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St. Peter’s Basilica seen through a bubble on Dec. 3, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

World Mission Sunday: Number of Catholics Continues to Rise Worldwide

The number of Catholics worldwide increased by almost 16 million in a year to 1.33 billion, according to statistics highlighted by the Vatican ahead of the 2020 World Mission Sunday. 

Protests in Cameroon as a result of the Anglophone crisis that has paralyzed regions of the country since 2016, after a strike action of lawyers and teachers turned violent. /

Bishops from Across the Globe Urge Cameroon “to participate in Swiss-led peace talks”

Against the backdrop of the most recent case of killings in Cameroon’s Northwestern region that saw up to 22 people lose their lives including a pregnant woman and children, Catholic bishops from around the world have, in a collective statement dated Monday, February 17, called on President Paul Biya’s government to be part of the “proposed Swiss-led peace talks”.

Malawi Bishops who have issued a statement on respecting and upholding the rule of law as the nation awaits court ruling on the presidential election case / Williams Mponda/ ECM

“Accept court ruling, or challenge it peacefully, constitutionally”: Malawi Bishops

Following months of post-elections unrest in the Southeast African nation of Malawi and a court hearing expected Friday, December 6 on an election petition challenging the May 21 poll, Catholic Bishops in the country have called on the estimated 16.8 million Malawians to accept the court ruling or challenge such outcome through “peaceful and constitutional mechanisms” even though the final verdict is expected in February 2020. 

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. /

Pray that Bishops, Priests will Manifest Christ's love, Pope Francis Urges

Bishops and priests have a duty to guard and protect the Catholics entrusted to their care; and they need the faithful’s prayers for this task, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Family members trying to salvage property from their marooned house following flooding in Kenya's Marsabit Diocese on November 21, 2019 / Caritas Marsabit, Kenya

Bishops in Kenya Appeal for Humanitarian Aid to People Affected by Floods, Landslides

Following the devastation occasioned by unprecedented torrential rains in parts of Kenya with the Government Spokesman giving Thursday, November 28 statistics of 118 deaths, 350,000 people displaced, and 16,700 houses destroyed across 32 counties in a span of two months, Catholic Bishops in the East African country have issued an appeal for humanitarian aid to save lives.

Some of the Catholic Bishops in Ghana at the opening of 2019 Plenary Assembly in Cape Coast on November 11, 2019 / Catholic Digest

Bishops in Ghana Petition President for Catholic University Charter

At a recent courtesy visit to their country’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, Catholic Bishops in Ghana presented a petition requesting for the Presidential Charter to the Catholic University College of Ghana (CUCG) located in Fiapre within the Sunyani Diocese.

A section of Bishops in Ghana at the opening of 2019 Plenary Assembly in Cape Coast on November 11, 2019 / Catholic Digest

Bishops’ Chair Appeals for “healthy collaboration among” Pastoral Agents in Ghana

At the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Ghana, the President of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), Archbishop Philip Naameh appealed for a collaborative ministry that would see various pastoral agents including Bishops, priests, women and men religious, catechists, among others, cooperate in witnessing to Gospel values in a manner that can contribute to overcoming the challenges facing the Church in the West African nation.

A section of Kenya's Mau Forest, East Africa’s largest indigenous montane forest. Evictions have been undertaken to restore the water catchment area. Catholic want a humane approach to the evictions. /

Evictions from Kenya’s Mau Forest be “humane, in dignity”, Bishops Demand

While the reclamation of one of East Africa’s largest water towers, Mau Forest, has been welcomed by both political and religious leaders in the country, the process of evicting those who have settled in the catchment of the main rivers providing water to western Kenya has been faulted, with a section of Catholic Bishops who have spoken to ACI Africa demanding for a humane approach.

