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Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Nigeria's Makurdi Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Appeals for Prayers after 29 Killed in September Attacks in Nigerian State

Sep 28, 2022

A total of 29 people were killed in separate attacks between September 1 and 25 in various parts served by the Catholic Dioceses of Makurdi and Katsina Ala in Nigeria’s Benue State, a recent report has indicated. 

David Boanuh, a Ghanaian filmmaker, winner of the 9th edition of the prestigious International Award, “Communicating Africa” contest, that Harambee Africa International (HAI), a Rome-based development agency launched. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ghanaian Filmmaker Wins Prestigious Catholic Entity’s Contest for Storytellers

Sep 27, 2022

David Boanuh, a Ghanaian filmmaker is the winner of the 9th edition of the prestigious International Award, “Communicating Africa” contest, that Harambee Africa International (HAI), a Rome-based development agency, had launched.

The Samburu North Member of Parliament Mr. Eli Letipila (in checked shirt) with some of the Catholic faithful at  the opening of the Maralal Diocese Oasis building in Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenyan County Leaders Pledge to Collaborate with Catholic Diocese in Addressing Insecurity

Sep 27, 2022

Leaders of Samburu County in Kenya have pledged to collaborate with the Catholic Diocese of Maralal that covers the Kenyan County in addressing insecurity that involves cattle rustlers and perpetrators of gender-based violence among other actors.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin of South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese. Credit: Radio Bakhita/Facebook

“We cannot build church, nation based on tribalism”: Catholic Archbishop in South Sudan

Sep 27, 2022

There is need for the people of God in South Sudan to foster national values, going beyond their ethnic affiliations especially tribe, the Archbishop of Juba has said. 

Francis Cardinal Arinze during the Holy Mass at the Vatican. Credit: Vatican Media

Belgian Bishops Made “an error” in Same-sex Unions Liturgy: Nigerian Cardinal at Vatican

Sep 27, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Belgium made “an error” in introducing the blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples, Vatican-based Nigerian Catholic Church leader, Francis Cardinal Arinze, has said.

Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy), speaks at a press conference at the party electoral headquarters overnight on Sept. 26, 2022. in Rome. Italy’s national elections on Sept. 25 saw voters poised to elect Meloni, a Catholic mother, as the country's first female prime minister. | Photo by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

7 Things to Know about Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s Likely New Catholic Prime Minister

Sep 27, 2022

Italy’s national elections on Sept. 25 ended with Giorgia Meloni, a Catholic mother, poised to become the country’s first female prime minister. 

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 Rolando Álvarez | Photo credit: Diocese of Matagalpa

Church in Nicaragua Asks for Continued Prayers for Abducted Bishop and Priests

Sep 27, 2022

The Diocese of Matagalpa has asked the faithful to continue praying for its bishop, Rolando Álvarez, the priests, seminarians, and the layman who were arrested and abducted in the middle of the night by the police of the Nicaraguan dictatorship, led by President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.

Archbishop van Megen, Bishop John Oballa Owaa of the Ngong Diocese alongside 12 members of the Mill Hill Missionary congregation who were ordained Deacons on September 24. Credit: ACI Africa

Fellow Clergy, Confreres, Can Be the Biggest Threat to a Priest: Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya

Sep 26, 2022

A Catholic Priest is most likely to face more opposition, criticism and all manner of threats from his fellow members of Clergy and confreres than from anywhere else, the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya has said.

Members of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

Synodal Process Entails “reciprocal listening”, Discerning the Spirit: Nuncio to Namibia

Sep 26, 2022

The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality entail the fostering of “reciprocal listening” and the discerning of the Spirit, the representative of the  Holy Father in Namibia has told delegates of the 13th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).

Archbishop Paolo Borgia, transferred to the Vatican Diplomatic Mission in Lebanon. Credit: CECCI

Apostolic Nuncio in Ivory Coast Transferred, to Represent the Holy Father in Lebanon

Sep 26, 2022

Pope Francis has transferred Archbishop Paolo Borgia who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Ivory Coast to the Vatican Diplomatic Mission in Lebanon.

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Catholic Leaders, Human Rights Activists Support Hong Kong Cardinal as His Trial Begins

Sep 26, 2022

As Cardinal Joseph Zen begins his trial in Hong Kong, a number of Catholic leaders and human rights activists have come out with statements of support for the 90-year-old bishop emeritus.

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça celebrates Mass at Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2021. | Courtesy of the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.

Pope Francis Names New Head of Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education

Sep 26, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed a Portuguese cardinal as the head of the newly formed Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral in Broome, Australia.

Vatican Opens Canonical Investigation into Australian Bishop

Sep 26, 2022

The Vatican has appointed Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, to oversee an investigation into the former bishop of Broome, Christopher Saunders.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of Asia's highest-ranking Catholic clerics, arrives at a court for his trial in Hong Kong on Sept. 26, 2022. | Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images

Cardinal Zen Stands Trial in Hong Kong

Sep 26, 2022

Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others stood trial in Hong Kong on Monday for failing to properly register a fund to provide legal aid to pro-democracy protesters. 

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins with members of the Association of Catholic Lawyers in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let’s Pray for Government Leadership in Nigeria Despite Limitations: Catholic Archbishop

Sep 26, 2022

There is need to heed to the appeal that St. Paul makes in his Letter to Timothy to pray for those in leadership, applying this to Nigeria where those at the helm of the government have not met citizens’ expectations, a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said.

Fr. Egidio Tocalli poses for a photo with a lay missionary near the Tomb of Fr. Giuseppe Ambrosoli. Credit: Fr. Egidio Tocalli/ Comboni Missionaries

“It was a blessing”: Priest on Working with Confrere Set for Beatification in Uganda

Sep 25, 2022

For 20 years, Fr. Egidio Tocalli stayed in the same room that had hosted Fr. Giuseppe Ambrosoli, a member of the Comboni Missionaries who ran a hospital in Uganda’s Archdiocese of Gulu, and slept in the bed where the Priest who is set for beatification on November 20 had slept.

Pope Francis speaks in his Angelus address after Mass in Matera, Italy on Sept. 25, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appeals for the Release of Kidnapped Catholics in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2022

Pope Francis has appealed for the release of nine Catholics kidnapped in southwest Cameroon.

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Caritas Freetown Urges Sierra Leonean Police to Address Trust Issues ahead of 2023 Polls

Sep 25, 2022

The development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone is calling on law enforcement agencies in the West African nation to start working to boost the confidence of the people in the agencies ahead of the country’s general election that is scheduled to be held in June 2023.

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Nigerian Priest Decries Embedded “structures of injustice, imbalance” as Threats to Peace

Sep 25, 2022

The deeply rooted “structures of injustice and imbalance” in Nigeria over the centuries are the primary hindrances to peaceful coexistence among the people of God in the West African nation, a Catholic Priest in the country has said.