Catholic News in Africa

Pioneer Catholic Bishop Appointed to South Sudan’s Newest Diocese Upbeat about Serving in “familiar” Harsh Conditions

Jul 8, 2024

Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity State, is harsh. It has been estimated that 90 percent of the town, which hosts one of the biggest refugee camps in the South Sudanese State is submerged. 

“Miraculous conversion”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Says Transfer to Newly Erected Diocese is Mission Accomplished

Jul 8, 2024

The outgoing Bishop of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has described his transfer to the country’s newly erected Catholic Diocese of Bentiu as a “mission accomplished”, noting that he leaves behind a very vibrant church community in Rumbek.

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Plans Underway for Cape Verde’s Catholic Youth Jubilee Year, Official Says “spiritual dimension is extremely important”

Jul 7, 2024

Plans are underway towards the celebration of the National Jubilee Year of Catholic Youths in Cape Verde that is scheduled to take place from August 4 -12 under the theme, “Joyful in hope” that was inspired by recommendations from Pope Francis 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal.

Bishop Christian Carlassare. Credit: Catholic Radio Network (CRN)

Transferred Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Cautions against “any spirit of competition or disunity” in Vacant Diocese

Jul 6, 2024

The immediate former Local Ordinary the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has cautioned against rivalry in the South Sudanese Episcopal See as the process that will result in the appointment of his successor officially begins. 

Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria's Nsukka Diocese. Credit: Nsukka Diocese

Have the Sacrament of Penance among “your primary responsibilities”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria to Priests

Jul 6, 2024

Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Nsukka is calling upon Priests in his Episcopal See to give the people of God the opportunity to confess regularly by including the Sacrament of Penance in their day-to-day programs.   

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“Hard to leave”: Transferred Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Pens Moving Letter to Diocese after New Appointment

Jul 4, 2024

Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has penned a moving letter to the people of God in the South Sudanese Episcopal See, expressing how hard it is for him to leave them following his transfer.

Bishop Christian Carlassare, appointed pioneer Bishop of the newly created Catholic Diocese of Bentiu in South Sudan on 3 July 2024. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis Erects New Diocese in South Sudan, Transfers Catholic Bishop of Rumbek as Pioneer Local Ordinary

Jul 3, 2024

Pope Francis has erected the Catholic Diocese of Bentiu in South Sudan and appointed Bishop Christian Carlassare, who is currently serving as the Local Ordinary of the country’s Rumbek Diocese as its pioneer Bishop.

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Congolese Theologian Advocates for Formal Education of Women in Church, Creation of “spaces for them to be empowered”

Jun 23, 2024

A female Theologian from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is advocating for formal education of women if they have to actively participate in the decision-making processes of the Church like their male counterparts in “higher positions in the Church”.  

“A very successful gathering”: African Delegate to Synod on Synodality Lauds Convention on Synodal Outcomes

Jun 22, 2024

The first of the two-phase convention bringing together African professionals in the fields of theology and pastoral ministry to reflect on the outcomes of the first session of the multi-year Synod on Synodality that took place 4-29 October 2023 in Rome, concluding with a 42-page summary report, has been “very successful”, a participant has said.

Participants during a convention bringing together African professionals in the fields of theology and pastoral ministry to deliberate on the outcomes of the first session of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: ACI Africa

Let’s “articulate our own views, voices”: Cameroonian Jesuit on Theological Reflections on Synodal Outcomes

Jun 21, 2024

Delegates representing the Church in Africa at the ongoing Synod on Synodality need to amplify their views and voices on issues relating to the growth of the Church on the continent, a Cameroonian member of the Society of Jesus (SJ) has said. 

Logo Kenya Christian Professionals Forum (KCPF). Credit: KCPF

Kenya’s Christian Professionals Fault Proposed Finance Bill 2024 as “punitive”, Discouraging “economic activities”

Jun 14, 2024

The proposed Finance Bill 2024 in Kenya that seeks to increase taxation and introduce other taxes is “punitive” and will discourage economic activities in the East African nation, Christian Professionals in the country have said. 

Logo of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). Credit: ZCCB

Catholic Bishops in Zambia Tell Catholic Media to Give Environment a Voice

Jun 5, 2024

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) are calling upon Catholic media organizations in the country to prioritize climate-based reporting to create more awareness on environmental conservation.

Vivian Ogu. Credit: Vivian Ogu Movement (VOM)

Nigerian Teen on Path to Beatification, Canonization “exhibited an extraordinary depth of spirituality”: Catholic Bishop

May 23, 2024

Vivian Uchechi Ogu, the 14-year-old Nigerian girl, who opted to be killed rather than be sexually defiled manifested a deep spirituality, Bishop Simeon Okezuo Nwobi has said.

Some of the Peace actors trained by Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) to combat violent conflicts in their various localities across the African continent. Credit: ACI Africa

You’ve Been Prepared to “broaden your roles as peacemakers, faith leaders”: Cardinal in Nigeria to Graduates

May 7, 2024

The Cohort of Fellows who graduated from Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) on May 4 were “fully equipped” with what they need to contribute to peacemaking and to spearhead faith practice, John Cardinal Onaiyekan has said.  

Berhaneyesus Demerew Cardinal Souraphiel of Addis Ababa Archdiocese. Credit: CBCE

Easter in Ethiopia: Cardinal Emphasizes Need for Lasting Peace, Says “only way out of our problems”

May 4, 2024

The challenges the people of God in Ethiopia grapple with can only be resolved through lasting peace in the Horn of Africa nation, the Catholic Archbishop of Addis Ababa has said.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (left) and Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior (right) during the 25 April 2024 press conference. Credit: ACI Africa

Church in Africa Acts on Synod on Synodality Call to “theological, pastoral discernment” on Polygamy, Creates Commission

May 3, 2024

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has responded to the call of the first session of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to discern pastoral care towards persons in polygamous unions.

The “distinct cultural, community forces” Africa’s Delegates to Synod on Synodality Want Integrated into Church Mission

Apr 26, 2024

Embracing the new way of being Church through Small Christian Communities (SCCs) and living out the spirit of “Ubuntu” are the two particular “cultural and community forces” that delegates representing the Church in Africa at the ongoing Synod on Synodality want integrated into the continental mission of the Church.

Delegates during the 1-6 March 2023 SECAM Plenary Assembly in Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa. Credit: ACI Africa

Africa's Delegates to Synod in Synodality in Nairobi to “deepen their knowledge and understanding of Synodality”

Apr 23, 2024

Delegates to represent the Church in Africa at the second session of the Synod on Synodality are meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to “deepen” their insights about Synodality ahead of the 2-29 October 2024 session in Rome.

Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias of Angola’s Catholic Archdiocese of Luanda. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Angolan Archdiocese to Begin Monthly Adoration of Blessed Sacrament in Parishes ahead of Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year

Apr 22, 2024

Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias of Angola’s Catholic Archdiocese of Luanda has asked the people of God under his pastoral care to dedicate the last Sunday of the month to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as part of the preparations for the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: CEM

Catholic Bishops in War-Torn Mozambique Announce Prayers for Peace ahead of Church’s Jubilee Year 2025

Apr 21, 2024

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have dedicated the first Sunday of the month to prayers for peace in all Dioceses ahead of the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year.