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COP26: Jesuit Superiors in Africa and Europe Concerned about Delay of Climate Talks

The leaders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar as well as those in Europe have written to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressing their concern over the postponement of talks on climate change, which were originally scheduled to be held in Glasgow this year from November 9-19.

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Islamic Militants Kidnap Hundreds in Raid on Nigerian Town

Militants with the Islamic State West Africa Province attacked the town of Kukawa in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, abducting hundreds of people.

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On International Youth Day, Salesians Review their Service among Young People in Africa

On the occasion of the International Youth Day (IYD) marked Wednesday, August 12, the leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), has reviewed the various support initiatives that benefit young people around the globe, including Africa.

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How Natural Family Planning is Spreading in West Africa

In countries throughout Western Africa, the most common religions are Islam and Catholicism. Both of these religions reject the use of artificial means of birth control, such as condoms or birth control pills.

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New Ebola Outbreak in DRC Prompts Catholic Aid

Caritas Spain has announced that it will donate more than 23,000 euros – about $26,000 – to Caritas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to fight a new outbreak of Ebola in the country.

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Send Special Envoy to Protect Nigerian Christians, Says Former Congressman

The United States should send a special envoy to Nigeria to help coordinate the protection of the Christian population and prevent further destabilization in the area, said former Rep. Frank Wolf on Thursday, June 25.

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Religious Missionaries in Africa, Europe Want “just, inclusive post COVID-19 recovery”

Religious men and women with presence in Africa and Europe have, in a collective statement, expressed the need for a recovery plan that goes beyond food security, debt cancellation, and dialogue around capital investments.

Jean-Claude Cardinal Hollerich of COMECE (left) and Philipp Cardinal Ouédraogo of SECAM (right) who have just issued a joint statement for a people-centered partnership ahead of the AU/EU summit in October. /

Ahead of AU/EU Summit, Bishops in Africa, Europe Call for "a people-centered partnership"

In view of the planned 6th Summit of African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) leaders in October, Bishops in Africa and Europe have, in a joint statement, encouraged European and African policy-makers to orient their preparatory work on the principles that foster “people-centered” partnerships.

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Locusts Threaten East African Food Crisis, U.S. Members of Congress Call for Aid

Members of Congress are calling on the president to take early action to fight swarms of locusts in East Africa, where millions face a potential food crisis.

Women Leadership in Africa “a major and permanent challenge”: A Missionary’s Reflection

As various nations of Africa strive to achieve the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, which contemplates a people-driven development approach that relies on, among other stakeholders, women, a missionary priest ministering in West Africa has decried the tendency of women on the continent to play a secondary role in the political spheres of their respective nations.

Pope Francis meets with participants in a World Day of Reflection against Trafficking in Persons in Vatican City, Feb. 12, 2018. Credit: Vatican City. /

Women African Judges Meet at Vatican to Deliberate on 'plague' of Human Trafficking

A group of around 50 women judges and prosecutors engaged in the fight against human trafficking and organized crime in Africa is meeting at the Vatican this week.

Representation of "Prophets": African missionary priest calling on politicians in Africa to be prophets /

Africa Needs “politicians who are above all prophets,” African Missionary Cleric Says

As African countries continue working towards enhancing democracy in the 21st century, an African missionary priest has challenged politicians in the world’s second largest continent to integrate their political vocations with prophetism.

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South African Appointed to New Vatican-based Youth Advisory Body “surprised, honored”

A year after the Synod of Bishops' special assembly on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment proposed the creation of an advisory body that would reinforce the work done by the Vatican-based Youth Office of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, one of the 20 members appointed to the newly established International Youth Advisory Body, South African Dominique Yon, has shared with ACI Africa about her reaction at the news of her appointment announced Sunday, November 24.

Bishop Martin Igwe Uzoukwu of Minna, Nigeria, Africa Coordinator Divine Mercy while in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for the 4th Pan-African Congress on Divine Mercy: November 19, 2019 / ACI Africa

Peace in Africa at the Heart of Ongoing Continental Divine Mercy Congress: Official Says

An African Church leader charged with the responsibility of coordinating devotion to the Divine Mercy in Africa has identified the prayerful search for peace on the continent as the agenda driving the weeklong fourth Congress on Divine Mercy officially launched in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou under the theme, “Divine Mercy a grace for our time.”

Three African career women, Ivorian Olga Kouassi, Cameroonian Esther Tallah, and Ivorian Karine Kouassi expected to present papers on "Women in leadership: An overview from Sub-Saharan Africa" at Università della Santa Croce on November 16, 2019 / Harambee Africa International

Reversing Negative Trend in “women and leadership in Africa”, Focus of Rome Conference

Ways of reversing trends demonstrating that women in Sub-Saharan Africa seem to be lagging behind in the exercise of their leadership in the various spheres of life including their presence in politics, economic, and even scholarship spheres will be the focus of the Saturday, November 16 presentations at the University of Holy Cross (P. Università della Santa Croce) in Rome under the auspices of Harambee Africa International, the association’s Vice President, Manuel Sanchez told ACI Africa.

Pro-Life supporters demonstrate against ICPD25 in Nairobi, Kenya / Peter Kahama

Countering ICPD25: Population, Underdevelopment Narratives, Ploy to Impoverish Africa

As the widely publicized and “controversial “United Nations” Summit bringing together thousands of delegates from across the globe is set to kick off in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, voices of dissent faulting the meeting have increased, the argument of misplaced priorities and a wrong agenda characterizing criticisms leveled against the three-day conference.

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As Angola Drought Continues, Catholic Church Calls for Emergency Declaration

As a severe drought continues to devastate regions of Angola, the Catholic Church in the country is asking the government to declare a state of emergency, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

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Shifting from “human-centric to ecological-centric mission”: African Priest’s Reflection

At a time when the message on the care of creation seems predominant in Pope Francis' recent addresses, including his latest visit to Africa, an African missionary priest is proposing a shift from missions focused on human beings to missions that are inclusive of creation.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, October 2019 / SECAM

SECAM Representatives Condemn Xenophobia in Africa, Support Regional Conferences

When the dust around xenophobia mainly in South Africa seems to be settling amid high level interventions, members of the Standing Committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have added their voice to those of the regional bodies of Bishops’ conferences, condemning xenophobic violence and reprisal attacks and called on governments and political actors to end hatred on the African continent.

Panelists at Conference on Peace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Sant'Edigio Ivory Coast

From Madrid to Abidjan, Sant'Egidio to Deliver Peace Message to Ivory Coast

In the spirit of the 33rd International Meeting for Peace held from September 15 to 17 in Madrid, Spain, the Community of Sant'Egidio in collaboration with the religious leaders of Ivory Coast, is organizing an inter-religious meeting for peace in the country’s economic capital, Abidjan, an official has told ACI Africa.