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Sr. Orla Treacy, a member of the Loreto Sisters who coordinated the nine-day “walking for peace” pilgrimage organized by the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek to meet Pope Francis. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis’ “pure presence” in South Sudan is Beautiful: Catholic Missionary Nun

Feb 4, 2023

A Catholic missionary Nun working in South Sudan has expressed elation at meeting Pope Francis who is in the East-Central African country for an Ecumenical visit, noting that the Holy Father’s “pure presence” in Africa’s youngest nation means a lot for the country.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe. Credit: ACI Africa

Ecumenical Visit to South Sudan “fulfillment of a great desire”: Catholic Bishop

Feb 4, 2023

The arrival of three global church leaders in South Sudan on Friday, February 3 is a “fulfillment of a great desire” people have been yearning for, a Catholic Bishop in the East-Central African nation has said.

Pope Francis celebrated Mass with around 1 million people in Kinshasa, DRC, on Feb. 1, 2023. | Vatican Media

“True encouragement”: Cardinal in DR Congo on Pope Francis’ “comforting presence”

Feb 4, 2023

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo has described the presence of Pope Francis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as “comforting” and that it is “a true encouragement” for the people of God in the Central African nation “who are suffering in body and soul”.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby; Pope Francis; and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, lead a prayer service for Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian christians in Juba, Sudan. / Vatican Media

Those Who Choose Christ Choose Peace: Pope Francis at Ecumenical Prayer Service in S.Sudan

Feb 4, 2023

About 50,000 people attended the ecumenical prayer service.

Sr. Caroline Mbonu. Credit: Global Sisters Report

Foreign Values, “Temptations of this world” Threats to Consecrated Life in Africa: Nun

Feb 4, 2023

Following lifestyles that are foreign to Africa and “temptations of this world” are among aspects that threaten the future of Consecrated Life on the continent, a Catholic Nun in Nigeria has told ACI Africa in an interview. 

Pope Francis interacted with an energetic crowd of 65,000 young adults and catechists at Martyrs' Stadium in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Feb. 2, 2023. / Vatican Media

Catholic Priest, Students Arrested for Chants against President after Papal Event in DRC

Feb 4, 2023

The students and Father Guy Julien Muluku were detained nearly 34 hours before being released shortly before 10 p.m. on Feb. 3.

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) with Pope Francis at the Headquarters of CENCO in Kinshasa 03 February 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

“Unforgettable days spent with us”: Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Thank Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

The President of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) has, on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), thanked Pope Francis for the “unforgettable days” the Holy Father spent with the people of God in the country during his four-day Apostolic visit that concluded Friday, February 3. 

Hon. Susan Thomas Perembata, MP for Ezo County in South Sudan's Western Equatoria State. Credit: ACI Africa

Latest Papal Trip Answers, “Can something good happen in South Sudan?": Legislator

Feb 3, 2023

A Member of Parliament (MP) in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State has said the second leg of Pope Francis' two African nation trip is a “miracle” to the people of God in the East-Central African nation.

Pope Francis met the Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo on his final day in Kinshasa on Feb. 3, 2023 | Elias Turk/CNA

Congolese Catholics are "a lung" for the Universal Church: Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

The enthusiasm, joy, and missionary zeal of Congolese Catholics give oxygen to the whole Church, Pope Francis said during his final meeting in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday.

An IDP Camp in Mozambique. Credit: DHPI

Catholic Charity Calls for Renewed Humanitarian Advocacy as Mozambican IDPs Face Famine

Feb 3, 2023

The Catholic charity, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has warned of impending famine in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado, noting that IDPs in the embattled province are already experiencing food shortage.

Pope Francis speaks at an audience with the Democratic Republic of Congo's authorities, diplomats, and representatives of civil society in the on Jan. 31, 2023, on the first leg of a six-day trip that will also include South Sudan. At right is President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Vatican Media

Why Pope Francis’ Focus on Africa, Church Peripheries is “disruptive in a good sense”

Feb 3, 2023

Pope Francis has paid special attention to Africa, a Catholic theologian has said, noting that the Holy Father’s focus on Africa, which he says has always been the periphery, is “disruptive in a good sense.”

Credit: Vatican Media

“Greatly touched”: Victims of Violence in DR Congo after Encounter with Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

After interacting with Pope Francis on Wednesday, February 1, victims of violence in Ituri Province in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have expressed hope that peace would return to their country and to their region.

Pope Francis addresses South Sudan’s government and members of the diplomatic corps Feb. 3, 2023. / Vatican Media

"No more bloodshed," Pope Francis Begs South Sudanese Leaders on Day 1 of Pilgrimage

Feb 3, 2023

On the first day of his peace pilgrimage, Pope Francis begged the leaders of South Sudan to work together to put an end to bloody conflict in their country.

Pope Francis landed in South Sudan on Feb. 3, 2023, becoming the first pope to visit the country and fulfilling a yearslong hope to carry out an ecumenical trip to the war-torn country. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Lands in South Sudan, Fulfills Yearslong Dream to Nation in Civil Strife

Feb 3, 2023

The pope has called his Feb. 3-5 visit to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, a “pilgrimage of peace.”

Credit: DHPI

Catholic Peace Entity Warns of Infighting Within Peace-Keeping Groups in DR Congo

Feb 2, 2023

The war in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could transition to infighting within armed groups that have pitched camp in the Eastern part of the country, Catholic charity Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) has said.

Speaking in Our Lady of Congo Cathedral in Kinshasa on Feb. 2, 2023, the pope encouraged priests and religious to continue to bring the Congolese people Jesus, who “heals the wounds of every human heart.” | Vatican Media

Pope to Priests in DR Congo: Bring People Jesus, who "heals the wounds of every heart"

Feb 2, 2023

On the World Day of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis thanked the more than 18,000 priests and religious in the Democratic Republic of Congo for serving others amid the country’s “difficult and often dangerous conditions.”

Bishop Joseph Mary Kizito, iaison Bishop for Migrants, Refugees, and Human Trafficking at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Africa “a hotspot for traffickers”, Catholic Bishop Laments, Calls for Vigilance

Feb 2, 2023

South Africa “is a hotspot for traffickers”, the Liaison Bishop for Migrants, Refugees, and Human Trafficking at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said, and called upon South Africans, especially the youth, to exercise vigilance.  

Archbishop Valerian Maduka Okeke of Nigeria's Onitsha Archdiocese. Credit: Onitsha Archdiocese

Nigeria’s Onitsha Diocese to Observe 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting ahead of Elections

Feb 2, 2023

The Catholic Archbishop of the Onitsha Archdiocese in Nigeria has declared a 21-day period of prayer and fasting, seeking God’s graces over the general elections scheduled for February 25.   

Members of the National Directorate of Social Communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the press conference 31 January 2023. Credit: CNS

Nigeria Keeps Plunging “deeper into abyss” Despite Interventions, Advice: Catholic Bishops

Feb 2, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have decried the protracted security challenge in the country saying the West African nation has plunged “deeper into the abyss”.

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019. | Vatican Media

The Pope kissed His Feet. Who is the Cowboy-hat-wearing President of South Sudan?

Feb 2, 2023

Pope Francis, as part of his visit to Africa this week, is meeting with the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, this Friday. He will meet the leader for a photograph before retreating to a private setting for a talk.