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Fr. Christopher Eboka, freed after spending 10 days in captivity in Mamfe. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

“I am hale and hearty,” Cameroonian Catholic Priest to Congregation after 10-Day Captivity

The Cameroonian Catholic Priest who has secured his freedom after 10 days of captivity says he is “hale and hearty.”

Sr. Olga Massango, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul (FSP) based in Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa /

Synergize Activities, Resources to Address Environmental Concerns Globally: Catholic Nun

The need for pooling resources to address environmental concerns across the globe was emphasized over the weekend at virtual event in Nairobi, Kenya, organized to mark the sixth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’.

Bishop Mathew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese whose residence was looted in a daytime theft on 9 May 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Suspects Linked to Looting at Residence of South Sudan’s Wau Catholic Bishop Arrested

Security officials in South Sudan’s Western Bahr El Ghazal State have reportedly arrested four suspects in connection with the daytime theft at the residence of the Catholic Bishop of Wau.

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Pope Francis Unveils Sweeping Reform of Catholic Church’s Penal Sanctions

The Vatican published Tuesday major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

Pope Francis greets a married couple at a Wednesday General Audience./ Daniel Ibáñez /

Pope Francis Releases Video Message on the Beauty of Marriage

Pope Francis has asked people to pray throughout June for young people preparing for the life-long journey of marriage.

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City Flag./ Bohumil Petrik / CNA /

World Health Organization Grants Holy See Permanent Observer Status

The Holy See has been granted permanent observer status to the World Health Organization following resolution adopted by consensus on May 31.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese/ Credit: Sokoto Diocese/Facebook /

At Vigil Mass for Recently Murdered Nigerian Priest, Bishop Faults Government for Laxity

At the celebration of Vigil Mass ahead of the burial of Fr. Alphonsus Bello who was murdered following the May 20 attack on St. Vincent Ferrer Malunfashi Parish of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has faulted the Nigerian government for laxity in ensuring security for citizens. 

Fr. Lazarus Vitalis Msimbe who has been appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Morogoro in Tanzania/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Apostolic Administrator of Tanzania’s Morogoro Diocese Appointed Diocesan Bishop

Msgr. Lazarus Vitalis Msimbe who has been serving as the Apostolic Administrator of Tanzania’s Catholic Diocese of Morogoro since February 2019 has been appointed the Bishop of the same Episcopal See.

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New Catholic Bishop in South Africa Urged to Foster Unity amid “felt polarization”

The new Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Queenstown Diocese has been urged to work toward uniting the people of God who will be under his pastoral care amid cases of divisions characterized by “name-calling and demeaning labels.”

Pope Francis prays before the crowned image of Mary, Undoer of Knots, in the Vatican Gardens, May 31, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel. /

Pope Francis turns to Mary, Undoer of Knots, at end of rosary marathon for end to pandemic

Pope Francis asked on Monday for the intercession of Mary, Undoer of Knots, as he ended a month-long global rosary marathon.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds in London, England, May 6, 2021./ Ilyas Tayfun Salci via Shutterstock. /

“Formalities completed” before Twice-Divorced UK PM Wedding at Catholic Cathedral: Church

Church authorities said that “all necessary steps were taken, in both church and civil law,” ahead of twice-divorced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wedding at a Catholic cathedral in London on Saturday.

Pope Francis meets with members of the Italian Basketball Federation at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 31, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: Basketball is a Sport that ‘lifts you up to the heavens’

Pope Francis described basketball on Monday as “a sport that lifts you up to the heavens.”  

Thousands evacuated from Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo following threats of another volcanic eruption. Credit: Nelson Mantama /

Catholic Bishop in DRC Appeals for Humanitarian Aid for Displaced amid Volcanic Eruptions

Humanitarian assistance is being sought for the hundreds of thousands displaced persons after the volcanic eruptions from Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) forced residents of the Eastern city of Goma to flee “in all directions.”

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese/ Courtesy Photo /

“Declare state of emergency to spare the country looming anarchy”: Nigerian Archbishop

The Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency in the country due to rising cases of insecurity.

Archbishop Inácio Saúre of Mozambique’s Nampula Archdiocese/ Credit: Vatican Media /

Catholic Archbishop in Mozambique Calls for Joint Efforts to End Cabo Delgado Crisis

The Catholic Archbishop of Mozambique’s Nampula Archdiocese is calling for concerted efforts to end the crisis in the country’s northernmost Province of Cabo Delgado, a region within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba.

A group photo of participants who attended the training session on psychosocial support skills to control the abuse of drugs among the young people in South Sudan's Yei Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa /

South Sudanese Catholic Diocese Provides Psychosocial Training to Control Youth Drug Abuse

South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Yei has equipped over thirty people with basic psychosocial support skills to control the abuse of drugs among the young people in Yei River County of the country’s Eastern Equatoria State.

Pope Francis speaks at Sunday Angelus on 30 May 2021. Vatican Media/CNA /

The Holy Trinity invites us to grow in unity as Christians: Pope Francis

On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Pope Francis said unity is essential to Christian life because God is a communion of love.

Fr. Norbert-Éric Abekan/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Ivorian Catholic Priest Condemns Xenophobia, Calls for Promotion of Positive Messages

In the wake of last week’s attack on Niger nationals living in Abidjan, the capital city of Ivory Coast, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation has condemned xenophobia and called on his compatriots to foster positive messages including encounters through social media.

Logo of Benin's Archdiocese of Cotonou/ Credit: Archdiocese of Cotonou /

Manual to Guide Small Christian Communities in Benin’s Cotonou Archdiocese Released

The leadership of the Archdiocese of Cotonou in Benin has released a manual to guide the activities of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in its episcopal see.

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Catholic Association in South Sudan Distributes Facemasks to Keep Learners in School

Members of the Mary Help Association of Christians (ADMA) serving in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Wau have distributed facemasks to school girls to assist them in fighting COVID-19 while they remain in school.