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Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese. Credit: ACN

Nigerian Catholic Priest Proposes Beatification of 2022 Pentecost Sunday Massacre Victims

Jun 3, 2023

A Catholic Priest in Nigeria has proposed the beatification of those who lost their lives in last year’s Pentecost Sunday massacre. 

Sister Beta Almendra, a Portuguese Comboni nun living in Wau. Credit: ACN

Catholic Diocese in South Sudan Raising Funds to Support War Victims in Sudan

May 20, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Wau in South Sudan is preparing to send a special collection to Khartoum, Sudan, to support people who continue to be affected by the ongoing war that broke out on April 15.

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Catholic Charity Calls for Release of Somali Women Detained for Converting to Christianity

May 10, 2023

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) international, is appealing to the international community to intervene in the arrest and detention of two women in Somaliland who converted from Islam to Christianity.

Fr. Thégène Ngoboka, director of the Cyangugu Justice and Peace Commission in Rwanda. Credit: ACN

Catholic Church in Rwanda Journeying with Prisoners to Heal Wounds of Civil War

May 7, 2023

Nearly three decades after the Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed, the wounds are still tender, and a lot still needs to be done to bring about forgiveness by those who remain wounded.

Cardinal Dieudonné Nzapalainga with IDPs. Credit: ACN

Church in CAR Encouraging Catholic Couples to Evangelize in Country’s Troubled Areas

Apr 24, 2023

The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic (CAR) is risking to access volatile areas troubled by violence, the country’s Cardinal has said.  

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“People are dying here”: Bishop in Mozambique on Cholera, Hunger Owing to Lengthy Cyclone

Mar 21, 2023

Hundreds of thousands of people affected by Tropical Cyclone Freddy in Southern Africa are facing hunger and starvation, the Catholic Bishop of Quelimane Diocese in Mozambique has said, noting that many in his Episcopal See are already dying of cholera amid other devastating effects of the cyclone.

Fr. Remigius Ihyula comforts a camp resident. Credit: ACN

“Why do you allow your citizens to be killed?” Priest in Nigeria Decries State Inaction

Mar 15, 2023

The Federal government of Nigeria has ignored the plight of the people of God, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation said, and decried government’s inaction amid cases of Nigerians being “butchered and slaughtered daily”.

Clement Usoo. Credit: ACN

Little Left for Nigerian Man who Watched Militants Kill Three Family Members

Feb 16, 2023

Clement Usoo admits that he has lost all hope in life, and is only waiting for his death after watching armed Fulani herdsmen brutally murder his mother, brother, and son, and losing seven other family members to the militants.

Sts. Peter and Paul Kaffin Koro Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Minna in Nigeria razed by fire. Credit: Courtesy Phtot

Catholic Entities Condemn Gruesome Murder of Catholic Priest in Nigeria

Jan 16, 2023

The Catholic charity foundations, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), and Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, have condemned the Sunday, January 15 attack on Sts. Peter and Paul Kaffin Koro Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Minna in Nigeria in which the Parish Priest was killed and his Assistant left in critical condition.

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Catholic Bishop Decries “terrible” Terrorism Consequences on Church Work in Burkina Faso

Jan 14, 2023

Terrorism in Burkina Faso has taken a heavy toll on the ministry of the local Church in the West African nation, a Catholic Bishop has lamented in a report.

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Catholic Charity Rallying for Support of Priest’s Mission in Zimbabwe’s Isolated Villages

Dec 30, 2022

Chitsungo Mission of the Catholic Diocese of Chinhoyi in Zimbabwe is the poorest in the Diocese, the Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has said, adding that Priests are finding it difficult to provide pastoral care to needy populations in far-flung villages served by the Catholic mission.

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Catholic Charity Lauds King Charles’ Meeting with Victims of Extremism in Nigeria

Dec 20, 2022

The recent meeting between King Charles III and some of the victims of religious extremism in Nigeria is a laudable step towards addressing the violence in the West African country, the Catholic charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

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How Nuns in Senegal are Sustaining New Community amid Prolonged Drought, Limited Resources

Dec 19, 2022

Members of the Religious Congregation of the Poor Clares who recently established a community in the Catholic Archdiocese of Dakar in Senegal are working against all odds, including prolonged drought and limited resources, to sustain their mission in the West African country.

Casimiro Jorge Cajucam, the Director of Sol Mansi, a Diocesan radio station in Guinea-Bissau. Credit: ACN

Intimidation of Christians in Guinea-Bissau Threatening Decades of Peace: Catholic Charity

Dec 10, 2022

The long-standing cordial relationship between Christians and Muslims in Guinea-Bissau is under threat with the ongoing religious-based intimidation that targets churches, the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has said.

Fr. Hans-Joachim Lohre during a conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Bamako Mali. Credit: ACN

Catholic Foundation Concerned about Missing Priest Championing Religious Cohesion in Mali

Nov 24, 2022

For over 30 years, Fr. Hans-Joachim Lohre has been a keen champion of religious cohesion in Mali, Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said, expressing “pain and concern” over the November 20 disappearance of the Catholic Missionary Priest in a suspected kidnapping incident by jihadists.

Janada Marcus. Credit: ACN

“I pray for their redemption”, Catholic Girl Tortured by Boko Haram in Nigeria Says

Nov 20, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic girl who was forced to watch as his father was beheaded, after which she was captured and tortured for days has forgiven his tormentors, saying that she prays for the militants’ redemption.

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Ondo, Nigeria. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Address Christian Persecution Lest “Nigeria is overrun as is case of Afghanistan”: Bishop

Nov 18, 2022

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese has pleaded with lawmakers in the United Kingdom (UK) to push their government and other nations to help address the persecution of Christians in the West African nation lest it is overrun by terrorists.

Bishop Jude Ayodeji Arogundade of Nigeria’s Ondo Diocese. Credit: ACN

Nigerian Catholic Bishop Backs Petition Demanding Justice for Persecuted Christians

Oct 30, 2022

A Nigerian Catholic Bishop has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, expressed his backing for a petition requesting that the United Kingdom (UK) government "call on their Nigerian counterparts to bring to justice those responsible for genocidal attacks” in the West African nation.

Burnt car in Chipene Mission after the attack in Chipene. Credit: ACN

Mozambique’s Terrorist Attacks “taking on a more religious dimension”: Catholic Missionary

Oct 11, 2022

Christians are being targeted in the terrorist attacks in Mozambique, a Catholic Missionary serving in the country’s Pemba Diocese has said, adding that the violent conflict “is taking on a more religious dimension”.

Bishop Alberto Vera Aréjula of Nacala Diocese in Mozambique. Credit: ACN

Catholic Bishop Recounts Atrocities Terrorists are Committing in Northern Mozambique

Oct 10, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of  Nacala Diocese in Mozambique has, in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, recounted atrocities that groups of terrorists are committing in the Northern part of the country.