Two Catholic Church leaders in South Sudan consulting at Good Shepherd Peace Center, Kit, Juba on October 25, 2019: Left, Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro of Juba; Right, Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio and President of Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) / ACI Africa

Catholic Leaders in Sudan and South Sudan Deliver Message of Hope amid Apprehension

With the citizens of the youngest nation of the world, South Sudan, seemingly torn between apprehension and optimism against the backdrop of reports that the vice-president designate, Dr. Riek Machar wants the long-awaited November 12 date for the Transitional Government postponed yet again by another six months, the Catholic Bishops have delivered a message of hope and called on the citizens to “keep heads high.”

Bishops of the Congo Episcopal Conference at the end of Mass to Conclude 48th Plenary Assembly at the Inter-diocesan Centre for Works (IOC), Brazzaville on October 13, 2019 /

Faithful in Congo Brazzaville Encouraged to Witness to Christian Identity

Informed by fears of the possible loss of Christian identity in the Central Africa nation of Congo-Brazzaville, Catholic Bishops have recently called on the people of God in their country to maintain their identity as followers of Christ, which they have described as a vocation that requires some distinction.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) at their first ordinary session for the pastoral year 2019-2020 in the Archdiocese of Parakou, Benin /

Bishops in Benin Call on Nigeria to Reconsider Opening Borders

Three months after a majority of African countries ratified an agreement allowing the creation of a regional free-trade zone, which was seen as a major boost to intra-regional trade, Bishops in the West African country of Benin have raised concerns over the continued move by Africa’s largest economy to close borders shared by the two countries, thereby limiting trade and free movement of goods.

RSCK Golden Jubilee Logo / RSCK

Need for Missionaries – Bishops Collaboration Marks Golden Jubilee of RSCK in Nairobi

Calls for collaboration and the realization of synergies between Catholic Church institutions in Kenya ranging from entities under Bishops and those in the hands of religious orders characterized the Tuesday October 8 celebration to mark the golden jubilee of the Religious Superiors’ Conference of Kenya (RSCK).

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.

Facilitators at the regional and diocesan sensitization programme on the constitutional referendum in Ghana on October 4, 2019 / Damian Avevor

Church in Ghana Pledges Support for Civic Education Ahead of Constitutional Referendum

As the countdown to Ghana’s referendum draws to a close, the Catholic Bishops in the West African country are prioritizing civic education, which they consider significant in having the citizens make an informed decision at the ballot.

The Village of Mary Mother of God Shrine, Subukia, Nakuru diocese, Kenya /

Fighting “curse” of Corruption in Kenya among Bishops’ Commitments at Saturday Prayer Day

In a country where cases of corruption involving colossal sums of money have often made headlines, the leadership of the Catholic Church in Kenya is making an intervention that will see Bishops make a commitment at a national event that will bring together clergy, women and men religious, and laity from across the East African country, one of the organizers told ACI Africa Wednesday.

A section of Ghanaian Bishops - Conference opposed to Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) syllabus /

Proposed Comprehensive Sexuality Education Way to Introduce Homosexuality: Ghana Bishops

The proposed Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) syllabus that seeks to teach sexuality at basic education levels in Ghana is being opposed by the country’s Catholic bishops who are interpreting the move as a subtle way of introducing homosexuality to school-going children.

Image depicting appeal to put an end to human trafficking /

Bishops in Mozambique Encourage Prevention, Support for Human Trafficking Victims

In a situation where cases of human trade for purposes such as sexual slavery, forced labour and other forms of human exploitation for commercial gain are on the rise in Mozambique, the Catholic Bishops in the Southern Africa country are encouraging various stakeholders to work toward preventing and supporting victims of human trafficking.

Archbishop Naameh, President of the Ghana catholic Bishops’ Conference with Former Ghana President John Mahama at the National Catholic Secretariat in Accra, September 23, 2019 / Damian Avevor, Ghana

“Speak out against the negative happenings,” Former Ghana President Tells Bishops

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have been encouraged to practice their prophetic role in society by speaking against evil and being vocal on matters that affect the ordinary people and the marginalized in society, ACI Africa correspondent in Ghana has reported.