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Matgoro community (Vicariat Apostolique de Mongo). Credit: ACN

Catholic Bishop in Chad Upbeat about “a vibrant Church” among Small Minority Community

Sep 24, 2023

Though Chad is significantly Christian, most inhabitants of the Eastern part of the country, which is served by the Apostolic Vicariate of Mongo, are Muslims. Of the 1.7 million people that live in this vastly desert territory, only about 15,000 are Christians, the Bishop of Mongo has said about the figure that translates to less than 1 percent.

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Scores Executed as Islamist Jihadists Reportedly Target Christians at Mozambican Village

Sep 19, 2023

At least 11 people were killed on September 15 after members of the Islamic State attacked a village in Mozambique and opened fire on Christians after hand-picking them from Muslims, the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has reported.

Holy Mass in Burkina Faso. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Christians in Burkina Faso Going Back to Church amid Persecution: Catholic Priest

Sep 2, 2023

Christians in Burkina Faso who had abandoned the Church are coming back much stronger, a Catholic Priest serving in the West African nation that is experiencing a high level of persecution has said.

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Major Seminaries in Burundi Set Limit to Enrollment amid “boom in vocations”

Jul 24, 2023

Major Seminaries in Burundi have been forced to regulate their enrollment as the number of young people seeking to join Priestly and Religious Life continues to rise in the Eastern African country.

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Charity Foundation Responds to Threat from Sects Luring Catholics from Zambian Church

Jul 2, 2023

Growth of the Catholic Church in Zambia is thwarted by the constant move by sects to lure Catholics from the Church, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International has said.

Participants attending the filmmaking training in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Huge potential, audience”: Catholic Charity Foundation Official on Filmmaking in Africa

Jun 30, 2023

The filmmaking industry in Africa has “a huge potential” as well as audience, an official of the Catholic Pontifical and Charity Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five year. Credit: ACN

“Spiritually transformative”: Catholic Nun on Years Spent in Jihadist Captivity in Mali

Jun 26, 2023

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five years has described the years she spent with her abductors as “spiritually transformative” and a blessing in her life.

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.