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Kidnapping, Forced Conversion of African Christian Women Alarming: Catholic Charity

The number of Christian women and girls kidnapped and forced to change their religion has grown “in the last few years” in a number of African countries, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

Children in South Sudan participating in the rosary campaign. ACN

"One million children praying rosary": Kids Join Rosary Initiative Inspired by Padre Pio

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign.

It is time for the children of the Kalanga tribe in Zimbabwe to receive their copies. The foundation is planning to give 12.960 copies. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Over 12,000 Zimbabwean Children to Receive Bibles Courtesy of Catholic Charity

At least 12,960 children from Zimbabwe’s Kalanga tribe are expected to receive Bibles from the Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Sideview of the St. John the Baptist Parish in Dolbel. Credit: Fr. Eric Médagbe

Widely Reported Attacks on Niger’s Villages “not only directed at Christians”: Archbishop

The recent attacks on two villages of a Catholic Parish in Niger that have received wide coverage claimed the lives of both Catholic Christians and Muslims, an Archbishop in the West African nation has told ACI Africa.

Daughters of the Resurrection walking in Bukavu/ Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Nun Abducted on Her Way to the Market in DR Congo Set Free

The Catholic Nun belonging to the Daughters of the Resurrection in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who was kidnapped on her way to the market has been set free, the Pontifical Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) United Kingdom, has reported.

Christine du Coudray with some of her collaborators in South Sudan/ Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

South Sudan among African Countries with Immense Growth: Catholic Charity Official

An official of the Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International has, at the end of her term in Africa, recognized growth in a number of African countries including South Sudan.

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme o Nigeria's Maiduguri Diocese. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Calls for Worldwide Prayer of the Rosary to Defeat Islamism

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri has called for fervent prayers through the Blessed Virgin Mary in reciting the Holy Rosary, saying that it is through the devotion to the Mother of our Lord that the war against Islamist militants in the West African country will be won.

Nigeria’s Anti-Religious Discrimination Bill Targeting Christian Entities: Church Leaders

Church leaders in Nigeria have opposed a Bill before the National Assembly that, in a bid to prohibit religious discrimination, the religious leaders say, seems to target “Christian institutions” in the West African nation.

A burning car in the ongoing violence in DRC's Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Warn of Threat of Islamism Targeting Victims of Violence

Victims of rebel militias in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are being forced to convert to Islam, Catholic Bishops in the country have said, warning of a threat of Islamism in the Central African nation.

Internally Displaced People seeking refuge in Mozambique's Catholic Diocese of Pemba preparing a meal for people arriving from Palma. / Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Cleric in Mozambique Concerned about Whereabouts of Parishioners after Palma Attack

Families that escaped last month’s terrorist attack on Northern Mozambique’s town of Palma in the Catholic Diocese of Pemba are in confusion, unsure of the whereabouts of their loved ones and whether or not those who are missing survived the attack.

Fr Matthew Dajo freed by his abductors Wednesday, December 2 after spending 10 days in captivity. / Facebook Page Archdiocese of Abuja.

Abducted Nigerian Priest Freed after 10-Day Captivity Traumatized, in Hospital

The Nigerian Priest kidnapped from a Parish of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese last month who was freed Wednesday, December 2 after 10 days of captivity is traumatized and has been hospitalized, ACI Africa has been told.

Logo for the one million children prying the Rosary initiative for unity and peace scheduled for October 18, 2020. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Children in Kenya Link up on Facebook ahead of Global Rosary Prayer Initiative

The Catholic Church in Kenya has heeded to the “One Million Children Praying the Rosary” call by the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to pray for unity and peace in the world, with children in the East African country participating in prayers through a Facebook live video.

The flag of Mozambique. / mhojnik (CC BY 2.0).

Two Brazilian Nuns Kidnapped in Mozambique Early August Regain Freedom

The two nuns of the Congregation of St. Joseph Chambery in Mocímboa da Praia in the Province of Cabo Delgado within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba in Mozambique who went missing after jihadists attacked a port city in the Southern African country at the beginning of August, have been freed, the Bishop of Pemba Diocese has confirmed.

Members of the Association Villageoise d’Epargne et Crédit (AVEC) partnering with the Salesians to help vulnerable women in the DRC.

Plight of Over 400 Women in DR Congo’s Savings Groups a Concern for Salesians

The plight of more than 400 women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who can no longer meet their financial obligations in their respective savings and credit groups amid COVID-19 restrictions is a cause for concern for the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) serving in the Central African nation.

Map showing countries around the world with ongoing conflict amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calls for Ceasefire amid COVID-19 Disregarded in Cameroon, CAR, Nigeria: Church Leaders

Calls for ceasefire amid COVID-19 crisis in areas of armed conflicts by world leaders including the Holy Father  and the United Nations Chief have been disregarded in Africa, various Church leaders have testified.