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Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with members of the Catholic Women Association during Mother’s Day 2024. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

On Mother’s Day for Catholics in Nigeria, Mothers Urged to Be “models to their children in virtue”

Apr 16, 2024

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has urged mothers to live a life of virtue and be role models to their children.

Archbishop Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński (left) and Archbishop Mitja Leskovar (right). Credit: GCBC/Vatican Media

Pope Francis Transfers, Appoints Apostolic Nuncios to South Africa, Lesotho, DR Congo

Apr 16, 2024

The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński, and Archbishop Mitja Leskovar as Apostolic Nuncios to South Africa and Lesotho, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) respectively.

Catholic Bishops in Chad. Credit: CET

“Do everything possible” for Success of Presidential Polls: Catholic Bishops in Chad to Government

Apr 16, 2024

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET) have called on the transitional government in the country to “do everything possible” to ensure that the Presidential elections scheduled for May 6 are successful.

South Sudanese teturnees receiving food relief in Abiemnhom, near the border with war-torn Sudan in March 2024. Credit: Sr. Elena Balatti

Yearlong Sudan Civil War “evokes terrible memories” for Comboni Missionary Sister Receiving Returnees in South Sudan

Apr 15, 2024

The sight of the South Sudanese returnees fleeing war in Sudan who arrive worn out and scared evokes painful memories for Sr. Elena Balatti, who is witnessing a civil war for a third time. 

Fr. Marcel Uwineza. Credit: Sr. Olga Massango

Stories of Rwandan Women “scarred by genocide” Must Be Told: Jesuit Priest on 30th Anniversary of Mass Killing

Apr 15, 2024

Women who were sexually assaulted, infected with diseases, and forced into exile, among other brutalities during the 1994 genocide against Tutsis remain deeply scarred three decades later, and their stories must be told, a Rwandan-born Jesuit Priest has said.

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Credit: CAN

10 Years On, “intensify efforts” to Free Remaining Chibok Girls: Nigeria’s Christian Leaders to Government

Apr 15, 2024

Christian leaders in Nigeria are appealing to the government to escalate its efforts to secure the freedom of at least 82 Chibok girls who remain in captivity 10 years after Boko Haram militia abducted them from their school. 

A poster announcing the launch of a charcoal briquette making factory in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja. Credit: Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja

We’re Here “to create a better environment”: Nigerian Archbishop at Launch of Charcoal Briquette Production Initiative

Apr 15, 2024

The launching of a charcoal briquette making factory in Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja continues initiatives aimed to realize “a better environment” in line with the recommendations of Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Letter “on care for our common home”, Laudato Si’, the Local Ordinary has said.

Chancery of DR Congo’s Kinshasa Archdiocese Decries Sunday “degrading treatment” Cardinal Ambongo Suffered at Airport

Apr 15, 2024

The Chancery of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has decried the “degrading treatment” that Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo suffered under officials at the N'djili International Airport.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Increase of Missionaries’ Work Permit Charges “absolutely unethical”: Kenya’s Catholic Bishops

Apr 14, 2024

The move by the Kenyan government to revise upwards work permit charges for missionaries in the East African nation denotes ingratitude to the sacrifices of people, who have dedicated their lives to making the society a good place, Catholic Bishops in the country have said.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Kenyans’ Financial Struggles Causing “mental distress”: Catholic Bishops Urge State to Address High Cost of Living

Apr 13, 2024

The high cost of living in Kenya is causing mental agony among the people of God in the East African nation, Catholic Bishops in the country have said.

Robert Cardinal Sarah addressing members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). Credit: NECC

Cardinal Sarah Decries Paganism, Says Contemporary Church “experiencing temptation of atheism”

Apr 13, 2024

A section of Church leaders have aligned themselves with modern day values in the name “contemporary culture” akin to paganism, Robert Cardinal Sarah has noted with concern. 

Members of the Care for Aging Sisters Association of Kenya (CASAK). Credit: ACI Africa

What Catholic Sisters in Kenya are Doing to Address “knowledge gap” Regarding Care for Aging Women Religious

Apr 13, 2024

Capacity building and incorporating more members are some of the strategies Catholic Sisters in Kenya have undertaken to raise awareness about the need to care for aging women Religious in the East African nation. 

Fr. René Gaston Ayihi Tsimi. Credit: Obala Diocese

Cameroonian Catholic Priest Who Died in Rome Remembered for His “serenity in accepting the Lord's will in suffering”

Apr 13, 2024

Fr. René Gaston Ayihi Tsimi, a member of the Clergy of Cameroon’s Catholic Diocese of Obala, who died on Monday, April 8 in Rome after an illness, is being remembered for his “serenity in accepting” the will of God in his life amid suffering. He was aged 31.

Robert Cardinal Sarah with members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). Credit: NECC

Cardinal Sarah Urges Africa’s Catholic Bishops to Defend “unity of faith” in October 2024 Synod on Synodality Session

Apr 12, 2024

Robert Cardinal Sarah has urged Catholic Bishops in Africa to be keen on defending the Catholic faith, voicing their opposition to defenders of “particular cultures” during the October 2024 session of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, which Pope Francis extended to 2024, with the first session, 4-29 October 2023, having concluded with a 42-page summary report.

Participants during three-day formation workshop for Rectors and other formators in Seminaries of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: African Synodality Initiative (ASI)

Fostering “culture of listening” in Seminaries, Inclusion of Women among Recommendations of IMBISA Formation Workshop

Apr 12, 2024

Seminary Rectors and other formators in the nine member countries of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), who have been participating in a formation workshop in South Africa have recommended that formators “use the method of conversation in spirit to develop a culture of listening”.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale holding Pope Francis's congratulatory message. Credit: Sheldon Reddiar vis SACBC

Pope Francis Lauds Archbishop in South Africa Marking Episcopal Jubilee for His “energetic involvement” in Ministry

Apr 12, 2024

Pope Francis has acknowledged with appreciation the 25-year Episcopal ministry of South African Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale.

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“A future with less suffering”: Catholic Charity Foundation Helping Liberia to Make Peace with Painful Past

Apr 12, 2024

From over 20 years of civil war and Ebola, and the subsequent poverty and illiteracy, Liberia is a country haunted by a painful past. It is reportedly one of the poorest countries in the world where life-expectancy is also low.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis to Travel to Indonesia, Singapore, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea

Apr 12, 2024

Pope Francis will travel to the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Singapore later this year, the Vatican announced Friday.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

We’re “witnessing misery of the sick”: Kenya’s Catholic Bishops Urge Government to Address Doctors’ Protracted Strike

Apr 11, 2024

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) are calling on the Kenyan government to “speedily” address the concerns of doctors in the East African country where health services remain paralyzed owing to a protracted strike of the medics.

Archbishop Andrew Fuanya Nkea. Credit: NECC

Catholic Archbishop in Cameroon Urges Citizens to Register "massively" ahead of 2025 Presidential Poll

Apr 11, 2024

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Cameroon is encouraging eligible voters to register massively for presidential elections scheduled for 2025.