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Some children at the Mamma Margherita Salesian Center, operated by Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in Cotonou, Benin. Credit: Salesian Missions /

How Salesian Sisters are Facilitating Vulnerable Children Integration in Beninese Society

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), also called Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, are reaching out to vulnerable children in the West African nation of Benin by offering art classes to street children and sheltering former slaves to help reintegrate them in the Beninese society.

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Manual to Guide Small Christian Communities in Benin’s Cotonou Archdiocese Released

The leadership of the Archdiocese of Cotonou in Benin has released a manual to guide the activities of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in its episcopal see.

Bishop Eugène Cyrille Houndékon reading the message of members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishops in Benin Call for Respect of Human Dignity amid Surge in Ritual Crimes

Catholic Bishops in Benin are calling on the people of God in the West African nation to uphold human dignity amid an increase in reported cases of ritual crimes that have resulted in mob justice.

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New Nuncio to Benin, Togo Consecrated a Bishop

The episcopal consecration of Archbishop Mark Miles, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Benin and Togo earlier this year, was held in Gibraltar on Sunday.

Catholics in Benin Mixing Christianity with Witchcraft after 160 Years of Evangelization

A significant number of Catholics in Benin have been said to have one foot in the Church and another one in indigenous ways of worship after over a century of Missionary work in the West African country.

Archbishop Roger Houngbédji greets Benin's president of the constitutional council Joseph Djogbenou during the prayer service at Our Lady of Mercy Cathedral in Cotonou Archdiocese. / Courtesy Photo

Benin’s Religious Leaders Seek “peace that comes from God” Ahead of Presidential Election

Religious leaders in the West African nation of Benin are praying for peace ahead of the presidential election scheduled to take place on April 11.

Archbishop Roger Houngbédji of Benin’s Cotonou Archdiocese / Archdiocese of Cotonou

Christian Identity Meaningful in Commitment to Church, Society: Prelate in Benin to Youth

The importance of young people demonstrating their Christian identity through selfless service to the Church and society has been underscored at a public catechesis, which the Archbishop of Benin’s Cotonou Archdiocese organized.

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Apostolic Nuncio in Benin to Represent Holy Father in Neighboring Togo

Pope Francis has appointed his representative in Benin, Archbishop Mark Gerard Miles, as his representative in the neighboring West African nation of Togo.

Fr. César Fernández, a Spanish Salesian missionary killed in February 2019 by jihadists in Burkina Faso. / Agenzia Infor Salesiana (ANS)

Marian Statue in Benin, Fulfillment of Slain Salesian Missionary’s Desire: Officials

A statue of Mary Help of Christians, which arrived in Benin at the beginning of this month, is a fulfillment of the desire of Fr. Antonio César Fernandez, a Spanish member of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) who was killed in Burkina Faso two years ago, SDB officials have said in a report.

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Pope Francis Appoints Gibraltarian Cleric His Representative in Benin

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Mark Gerard Miles as his representative in the West African country of Benin.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) / Afrique Sur 7

Bishops in Benin Encourage “open dialogue” Ahead of Presidential Election

Ahead of the April 2021 Presidential poll in Benin, Catholic Bishops in the West African country are calling on politicians and the leadership of institutions organizing the election to engage in an open dialogue for a peaceful, inclusive, democratic and transparent election.

Entrance to École Jeunesse Bonheur, a Catholic school of prayer and evangelization located in the Archdiocese of Cotonou in Benin. / Jeunesse Bonheur School

Lay Formation School in Benin Where Youth Spend a Year of Isolation, Spiritual Intimacy

How about taking a break from your studies or a hectic work schedule to embark on a year of spiritual formation? In Benin, this life of intense spiritual formation is not just reserved for men and women who choose Religious Life. It is open to lay people as well, the founder of the facility has told ACI Africa.

Bishops in Benin Urge Government to Abolish “sponsorship” Law for Presidential Candidates

The leadership of the Catholic Christian Observatory for Governance (OCCG), an organ of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB), has called on the government of the West African country to abolish the electoral law, which requires aspiring presidential candidates to have the sponsorship of Mayors.

Catholic Bishops in Benin with President Patrice Talon. /

Benin’s Bishops Want “objective, critical, constructive assessment” of President’s Tenure

Catholic Church leaders in the West African nation of Benin have called on citizens to make an “objective, critical and constructive assessment” of President Patrice Talon’s mandate before presidential elections, which are slated to take place in April next year.

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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.

Our Lady of Arigbo Marian Shrine in Dassa, Benin. /

Annual Marian Pilgrimage in Benin Canceled, Pilgrims to “pray fervently” for Healing

The annual Marian pilgrimage to Arigbo Grotto in Dassa in the Central part of Benin that had been scheduled to take place in August has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Bishops in the West African country announced Tuesday, July 21 and called on pilgrims to “pray fervently” through the intercession of Mary for “many graces of healing for the sick.”

A poster for the official presentation of the first draft report on Family and Relational Poverty by the International Family Monitor on Tuesday, June 23. / International Family Monitor

The African Family is Suffering in Silence, Scholars Establish in Inaugural Study

The family, in its fragile nature is suffering in silence, scholars from African Catholic institutions who joined their colleagues from other parts of the world for a virtual meeting that was streamed from Rome have said.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) with former Apostolic Nuncio to Benin and Togo, Archbishop Brian Udaigwe. /

Former Apostolic Nuncio in Benin, Togo Transferred, “not dismissed”: Bishops in Togo

Catholic Bishops in Togo have sought to dismiss as “malicious comments” claims that Nigerian-born Archbishop Brian Udaigwe who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Togo and Benin has been sacked.

Archbishop Brian Archbishop Brian Udaigwe (left), appointed as the Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka and Fr. Muricio Agostinho Camuto (right), appointed Bishop of the Diocese. /

Spiritan Cleric Appointed Bishop in Angola, Apostolic Nuncio in Benin, Togo Transferred

A member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Fr. Maurício Agostinho Camuto, was Monday, June 15 appointed the new Bishop of the three-year old Diocese of Caxito in Angola.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). /

Bishops in Benin Thank God for Preserving “country from a deadly explosion of the disease”

Catholic Church leaders in the West African nation of Benin have, following their two-day meeting this week, expressed gratitude to God for the current status of COVID-19 infections in their country, praying that an effective cure is found to save lives across the globe.