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A poster announcing  the National Day of the Apostolate of the Laity in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Laity in Congo-Brazzaville Urged to Embrace, Foster Church Social Teaching

Ahead of the celebration of the National Day of the Apostolate of the Laity in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), the leadership of the National Council of the Catholic Lay Apostolate of Congo (CNALC) has called on the faithful in the Central African nation to embrace and promote the social teachings of the Church.

The canonization Mass for Saint Teresa of Calcutta, celebrated by Pope Francis on Sept. 4, 2016 in St. Peter's Square./ CNA photo /

Mother Teresa's Lawyer Blasts New Podcast Likening her Order to a Cult

A new podcast that likens St. Teresa of Calcutta to a cult leader is full of “untruths and false accusations,” the former legal counsel for St. Teresa told CNA on Friday.

Marie-Catherine Persévérance Kingbo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) /

Catholic Charity Mourns Missionary Nun Who Served the Poor in Muslim Dominated Niger

The Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, is mourning the passing on of a Catholic missionary Nun who dedicated her life to the service of the poor in Niger, a country with a tiny percentage of Christians.

Antoine Cardinal Kambanda during an interview with EWTN News on 28 November 2020. Credit: EWTN News /

Rwanda’s Cardinal Says Eucharist Key to Unity, Reconciliation amid History of Genocide

As the Church in Rwanda celebrates the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, Antoine Cardinal Kambanda has underscored the value of the Eucharist in the landlocked Great Rift Valley East African nation, saying it is key to unity and reconciliation as Rwandans recover from “our history of Genocide.”

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)/Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Seven Issues Catholic Bishops in Kenya Want Addressed for a “peaceful, secure” Country

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have, in a collective statement issued at the end of their Ordinary Plenary Assembly, outlined seven issues affecting the East African nation, which they want addressed for a “peaceful, secure and prosperous” nation. 

Image of the wrecked aircraft that crashed on May 21 near Kaduna International Airport/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Slain Army Officers Laid Down Lives for Nigeria’s Safety, Christian Leaders Eulogize

Christian leaders in Nigeria are mourning the country’s Chief of Army Staff and ten other military officers who died in a plane crash last Friday, May 21, saying the deceased security officials sacrificed their lives for the safety of the West African nation. 

Bishop Charles Morerod, O.P., of Lausanne, Geneva, and Fribourg./ Alain Volery via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). /

Swiss Catholic Bishop Appoints Lay People in Place of Episcopal Vicars

A Swiss Catholic bishop has announced that he is appointing lay people in place of episcopal vicars in his diocese.

Fr. Christopher Eboka who was kidnapped May 22 in Cameroon's Mamfe Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese to Offer Mass for Priest’s “immediate, unconditional release”

Catholic Priests ministering in Cameroon’s Mamfe Diocese are set to offer Holy Mass for the quick and safe release of their colleague who was kidnapped at the end of last week. 

Residents fleeing Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in Goma/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

A Double Whammy of Volcanic Tremors and Militant Threats in DR Congo

There is mounting confusion in Goma, a city in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that recently experienced a volcanic eruption where residents are unable to decide between fleeing and staying put, away from militants who are situated outside the city.

Residents of Ogun State living as refugees in Pobe, Benin Republic, to escape the killing back at home in Southern Nigeria/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Peace Organization in Africa Warns of “a gathering storm” in Southern Nigeria

With the ongoing fight against Boko Haram that continues to wreak havoc in the Northern parts of Nigeria, the world seems oblivious of the deteriorating security situation in the Southern part of the country, a Catholic peace entity working in the region has said and warned of “a gathering storm.”

Bishop Jonas Dembélé reading the message of the members of the Episcopal Conference of Mali (CEM)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishops in Mali Strongly Condemn “seizure of power,” Urge Constructive Dialogue

Catholic Bishops in Mali have, in a collective statement, expressed their strong condemnation of what they call “seizure of power outside the legal process” in the West African nation and called for constructive dialogue.

Archbishop Arthur Roche and Cardinal Robert Sarah/ Bohumil Petrik/Paul Badde/CNA /

Successor to Robert Cardinal Sarah at Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship Appointed

Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Arthur Roche on Thursday as the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Fr. Adolf Poll who served Parish Priest of St. Joseph Freinademetz in Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Malindi pictured leaving the Diocese after over 50 years of Apostolate in the country/ Credit: Catholic Diocese of Malindi Justice and Peace Commission /

Catholic Missionary Priest in Kenya Pictured Carrying “two small bags” Had Humble Origins

A Catholic Missionary Priest who was captured carrying two small bags as he left a Kenyan Diocese where he had been serving for more than 20 years is said to have nurtured his humility from a young age.

Fr. Joe Keke. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishop Working Toward Safe Release of Elderly Nigerian Priest Abducted Last Week

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese is spearheading negotiations to secure the safe release of the elderly Nigerian Priest kidnapped last week when gunmen attacked St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Malunfashi in Katsina State within his episcopal see.

A poster for the African Liberation Day 2021/ Credit: Website of the Africa Faith and Justice Network /

On Africa Day, Young People Urged to Arise, Join “decision-making table of human endeavor”

On the occasion of Africa Day 2021, young people in Africa have been urged to awaken and join the global conversation amid signs of “hope, liberation, and restoration” on the continent and beyond.

A poster announcing the May 26 webinar on the recently launched Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP). Credit: Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)/Facebook /

Laudado Si’ Week: African Cleric Outlines Church’s Role in Safeguarding “our common home”

As part of the “Laudato Si’ Week” aimed at marking the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on the environment, a Catholic Priest in Africa has outlined ways that the Church on the continent can implement the recently launched Laudato Si’ Action Platform (LSAP).

Pope Francis blesses Auschwitz survivor Lidia Maksymowicz in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, May 26, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Offers Advice for When Prayers Seem to go Unanswered

Pope Francis confronted the “scandal” of prayers that seem to go unanswered during his Wednesday general audience by pointing to the hope found in the Resurrection, “when all human longings … will be fulfilled.”

Military men in Cameron/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Peace Entity in Cameroon Reports Looting, Arrests of Innocent Priests by Military

Law enforcers in Cameroon have been accused of harassing civilians through arrests of innocent persons including Catholic Priests and looting of homes whose owners have fled owing to ongoing insecurity in the Central African country.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN)/ Credit: Fr. Paul Dah /

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso, Niger Call for Safeguarding of Human Life amid Threats

Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger have, in their latest Pastoral Letter circulated Tuesday, May 25, called on the people of God in the two neighboring West African nations to commit themselves to safeguarding human life.

Thabani Nkhomonye who was allegedly killed by the police in Swaziland/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Entity in Swaziland “outraged” by Alleged Police Killing of University Student

The alleged killing of a University student in Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini, by the police has enraged the Eswatini Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (ECCJP), officials of the Catholic entity of Manzini Diocese have said.