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Called by Christ, “put your strength, hope in Him”: Bishop to Catechists in Kenyan Diocese

Feb 9, 2024

The ministry of Catechists is a calling by the Lord to carry on His ministry of evangelization in the world among His people, the Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Nakuru Diocese has said.

Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Sunday of the Word of God in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 21, 2024. | Vatican Media

Return to God’s Word Rather than Social Media’s "violence of words": Pope Francis

Jan 21, 2024

Pope Francis has called Catholics to spend more time with the saving power of God’s word as society and social media amplify “the violence of words.”

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Bishop in Angola Cautions Companies Against Wasting Food, “be sensitive to the poor”

Nov 12, 2023

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola has called on companies and businesses that deal in food to sell their products at affordable prices instead of waiting for the products to go bad only to throw them away.

Archbishop Alex (center) pose for picture with catechists who recently graduated from Emthonjeni Pastoral Centre. Credit: Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

Catechists in Zimbabwe Urged to Indiscriminately Spread God’s Love, Mercy to All

Sep 30, 2023

The Archbishop of Bulawayo Archdiocese in Zimbabwe has called upon catechists in the Southern African nation to spread God’s love and mercy among all the people without discrimination.

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

“Upgrade your teaching methods”: Catholic Bishop in Angola to Catechists

Sep 20, 2023

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola has challenged Catechists in his Episcopal See to consider revising their methods of reaching catechism, to facilitate a better understanding of the Church doctrine as they practice their vocation in this era and time. 

Andrew Nana Gyan, Accra Archdiocesan Catechists’ Association President. Credit: Catholic Trends

Catechists in Ghanaian Archdiocese Cautioned against Laxity, Urged to “work hard”

Aug 28, 2023

Catechists in the Catholic Archdiocese of Accra in Ghana have been cautioned against laxity, and urged to “work hard” and affirm the dignity of their call to God’s service. 

Bishop Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta of South Sudan's Torit Diocese. Credit: Torit Diocese

In Evangelizing, Foster Unity: Catholic Bishop to Catechists in South Sudanese Diocese

May 24, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Torit Diocese in South Sudan has underscored the value of oneness in evangelization, and called upon Catechists to foster it. 

Pope Francis meets with participants of the plenary assembly of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life on April 22, 2023, at the Vatican.  | Credit: Vatican Media

Lay Ministry Must Be Done in Service to Others and not Become "self-referential": Pope

Apr 25, 2023

Pope Francis discussed his vision for lay ministry in the Church in an April 22 speech, noting that all baptized people are called to take part in the mission of the Church regardless of whether or not they hold a formal lay ministry title such as lector or catechist. 

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Catechists in Niger, Burkina Faso Braving Heightened Insecurity to Make Jesus Christ Known

Mar 23, 2023

Catechists serving in areas located on the border between Niger and Burkina Faso have shared the joy of making Jesus Christ known and “living the beatitudes” amid heightened insecurity in the region.

Pope Francis confers the ministry of catechist in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 22, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Confers Lay Ministries Upon 10 People in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 22, 2023

Pope Francis formally conferred the ministries of lector and catechist upon four men and six women from the Philippines, Mexico, Congo, Italy, and the U.K. on Sunday at a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.  

Catechists praying with refugee children in South Sudan. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Help the Clergy Reach God’s People at Grassroots: South Sudanese Priest to Catechists

Sep 27, 2022

Catechists in South Sudan’s Wau Diocese have been encouraged to help members of the Clergy reach out to the people of God at the grassroots. 

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catechists in South Sudanese Diocese Urged to “continue serving people” amid Challenges

Aug 3, 2022

Catechists in South Sudan’s Yei Catholic Diocese have been called upon “to continue serving the people of God” amid challenges in their respective lives.

Bishop Christian Carlassare of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Radio Good News/Facebook

Catechists in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan, Urged “to remain active” in Evangelization

Jun 30, 2022

Catechists in the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan have been called upon “to remain active” in their ministry of evangelization at the grassroots.

Fr. Lazar Arasu, Director of Don Bosco Refugee Services, Palabek in Uganda during a talk with the youth at the refugee camp. Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Salesians at Ugandan Settlement Training Catechists to Bridge Gap among Refugees

Feb 19, 2022

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Uganda have embarked on fresh training of Catechists among refugees in the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu to fill the gap that was left by Pastoral caregivers who went back to their homes in South Sudan.

Fr. Basil Soyoye. Credit: Agenzia Fides

Nigerian Missionary Priest in Benin Praises Catechists for Role in Africa’s Evangelization

Jan 29, 2022

Catechists have played a vital role in the evangelization and growth of the Catholic Church in Africa, a member of the Society for African Missions (SMA) in Benin has said.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the first Sunday of the Word of God Jan. 26, 2020. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis to Confer New Lay Ministries for First Time in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 18, 2022

The candidates come from three continents.

Pope Francis meets young people of the Scholas Community at Rome’s Pontifical International College Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Nov. 25, 2021. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis’ December Prayer Intention: Catechists to Witness Word of God "with courage"

Nov 30, 2021

Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May.

Pope Francis greets Archbishop Rino Fisichella in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Sept. 17, 2021. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Hopes New Ministry of Catechist will "awaken this vocation"

Sep 17, 2021

The pope formally instituted the new lay ministry in May.

Fr. Peter Kimani, National Chaplain of the Kenya Prisons Services and Fr. Matambura Ismael of the Jesuits Conference of Africa and Madagascar at the commissioning of prison catechists at the end of the catechists' training in Nairobi on Thursday, June 24.Credit: ACI Africa/JCAM

Jesuits Train Catechists in Kenyan Prisons to Equip Inmates with Coping Skills

Jun 25, 2021

Working in Kenyan Prisons has never been easy for spiritual caregivers who share the psychological burden of those locked behind bars.

A Catechist in Uganda takes refugees from neighbouring South Sudan through a class/ Credit: Aid to the Church in Need

Catechists in Troubled African Countries Paying with Their Lives for Love of Apostolate

May 23, 2021

Catechists serving in a number of African countries experiencing violent conflicts are risking their lives and the lives of their family members to help in evangelization, Catholic pastoral charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has established.