Catholic Church in Madagascar

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Madagascar (CEM). Credit: Vatican Media

Corruption, “lack of genuine decentralization” among Challenges Hindering Madagascar’s Development: Catholic Bishops

May 19, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Madagascar have identified corruption, lack of genuine decentralization, poverty, insecurity, and drug abuse among challenges that they say hinder development in the Indian Ocean Island nation. 


Madagascar’s Catholic Bishops Fault Bill to Castrate Child Rapists as “against human dignity”

May 16, 2024

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Madagascar (CEM) have condemned a bill that proposes to have rapists of minors castrated, arguing that such a law goes “against human dignity.”

Vicar Delegate in Madagascar’s Maintirano Diocese Appointed Catholic Bishop for Same Episcopal See

May 3, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Clément Herizo Rakotoasimbola, who has been serving as Vicar Delegate of the Apostolic Administrator “sede vacante” of Maintirano Diocese in Madagascar as the Local Ordinary of the same Episcopal See.

Mons. Jean Claude Rakotoarisoa (left) appointed Local Ordinary for Miarinarivo Diocese in Madagascar, and Mons. Godfrey Jackson Mwasekaga (right) appointed Auxiliary Bishop for Tanzania’s Mbeya Archdiocese.

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop in Madagascar, Auxiliary Bishop in Tanzania

Mar 9, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Jean Claude Rakotoarisoa as the Local Ordinary for Miarinarivo Diocese in Madagascar, and Mons. Godfrey Jackson Mwasekaga as the Auxiliary Bishop for Tanzania’s Mbeya Archdiocese. 

A bishop's pectoral cross. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop in Madagascar, Auxiliary Bishop in Tanzania

Feb 13, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed a new Bishop for Madagascar’s Catholic Diocese of Morombe and an Auxiliary Bishop for Dodoma Archdiocese in Tanzania.

Bishop Vincent Rakotozafy (right) and Mons. Luc Olivier Razafitsimialona (left). Credit: Tôlagnaro Diocese

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Catholic Bishop in Madagascar, Appoints Successor

Dec 5, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Vincent Rakotozafy from the pastoral care of Tôlagnaro Diocese in Madagascar, and has appointed Mons. Luc Olivier Razafitsimialona, and member of the Clergy of the Diocese of Ihosy in the Indian Ocean Island nation, as his successor.

Donor funding helps support day-to-day needs for the Salesian community in Lilongwe, Zambia. Credit: Salesian Missions

Day for Poverty Eradication: Salesians Highlight Initiatives to Vulnerable in Africa

Oct 20, 2023

On the annual event of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, officials of the U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, have reviewed their initiatives that seek to support vulnerable persons across the globe, including Africa.

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru (left), appointed pioneer Bishop of the newly erected Catholic Diocese of Wote in Kenya and Bishop Gustavo Bombín Espino (right), appointed Archbishop of Toliara Archdiocese in Madagascar in Madagascar. Credit: Seed Consolata/La Sede de Pedro

Pope Francis Appoints Pioneer Bishop for Kenyan New Diocese, New Archbishop in Madagascar

Jul 22, 2023

Pope Francis has erected the Catholic Diocese of Wote as a new Episcopal See in Kenya and appointed Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, who has been serving as the Local Ordinary of Kenya’s Embu Diocese as its pioneer Bishop.

Bishop Jean Pascal Andriantsoavina appointed Local Ordinary of Antsirabé Diocese in Madagascar on 10 July 2023. Credit: Antananarivo Archdiocese

Auxiliary Bishop in Madagascar Appointed Local Ordinary for Antsirabé Diocese

Jul 10, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Jean Pascal Andriantsoavina, the Auxiliary Bishop of Antananarivo Archdiocese in Madagascar as the Local Ordinary of Antsirabé Diocese in the second-largest island country.

Bishop Jean Claude Randrianarisoa (right), retires as Bishop of Madagascar’s Miarinarivo Diocese and Bishop Marie Fabien Raharilamboniaina (left) of Madagascar’s Morondava Diocese, appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of the Malagasy Episcopal See. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of 61-year-old Bishop in Madagascar

Jun 12, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Jean Claude Randrianarisoa of Madagascar’s Miarinarivo Diocese.

Bishop Jean de Dieu Raoelison, appointed Archbishop of  Madagascar’s Antananarivo Archdiocese on  5 June 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Archbishop of Antananarivo in Madagascar Retires, Pope Francis Appoints Successor

Jun 5, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Odon Marie Arsène Razanakolona from the pastoral care of Madagascar’s Antananarivo Archdiocese, and has appointed Bishop Jean de Dieu Raoelison of Ambatondrazaka Diocese as his successor.

Some of the homeless youths in prison that Salesian MIssionaries are supporting in Madagascar. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesisans in Madagascar Providing “full meals, social support” to Young Prisoners

Apr 1, 2023

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Madagascar are providing basic means of livelihood, including “social support” to young boys imprisoned at a state-run rehabilitation center in the country’s capital, Antananarivo.

Archbishop Tomasz Grysa, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Mauritius on 21 March 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Apostolic Nuncio in Madagascar, Seychelles to Also Represent Holy Father in Mauritius

Mar 21, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Madagascar and Seychelles is to extend his diplomatic services to the Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius.

Mons. Donatien Francis Randriamalala, appointed Bishop of Ambanja Diocese in Madagascar on 11 November 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Vicar General of Madagascar’s Morondava Diocese Appointed Bishop of Ambanja Diocese

Nov 11, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Donatien Francis Randriamalala, currently the Vicar General of Madagascar's Morondava Diocese, as the Local Ordinary of Ambanja Episcopal See in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

Mons. Tomasz Grysa, appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Madagascar and Apostolic Delegate in the Comoro Islands by Pope Francis on 27 September 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Polish-born Cleric Appointed Nuncio in Madagascar, Apostolic Delegate in Comoro Islands

Oct 1, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Tomasz Grysa, a native of Poland who has been serving as a Counselor in Apostolic Nunciatures, as his representative in Madagascar and as Apostolic Delegate in the Comoro Islands.

Archbishop Benjamin Marc Balthason Ramaroson of Antsiranana Archdiocese in Madagascar. Credit: ACI Africa

Find Solutions to Challenges of Migration, Security in Africa “on the spot”: Archbishop

Jul 29, 2022

The Archbishop of Antsiranana Archdiocese in Madagascar has challenged political leaders in Africa to seek concrete and feasible solutions to the challenges of migration and security on the continent at the grassroots.

Bishop Georges Varkey Puthiyakulangara of the Diocese of Port-Bergé  in Madagascar. Credit: ACN

New Chapel, Library at Madagascar Prison Drawing Inmates to Catholic Church

Jun 3, 2022

The chapel at the prison of Port-Bergé located in the North of Madagascar has been witnessing a rising number of “religious conversions”, with most of them joining the Catholic Church, a Catholic Bishop in the Island country in the Indian Ocean has said.

Some people displaced by Cyclone Batsirai. Credit: Caritas Madagascar

SECAM Expresses Solidarity with People of God in Madagascar Following Cyclone Batsirai

Mar 6, 2022

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has, in a collective statement, expressed solidarity with the people of God in Madagascar following the “terrible cyclone Batsirai” that hit the country last month.