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World Refugee Day T-shirts and food hampers provided by the SACBC Migrants and Refugee Office in collaboration with UNHCR for participants in the event held at Christ the King Cathedral of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese on 20 June 2021/ Credit: Sheila Pires/Radio Veritas South Africa /

Southern Africa Bishops Decry Continued Exclusion of Refugees in COVID-19 Programs

Refugees in various African countries continue to be excluded in COVID-19 programs such as provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and even vaccination against the coronavirus, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said.

The headquarters of the Independence National Electoral Commission (CENI) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

DR Congo Church Leaders Want Poll Body to Have Civil Society in Majority of Members

The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) and the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) are recommending that in the composition of the Independence National Electoral Commission (CENI), civil society members constitute the majority.

Fr. Abba Petros Abraha with students of the Don Bosco Technical School in Dekemhare, Eritrea/Credit: Salesian Missions /

Salesian Entity Facilitates Self-Sustainability Initiatives for Catholic School in Eritrea

The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, is facilitating self-sustainability initiatives at the Don Bosco Technical School in Dekemhare, a town located some 25 miles Southeast of Eritrea's capital, Asmara.

Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Warn of Looming Food Crisis amid “increasing insecurity”

Christian leaders in the West African nation of Nigeria are warning of a looming food crisis in the country due to what they are calling “increasing insecurity.”

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN)/Credit: Fr. Paul Dah /

Security Forces in Burkina Faso, Niger Urged to Work Toward Restoring Previous Optimism

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger are urging security forces operating in the region to work toward restoring the optimism that had characterized the West African nation of Burkina Faso before the Solhan village massacre.

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Rumbek welcomed upon his arrival in Rumbek. Credit Courtesy Photo /

In Maiden Visit of South Sudanese Diocese, Apostolic Administrator Urges “reflection”

In his maiden visit of Rumbek Diocese whose Bishop-elect was shot and wounded in April, the Apostolic Administrator of the South Sudanese Diocese has called for “reflection” and the seeking of spiritual renewal.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 5, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: Do not Forget Workers Pushed to the Margins by Pandemic

Pope Francis addressed an International Labor Organization (ILO) summit Thursday, calling for dignified working conditions and support for workers on the margins of the labor market still affected by pandemic losses.

A poster of the National Youth Day in South Africa/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Youth to Shun Hatred, Embrace Love

The leadership of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has, on the occasion of the National Youth Day, invited young people across South Africa to practice love and cohesion in place of hatred and racial discrimination.

Among the victims in the aftermath of the bloodiest terrorist attack since Islamist violence began are also Christians/ Credit:  Aid to The Church in Need (ACN) /

Attacks on Villages Becoming Unpredictable, Burkinabe Bishop on Insecurity

A Catholic Bishop in Burkina Faso has said attacks on villages have multiplied and become increasingly unpredictable. 

St. Peter's Basilica. Bohumil Petrik/CNA /

Pope Francis Appoints ‘ecclesiastical assistant’ for Vatican Communications

Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed an Italian priest and philosopher as an “ecclesiastical assistant” to the Vatican’s communications department.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese/ Credit Courtesy Photo /

South Sudanese Catholic Bishop Calls for Prayers as Ravaging Drought Threatens Masses

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese has asked faith-based organizations and the people of God in the East-Central African country to pray for rains following a prolonged drought, a situation he says threatens the survival of many in the country.

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 16, 2021./ Vatican Media. /

Pope Francis: On the Cross, Jesus Prayed for You

Catholics should take courage in the fact that even as Jesus was dying on the cross, his most agonizing moment on earth, he was praying for them, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

An image showing vote casting in Zambia. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Call for Fair Media Coverage of Ongoing Political Campaigns

Members of the Jesuit Conference of Theological Reflection (JCTR) have called on media players in Zambia to observe fairness in the coverage of the ongoing political campaigns ahead of the August 12 general elections.

St Micheal Parish in Malawi's Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Charity Pledges Support for Parishioners Trekking for Miles to Church in Malawi

Christians from St. Joseph’s outstation of Nkhate Parish in Malawi’s Catholic Diocese of Chikwawa have been trekking for up to 20 kilometers to attend Sunday Mass in the Parish.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina and Niger unveils the placard bearing Pope Benedict XVI Street in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou/ Credit: Fr. Paul Dah /

Naming of Street after Pope Benedict XVI “brings hope to Burkina Faso, Africa”: Cardinal

The naming of the Ouagadougou where the Apostolic Nunciature in Burkina Faso is located after Pope emeritus Benedict XVI “brings hope” to the West African nation as well as the African continent, the Cardinal in the country has said.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese/Facebook /

Nigerian Archbishop Cautions against “suppressing” Youth With “reasonable demands”

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has cautioned the Federal Government against “suppressing” the voices of the youth protesting against bad governance and insecurity in the West African country.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Marginalizing the poor threatens “the very concept of democracy”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Monday that “the very concept of democracy is jeopardized” when the poor are marginalized and treated as if they are to blame for their condition.

Bishop Dominic Kimengich addressing delegates during the launch of the First Diocesan Synod for Kenya's Eldoret Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Kenya’s Eldoret Diocese Convenes First Synod in 62 Years to Address Pastoral Initiatives

The leadership of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Eldoret has launched the First Diocesan Synod bringing together members of the Clergy, women and men Religious, and Laity to address pastoral initiatives. development projects, spiritual guidance and cohesion in the Diocese.

St. Joseph Cathedral of Cameroon's Mamfe Diocese. Credit: Diocese of Mamfe/Facebook /

Cameroonian Priest Decries Violence against Clergy, Says “Church is not an enemy”

A Cameroonian Catholic Priest has, in a statement, decried violence against members of the Clergy in the Central African country that is reeling under the Anglophone crisis.

Fr. Norbert-Éric Abekan/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Ivorian Priest Calls for Collaboration in Tackling Terrorism after Burkina Faso Killings

A Catholic Priest in Ivory Coast is advocating for collaborative strategies in the fight against terrorism following last weekend’s attack on Solham village in Burkina Faso during which at least 160 people lost their lives.