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A member of the Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate and collaborators providing healthcare assistance to a little child / ACI Africa

Catholic Nuns in South Sudan Providing Skills-training in IDP Rehabilitation Programs

In an effort to provide Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with opportunities and skills that are efficient, adequate and acceptable for socioeconomic environment, Catholic Nuns in South Sudan are providing rehabilitation and community reintegration programs for those living in camps in the country.

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg, Germany, makes his announcement on March 18, 2021 / YouTube screenshot /

German Catholic Archbishop Offers to Resign from Office after Abuse Report Findings

A German archbishop has announced that he is offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all duties.

Today, March 18, We Celebrate St. Cyril of Jerusalem

On March 18, the Roman Catholic Church honors St. Cyril of Jerusalem, a fourth-century bishop and Doctor of the Church whose writings are still regarded as masterful expressions of Christian faith.

Late President John Pombe Magufuli who died Wednesday, March 17 from heart illness at Mzena hospital in Dar es Salaam / Courtesy Photo

Tanzanian Government Announces Death of President after Weeks of Unexplained Absence

Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli whose absence from the public eye had raised questions and speculations is dead, the government announced Wednesday, March 17. 

Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) Chairman Dr. Stephen Kimotho Karanja / Dr. Stephen Kimotho Karanja

Kenya’s Catholic Doctors Maintain Stance against COVID Vaccine, Say Mean Well for Africa

Members of the Kenya Catholic Doctors’ Association (KCDA) have maintained their strong opposition to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination in the East African nation, saying their caution against the coronavirus vaccine means well for the people in the country and in other African countries seeking to administer the vaccine.

Vatican flag and the logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) /

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Hail Holy See’s Clarification on Same-Sex Unions

Christian leaders in the West African nation of Nigeria have hailed Holy See’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for clarifying that the Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions, terming the move “godly and timely.”

A woman at an IDP camp in Cabo Delgado / Vatican Media

Increased Minors’ Beheadings in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Raises Fear of Childhood Trauma

Children as young as 11 years old are being murdered in Mozambique’s embattled Province of Cabo Delgado, an international charity organization that deals with minors has said, expressing fear that the ongoing tragedy will leave a permanent mark on the children in the country.

Poster announcing the Prayer Service to Seek God's intervention against Homosexuality in Ghana / Courtesy Photo

Ecumenical Service in Ghana to Seek God’s Intervention against Homosexual Tendencies

Christian leaders in the West African nation of Ghana have organized an ecumenical prayer service on Sunday, March 21 aimed at seeking God's intervention against homosexual tendencies, an official involved in organizing the event has told ACI Africa.  

Logo of the Council of Religions (CoR) in Mauritius. / Port Louis Diocese

“Endangering lives by gathering not an act of worship”: Religious Leaders in Mauritius

In the wake of a surge in reported cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius, religious leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation have underscored the need to adhere to government guidelines prohibiting gatherings.

Today, March 17, We Celebrate St. Patrick of Ireland

On March 17, Catholics celebrate St. Patrick, the fifth century bishop and patron of Ireland, whose life of holiness set the example for many of the Church's future saints.

An image of Bata following the March 7 explosions / Courtesy Photo

Bishops in Africa Express Solidarity with Equatorial Guinea Following Recent Tragic Blasts

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have expressed solidarity with the people of God in Equatorial Guinea following the March 7 series of blasts that resulted in the loss of at least 107 human lives and more than 600 injured people in the country’s Diocese of Bata. 

A flyer announcing a training of teachers, lecturers, professors and seminary lecturers by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Nairobi /

Salesians to Equip Kenyan Teachers with Skills for Future in Pioneer Training Program

There is a need to prepare learners for the rapidly changing learning space, the leadership of the Kenya-based Don Bosco Youth Educational Services (DBYES) has said while launching an initiative aimed to retrain teachers in the East African country.

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has sued the government over the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020  that seeks to allow the authorities to control church operations. / Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Sue Government over Law Seeking to Control Churches

Christian leaders in Nigeria have sued the government over the controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 that seeks to allow the authorities to control church operations.

SDB members, Missionaries of Charity and Salesian Sisters in Adwa area of Tigray making bread for the displaced people in the region. / Agenzia Info Salesiana (ANS)

“Number of displaced still increasing every day”: Salesians in Ethiopia amid Tigray Crisis

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Ethiopia have, in a report, highlighted the situation in the Northernmost region of the country, Tigray, where, they say, the number of displaced people is rising daily amid continued fighting.

A detail from Joseph with the Child and the Flowering Rod, by Alonso Miguel de Tovar (1678–1752). / Public Domain.

Leadership of Cameroon’s Buea Diocese Issues Guidelines for Year of St. Joseph

The leadership of Cameroon’s Buea Diocese has issued pastoral orientations to guide the people of God in the Episcopal See in marking the Year dedicated to St. Joseph.

Fr. Gregor Schmidt, a Comboni Missionary in South Sudan's Malakal Diocese / Comboni Missionaries

How South Sudan’s Vacant Dioceses Hindered Catholic Bishops’ Role in Achieving Peace

The Catholic Church in South Sudan has had a unique credibility and moral authority throughout the civil wars when there were no functional government institutions, a Comboni Missionary Cleric in the country has said.

Screencapture of participants during the March 15 webinar organized by Global Compact on Education on Peace and Citizenship /

“Together for New Africa” Initiative Ideal for All Nations, Schools: Panelists at Webinar

“Together for a New Africa” (T4NA), an initiative of New Humanity, an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) active in over 100 countries, has been presented as a model of education, ideal for all nations of the world as well as learning institutions. 

UN Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz / United Nations Human Rights

UN’s Report on Transgender Ideology Cause for Concern for Bishops in Kenya, Ethiopia

Catholic Bishops in Kenya and Ethiopia have raised concerns over the contents of a United Nations’ (UN) report that seems to advocate for the controversial transgender ideology.

John Cardinal Njue during the celebration of his Thanksgiving Mass at St. Mary’s School in the Archdiocese of Nairobi / Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN)

Kenya’s Cardinal Lauded as “loving Father” at Eucharistic Celebration in His Honor

At the Eucharistic celebration in honor of John Cardinal Njue over the weekend, members of the Clergy, Religious, and the Laity have lauded the 77-year-old Prelate who retired earlier this year as a “loving Father.”

Logo of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC). / Justice and Peace Department/ Facebook

Bishops in Southern Africa “deeply shocked” by Killing of Bystander During Protests

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed their shock following the police killing of a bystander amid students’ protests at a local university mid last week.