Archbishop-elect Jean-Paul Vesco (left) and Archbishop emeritus Paul Jacques Marie Desfarges. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Algeria’s Alger Archbishop, Appoints Successor

Dec 28, 2021

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Paul Jacques Marie Desfarges of the Catholic Archdiocese of Alger in Algeria and appointed his successor.

Pope Francis greets Br. Jean-Pierre Schumacher, the last survivor of Tibhirine, on 31 March 2019 in Morocco. Credit: Vatican Media

Last Catholic Monk Who Survived Massacre at Algerian Monastery Dies Aged 97

Nov 23, 2021

Catholic monk Jean-Pierre Schumacher was left to tell of the ill-famed 1996 massacre at the Algerian monastery of Tibhirine in which seven of his confreres were brutally killed.

Sulieman Buhafss. Credit: CSW

Human Rights Body Demands Release of Algerian Christian Detained for Abandoning Islam

Sep 5, 2021

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, is demanding the release of an Alafia Christian man who has been on the wrong side of the government for abandoning Islam in favor of Christianity.

The logo of Agostiniani nel Mondo Foundation that is working in 50 countries in the world.

Missionaries in Algeria Develop Tool to Address Increased Suicide Among Young People

Apr 12, 2021

Augustinian Missionaries ministering in Algeria are running psychological and social programs in centers across the vast Northern African country to address the rising cases of depression and suicide among young people in the country.

Bishop John MacWilliams, of Algeria's Diocese of Laghouat

Why Africa’s Largest Diocese Has Only 12 Priests, All Non-native

Dec 27, 2020

At slightly over 2 million square kilometers, the Diocese of Laghouat, located in the Southern part of Algeria, is the largest diocese in Africa and arguably one of the largest dioceses in the world, only rivalled by the Catholic Diocese of Irkutsk in Russia, which measures 9.96 million square kilometers.

Late Archbishop Henri Teissier.

Algerian Archbishop Remembered for Courage, Love for Country Laid to Rest

Dec 10, 2020

The late Archbishop emeritus of Algiers in Algeria, Henri Teissier, who was laid to rest Wednesday, December 9 is being eulogized for his courage and love for the North African nation.

CERNA members identify Pope Francis’ New Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, and the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Charles de Foucauld as two events important for the Church in North Africa.

Bishops in North Africa Acknowledge Two Recent Events that “shed a new, joyful light”

Nov 8, 2020

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA) have acknowledged with appreciation two events in recent times that have had a positive impact in their region.

Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers, Algeria.

COVID-19 “destabilizes, pushes us to dig deeper, in faith”: Jesuit Archbishop in Algeria

Jul 21, 2020

A Jesuit Archbishop shepherding the people of God in Algeria’s Archdiocese of Algiers has, in a recent interview with ACI Africa, shared about the impact of COVID-19 in his experience, saying the pandemic has triggered moments of destabilization and a deeper spiritual reflection that reveals “a certain letting go in relationships” including that with God.

Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers, Algeria.

Inter-religious Dialogue “a path to universal brotherhood”: Archbishop in Algeria

Jul 20, 2020

The Archbishop of Algiers in Algeria, Paul Desfarges, who was recently appointed to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, underscored the value of interreligious dialogue describing it as “a path to universal brotherhood.”

Dieudonne Cardinal Nzapalainga (left), Bishop Denis Isizoh (Center), and Archbishop Paul Desfarges (right) appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID).

Three Prelates in Africa Advancing Religious Tolerance Join Rome’s Interreligious Council

Jul 9, 2020

Three African Prelates known for promoting religious tolerance in their respective countries are set to join the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID) as members after Pope Francis appointed them to the Vatican-based dicastery of the Roman Curia.

Reconstruction of 4 rooms and a community hall in favour of the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Tamanrasset, Algeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Why Congregation of Sisters in Algeria Needs to Survive amid Shortage of Vocations

Jul 9, 2020

Sometime last year, when members of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Algeria wrote to the Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, appealing for funds, the Congregation was in a deep state of need.

Bishop Nicolas Pierre Jean Lhernould of the Diocese of Constantine in Algeria.

Christians and Muslims in Algeria “maintain links” despite Lockdown: Bishop of Constantine

May 7, 2020

Christians and Muslims in the North African nation of Algeria have sought to maintain interpersonal connections going beyond religion amid COVID-19 restrictions and the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, the Bishop of Constantine told Vatican News in an interview.

Bishop John MacWilliams of Algeria's Laghouat Diocese

Not Much Change for Algeria’s Church amid COVID-19

Apr 4, 2020

In a country where the faithful go for months without celebrating Holy Mass due to a shortage of Priests, the Church in Algeria is experiencing very little disruption owing to the spread of COVID-19 that has forced worshippers in many parts of the world to miss Mass.

Catholic Christians use sanitizer provided by the Church to clean their hands to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after a Sunday Mass at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi, Kenya. March 15, 2020. / REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

What Church Leaders in Africa Have Instructed to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Mar 16, 2020

The pandemic of coronavirus that has spread to well over 80 countries across the world including at least 26 in Africa has prompted the taking of precautionary measures aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly virus, with the global death toll having surpassed 5,300.

Bishop Nicolas Lhernould Lies Prostate On The Altar Steps during his Episcopal Ordination in Tunis, February 8, 2020.

Church in Tunisia Ordains First Catholic Bishop in 60 Years

Feb 14, 2020

Dozens of Catholic dignitaries and hundreds of faithful gathered at the Saint Vincent-de-Paul Cathedral in Tunisia Saturday, February 8 for the Episcopal Ordination of the Bishop of Constantine in Algeria, French-born Monsignor Nicolas Lhernould.

Monsignor Nicolas Lhernould, the newly appointed Bishop for the diocese of Constantine in Algeria

French-Born Bishop-Elect for Algeria’s Constantine Diocese Hopes for Hospitality

Dec 11, 2019

The newly appointed Bishop for the diocese of Constantine in Algeria, French-born Monsignor Nicolas Lhernould has expressed hope for being accorded the warm welcome of hospitality by the people of God in his new jurisdiction soon after the Holy Father’s decision was made public Monday, December 9.

Placard representing the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA) during SECAM Golden Jubilee in Kampala, Uganda 28.07.2019 / ACI Africa/Fr. Don Bosco

Faced with “economic, climate, political disorders,” North Africa Bishops Support Migrants

Oct 4, 2019

The Catholic Bishops of North Africa under the umbrella body called the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA) recently reconfirmed their solidarity with thousands of migrants present in their region and promised to reach out to them.