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Bishop Emmanuel Badejo blesses the premises of Ave Maria Microfinance Bank in Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Recently Approved Diocesan Microfinance in Nigeria Set to Benefit Millions Financially

May 18, 2022

The proposed Ave Maria Microfinance Bank of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria that received approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is set to benefit millions in the Nigerian Episcopal See.

Deborah Yakubu (center) and some of the suspects involved in her death. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“It was Jesus”, WhatsApp Testimony of Nigerian Student that Allegedly Angered Killers

May 17, 2022

A WhatsApp comment in which Deborah Yakubu testified that Jesus Christ had helped her to perform well in her examination is said to have irked her killers who found the mention of Jesus in the group offensive.

Bishop Timothée Bodika Mansiyai of DR Congo's Kikwit Diocese. Credit: ACN

Pope Francis “is St. Peter coming to us, to confirm us in the faith”: Bishop in DR Congo

May 17, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kikwit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has expressed joy as the Central African nation awaits the visit of Pope Francis, noting that the visit signifies the coming of St. Peter “to confirm us in the faith”.

Official logo and motto of Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the South Sudan in July 2022. Credit: Vatican Media

Nuncio to South Sudan Says Planned Ecumenical Visit “a moment of grace for all of us”

May 17, 2022

The representative of the Holy Father in South Sudan has said that the planned ecumenical visit to the East-Central African nation is “a moment of grace” for the people of God in the country.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa Needs to Unite in Proposing “integral human development policies”: Catholic Bishop

May 17, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has urged finance ministers in African countries to unanimously propose policies that seek to promote the development of African people for the common good of the continent.

John Cardinal Njue with the SMA deacons he ordained at St Monica Kitengela Noonkopir Parish, Diocese of Ngong. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Cardinal in Kenya Urges Parents to Support Children’s Desire to Join Religious Life

May 17, 2022

The Cardinal in Kenya has called on parents to support their children’s desires to join Religious Life.

Zambia Kwacha (ZMW). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Zambia’s Cost of Living “out of reach of many”, Jesuit Scholars Say as Currency Stabilizes

May 17, 2022

Jesuit scholars in Zambia have said that while the country’s currency has generally stabilized, the cost of living remains “out of the reach of many” in the Southern African nation.

Sr. Nkhensani Shibambu, Superior General of the Companions of St. Angela and doubles as the President of the Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life (LCCL) in Southern Africa. Credit: ACI Africa

Launch of Superiors’ Conference of Southern Africa “a historic moment for church”: Nun

May 17, 2022

A Catholic Nun in South Africa has lauded the establishment of the Regional Conference of Major Superiors of Southern Africa (RCMSSA) and described the initiative as “a historic moment” for the Church in the region and “a dream come true”.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Violent Conflicts Across the Globe Stem from “unwillingness to listen”: Nigerian Bishop

May 17, 2022

In a reflection based on the Message of Pope Francis for the 2022 World Communications Day (WCD), the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has underscored the value of listening and blamed violent conflicts across the globe on the “unwillingness to listen and understand the other.”

Members of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Lay Catholic Entity in Nigeria Condemns Murder of Student, Attacks on Diocesan Facilities

May 17, 2022

The leadership of the Order of the Knights of St. Mulumba (KSM) has condemned the stoning to death of Deborah Yakubu and attacks on Catholic Church facilities in Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese.

A Catholic Priest walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu State, Nigeria. Credit: ACN

Religious Extremism, Violence in Nigeria at “absolutely appalling” Level: Catholic Charity

May 17, 2022

Religious extremism and violence are at “absolutely appalling” levels in the West African country of Nigeria, the leadership of the Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has said. 

Winnie Muthiga, board member of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) and Organizing Secretary of the Catholic Women Association (CWA) in Kenya

Post-election “cycle of violence” Tendencies in Kenya Worrying, Catholic Women Leader Says

May 16, 2022

A Kenyan board member of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) has expressed concern about the recurrence of post-election violence in Kenya. 

Late Deborah Yakubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Work on “how to build a new Nigeria on blood of our martyrs”: Catholic Bishop

May 16, 2022

The stoning and murder of Deborah Yakubu and other people who have been killed in Nigeria because of their faith should provide a foundation upon which a country that embraces religious freedom can be rebuilt anew, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said. 

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo, ordained Bishop of South Sudan's Yei Diocese on 15 May 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholics in South Sudan’s Yei Diocese Urged to “work together with the new Bishop”

May 16, 2022

The Cardinal in Sudan has urged Catholics in the Diocese of Yei in South Sudan to collaborate with their new Bishop “to strengthen the body of Christ” in the South Sudanese Diocese. 

Young mothers benefit from a sewing program through the Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Training School in Rwanda. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Families Day, Salesians Highlight Initiatives to Assist Rwandan Families

May 16, 2022

On the occasion of the International Day of Families (IDF) marked Sunday, May 15, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their initiatves aimed at empowering needy families in Rwanda.

Pope Francis meets with members of Chemin Neuf Politics Fraternity at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 16, 2022. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Offers Guidance to Young Christians in Politics

May 16, 2022

The pope was speaking to members of the Chemin Neuf Politics Fraternity.

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

Let’s “bridge the gap” of Disunity Despite Religious Biases: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop

May 16, 2022

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has called upon the people of God in the West African country to keep struggling for unity and peace despite challenges that originate from biases based on religion, ethnicity, and “other artificial categorizations”.    

Credit: Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS)

Former Child Soldiers in Central African Republic Benefiting from Jesuit Entity’s Training

May 16, 2022

More than 300 children who served as child soldiers in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been given an opportunity to transform their lives through training opportunities spearheaded by Jesuits Refugee Service (JRS), an international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama with faith leaders at the Maiden Edition of an International Conference on Interreligious Dialogue at Veritas University Nigeria. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese.

Nigerian Archbishop Advocates for Dialogue, Says “peace is never achieved on battlefield”

May 16, 2022

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja in Nigeria has underscored the value of dialogue as the most appropriate pathway to achieving “justice and fairness to all” in the face of violent conflicts.

Holy Family Catholic Cathedral in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria. | catholicdiocese-sokoto.org.

Nigerian Catholic Cathedral Attacked amid Muslim Youth Protests, 24-Hour Curfew Declared

May 15, 2022

A 24-hour curfew has been declared in Nigeria’s Sokoto State amid Muslim youth protests characterized with destruction of property, including the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral of Sokoto Diocese.