sister abducted in Mali in February 2017. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) /

Colombian Nun Abducted in Mali Appeals for “a great deal of prayers” in Latest Message

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, a Colombian Catholic Nun who has remained in captivity for the last four years following her abduction in Mali has sent a message to her family in which she appeals for hearty prayers for her safe release.

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Ugandan Youth Urged to Engage Digital Media to Share Encouraging Messages amid COVID-19

A youth leader in Uganda has called on young people in the East African nation to engage digital media to share “messages of hope and encouragement” among themselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of Kenya's Nakuru Diocese. Credit: Courtesy photo /

Catholic Bishop in Kenya Hails Irish-founded Missionary Society for "triple presence"

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya's Nakuru Diocese, Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba, has hailed members of St. Patrick's Missionary Society (SPS) who have ministered in the Kenyan Episcopal See for their instrumental role in evangelization through what he termed “triple presence.”

Pope Francis greets staff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 11, 2021./ Vatican Media /

Pope Francis Will Stay Longer in Hospital, Says Vatican

Pope Francis will stay longer in hospital to recover from a surgery on his colon, the Vatican said on Monday.

Today, Monday, July 12, We Celebrate St. John Gualbert

Born in Florence, Italy, around the year 993, John was born into a noble family, and led a predictably frivolous life as a youth, being concerned only with the pursuit of vain amusements and romantic intrigues.

Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya of the Democratic Republic of Congo who died 11 July 2021 aged 81/ Credit: Courtesy photo / Courtesy photo

Congolese Cardinal Known for Spearheading Democratic Process in DR Congo Dies in France

Laurent Cardinal Monsengwo who has been known for spearheading efforts toward the respect of human rights, freedoms and greater democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has died at the age of 81.

Fr. Lazar Arasu saying Mass at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda/ Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu /

Catholic Missionary Priest Reports Agony of Refugees in Uganda as COVID-19 Bites

Uganda has continued to implement stringent measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 amid a spike in infections and related deaths, a situation that has terribly impacted the wellbeing of refugees who were already struggling to survive in the East African country.

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Catholic Development Agency Reaches Out to Victims of Sexual Violence in DR Congo

The leadership of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), has outlined the entity’s efforts to reach out to victims of sexual assault in the Archdiocese of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to help them overcome past traumatic experiences.

Archbishop Francisco Escalante Molina in procession during the Mass at Our lady of Assumption Cathedral of Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese/ Credit: Archdiocese of Libreville/Facebook /

Outgoing Nuncio in Gabon Urges Church to “urgently” Address Divisions amid Tribalism

The outgoing Apostolic Nuncio in Gabon has called upon the people of God in the Central African nation to “urgently” address the challenge of tribalism that seems to be behind divisions, blocking an authentic “exchange of charisms, faith experiences.”