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Pope Francis with Orthodox Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon on June 28, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA /

Witness of Growing Communion Between Christians “a sign of hope”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis told a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that the witness of growing communion between Christians would be “a sign of hope for many.”

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeris's Abuja Archdiocese/ Credit: Abuja Archdiocese /

“Help heal trauma of poverty, psychological stress of insecurity”: Nigerian Archbishop

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has called upon authorities in the West African nation to help heal the trauma resulting from poverty and the psychological stress the people are facing as a result of insecurity.

Coptic Cross/ Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) /

Few Still Regard Christians in Egypt as “second-class citizens”, Catholic Charity Told

A Religious leader in Egypt has reported “few incidents” where Christianity is regarded as an inferior religion in the Northeast African nation despite the country having made what has been referred to as immense progress in religious freedom.

Emmanuel-Butsili Parish in DR Congo's Diocese of Butembo-Beni where a bomb attack left two women seriously injured. Credit: Sylvin Muronga /

Two Women “seriously injured” in Catholic Parish Bomb Explosion Attack in DR Congo

Two women were “seriously injured” when a Catholic Parish of the Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) was hit by an explosion on Sunday, June 27, the Parish Priest has told ACI Africa.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan addresses Religious leaders in Dar es Salaam. Credit: TEC /

Sensitize Tanzanians about COVID-19, President Urges Catholic Bishops, Religious Leaders

Tanzanian President has called upon Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders in the East African country to be part of COVID-19 sensitization initiatives, reminding the people of God under their care “of the need to protect ourselves.”

Bishop Sébastien Muyengo of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Uvira Diocese/ Credit: CENCO /

Catholic Bishop in DR Congo Recommends Countrywide Catechesis on Safeguarding of Creation

The Bishop of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Uvira Diocese has recommended countrywide catechesis on the safeguarding of creation through Diocesan programs.

Bishop Willybard Lagho addresses the faithful during Holy Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Outstation of St. Anthony’s Cathedral Parish in Malindi/ Credit: Diocese of Malindi/Facebook /

Kenyan Bishop Calls for Child Safeguarding amid Initiatives by Diocese against Abuse

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese has called for child safeguarding amid initiatives undertaken by the Kenyan Diocese to ensure the safety of children.

Pope Francis waves during an Angelus address at the Vatican./ Vatican Media. /

"Let Jesus look at and heal your heart": Pope Francis at the Angelus

Pope Francis challenged people on Sunday to “let Jesus look at and heal” their hearts.

The Secretary-General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Fr. Donatien Ntshole addressing journalists during a press conference in DRC's capital, Kinshasa on 21 June 2021. Credit: CENCO /

Four Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Want Addressed for National Cohesion

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their plenary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in the Central African nation are facing, which they want addressed for the achievement of national cohesion and development.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Cameroon's Douala Archdiocese addressing young people during the Diocesan Youth Day on 19 June 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

“Build a world of peace devoid of violence, corruption”: Archbishop in Cameroon to Youth

The Archbishop of Cameroon’s Douala Archdiocese has called upon young people in the Central African nation to cultivate peace in their respective communities, and cautioned them against engaging in violence and corruption.

Salesian water project at St. John Bosco Parish in Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu/ Credit: Salesian Missions /

Salesian Missionaries Facilitate Water Project in Namibia’s Rundu Apostolic Vicariate

More than 7,300 people at St. John Bosco Parish in Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu can now access clean water following an initiative, which Salesian Missions, the US development wing of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) facilitated.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) /

Catholic Bishops in Togo Call for Hope amid Citizens’ Difficulty “to meet basic needs”

Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, encouraged the faithful in the West African nation to “remain hopeful” amid suffering characterized with difficulty, on the part of ordinary citizens, “to meet their basic needs.”

Pope Francis meets Archbishop Panti Filibus Musa, president of the Lutheran World Federation, at the Vatican, June 25, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Jesus Feels Pain at our Divisions: Pope Francis to Lutheran Leaders

Pope Francis told a group of Lutheran leaders on Friday that the desire for unity grows the more Christians understand how much Christ suffers over our divisions.

Late Fr. Kennedy Seketa/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Days Before Officially Assuming Office as Bishops’ Secretary General, Zambian Priest Dies

Days before officially assuming office of Secretary General of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Fr. Kennedy Seketa has passed on.

Fr. Peter Kimani, National Chaplain of the Kenya Prisons Services and Fr. Matambura Ismael of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar at the commissioning of prison catechists at the end of the catechists' training in Nairobi on Thursday, June 24.Credit: ACI Africa/JCAM /

Jesuits Train Catechists in Kenyan Prisons to Equip Inmates with Coping Skills

Working in Kenyan Prisons has never been easy for spiritual caregivers who share the psychological burden of those locked behind bars.

Bishop David Ajang of Nigeria's Lafia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

“Be a father to all Church members”: Nuncio in Nigeria Advices Newly Ordained Bishop

The Pope’s Representative in Nigeria has advised the newly ordained Bishop of the country’s Lafia Diocese, David Ajang, to practice fatherly love in his episcopal ministry.   

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International offers a a sturdy four-wheel-drive vehicle to the members of the Franciscan Capuchin Friars (OFM Cap) serving in Ghana's  Jasikan Diocese/ Credit: ACN /

Catholic Charity Donates Towards Primary Evangelization in Ghana’s Remote Villages

The lack of reliable means of transport has, for over a decade, slowed down the activities of the members of the Franciscan Capuchin Friars (OFM Cap) who have been on a mission to evangelize remote parts of Ghana that do not know about the person of Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook. /

Nigerian Archbishop Seeks Government Partnership in Environmental Conservation

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has asked the federal government to collaborate with the Church to ensure that there is a clean and healthy environment in the West African country.

A poster announcing the June 23 Webinar organized by All African Conference of Churches (AACC) to mark the International Widows Day. Credit: All African Conference of Churches (AACC) /

Protect African Widows from Dehumanizing Traditions, Panelists Demand on Widows' Day

The need for widows in Africa to be protected against retrogressive and dehumanizing cultural practices that rip them off their dignity has been underscored at a virtual seminar organized by All African Conference of Churches (AACC) to mark the International Widows' Day.

The flag of Mali./ Railway fx via Shutterstock. /

Four Abducted Alongside Catholic Priest in Mali’s Mopti Diocese Freed

Four people who had been abducted alongside a Catholic Priest in Mali’s Mopti Diocese on the morning of  Monday, June 21 have been set free.