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Screenshot of Msgr. Raphael Wokorach during the June 9 interview with Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) in conjunction with Uganda Episcopal Youth Apostolate and Uganda Catholics Online/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

“Serving as an altar boy shaped my passion to serve God as a Priest”: Ugandan Bishop-elect

The Bishop-elect for Uganda’s Nebbi Diocese has, in an interview, traced his vocation to serve God as a Catholic Priest to his childhood days as an altar boy.

Participants at the June 1-5 Talitha Kum workshop on collaboration and networking to combat human trafficking in Africa. Credit: Damian Avevor /

At Conference in Ghana, Clergy, Religious Vow to End Human Trafficking in Region

Members of the Clergy, Religious, and Laity who took part in a recent conference in Ghana’s capital city, Accra, vowed to do all it takes to strengthen existing networks and build new connections to tackle the problem of human trafficking in the West African region. 

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa granting his blessings to Mariatou Koné who was recently appointed Minister for Education and Literacy in Ivory Coast. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Ivorian Cardinal Tells New Minister to Integrate Science and Faith, Seek God’s Blessings

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has called upon the country’s recently appointed Minister for Education and Literacy to integrate her scientific knowledge and faith and to seek out for “God’s blessings and graces.”

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Calls for Protection of Life amid Surging COVID-19 Cases

The Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has called on Christians and the public to do everything within their power to promote and protect life amid surging cases of COVID-19 infection in the country.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Vatican Imposes Term Limits for Church Movement Leaders to Curb "violations and abuses"

The Vatican issued a decree Friday setting limits on the terms of leaders of international associations of the faithful and new communiThe Vatican issued a decree Friday setting limits on the terms of leaders of international associations of the faithful and new communities.ties.

Msgr. Christian Carlassare, Bishop-elect of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa /

Police in South Sudan Arrest “One of the potential suspects” in Bishop-elect's Shooting

Police in South Sudan’s Lakes State have arrested “one of the potential suspects” involved in the April shooting of the Bishop-elect of the country’s Rumbek Diocese, Msgr. Christian Carlassare.

Fridah Ijai, a Kenyan realism artist, describes painting in which she brings out the difference between the Even of the Old Testament and Mary, the Mother of Jesus who she describes as the 'New Eve'. The President of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator looks on. Credit: ACI Africa /

Kenyan Artist Paints “New Eve” and “New Adam” to Retell Africa’s Story of Hope, Beauty

In one of Fridah Ijai’s paintings, a young black woman is surrounded by green vegetation and a succulent flower bud of a banana plant. The woman’s attention is fixed on her palms that tenderly hold a cracked egg shell. Through the shell runs a breaking rope, which also cuts through the entire painting. A dove is perched on the upper part of the rope, which seems shinier than the lower part.

Frontpage of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Nigeria’s Constitution Favors Muslims, Puts Christians “at disadvantage”: Catholic Bishops

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have calling for a review of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution saying it favors Muslims, puts “Christians and adherents of other religions at a disadvantage,” and does not augur “well for the unity and progress of the country.”

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Bishops in Eritrea Pledge to Continue Reclaiming Catholic Institutions “forcibly taken”

Catholic Bishops in Eritrea have pledged to continue reclaiming Catholic institutions that the government has “forcibly taken” away.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

German Cardinal Says Pope’s Decision Not to Accept His Resignation a “great challenge”

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Thursday that Pope Francis’ decision not to accept his resignation as Catholic archbishop of Munich and Freising is a “great challenge.”

Some beneficiaries of the Hungarian Scholarship for “Christian Young People” with the staff of EWTN Hungary. Credit: EWTN Hungary /

Kenyan Beneficiaries of Hungarian Scholarship for Christians Eager to Transform Societies

Kennedy Mutua, a Kenyan postgraduate student pursuing climate change at a University in Hungary is eager to implement top-notch technologies in environmental conservation when he returns to Kenya.

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Nigerian Cardinal Decries “docile nature of most Nigerians”, Urges Citizen Participation

Nigeria’s John Cardinal Onaiyekan has expressed concerns about the tendency, among Nigerians, to continually complain “about everything” and challenged his compatriots to take seriously their “citizen participation” role.

Archbishop Benjamin Ndiaye of Senegal's Dakar Archdiocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

At Anniversary in Senegal, Archbishop Advocates for “development that integrates youth”

At the Silver Jubilee celebration of the Pastoral Letter published by Catholic Bishops in Senegal during the 1994 crisis, an Archbishop in the West African nation has sought to have the youth empowered through the development initiatives that the country undertakes.

The Official Logo Caritas Internationalis. Credit: Caritas Internationalis /

Cancel African Nations’ Debts, Caritas Internationalis Urges G-7 Countries Ahead of Summit

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), has urged the Group of Seven (G-7) countries, which comprises the U.S., UK, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, and Japan, to consider canceling debts owed to them by struggling African countries.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, pictured in January 2020./ Rudolf Gehrig/CNA Deutsch. /

Pope Francis Declines German Cardinal’s Resignation, Asks Him to Continue Serving

Pope Francis declined on Thursday the resignation of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, offered to him last month.

The Official Logo of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)/ Credit: JCAM /

Planned Jesuit Conference to Advocate for “ecological restoration” in Africa: Official

The “food sovereignty” conference planned for later this month under the auspices of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) is expected to advocate for the protection of the environment and “ecological restoration” in Africa.

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier (right) and Archbishop-elect Siegfried Mandla Jwara (left) of South Africa's Durban Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Durban Archbishop in South Africa, Appoints Successor

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of the Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese, Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier and appointed Bishop Mandla Siegfried Jwara as his successor.

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Foundation for 3,000-Capacity Catholic Church Laid at Parish in Juba, South Sudan

The Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has laid the foundation for the construction of a Parish church with an estimated sitting capacity of 3,000 worshipers.  

Bishop Ildo Lopes Fortes of Cape Verde’s Mindelo Diocese (right) and Filipe Teixeira (left) who is claiming to be a bishop and heading a delegation that is lobbying for the release of Venezuelan businessman, Álex Saab. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Leaders in Cape Verde Denounce Man Claiming to be “bishop” as Imposter

Catholic Church leaders in Cape Verde have denounced as an impostor a man claiming to be a bishop and heading a delegation that is lobbying for the release of Venezuelan businessman, Álex Saab.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 9, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: Priests, Bishops, and Married Couples ‘co-responsible’ for the Family

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged priests, bishops, and married couples to work in cooperation to strengthen the life of the Church through the goods of marriage and family.