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Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese. Credit: ACN

Nigerian Catholic Priest Proposes Beatification of 2022 Pentecost Sunday Massacre Victims

Jun 3, 2023

A Catholic Priest in Nigeria has proposed the beatification of those who lost their lives in last year’s Pentecost Sunday massacre. 

Namugongo Shrine in Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“A heartbreaking blow”: Police on Death of Two Pilgrims Walking to Uganda Martyrs’ Shrine

Jun 2, 2023

The death of the two pilgrims who were walking to Namugongo Shrine in the Archdiocese of Kampala to join others in the annual June 3 Martyrs’ Day pilgrimage is “a heartbreaking blow”, the police in Uganda have said. 

Local farmers in Yei County in South Sudan. Credit: Caritas South Sudan

Caritas South Sudan Farming Skills Training to Improve “local food security”: Beneficiary

Jun 2, 2023

The training that Caritas South Sudan realized for a group of farmers in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State last month will contribute to increased productivity and improved “local food security”, a beneficiary of the May 24 training has said. 

Catholic Bishops in Senegal at a press conference on 2 June 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“We call for reason, restraint, responsibility”: Bishops in Senegal amid Deadly Protests

Jun 2, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Senegal are “very concerned” about the violent protests in the country that have resulted in the loss of at least nine lives, and are appealing for “restraint”, and for reason to prevail over emotions.

A police van stationed at road leading to Namugongo Shrine in Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Police in Uganda Announce “very robust” Security Measures ahead of Martyrs’ Day

Jun 2, 2023

The police in Uganda announced “very robust” security measures ahead of the annual June 3 Martyrs’ Day pilgrimage at Namugongo Shrine in Kampala Archdiocese.

The cross of the German “Synodal Way.” | Maximilian von Lachner / Synodaler Weg

"We want to remain Catholic": Group of faithful in Germany rejects Synodal Way

Jun 2, 2023

Birgit Kelle, spokeswoman for the German lay group Neuer Anfang (New Beginning) in a May 29 interview with EWTN Noticias explained that its members reject the Synodal Path initiated by the Church in Germany because they want to “remain Catholic.”

Bishop Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta of South Sudan's Torit Diocese. Credit: CRN

Forced, Early Marriage Part of “old mentality” to Denounce: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan

Jun 2, 2023

Forcing young girls into marriage is part of the “old mentality” that should be challenged and denounced in South Sudan, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Torit Diocese has said.

Sir Gibson Mwila, JCTR Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, and Child-Safeguarding Focal Person. Credit: JCTR

Jesuit Entity in Zambia Warns of “increasing political interference” in Constituency Fund

Jun 2, 2023

Officials of the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Zambia are warning of a “seemingly increasing political interference” in the handling of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in the Southern African nation.

Archbishop Vincent Coulibaly of Guinea's Conakry Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Guinea’s New Constitution “must” Safeguard Religious Freedoms: Catholic Archbishop

Jun 2, 2023

A new constitutional dispensation being considered in Guinea need to ensure that religious freedoms are safeguarded, Archbishop Vincent Coulibaly of the country’s Conakry Archdiocese has said.

Easter Sunday Mass at St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria. Credit: Ondo Diocese

Nigerian Diocese Unveils Weeklong Program to Honor Victims of 2022 Pentecost Massacre

Jun 1, 2023

The Catholic Diocese of Ondo in Nigeria has unveiled a weeklong program, to honor those victims of  last year’s Pentecost Sunday massacre.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET). Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Blood, tears of Chadians have flowed enough”: Catholic Bishops Demand End to Violence

Jun 1, 2023

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET) are demanding an end to violence in the Central African nation, decrying the continued shedding of “blood and tears”.

Members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Four Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in Congolese Province Want Addressed for Peace

Jun 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their ordinary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in their province are facing, which they want addressed for peace to reign.

Cardinal Robert Sarah speaks with students and faculty at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas on May 25, 2023. | Credit: Benedicte Cedergren/Angelicum

“The more we know the Lord, the more we can love him”: Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal

Jun 1, 2023

Cardinal Robert Sarah urged students studying at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas to ask in prayer for “an intimate and profound union with the Lord and with one another.”

"Padre Pio," starring Shia LaBeouf, airs in theaters June 2, 2023. | Credit: Gravitas Ventures

New "Padre Pio" Film is a Human Look at the Famous Saint, Filmmakers Say

Jun 1, 2023

The weight of playing St. Pio of Pietrelcina, more popularly known as Padre Pio, one of the most popular saints of the 20th century, was “enormous,” Shia LaBeouf told CNA in late May.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal. | file photo.

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Indian Bishop Cleared of Rape Charge in Civil Trial

Jun 1, 2023

Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of an Indian bishop cleared in early 2022 of charges of raping a religious sister in his diocese.

“Kutwiti na Mungu”, the Swahili version of “Tweeting with God” by Fr. Michel Remery. Credit: Fr. Michel Remery

“Tweeting with God” Author Explains Book Relevance to Christians Seeking to Deepen Faith

May 31, 2023

Christians, especially the youth, seeking to deepen their Christian faith will find the book, “Tweeting with God”, relevant, the author of the 432-page book that has been translated into more than 30 languages has said.

Pupils in procession during the feast day of St. Mary’s Primary School Ongata Rongai. Credit: St. Mary’s Primary School Ongata Rongai

Children in Need of Safeguarding “now more than ever”: Catholic Bishop in Kenya

May 31, 2023

Children are exposed to multiple challenges, and stand in need of safeguarding “now more than ever” before, the Bishop of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Ngong Diocese has said.

Some participants during the May 26-27 military-civilian dialogue in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State (CES). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Bishop in South Sudan Emphasizes Need for Civilian-Military “dialogue” to Rebuild Trust

May 31, 2023

There is need for continuous dialogue between the civil population and the army in South Sudan to re-establish trust that seems to have been lost over the years, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Yei Diocese has said. 

Bishop Isaac Bundepuun Dugu (left) and  Governor Hyacinth Iormem Alia (right). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Urges New Nigerian Governor, a Suspended Priest, to Exercise Compassion

May 31, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Katsina-Ala Diocese in Nigeria has called upon the new Governor of the country’s Benue State to exercise compassion in his leadership.

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Vatican Supports Catholic Research to Improve Families and Marriages

May 31, 2023

Pope Francis has backed a project aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary research at Catholic universities in the sphere of family, marriage, and childbearing.