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Fr. Innocent Maganya. Credit: Fr. Innocent Maganya

Kenya's Christians in Week of Unity Prayer with Call “not to discriminate against anybody”

Jan 20, 2023

The Catholic Priest at the helm of the International Ecumenical Movement - Kenya Chapter (IEM-K) has, in his message for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU), called on followers of Christ in the East African nation to shun all forms of discrimination. 

Pope Francis greets pilgrims near the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Fatima apparitions on May 12, 2017. | LUSA Press Agency

Pope Francis: World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon Will Open Horizons, Hearts

Jan 20, 2023

World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, will open horizons and hearts, Pope Francis said in a video message to the young adults who will attend the international gathering in August.

Pope Francis on retreat at the Casa Divin Maestro retreat center in Ariccia, Italy, in March 2017. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis to do Private Lenten Retreat in 2023

Jan 20, 2023

Like the two years’ prior, Pope Francis and the Roman Curia will again do the Vatican’s annual Lenten retreat on an individual basis.

The faithful venerate a relic of Blessed Rosario Livatino at the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro, Italy, Jan. 20, 2023. | Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Blood-stained Shirt of Beatified Judge Killed by Mafia Displayed in Rome

Jan 20, 2023

The shirt worn by Blessed Rosario Livatino when he was murdered by the Mafia in Sicily in 1990 was displayed in churches and government buildings in Rome this week.

Permanent Voters Card (PVC). Credit: INEC

Nigeria’s Elections “a long-awaited opportunity to democratically choose leaders”: Bishops

Jan 20, 2023

Next month’s general elections in Nigeria offer the electorate “a long-awaited opportunity” to have a new crop of democratically elected leaders, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have said. 

Today we celebrate St. Sebastian, patron saint of archers, soldiers and athletes

Jan 20, 2023

Sebastian was the son of a wealthy Roman family. He was educated in Milan and became an officer of the imperial Roman army, and Captain of the Guard. 

Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka. Credit: SACBC

South Africa Being Ruled by Mafia, “government appears to be powerless”: Catholic Bishop

Jan 19, 2023

Criminal gangs and mafias have taken control of South Africa and are wreaking havoc against innocent civilians, the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin of Juba Archdiocese during the January 18 Press Conference. Credit: CRN

Catholic Archbishop in South Sudan Hopes Ecumenical Visit to “touch hearts of politicians”

Jan 19, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has expressed optimism that the planned ecumenical visit to the country early next month will “touch the hearts of politicians” to seek peace.

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

In Synodal Process, Catholics in West African Want “Church to redefine her values”

Jan 19, 2023

A section of Catholics in West Africa who have actively participated in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is advocating for the redefinition of Church values, the leadership of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) has said. 

Fr. Peter Konteh, Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/Facebook

Catholic Priest Decries Rampant Use of Illicit “kush” ahead of Elections in Sierra Leone

Jan 19, 2023

The use of a cheap and dangerous drug known as kush has become widespread among the youth in Sierra Leone, a situation that a Catholic Priest in the West African country finds alarming.

Pope Benedict XVI | Paul Badde/EWTN

In New Book, the Late Benedict XVI Defends Christianity Against Claims of Intolerance

Jan 19, 2023

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has posthumously defended Christianity against claims of intolerance “in the name of tolerance.”

Blandine, the only female mason in her class, life changed by Don Bosco center in Bukavu. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Giving Women Opportunity for “viable, empowering career path”

Jan 19, 2023

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are reaching out to women, giving them an opportunity for “a viable and empowering career path” in an initiative being realized at Don Bosco Technical School in the country’s Bukavu Archdiocese.

Bishop Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta of South Sudan's Torit Diocese. Credit: Radio Bakhita

Newly Ordained Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Calls for “forgiveness, appreciation”

Jan 19, 2023

The newly Consecrated Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Torit Diocese has called on the people of God in the East-Central African nation to foster the spirit of pardon and appreciation of each other in view of realizing lasting peace in the country.  

Pope Francis meets a Buddhist delegation from Cambodia on Jan. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Discusses "ecological conversion" with Buddhist Monks from Cambodia

Jan 19, 2023

Pope Francis spoke with Buddhist monks from Cambodia on Thursday about the need for “ecological conversion.”

The sainthood causes of Father Miguel Costa y Llobera (1854–1922) and Sister Maria Margherita Diomira of the Incarnate Word (1651–1657) were advanced by Pope Francis on Jan. 19, 2023. | Credit: Montanyes Regalades, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons and P. Projaing, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Meet the Six Newest Venerable Servants of God in the Catholic Church

Jan 19, 2023

Pope Francis declared six Catholics as venerable servants of God on Thursday, moving them each one step closer to canonization.

Today, January 19, We Celebrate St. Canutus, King of Denmark

Jan 19, 2023

Saint Canutus, King of Denmark,  succeeded his elder brother Harold on the throne of Denmark in the year 1080. He began his reign by a successful war against the enemies of the state, and by planting the faith in the conquered provinces.

Pope Francis prays at the general audience, Oct. 19, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

“Join me in praying for Fr. Isaac Achi,” Pope Francis’ Appeal for Murdered Nigerian Priest

Jan 18, 2023

Pope Francis has invoked prayers for the soul of Fr. Isaac Achi, the Nigerian Catholic Priest who was murdered on Sunday, January 15 following an attack on Sts. Peter and Paul Kaffin Koro Parish of Minna Diocese in Nigeria. 

Screengrab from the offending social media video. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Extreme brutality”: Catholic Peace Entity on Burning of Bodies in Mozambique

Jan 18, 2023

The Catholic humanitarian foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has described a video that depicts soldiers burning bodies in Mozambique as an extreme level of brutality.

Archbishop Dabula Anthony Mpako. Credit: SACBC

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urged to Endeavor to “advance” Evangelization Mission

Jan 18, 2023

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) gathering for their Plenary Assembly at St. John Vianney National Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa have been urged to endeavor to “advance the mission of evangelization” in their deliberations.

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Nigeria (CMSN) with some Catholic Bishops. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Major Superiors in Nigeria Urge State to “be proactive in ameliorating sufferings"

Jan 18, 2023

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Nigeria (CMSN) have called on the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to “be proactive” in addressing to the challenges of the people of God in the West African country and secure the nation.