Today, September 12, We Celebrate Blessed Apollinaris Franco

Sep 12, 2022

Blessed Apollinaris was born in Old Castile, Spain where he joined the Franciscan order.  He was sent to Japan to head the Japanese Franciscan mission in 1614, the year that the new Japanese shogun had instituted a nationwide ban on Christianity and declared being a Christian a capital offense.

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke speaking on the occasion of the thanksgiving Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral of Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network.

Recent Creation of Nigerian Bishop as Cardinal Hailed as “an elevation of local Church”

Sep 11, 2022

The elevation of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese to the rank of Cardinal is a promotion of the local Church, the people of God in Nigeria, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

Nobel Chimenyi. Credit: Nobel Chimenyi/Facebook

Concern as Plight of Pastoral Caregivers Burying the Dead in Cameroonian Crisis Overlooked

Sep 11, 2022

Amid the ongoing killings in the Northwest and Southwest English-speaking regions of Cameroon where bodies are reportedly left strewn on the streets and on river banks, it is those taking care of the dead that are forgotten the most.

Pope Francis speaks at the Angelus address on March 20, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Honors Comboni Nun Killed by Islamist Terrorists in Mozambique

Sep 11, 2022

Pope Francis in his Angelus address on Sunday honored an Italian missionary sister who was killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique.

Archbishop Dabula Anthony Mpako of Pretoria Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

South African Archbishop Lauds Christian Brothers for Instilling “life values” in Learners

Sep 11, 2022

The Archbishop of Pretoria Archdiocese in South Africa has lauded members of the Congregation of Christian Brothers (CFC) for not only imparting academic lessons but also teaching “life values” to those enrolled in their learning institutions.

Pope Francis speaks at the Angelus address on 11 September 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Reach out to a Friend who Needs to Hear that God Loves them

Sep 11, 2022

Pope Francis urged Catholics Sunday to imitate the Lord’s dedicated search “for the lost sheep” by reaching out to friends and family who have drifted away from the faith.

Today, September 11, We Celebrate Saint Jean Gabriel Perboyre

Sep 11, 2022

St. Jean Gabriel was born in Puech, France, on January 6th, 1802, to a pious family of eight children.

In the afternoons and evening, women and girls have the chance to learn to read, write, and calculate in a literacy course run by JRS Chad in Fourkoulom. Credit: JRS

Jesuit Entity’s Literacy Program in Chad Empowering Young Women with Survival Skills

Sep 10, 2022

Dozens of girls and young women in Chad's Fourkoulom IDP camp are benefiting from a literacy program spearheaded by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

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

Oppose Comprehensive Sexuality Education Budgets: Kenyan Bishop to International MPs

Sep 10, 2022

International legislators need to oppose budgets toward “bad education programs” such as Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), which United Nations (UN) agencies and the European Union (EU) present to their respective parliaments, the Catholic Bishop at the helm of the Commission for education has said.

Bishops Robert Mphiwe, Bishop Antanasio Canira and Bishop Joseph Kizito. SACBC/IMBISA Cross Border Conference with CEMIRDE delegation. Lumko  Conference Centre, Benoni, Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: ACI Africa

South African Catholic Bishop Calls for “new pastoral model” in Reaching Out to Migrants

Sep 10, 2022

The Catholic Bishop at the helm of South Africa’s Rustenburg Diocese has called for a “new pastoral model” in assisting migrants in his Episcopal See and in the country.

Formerly detained Father Oliver Opara (left) with Ummi Hassan; Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto (not an abductee); Father Stephen Ojapah; and Hassan Fareed Hassan after the four were released from being held captive by terrorists. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Sokoto

Freed Catholic Priest in Nigeria Recounts Details of His Kidnapping by Insurgents

Sep 10, 2022

Father Stephen Ojapah had fallen fast asleep late on May 25 after an exhausting day of parish work when two men with rifles ordered him to get out of bed and follow them.

Bishop Jean-Pierre Kwambamba Masi of Kenge Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Appeals for Peace, Reconciliation amid Inter-tribal Conflict

Sep 10, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Kenge Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has appealed for peace and reconciliation following violent clashes between members of the Yaka and Teke in the territory covered by his Episcopal See.

Today, September 10, We Celebrate St. Nicholas of Tolentino

Sep 10, 2022

Born in 1246 in Sant' Angelo, Italy, Nicholas became an Augustinian friar at the age of 18 after hearing an Augustinian hermit preach. He was ordained seven years later and quickly gained a reputation as a great preacher and confessor.

Screengrab of Sr. Elena Balatti. Credit: Pax Christi International/Youtube

Humanitarian Needs in South Sudanese States “overwhelming” amid Violence: Catholic Nun

Sep 9, 2022

Humanitarian needs in South Sudan’s Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei States are “overwhelming” due to violent conflicts and general “unrest”, a Catholic Nun serving in the country’s Catholic Diocese of Malakal has said.

Fr. Peter John Pearson. Credit: Sheila Pires

Catholic Priest Bemoans Health Official’s “public dehumanization” of Zimbabwean Patient

Sep 9, 2022

The Priest at the helm of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has criticized the Limpopo Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health for her putting off a patient from Zimbabwe who was scheduled for a surgery at a South African hospital. 

Mother of five, Nurto Abshiro. pictured today in her shelter in Kabasa internally displaced persons camp in Dullow, Gedo Region, southern Somalia. She arrived in the camp three months ago from Elbon village, 115 kms away, as the family had no food due to the drought. Her husband stayed behind to take care of their few remaining livestock. The family are receiving help from Trócaire which is providing critical health and nutrition services to over a quarter of a million people in Gedo. Credit: Miriam Donohoe

Somalia on the Verge of “a major humanitarian catastrophe”: Leadership of Catholic Entity

Sep 9, 2022

Somalia is on the verge of “a major humanitarian catastrophe”, the leadership of the overseas development agency of Ireland, Trόcaire, has said, and called for immediate action to save lives.

Bishop Montfort Stima of Malawi's Mangochi Diocese. Credit: ECM

Laws Legalizing Abortion, Same Sex Tantamount to “legitimizing sins”: Bishop in Malawi

Sep 9, 2022

Having in place laws that make abortion, same sex marriages, and polygamy legal is tantamount to “legitimizing sins”, the Catholic Bishop of Mangochi Diocese in Malawi has said.

Queen Elizabeth II re-opens Borders Railway, Sept. 9, 2015. | Scottish Government via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Bishops from Across the Commonwealth of Nations Pay Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Sep 9, 2022

Catholic officials from Commonwealth countries around the world have expressed their sorrow and offered their prayers in response to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

A Salesian secondary school in Zambia built more classrooms to meet the growing demand for education. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Literacy Day, Salesians Highlight Programs for Vulnerable Youth in Zambia

Sep 9, 2022

On the occasion of the International Literacy Day marked September 8, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their education programs seeking to empower vulnerable youth in Zambia.

Today, September 9, We Celebrate St. Peter Claver

Sep 9, 2022

On Sept. 9, the Catholic Church celebrates St. Peter Claver, a Jesuit missionary who spent his life in the service of African slaves brought against their will to South America during the 17th century.