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Participants in the 2020-2025 strategic plan review of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan on 27 February 2024. Credit: Ginaba Lino/South Sudan

South Sudan’s “volatile security situation” Impeding Strategic Church Programs: Cardinal

Feb 28, 2024

Security challenges in parts of South Sudan are impeding the implementation of activities outlined in the strategic plan of the Commission for Justice and Peace (CJP) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, the Local Ordinary of the country’s only Metropolitan See has said.

Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson, Archbishop José Avelino Bettencourt, Archbishop Samuel Kleda and the five priests ordained on 24 February. Credit: ACI Africa

Ghanaian Vatican Official Urges New Priests in Cameroon to “cultivate” Eucharistic Spirit

Feb 28, 2024

The Chancellor of the Roman Curia, Ghanaian-born Peter Kodwo Appiah Cardinal Turkson, has called upon the five newly ordained Priests for the Catholic Archdiocese of Douala in Cameroon to nurture the spirit of the Holy Eucharist in  their Priestly ministry.

Pilgrims praying at the Shrine of Our Lady of Yagma in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Credit: ACN

Weekend of Gloom as Catholics Killed in Burkina Faso, Monks Abducted in Ethiopia

Feb 27, 2024

Christians in multiple countries experienced what has been described as “a dark weekend” of persecution towards Sunday, February 25, with dozens of killings occurring in Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) pose with President Lazarus Chakwera. Credit: ECM

Malawi Government Acknowledges Receipt of Catholic Bishops’ Criticism “with appreciation”

Feb 27, 2024

The Government of Malawi has acknowledged receipt of the pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops in the country faulting it for failing Malawians in a spirit of thankfulness and understanding.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

“Having sleepless nights”: Archbishop in Sierra Leone Concerned about Empty Confessionals

Feb 27, 2024

The Archbishop of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has raised concern about the people’s growing lack of interest in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in his Metropolitan See, saying that the trend is giving him sleepless nights.

Archbishop Abel Liluala of the Catholic Archdiocese of Pointe-Noire. Credit: Archdiocese of Pointe-Noire

Nuncio Urges New Archbishop in Congo Brazzaville to Be “animated by a deep spirituality”

Feb 27, 2024

The representative of the Holy Father in the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo Brazzaville, has called upon the newly Consecrated Bishop for the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Pointe-Noire to strive to manifest “a deep spirituality” in his Episcopal Ministry. 

Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba of the Catholic Archdiocese of Saurimo in Angola. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Archbishop Decries “inhuman” Trends in Angolan Society, Urges Compassion

Feb 27, 2024

Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba of the Catholic Archdiocese of Saurimo in Angola has bemoaned the fostering of “inhuman” tendencies in the Southern African nation.

Members of Caritas Angola. Credit: Radio Maria Angola

National Solidarity Week in Angola: Caritas Reaching Out to “people in need”

Feb 27, 2024

Caritas Angola, the development and humanitarian arm of the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (CEAST), has launched the 2024 National Solidarity Week with calls on the people of God in the Southern African nation to support the needy in their midst. 

Credit: Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast

Lay Catholic Entity in Ivory Coast Urges “greater humanity” in Forceful Evictions

Feb 27, 2024

Members of Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast, who are part of the Rome-based Lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, are urging authorities in the West African nation to demonstrate care for humanity in the process of evicting citizens from high risk zones.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo of Kinshasa Archdiocese in the Democratic republic of Congo (DRC). Credit: Kinshasa Archdiocese

Cardinal Ambongo Decries “shameless predation” of DR Congo’s Resources by Neighbours

Feb 27, 2024

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has condemned countries that neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for working in cahoots with multinationals to rob the country of its natural resources.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). Credit: ECM

Government Has Led Malawians to “Bagamayo”, Not the “promised land”: Catholic Bishops

Feb 26, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Malawi have faulted the President Lazarus Chakwera-led Tonse Government for letting down citizens of the Southern African nation, getting them to a situation of misery and desperation, without any hope of decent living instead of the “promised land” promised during the political campaigns ahead of the 2020 general elections.

Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience on Nov. 15, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis “following with concern” Rise in Abductions in Nigeria, Violence in DR Congo

Feb 26, 2024

Pope Francis is concerned about the rise in the frequency of abductions in Nigeria and violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

Nigeria’s High Cost of Living “imposes on us a compulsory fast”: Catholic Archbishop

Feb 26, 2024

The high cost of living in general and the “exorbitant cost” of foodstuff in particular has subjected the people of God in Nigeria to “a compulsory fast”, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the country’s Abuja Archdiocese has said.

Late Bishop Jesús Tirso Blanco. Credit: Lwena Diocese

Late Bishop of Lwena Diocese in Angola Ministered “with great generosity”: Successor

Feb 26, 2024

Bishop Jesús Tirso Blanco, who died on 22 February 2022 at the age of 64 has been remembered for serving the people of God under his care in Angola’s Lwena Diocese “with great generosity” despite many challenges.

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Catholic Bishops Urge Malawians to Participate in 2025 Polls “actively and wisely”

Feb 26, 2024

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are calling upon the electorate in the Southern African nation to play an active role in the country’s general elections scheduled for next year. 

Burkina Faso Political Map. Credit: Peter Hermes Furian via Shutterstock

Over a Dozen Killed in Attack on Catholics at Mass in Burkina Faso “died in faith”: Priest

Feb 25, 2024

At least 15 Catholics attending Sunday Mass in Burkina Faso were killed when “terrorists” attacked Essakane village in the country’s Oudalan province, Northeastern region, a jurisdiction of the Catholic Diocese of Dori.  

Bishop António Juliasse Ferreira Sandramo. Credit: ACN

Catholic Bishop in Mozambique Reports of Mass Exodus as Islamists Attack Villages

Feb 25, 2024

The Bishop of Mozambique’s Catholic Diocese of Pemba has reported of an “immense crowd” fleeing in despair as jihadists wreak havoc across villages in the embattled Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.

Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Training of Small Christian Community Leaders among AMECEA “pastoral strategies”: Official

Feb 25, 2024

Capacity building initiatives targeting animators of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) is one of the strategies that members of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have identified in their effort to realize “deeper evangelization” in the region, an official of the nine-nation association has said.  

Bishop George Nkuo of Kumbo Diocese delivering his homily during the Silver Jubilee of Mamfe Diocese at St. Joseph Cathedral. Credit: Mamfe Diocese

25 Years of Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese a “journey of joyful, sorrowful moments”: Bishop

Feb 25, 2024

Bishop George Nkuo has described the last 25 years since the Catholic Diocese of Mamfe in Cameroon was erected as “a journey” characterized with happy and not-so-happy experiences.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

“Act immediately to stem the tide”: Nigeria’s Catholic Bishops to Government on Insecurity

Feb 24, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria are appealing to the country’s government to take immediate action to address the challenge of security in the country.