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Cake cutting session after Episcopal Consecration of Kenyan Bishop. From left: Newly Consecrated Local Ordinary of Kitale Diocese in Kenya, Bishop Henry Juma Odonya, President of Kenya, Dr. William Ruto, Bishop emeritus of Kitale Diocese, Maurice Anthony Crowley. Credit: Moses Mpuria/Sheshi Visual Arts

President of Kenya Hails Pioneer Catholic Bishop of Kitale Diocese as “a giant of faith”

Jan 23, 2023

The President of the Republic of Kenya has hailed Bishop Maurice Anthony Crowley, the first Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Kitale whose retirement was accepted on 4 November 2022, as “a giant of faith”. 

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference in St. Peter’s Square, June 27, 2020. | Deutsche Bischofskonferenz/Matthias Kopp.

German Bishop Dismisses Vatican Concerns Over a Permanent Synodal Council

Jan 23, 2023

On Monday, the president of the German Bishops’ Conference said he welcomed a new letter from the Vatican detailing concerns about the push for a permanent synodal council — a new controlling body of the Church in Germany.

Some participants during the January 17 virtual event. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Synodal Process “a gift from God” to Church in Southern Africa: Catholic Official

Jan 23, 2023

The Director of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) has said that the people of God in the region have welcomed the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality that is at the consultation phase at the level of the continent as “a gift from God”.

Today, January 23, We celebrate St. Ildephonsus, archbishop of Toledo

Jan 23, 2023

St. Ildephonsus was the Archbishop of Toledo, and died 23 January, 667.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

Bishop in South Africa Cautions Priests against Organizing Big Anniversary Celebrations

Jan 22, 2023

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mthatha in South Africa has urged Priests to celebrate their 10 years of Priesthood with modesty and to desist from spending a lot of effort in organizing huge celebrations.

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Strengthen “existing security measures” to Protect Life: Bishops in Nigeria to Government

Jan 22, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province are urging the government to strengthen security measures so as to protect the life and properties of Nigerians.

Logo of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Concerned about Weakness of Conference’s Institutions

Jan 22, 2023

The President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has expressed concern about what he refers to as a weakness of the institutions of the three-nation conference, noting that most of them have died and that the remaining one is in a “precarious” condition.

The IMF logo is seen outside the headquarters building in Washington. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Zambia’s Civil Societies Want IMF to Provide “detailed information” on Debt Restructuring

Jan 22, 2023

Officials of the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Debt Alliance are hoping that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will use the visit of its Managing Director to Zambia “to provide some detailed information” about the country’s debt restructuring process.

Pope Francis confers the ministry of catechist in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Confers Lay Ministries Upon 10 People in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 22, 2023

Pope Francis formally conferred the ministries of lector and catechist upon four men and six women from the Philippines, Mexico, Congo, Italy, and the U.K. on Sunday at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.  

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

Pope Francis: To Stay with Jesus Requires the Courage to Leave our Sins

Jan 22, 2023

In his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis said that following Jesus requires the courage to leave behind the sins that are holding us back.

Today, January 22, we celebrate Saint Vincent, patron of vinegar-makers and wine-makers

Jan 22, 2023

St. Vincent was Deacon of Saragossa, and a martyr under Diocletian in 304. This most renowned martyr of Spain is represented in the dalmatic of a deacon, and has as emblems a cross, a raven, a grate, or a fire-pile.

Fr. Marcelo Fonseca Oliveira. Credit: ACN

Terrorists in DR Congo Forcing Villagers to Flee Wealthy Homes: Catholic Missionary Priest

Jan 21, 2023

Terrorists operating in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are attacking wealthy homes and forcing inhabitants to flee, a Catholic Missionary Priest in the Central African country has said. 

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Load Shedding to “have negative impact on most vulnerable”: Jesuit Scholars in Zambia

Jan 21, 2023

The shutdown of electric power for hours in Zambia will have a negative effect on vulnerable Zambians and small business enterprises in the Southern African nation, officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) have said.

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

Synod on Synodality “great moment of ecclesial communion”: Catholic Bishops in CAR

Jan 21, 2023

The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality offer an opportunity for “ecclesial communion” among the people of God in the Central African Republic (CAR),  Catholic Bishops in the country have said.

Risen from the Ashes: Theology as Autobiography in Post-genocide Rwanda by Fr. Marcel Uwineza. Credit: Pauline Publications Africa

In New Book, Rwandan Priest Recounts Genocide Experience, Says Forgiveness “is a miracle”

Jan 21, 2023

Fr. Marcel Uwineza was only 14 years old when he witnessed the painful experience of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He saw his father, mother, two brothers, and a sister murdered during the civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus.

Pope Francis meets participants in an international training course for liturgical celebrations in Catholic dioceses on Jan. 20, 2023 | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: In the Mass, Prioritize Awe Over Aesthetics

Jan 21, 2023

Pope Francis on Friday encouraged diocesan leaders to prioritize awe, evangelization, and silence before mere aesthetics in liturgical celebrations like the Mass.

Today, January 21, we celebrate virgin and martyr St. Agnes

Jan 21, 2023

On Jan. 21, the Roman Catholic Church honors the virgin and martyr St. Agnes, who suffered death for her consecration to Christ.

Fr. Cola Emmanuel Lubamba. Credit: Courtesy Photo

A 700-Person Choir to Animate Public Papal Mass in Kinshasa, DR Congo

Jan 20, 2023

In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, the first stop of Pope Francis’ two-nation visit to Africa, a 700-person choir is expected to animate the Public Papal Mass scheduled for Wednesday, February 1 at Ndolo Airport, the Choir Master has said.

Some victims of the attack at the hospital in Agan and Makurdi, Benue State Nigeria. Credit:  Fr. Moses Aondover Iorapuu

“The images of attack are horrifying”: Priest on Attack on Catholics in Nigerian Diocese

Jan 20, 2023

At least 11 people, most of them Catholics, were killed when alleged Fulani herdsmen attacked a village around Abagena camp of internally displaced persons (IDP) in Nigeria’s Makurdi Diocese on the night of Thursday, January 19, a Catholic Priest has told ACI Africa in an interview.

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Ethiopia’s Tigray Region Still “hell on earth” Despite Peace Agreement: Catholic Bishop

Jan 20, 2023

The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region has not improved, two months after the signing of an agreement to restore peace in the embattled region, the Catholic Bishop of Adigrat in Ethiopia has said.