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Bishop Michael Cornelius Odiwa and religious leaders after Holy mass. Credit: Homabay Diocese

Christian Unity “must be understood to be another aspect of prayer”: Bishop in Kenya

Jan 25, 2023

The unity of the followers of Jesus Christ is “another aspect of prayer” and needs to be understood as such, Bishop Michael Cornelius Odiwa of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay has said.

Pope Francis, seated in a wheelchair, greets a child during the pope's general audience at the Vatican on Jan. 25, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Says Intestinal Problems Have "returned", also Professes, "I’m in good health

Jan 25, 2023

Pope Francis has revealed a recurrence of the intestinal ailment that has plagued him in recent years while also professing to be in good health for his age.

Pope Francis speaking at the general audience at the Vatican, Dec. 21, 2022. | Vatican Media

"Being homosexual is not a crime," Pope Francis Reiterates in New Interview

Jan 25, 2023

Pope Francis has reiterated that homosexuality is “not a crime” in a new interview published Wednesday.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict embrace each other at the Vatican's Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, June 30, 2015. | L'Osservatore Romano.

"I lost a dad": Pope Francis Speaks About Losing Benedict XVI

Jan 25, 2023

In a new interview published Wednesday, Pope Francis said the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meant he had lost a “good companion” and a father figure. 

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his general audience in Paul VI Hall on Jan. 25, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Unpacks Jesus’ Good News: "Today this scripture has been fulfilled"

Jan 25, 2023

Pope Francis told Christians Wednesday that if they want to understand Jesus they should pay close attention to the “good news” he brings in his sermon in the Nazareth synagogue when he says he is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s Old Testament prophecy.

Pope Francis meets with the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations on Jan. 25, 2023, at the Vatican. | Credit: Vatican Media

Ukrainian Interfaith Group’s Efforts a "concrete testimony of peace," Pope Francis Says

Jan 25, 2023

Meeting with an interfaith group representing Ukrainian churches and religious organizations today in Rome, Pope Francis expressed his support, calling their efforts a “concrete testimony of peace in a country suffering from war.”

Today, January 25, is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul

Jan 25, 2023

The great apostle was a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin. He surpassed all his peers in zeal for the Jewish law and their traditions, which he thought to be the cause of God, became one of the most fierce enemies and persecutors of Christians. He was one of the conspirators in the martyrdom of St. Stephen.

Patrick Muyaya Katembwe during the January 23 press conference. Credit: CENCO

Papal Visit “expression of compassion, solidarity with Congolese people”: State Official

Jan 24, 2023

The planned Papal visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) set to begin at the end of this month is an expression of Pope Francis’ thoughtfulness and solidarity with the people of God in the Central African nation, the Minister in charge of Communication and Media in the country has said.

Newly Consecrated Local Ordinary of Kitale Diocese in Kenya, Bishop Henry Juma Odonya. Credit: Moses Mpuria/Sheshi Visual Arts

Church “wants strong commitment from you”: Nuncio in Kenya to New Bishop

Jan 24, 2023

The Catholic Church expects “strong commitment” from the newly Ordained Bishop for Kenya’s Kitale Diocese, the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya has said. 

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Comboni Postulant in DR Congo Hospitalized with Leg Injury after Mai-Mai Rebel Attack

Jan 24, 2023

A Postulant of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is admitted in hospital with gun injuries on his leg following an attack allegedly by Mai-Mai Kata Katanga rebels.

Fr. Isaac Achi, a Nigerian Catholic priest, was murdered in Niger State on 15 January 2023. | Diocese of Minna

Insecurity in Nigeria “has lasted for too long”: Priest at Funeral Mass of Colleague

Jan 24, 2023

Insecurity in Nigeria has persisted for far too long, a Priest in the West African nation has lamented during the Funeral Mass of Fr. Isaac Achi, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who was murdered when Sts. Peter and Paul Kaffin Koro Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Minna was attacked on January 15 

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address on Jan. 22, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Amid Polarization in Church, We are Called to Speak Truth with Charity

Jan 24, 2023

Pope Francis has urged Christians to “speak the truth and to do so with charity” amid polarization and divisions within the Church.

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“Defeated destinies”: Catholic Priest in Niger on Experiences of Migrants Returning Home

Jan 24, 2023

Migrants transiting through Niger after failing to make it from home undergo numerous challenges, including feelings of defeat and shame, a Catholic Priest in the West African country who interacts with the returnees on a daily basis has said.

In Madagascar, youth receive an education as part of the comprehensive support provided at a Salesian-run center. Credit: Salesian Missions

On World Education Day, Salesians Highlight Initiatives for Africa’s Vulnerable Youth

Jan 24, 2023

On the annual event of the International Day of Education (IDE) marked January 24, the leadership of the U.S-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has highlighted educational initiatives for vulnerable youth across the globe, including Africa.

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix during his general audience on Oct. 26, 2022. | Vatican Media

Millions Still Suffer from Leprosy. Here’s Pope Francis’ Message About It

Jan 24, 2023

Pope Francis is calling on Catholics and people worldwide to remember those suffering from leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, ahead of World Leprosy Day.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama during Holy Mass at St. Michael’s Parish, Kagini of Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Archbishop Decries Religious Fanaticism in Nigeria, Says Priests Killed Barbarically

Jan 24, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria has decried the increasing division in the country, noting that Catholic Priests are being killed “in the most barbaric manner” owing to what he describes as “religious fanaticism and ethnic bigotry” in the West African nation.

Today is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Patron Saint of Writers and Christian Unity

Jan 24, 2023

Jan. 24 marks the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of writers and Christian unity whose role as a priest and bishop helped bring thousands of Protestants back to the Catholic Church.

Fr. Michael Mithamo King’ori during the January 14 Ordination Mass. Credit: Nyeri Archdiocese

“Grace saw me through”, First Blind Catholic Priest in Kenya on Adjusting to Sight Loss

Jan 23, 2023

Fr. Michael Mithamo King’ori has already celebrated six Masses in the Archdiocese of Nyeri in Kenya where he was ordained a Catholic Priest on January 14. 

Thulani Maseko. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop, Peace Entity Condemn Murder of Human Rights Activist in Eswatini

Jan 23, 2023

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini and the Catholic humanitarian foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), have in separate statements condemned the murder of Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer and reportedly an “influential opponent” in the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Newly named President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., Montserrat (Montse) Alvarado. Credit: Courtesy EWTN News

Catholic Leader, Religious Liberty Advocate Named EWTN News President, C.O. Officer

Jan 23, 2023

A Catholic leader, a religious liberty advocate, and a news show anchor has been named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of EWTN News, Inc., the news division of the of EWTN Global Catholic Network.