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Caritas Switzerland Official Urges Farmers in South Sudan to Increase Food Production

An official of Caritas Switzerland in South Sudan has urged farmers in the East-Central African nation to increase food production in the present season.  

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One Year After George Floyd's Killing: Black Catholics Are Exhausted, Yet Hopeful

The life of a diocesan priest is demanding. But for Father Robert Boxie III, the past year has been especially taxing.

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Pope Francis Launches 7-year Laudato si’ Action Plan

Pope Francis launched Tuesday the Vatican’s seven-year Laudato si’ action plan to implement environmental sustainability in different sectors of the Church from religious orders to Catholic schools and hospitals.

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Tension, Vigilance in Goma, DR Congo amid Tremors from Volcanic Eruption: Catholic Officer

Tension is still high in Goma, a city in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that is experiencing earth tremors as the aftermath of a volcanic eruption that rocked the city over the weekend.

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Morocco’s Rabat Archdiocese Convenes Synod, Seeking New Approaches to Evangelization

The Leadership of Morocco’s Rabat Archdiocese has announced the holding of the Second Diocesan Synod aimed at seeking new approaches to the apostolate of evangelization in the North African nation.

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Nigerian Archbishop Invokes Holy Spirit on Country “soaked by blood of innocent victims”

The most “fervent” prayer of the people of God in Nigeria is that the Holy Spirit cleanses the land that continues to witness the spilling of blood of innocent people at the hand of terrorists, the Local Ordinary of Abuja Archdiocese has said.

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Condemn Killing of children “in the strongest terms possible”: Catholic Leader in Zimbabwe

The Diocesan Coordinator of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Diocese has denounced the killing of children in the country and called on the people of God in the Southern African nation to condemn the criminal acts “in the strongest terms possible.”

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Pope Francis Prays that Dominicans' Jubilee Year “usher in a new springtime of the Gospel”

Pope Francis praised the Dominican charisms of preaching and missionary discipleship in a letter marking the 800th anniversary of the death of the order’s founder, St. Dominic Guzman.

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, April 4, 2021./ Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. /

Jerusalem Patriarch Calls for Peace, Cooperation in Holy Land

The Patriarch of Jerusalem urged peace, mutual understanding, and cooperation among religious groups in his homily on Saturday, underscoring the unique character of the city of Jerusalem and the importance of maintaining peace.

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On Pentecost, Bishops in Africa Urge Charity amid COVID-19 Challenges, Violent Conflicts

Bishops in Africa have, in a message on the Solemnity of Pentecost, called for charity as a manifestation of life under the influence of the Holy Spirit amid multiple challenges on the continent, including new COVID-19 variants and violent conflicts.

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The Times of First Catholic Archbishop of Nairobi Behind Kenya’s Top Church Institutions

Little can be found in the public domain about the man behind the most thriving schools, hospitals and Catholic Missions in Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi and the surrounding Dioceses.

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“We are in a state of utter misery”: Catholic Bishop on Human Right Violations in DR Congo

The Bishop of Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Butembo-Beni Diocese has denounced terror attacks and far-reaching human rights violations that seem to target Christians in the East of the country, a region covered by his episcopal see. 

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Catechists in Troubled African Countries Paying with Their Lives for Love of Apostolate

Catechists serving in a number of African countries experiencing violent conflicts are risking their lives and the lives of their family members to help in evangelization, Catholic pastoral charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has established.

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“If your heart has a festering wound … open your heart to the Holy Spirit”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Sunday urged those who feel trapped by loneliness, despair, and pain to open themselves to the Holy Spirit.

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Pope Francis Marks 500 Years Since Conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Pope Francis said Sunday that the cannonball that wounded Ignatius of Loyola 500 years ago not only changed the saint’s life but also the course of the world.

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Catholic Bishops in Benin Call for Respect of Human Dignity amid Surge in Ritual Crimes

Catholic Bishops in Benin are calling on the people of God in the West African nation to uphold human dignity amid an increase in reported cases of ritual crimes that have resulted in mob justice.

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Renovation of Burkina Faso’s 2nd Oldest Cathedral “pride of Catholic community”: Cardinal

The just completed renovation of Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral of Burkina Faso’s Bobo-Dioulasso Archdiocese is a source of “pride” for the Catholic community in the West African nation, the Cardinal who presided over the inauguration of the renovated Cathedral has said.

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“God has not, will never abandon His people”: Nigerian Bishop amid Regional Insecurity

In the wake of security threats in Nigeria’s Imo State, the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu located within the region has sought to reassure the people in the affected areas of the West African nation of the presence of God amid “fear and anxiety.”

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Political Aspirants in Zambia Need to Address Debt Crisis in Campaigns: Jesuit Scholars

As campaigns for the August 12 general election kickoff in Zambia, political aspirants in the Southern African nation have been called upon to inform the electorate on how they will address the country’s debt crisis should they be elected.

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Vatican Asks all Catholic Dioceses to Take Part in Synod on Synodality

The Vatican announced Friday that the Synod of Bishops on synodality has been postponed to 2023, with a two-year consultative preparatory phase involving Catholic dioceses worldwide.