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Provincial Superior of Consolata Missionaries in Kenya, Uganda Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Isiolo Diocese in Kenya

May 4, 2024

Mons. Peter Munguti Makau, the Provincial Superior of the Consolata Missionaries (IMC) in Kenya and Uganda, has been appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Isiolo in Kenya.

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Newly Ordained Deacons in Angola’s Mbanza Congo Diocese Urged to “be very attentive to the needs of all”

May 4, 2024

Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku of the Catholic Diocese of Mbanza Congo in Angola  has called upon the five Deacons he ordained in his Episcopal See to prioritize the needy in the community during their Diaconate and Priestly ministry. 

Mother Marla Marie stands on the front porch of the sisters’ Mother of the Light convent in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. / Credit: Joe Bukuras/CNA

From the Washington Post to the Maronite Convent: Meet Mother Marla Marie

May 4, 2024

“I wanted to be a journalist to spread the truth,” Mother Marla said of her time at the Washington Post. “But I just felt like this was against my faith.”

Today, May 4, We Celebrate St. Pelagia

May 4, 2024

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, 2024

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

“Be serious in the business of forming leaders”: Bishop to Faculty of Newly Chartered Catholic University in Kenya

May 3, 2024

Faculty members of Tangaza University (TU), the newly chartered Kenya-based institution of higher learning that is jointly owned by some 22 Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (ICLSAL), have to be keen on helping students overcome the temptation of aping others as “followers”.

Auxiliary Bishop Appointed Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Ahiara Catholic Diocese

May 3, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi, who has been serving as Auxiliary Bishop of the Apostolic Administrator “sede vacante” of Nigeria’s Ahiara Diocese as the Local Ordinary of the same Episcopal See.

Members of the catholic Men Association in Malawi's Catholic Archdiocese of  Blantyre. Credit: Episcopal Conference of Malawi

“Be good husbands”: Archbishop in Malawi Urges Catholic Men to Model Their Lives after St. Joseph the Worker

May 3, 2024

Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of Malawi’s Catholic Archdiocese of  Blantyre has called upon members of the Catholic Men Association (CMA) in his Metropolitan See to seek inspiration from St. Joseph, the Worker, and be “good husbands”.

Vicar Delegate in Madagascar’s Maintirano Diocese Appointed Catholic Bishop for Same Episcopal See

May 3, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Clément Herizo Rakotoasimbola, who has been serving as Vicar Delegate of the Apostolic Administrator “sede vacante” of Maintirano Diocese in Madagascar as the Local Ordinary of the same Episcopal See.

Martyred by the Nazis, Dutch St. Titus Brandsma was a journalist who gave his life so that the truths of the faith would not be silenced. / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

World Press Freedom: The Prayer of a Holy Journalist Before Dying for Freedom of Catholic Press

May 3, 2024

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated every May 3, drawing attention to the importance of free and independent news media.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (left) and Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior (right) during the 25 April 2024 press conference. Credit: ACI Africa

Church in Africa Acts on Synod on Synodality Call to “theological, pastoral discernment” on Polygamy, Creates Commission

May 3, 2024

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has responded to the call of the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discern pastoral care towards persons in polygamous unions.

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

May 3, 2024

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

President William Ruto (right) and the Vice Chancellor of Tangaza University (TU), Fr. Prof. Patrick Mwania holding the logo of the institution. Credit: State House Kenya/Institute of Social Communication - Tangaza University

Jointly Owned Catholic University in Kenya Granted Charter, Urged to “promote access to affordable, quality education”

May 2, 2024

Tangaza University (TU), the Kenya-based institution of higher learning that is jointly owned by some 22 Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (ICLSAL), has become a fully fledged university, after Kenya’s President, William Ruto, granted it the Charter on Thursday, May 2. 

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo confirmed President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM). Credit: ACI Africa

Clergy, Laity in DR Congo Condemn Judicial Enquiry against Cardinal Ambongo as “shameful initiative”

May 2, 2024

The move to subject Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo to a judicial enquiry is a “shameful initiative”, the Clergy and Laity in the Central African nation have said. 

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Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Directs Four-day “organized prayer” for Safety of Missing Priest, Driver

May 2, 2024

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura Yambio (CDTY) has directed Parishes and other institutions in his Episcopal See to have “organized prayer” for four days for the intention of the safety of Fr. Luke Yugue and his driver, Michael Gbeko.

Archbishop Luzizila Kiala of Malanje Archdiocese in Angola. Credit: Malanje Archdiocese

Let’s “defend, love our Church with pride”: Catholic Archbishop in Angola

May 2, 2024

Archbishop Luzizila Kiala of the Catholic Archdiocese of Malanje in Angola has called upon the people of God in his Metropolitan See to speak favourably of the Catholic Church as members, loving her “with pride”.

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Caxito. Credit: Caxito Diocese

Catholic Bishop in Angola Advocates for Parishes Magazines to Enlighten Local Communities

May 2, 2024

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Caxito is advocating for Parish-based magazines, aimed at enlightening community members on current affairs. 

Today, May 2, We Celebrate St. Athanasius, doctor of the Church

May 2, 2024

Catholics honor St. Athanasius on May 2. The fourth century bishop is known as “the father of orthodoxy” for his absolute dedication to the doctrine of Christ's divinity.

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on 15 November 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses “spiritual closeness” to Kenyans as Flash Floods Cause Dozens of Deaths, Widespread Destruction

May 1, 2024

Pope Francis is in spiritual solidarity with the people of God in Kenya, where heavy rainfall has caused flash floods, dozens of deaths, and widespread destruction of property.

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International Labor Day: Catholic Bishop in Cameroon Recognizes Pastoral Agents’ “hard work, sacrifices”

May 1, 2024

On the occasion of the annual celebration of the International Labor Day commemorated May 1, Bishop Michael Miabesue Bibi of Cameroon’s Buea Diocese has recognized with “gratitude and appreciation” the sacrificial efforts pastoral workers make in serving the people of God in his Episcopal See.