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Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, the South African member of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood Sisters who was recently appointed to the Commission for Methodology of the 2023 Synod of Bishops. Credit: Fr. Paul Tatu, CSS/South Africa /

It was “a surprise, a challenge”: African Nun on Appointment to Bishops’ Synod Commission

The South African Catholic Nun recently appointed to the Commission for Methodology of the 2023 Synod of Bishops has shared her reaction to the appointment, saying the news came to her “as a surprise” and “as a challenge”, which she has accepted.

A section of beneficiaries of Center Kër Don Bosco, an initiative of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Senegal that aims to empower girls and women through education/ Credit: Salesian Missions /

Salesians Address Inequality in West Africa, Facilitate Formal Education in Senegal, Mali

On the occasion of the annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons marked July 30, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their initiatives in addressing the challenge of inequality in West Africa, a factor that contributes to human trafficking.

Flag of Nigeria on soldiers arm. Credit: Bumble Dee/Shutterstock /

Over 3,000 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 2021, Highest in Years: Intersociety Report

Thousands of Christians have been hacked to death by militants in Nigeria in the first 200 days of 2021, a recent investigation has established, further revealing that the number is the highest in years.

It is time for the children of the Kalanga tribe in Zimbabwe to receive their copies. The foundation is planning to give 12.960 copies. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). /

Over 12,000 Zimbabwean Children to Receive Bibles Courtesy of Catholic Charity

At least 12,960 children from Zimbabwe’s Kalanga tribe are expected to receive Bibles from the Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Some beneficiaries of seeds and tools offered by Caritas South Sudan. Credit: ACI AFRICA /

Caritas South Sudan Provides Seeds to Thousands of Households, Plans for Training

The leadership of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in South Sudan, Caritas South Sudan, has provided a variety of seeds to at least 3,000 households in the East-Central African nation and plans to train beneficiaries of the initiative on subsistent farming.

Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Nigeria's Makurdi Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

In Nigeria, “silence no longer golden”, Bishop Says, Urges Citizens to Engage Government

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has urged the people of God in the country to engage their government on the country’s challenges, cautioning against silence amid insecurity. 

Participants in the conversation on the Oxfam Australia report dubbed 'Buried Treasure' in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/ Caritas Sierra Leone /

Caritas Sierra Leone Calls for Transparent Tax System to Block Foreign Evaders

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone, through her charity arm, is demanding accountability in the way the West African country collects and spends taxes on its vast minerals.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, in October 2019. Credit: SECAM /

On SECAM Day, Catholic Bishops in Africa Appeal for “inclusive culture, rooted in Christ”

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa have “passionately” appealed to the people of God on the continent to avoid divisions, striving to embrace an inclusive culture that is rooted in Christ.

The late Cleopas Ray Vilakazi who, alongside his wife, helped more than 2,000 couples with difficulties in their relationship in the Southern African region. He succumbed to COVID-19-related complications on 24 July 2021. Credit: Fr. Paul Tatu /

South African Award-winning Marriage Counselor Eulogized for Dedication to Ministry

Cleopas Ray Vilakazi who, alongside his wife, helped initiate more than 2,000 couples into the institution of marriage, has been eulogized as a dedicated marriage counselor.

The headquarters of the Independence National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Religious Leaders in DR Congo “divided” Over Choice of Electoral Commission Chairperson

There is yet to be consensus among religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the person to head the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), days after the faith-based leaders hinted to concluding the vetting process.

A poster announcing the July 28 webinar organized by by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Credit: AMECEA /

African Laity Encouraged to “be in touch with” Clergy, Religious amid COVID-19 Challenges

The need for the Laity in Africa to connect with members of the Clergy and women and men Religious at a time when people across the globe are struggling with COVID-19 challenges has been emphasized at a virtual conference organized by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

A woman walks outside makeshift houses in Mozambique. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute /

Millions of HIV Patients Left Without Medication as Mozambican Crisis Escalates

People living with HIV have gone for months without medication amid a crumbling health system in Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique, an official dealing with the displaced people in the ongoing Mozambican crisis has said.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese. Crédit : Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria /

Nigeria “treading on dangerous paths”, Catholic Bishop Says, Bemoans Civic Space Closure

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has highlighted various challenges bedeviling the country, saying the future of the West African nation is uncertain as it is “treading on dangerous paths.”

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa's Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Cape Town Archdiocese/Facebook /

Recent Violent Protests in South Africa Had “groundswell of concerned people”: Archbishop

While the recent violent protests in South Africa were generally characterized by vandalism, looting, injuries and loss of human lives, there were people who showed genuine goodness and concern for others, a South African Archbishop has said in a prayerful reflection.

Sr. Marines Biasibetti, Director of Mozambican Episcopal Conference Commission for Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons makes a presentation at an event on July 27. Credit: ACI Africa /

Catholic Peace Entities Call for End to Military Approach in Mozambican Crisis

Experts in conflict resolution and Catholic peace entities have reported a worrying escalation of militarization in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province and urged the government of the Southern African nation to explore alternative ways to end violent conflict in the country.

Saint Vincent de Paul Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Tunis. Credit: Archdiocese of Tunis /

Catholic Archbishop in Tunisia Highlights Challenges amid Protests, Uncertainty

The Archbishop of Tunisia’s Tunis Archdiocese has highlighted the challenges in the Northernmost African nation where citizens have taken to the streets of major cities, demanding that the government steps down.  

Late Fr. Dominic Waweru Kariuki. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Kenyan Bishop Eulogizes Priest for Manifesting “compassionate heart of the Good Samaritan”

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Ngong Diocese has paid glowing tribute to his Priest who was laid to rest Tuesday, July 27, saying he manifested a “compassionate heart” that can be compared with that of the Good Samaritan in St. Luke’s Gospel.

Bishop Peter Holiday of South Africa's Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Kroonstad Diocese /

In Revised Guidelines, Bishop in South Africa Urges Adherence to COVID-19 Protocols

In revised guidelines following the relax restrictions on public worship in South Africa, a Catholic Bishop in the country has urged the faithful to strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.

Some women and children at the Salesian farm in Shasha in DR Congo. Credit: Salesian Missions /

Salesians in DR Congo Resettling Children Evacuated following May Volcanic Eruption

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are resettling hundreds of children who had been evacuated from their Centre following the May Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in Goma.

One of the Nigerian borders. Credit: Public Domain /

Militants in Nigeria Thriving on Porous Borders, Ransom, Illegal Mining

Boko Haram militants and other terrorist groups in Nigeria are finding it easy to engage in illegal trade across the country’s vastly porous border, a Catholic Priest in the West African country has told ACI Africa.