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President William Samoei Ruto at a press briefing in at State House in Kenya

“I concede”: Kenya’s President Withdraws Finance Bill 2024 after Youth-led Protests, Outcry against Police Brutality

Jun 26, 2024

A day after previously peaceful Generation Z (Gen Z)-led protests against the controversial proposed Finance Bill 2024 in Kenya turned violent with Kenyan police seen opening fire on protesters in scenes that attracted widespread condemnation, President William Samoei Ruto has conceded, and said he will not assent to the Bill.

Archbishop Inácio Saúre of Mozambique’s Catholic Archdiocese Nampula during the 22 June 2024 Priestly Ordination. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese Nampula

Newly Ordained Catholic Priests in Mozambique Called Upon to “also strive for their own sanctification”

Jun 26, 2024

Archbishop Inácio Saúre of Mozambique’s Catholic Archdiocese Nampula has called upon the two Deacons he ordained Priests to pay attention to their personal holiness even as they help others become holy during their Priestly ministry.

“I leave with many memories”: Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana

Jun 26, 2024

Archbishop Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński, who is leaving Ghana after close to four years as the representative of the Holy Father in the West African nation has said he had good and memorable experiences in the country.

A woman sits before the Blessed Sacrament at All Saints parish in Bamenda, Cameroon, in one of several chapels of perpetual adoration that have been built or expanded in the archdiocese amid the country’s ongoing “Anglophone” civil war. (photo: Collins Suh / EWTN Africa)

War and Adoration: Why Eucharistic Devotion Is Surging Amid Cameroon’s Devastating Civil Conflict

Jun 26, 2024

When Catholics across the world go to Eucharistic adoration, they typically pray for the health and well-being of their friends and families, an increase in virtue, and to know God’s will for their life.

Bishop Willybard Lagho of Malindi Catholic Diocese reading a statement of the Interreligious Council of Kenya (IRCK) on Kenya's Controversial Finance Bill. Credit: IRCK Facebook page

“We support them fully”: Kenya’s Religious Leaders on Gen Z-led “peaceful” Protests against Finance Bill 2024

Jun 26, 2024

Religious leaders in Kenya have expressed their support for the ongoing Generation Z (Gen Z)-led protests against the controversial proposed Finance Bill 2024, calling for the withdrawal of the Bill which they say  has “punitive tax measures.”

Today, June 26, We Celebrate St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer

Jun 26, 2024

On June 26, the Catholic Church commemorates the life of Saint Josemaría Escrivá, priest and founder of The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)

Kenya’s Catholic Bishops Condemn “in strongest terms” Police Brutality, Killings as Anti-Tax Protests Rock Major Cities

Jun 25, 2024

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)  have strongly condemned the killing of a section of protesters, who took to the streets in major Kenyan cities and townships to oppose the country’s controversial proposed Finance Bill 2024.

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA). Credit: LANOCA

Lack of Patriotism, Unequal Resource Distribution, Nepotism among “blindness” Manifestations in CAR: Catholic Bishops

Jun 25, 2024

The Central African Republic (CAR) is ailing from multiple conditions that have left the country reeling in life-threatening deficiencies, Catholic Bishops in the country have lamented.

Bishop Vicente Sanombo, presented to the people of God in the as the new Bishop of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Kwito-Bié. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

“Don't forget the poor, sick, immigrants”: Catholic Archbishop to Newly Ordained Bishop in Angola

Jun 25, 2024

Bishop Vicente Sanombo, the newly Consecrated Local Ordinary of Angola’s Catholic Diocese of Kwito-Bié, has been called upon to reach out to the needy in society, including the sick and immigrants and all victims of bad governance during his Episcopal Ministry. 

Fire incident at the headquarters of Christ Embassy church in Nigeria. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Sokoto

“Be strengthened, assured of our prayers”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria in Solidarity with Pastor after Church Inferno

Jun 25, 2024

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Catholic Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has expressed his solidarity with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome and members of the Christ Embassy church, following a fire incident at the headquarters of their church premises on Sunday, June 23.

Fr. Justine Dyikuk at the June 1 launch of his book 'Me and my Rosary' in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: Fr. Justine Dyikuk

“A spiritual treasure”: Reviewers on Nigerian Catholic Priest's Book Promoting Rosary Devotion

Jun 25, 2024

Fr. Justine John Dyikuk’s book, “Me and My Rosary”, has been lauded by various Catholic Church leaders in Africa and in the UK, where it was launched early this month as “a spiritual treasure” that adds to the Theology of the Catholic Church and an invitation to conversion.

Today, June 25, We Celebrate St. William of Vercelli

Jun 25, 2024

William was born in 11th-century Italy to a noble family. He was orphaned as an infant and raised by relatives. At the young age of 14, he made a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and decided to devote his life to God as a hermit.

Members of the Youth Serving Christ (YSC) of Holy Family Minor Basilica of Kenya’s  Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) reading their message on Sunday 23 June 2024. Credit: Capuchin TV

Catholic Youths in Kenyan Archdiocese Join Gen Z-led Protests against “the enemy”, Finance Bill 2024, Appeal for Prayers

Jun 24, 2024

Members of the Youth Serving Christ (YSC) of Holy Family Minor Basilica of Kenya’s  Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) have made public their active involvement in the Generation Z (Gen Z)-led protests against the controversial proposed Finance Bill 2024.

Fr. Justine Dyikuk at the June 1 launch of his book 'Me and my Rosary' in Glasgow, Scotland. Credit: Fr. Justine Dyikuk

Testimony of Conversion Behind Nigerian Catholic Priest’s Book Promoting The Rosary

Jun 24, 2024

Five years ago, Fr. Justine John Dyikuk promised himself to always pray the 20 decades of the Holy Rosary every day for the rest of his life. This was after experiencing what the Nigerian Catholic Priest describes as a divine encounter that changed his life for good. 

Bishop Thulani Victor Mbuyisa of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Kokstad

“Special”: South African Catholic Bishop on Transparency Conference in Rome

Jun 24, 2024

Bishop Thulani Victor Mbuyisa of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Kokstad, a participant in the June 16-22 workshop on Transparency and Accountability in the Catholic Church in Rome, has described the convention as “special”.

John Cardinal Onaiyekan

“Silence is complicity”: Nigerian Cardinal Encourages Catholic Church Leaders to “speak out against injustice”

Jun 24, 2024

John Cardinal Onaiyekan has encouraged Catholic Church leaders in the West African nation of Nigeria to speak out against injustices in the country.

Today, June 24, We Celebrate The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Jun 24, 2024

John the Baptist spent his adult life preparing the way for Jesus, and proclaiming that “the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.”. He was born to Zachary and Elizabeth, an elderly married couple. The Angel Gabriel had visited Zachary and told him that his wife would bear a child, even though she was already past the child-bearing age.

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Congolese Theologian Advocates for Formal Education of Women in Church, Creation of “spaces for them to be empowered”

Jun 23, 2024

A female Theologian from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is advocating for formal education of women if they have to actively participate in the decision-making processes of the Church like their male counterparts in “higher positions in the Church”.  

How Nigerian Catholic Nun is Fighting Early Marriage in “Yes to what empowers you, No to what enslaves you” Campaign

Jun 23, 2024

Sr. Bernadette Duru is spearheading the safeguarding of the girlchild in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Shendam against early marriage.

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Christians in Egypt Embark on Construction of Churches as Persecution Ebbs

Jun 23, 2024

Church projects that had been halted in Egypt when the Northern African nation was dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood are being resumed as Christians in the country begin to enjoy some measure of freedom.