Protesters at a Profamily event in Kenya.  Credit: Courtesy Photo

Don’t Legalize Same-sex Unions: Malawi’s Christian Leaders to Judges ahead of Ruling

May 22, 2023

Church leaders in Malawi are calling on the country’s High Court in Blantyre to rule against same-sex unions.

Logo Signis Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

On World Communications Day, SIGNIS Africa Urges “connectedness, universal Ubuntu”

May 22, 2023

Adopting the spirit of “Ubuntu”, which is defined by the sense of belonging and the connectedness between people, can go a long way in resolving challenges in relationships across the globe, the leadership of the African region of the World Catholic Association for Communication, SIGNIS Africa, has said.

Today, May 22, We Celebrate St. Rita of Cascia

May 22, 2023

On May 22, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Rita of Cascia, who the late John Paul II called “a disciple of the Crucified One” and an “expert in suffering.”

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyèse Badejo, President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) and Local ordinary of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Catholic Bishop Urges Media Practitioners in Africa to “promote family cohesion, harmony”

May 21, 2023

On the occasion of the 57th World Communications Day (WCD) 2023 marked Sunday, May 21, the leadership of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has called on Christian media practitioners on the continent to foster “family cohesion and harmony” in their professional practice.

A victim of Boko Haram in Nigeria's Borno State. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Held by Boko Haram for Nine Years, Victim Seeks Help at Catholic Trauma Healing Center

May 21, 2023

About a month ago, Susan Swa escaped Kangarwa, an Island on Lake Chad where Boko Haram militants had held her captive for nine years.

Daughters of St. Paul Superiors in Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, flanked by the Delegate Superior, Sr. Rosemary Mwaiwa (in white scuff). Credit: Daughters of St. Paul, Nairobi

How Daughters of St. Paul in Eastern Africa are Bouncing Back from COVID-19 Plunge

May 21, 2023

Members of the Pious Society of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP – Daughters of St. Paul) in Tanzania were journeying with five Aspirants when COVID-19 broke out in 2020, bringing vocations outreach activities of FSP members in the Eastern Africa region to a sudden halt.

Fr. Jude Kingsley Maduka, kidnapped from Nigeria’s Okigwe Diocese on 19 May 2023. Credit: Okigwe Diocese

Prayer Appeal for “safe, sound” Release of Nigerian Catholic Parish Priest Abducted Friday

May 21, 2023

Prayers are being sought for the “safe and sound” release of Fr. Jude Kingsley Maduka, the Nigerian Catholic Priest abducted on May 19 from Nigeria’s Okigwe Diocese.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis on G7 Summit: Nuclear Deterrence Offers "only an illusion of peace"

May 21, 2023

In a letter marking the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, Pope Francis asserted that the mere possession of nuclear weapons creates “a climate of fear and suspicion” and offers “only an illusion of peace.”  

Pope Francis delivers his Regina Caeli address on May 21, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "We must not get used to war!"

May 21, 2023

One week after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Pope Francis urged that “we must not get used to war” as he prayed for peace in Ukraine and Sudan.

Saint of the day: Today, May 21 We Celebrate St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions

May 21, 2023

“Long live Christ the King and the Virgin of Guadalupe!”

Sister Beta Almendra, a Portuguese Comboni nun living in Wau. Credit: ACN

Catholic Diocese in South Sudan Raising Funds to Support War Victims in Sudan

May 20, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Wau in South Sudan is preparing to send a special collection to Khartoum, Sudan, to support people who continue to be affected by the ongoing war that broke out on April 15.

Hon. Thomas Tayebwa addressing journalists during the 57th World Communications Day (WCD) that was held at St. Mary’s Lubaga Cathedral of Kampala Archdiocese. Credit: Uganda Catholics Online

Catholic Communicators in Uganda Urged to Use Communication Tools to “build bridges”

May 20, 2023

The Deputy Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament has urged Catholic communicators to use social communication tools to “build bridges” and foster unity among the people of God in the East African nation.

“Evangelization a matter of communication”: Cardinal on Communications Week in Nigeria

May 20, 2023

Communication and evangelization are intimately connected, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said in his Tuesday, May 16 Message on the occasion of this year’s ongoing Communications Week (COMWEEK), an initiative of Catholic Bishops in Nigeria.

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Christian Entity Condemns “intentional attacks” on Worship Centers in Sudan amid Fighting

May 20, 2023

Christians Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, has condemned “intentional attacks” on worship centers in Sudan since fighting between the  Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out on April 15.

Statue of Virgin Mary in Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina. | Gnuckx via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Alleged Marian Apparitions the Subject of New Vatican Observatory

May 20, 2023

An institution has been formed in Rome to study alleged Marian apparitions and other supernatural phenomena in the Catholic Church.

Canonization Mass for St. Artemide Zatti and St. Giovanni Battista Scalabrini on Oct. 9, 2022. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Approves Beatification of Priest Martyred in World War II

May 20, 2023

Pope Francis on Saturday approved the beatification of a young Italian priest martyred by Nazis during World War II, and advanced the beatification causes of eight other men and women.

Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi, archbishop of Bologna, was made a cardinal during the consistory of Oct. 5, 2019. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican: Italian Cardinal Entrusted with Ukraine Peace Mission

May 20, 2023

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi has been asked by Pope Francis to head a peace mission between Russia and Ukraine on behalf of the Vatican, the Holy See press office director said Saturday.

Today, May 20, We Celebrate St. Bernardine of Siena

May 20, 2023

The Catholic Church honors St. Bernardine of Siena on May 20. A Franciscan friar and preacher, St. Bernardine is known as “the Apostle of Italy” for his efforts to revive the country's Catholic faith during the 15th century.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen blesses the Holy Trinity Catholic Cathedral ground in Kenya's Homa Bay Diocese. Credit: Fr. Joshua Mege/Arise Communications Network

Groundbreaking for New Cathedral in Kenyan Diocese “a gracious milestone”: Local Ordinary

May 19, 2023

The groundbreaking for the construction of a new Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Homa Bay in Kenya is “a gracious milestone”, the Local Ordinary of the 30-year-old Kenyan Diocese has said.

The headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) in DRC. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Transparency in Funding among Electoral Reforms Church Leaders in DRC Want Implemented

May 19, 2023

Transparency in the disbursement of funds is one of the electoral reforms that church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) want implemented ahead of general elections scheduled to take place in December this year.