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Catholic News in Africa

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo. Credit: CET

Catholic Bishops in Togo Call for Credible Local Elections, “in best possible conditions”

Mar 3, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Togo are calling on stakeholders in the organization of legislative and regional elections in the country to ensure they are credible and peaceful. 

Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari. Credit: ACI Africa

Apostolic Nuncio in Angola to Represent the Holy Father in Korea in New Appointment

Mar 2, 2024

Pope Francis has transferred Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Angola and São Tomé & Príncipe to the Vatican Diplomatic Mission in Korea and Mongolia.

Elderly Couple in Nigeria Lauded for “uncommon faith in the Eucharist” at Wedding

Mar 1, 2024

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has praised an elderly Catholic couple who he joined in Holy Matrimony for exhibiting immense faith in the Eucharist.

Bishop Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi and Honourable Alban S. K. Bagbin, Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament. Credit: Catholic Trends

In Line with Catholic Bishops’ Stance, Legislators in Ghana Pass Anti-LGBTQ+ Bill

Feb 29, 2024

Lawmakers in Ghana have passed a new bill that makes identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer or Questioning plus (LGBTQ+) illegal.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

“Having sleepless nights”: Archbishop in Sierra Leone Concerned about Empty Confessionals

Feb 27, 2024

The Archbishop of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has raised concern about the people’s growing lack of interest in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in his Metropolitan See, saying that the trend is giving him sleepless nights.

Bishop Ildo Augusto dos Santos Lopes Fortes  of the Catholic Diocese of Mindelo in Cape Verde. Credit: Diocese of Mindelo

Cape Verdean Diocese Allocates 2024 Lenten Collection to Violence Victims in Holy Land

Feb 24, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Mindelo in Cape Verde has announced that the 2024 Lenten collection will be channeled to Caritas Jerusalem to support victims of violence in the Holy Land.

Mons. Moïse Tinguiano, appointed Bishop of the nely erected Diocese of Boké in Guinea on 22 February 2024. Credit: Conakry Archdiocese

Pope Francis Erects New Catholic Diocese in Guinea, Appoints Pioneer Local Ordinary

Feb 22, 2024

Pope Francis has erected the Diocese of Boké in Guinea and appointed Mons. Moïse Tinguiano, of the clergy of Conakry Archdiocese as its pioneer Bishop. 

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO). Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops Urge “whole Church to intensify prayers for peace” in Eastern DR Congo

Feb 21, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are appealing to the people of God in the Central African nation to show their solidarity with the inhabitants of the Eastern part of the country through intensified prayers. 

Logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). Credit: JCTR

Zambia’s Rising Cost of Living “undermines dignity”, Jesuit Scholars Urge Support Programs

Feb 19, 2024

The rising cost of living in Zambia is undermining the dignity of the citizens of the Southern African nation, officials of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) based in the country’s capital, Lusaka, have said.

Before concluding his 8-day Trip to South Sudan Michael Cardinal Czerny blessed a boat that the local Caritas will use to transport migrants and refugees across the Nile River from Renk to Malakal. Credit: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD)

Vatican Cardinal Ends South Sudan Trip with Blessing of Boat as “a sign of God's love”

Feb 10, 2024

The Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has concluded his eight-day pastoral trip to South Sudan with the blessing of a boat for transporting migrants and refugees along the Nile River from Renk, an “outreach point” in the Northeastern part of South Sudan for those fleeing violence in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital city.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

“Nobody should remain at home”: Catholic Bishops to Electorate in South Africa

Feb 9, 2024

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) are urging the electorate in South Africa to participate in this year’s general elections in which the incumbent, President Cyril Ramaphosa, is set to seek a second term as the country’s head of state.

Michael Cardinal Czerny after the Diaconate Ordination of Seminarians Michael Thilyang Gatkek, Emmanuel Changjwok Pawang Lual, and Matthew Akoabanda Arrey at the Catholic Church dedicated in honor of St. Josephine Bakhita on 8 February 2024. Credit: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD)

Shun “every form of vanity”: Vatican Cardinal to Newly Ordained Deacons in South Sudan

Feb 8, 2024

The Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has called upon the three Deacons he ordained in South Sudan on Thursday, February 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, to shun all forms of pride and self-idolatry, which he said would distance them from God’s graces. 

Michael Cardinal Czerny during the 8 February 2024 Holy Mass marking the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita and the tenth annual World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking. Credit: Credit: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD)

St. Bakhita, “strong example of being hopeful”: Vatican Cardinal at Mass in South Sudan

Feb 8, 2024

St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, is a model of resilience and hope worth emulating, the Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has said.

Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province. Credit: Bishop Emmanuel Badejo

“Nigeria fast becoming a hostile, killing field”: Catholic Bishops in Ibadan Province

Feb 8, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province (IEP) are alarmed by the recurrent and “pervasive” security challenges in the West African nation, which they compare to a battlefield characterized with hostility and killing.

Michael Cardinal Czerny during Holy Mass at St. Theresa’s Kator Cathedral of Juba Archdiocese on Sunday, 4 February 2024. Credit: Ginaba Lino/Juba/South Sudan

“Be faithful to peace agreement”: Vatican Cardinal to South Sudanese ahead of Elections

Feb 4, 2024

The people of God in South Sudan are at a “critical moment” in their political life as the world’s newest and youngest nation prepares for general elections currently scheduled for December 2024, a Vatican-based Cardinal visiting the country has said.

Michael Cardinal Czerny delivery his homily at St. Theresa’s Kator Cathedral of Juba Archdiocese on Sunday, 4 February 2024. Credit: Ginaba Lino/Juba/South Sudan

My Visit “another sign” of Church’s Solidarity in South Sudan’s Quest for Peace: Cardinal

Feb 4, 2024

The Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD), who arrived in South Sudan on Saturday, February 3 for his eight-day pastoral trip has described his visit as an additional demonstration of the solidarity of the Catholic Church, and that of the Holy Father, with South Sudanese in their search for lasting peace.

Michael Cardinal Czerny, Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD). Credit: DPIHD (Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

Vatican Cardinal Visiting Africa Invites Consecrated Persons to Renewed “missionary zeal”

Feb 3, 2024

Michael Cardinal Czerny, who is the helm of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has invited the Consecrated in Africa to rekindle their zeal for evangelization as the Church marks the annual World Day for Consecrated Life.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen during the 3 February 2024 Eucharistic celebration at at St. Theresa’s Kator Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Juba. Credit: Ginaba Lino/Juba/South Sudan

One Year On, Apostolic Nuncio to South Sudan Highlights “fruits” of First-ever Papal Visit

Feb 3, 2024

One year since the first-ever Papal visit to South Sudan, the representative of the Holy Father in the East-Central African nation has highlighted the benefits of the 3-5 February 2023 Ecumenical Visit, which Pope Francis undertook alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields.

John Cardinal Onaiyekan. Credit: ACI Africa

“True religion must be about peace”: Nigerian Cardinal Says, Decries Religious Fanaticism

Feb 3, 2024

True religion fosters good relationships and peaceful coexistence among people, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said.

Michael Cardinal Czerny, Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD). Credit: DPIHD (Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

Vatican Cardinal “to renew” Pope’s Peace Message in Pastoral Trip to South Sudan

Feb 2, 2024

The Prefect for the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) is “to renew” the Holy Father’s peace message during his eight-day pastoral visit to South Sudan scheduled to begin on Friday, February 2.