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Pope Francis speaking at the general audience on St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Nov. 30, 2022 | Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Pope Francis Decrees Better Control of Vatican Funds and Foundations

Dec 6, 2022

Pope Francis issued a decree on Tuesday aimed at improving the financial accountability of funds, foundations, and other legal entities inside the Vatican.

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé | Credit: Shutterstock

Hundreds of Fans of Soccer Legend Pelé Pray in Front of Hospital for his Recovery

Dec 6, 2022

More than a hundred Santos Soccer Club fans gathered Sunday in front of the hospital in Brazil where Pelé, one of the greatest soccer players of all time, is undergoing treatment, to pray for his recovery.

Winter in Kyiv, Ukraine (2018) | Viktor Bystrov / Unsplah (CC0)

Vatican Holds Thermal Shirt Drive for Ukraine

Dec 6, 2022

The Vatican’s charity office is holding a drive to collect thermal shirts for people in Ukraine as they face an energy emergency amid the war.

Official Logo of Ecumenical visit to South Sudan. Credit: Vatican Media

Ecumenical Trip Signals Possibility for Peace, Reconciliation in South Sudan: Catholic Nun

Dec 5, 2022

The planned Papal ecumenical visit to South Sudan that the Holy See confirmed on December 1 signals the possibility for peace and reconciliation in the world’s youngest nation, a Catholic Missionary Nun in the country has said. 

Fr. José Minaku Lukoli SJ, appointed President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). Credit: JCAM

New President of Jesuits in Africa, Madagascar “needs no introduction”: Outgoing Leader

Dec 5, 2022

The newly appointed President of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) is well known to the members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in the continental forum and “needs no introduction”, the outgoing President, Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, has said.

St. Andrew's Cathedral of Wa Diocese. Credit: Wa Diocese

Consultors of Wa Diocese in Ghana Elect Diocesan Administrator after Death of Cardinal

Dec 5, 2022

Members of the College of Consultors of the Catholic Diocese of Wa in Ghana have elected a Diocesan Administrator to govern the Episcopal See “ad interim” following the death of the Local Ordinary, Richard Kuuia Cardinal Baawobr.

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Christians in Nigeria Living under “severe stress”: Catholic Bishop

Dec 5, 2022

For years, Christians in Nigeria have lived under “severe stress”, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Sokoto Diocese has said.

166 girls and mothers in need graduate from “Don Bosco Ngangi” vocational training programs. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in DR Congo Securing Young Women’s Future in Education Partnership

Dec 5, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are securing the future of young women in an education partnership with International Voluntary Service (VIS).

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

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Challenges Governors to Bridge Gaps in State Appointments

Dec 5, 2022

Governors of various States in Nigeria have a key role to play in creating social cohesion in the country, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has said, underlining the need to ensure that everyone feels represented, especially in state appointments.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Disputes Assumption Religious Diversity Dividing Country

Dec 5, 2022

Even without religious diversity, Nigeria will still have problems, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto has said, disputing allegations that the challenges that the west African country is facing stem from the conflicts between Christians and Muslims.

State officials walk past injured victims on hospital beds being treated for wounds following an attack by gunmen at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, southwest Nigeria, on June 5, 2022. | AFP via Getty Images

Human Rights Commission "outraged" as State Department Excludes Nigeria from Watchlist

Dec 5, 2022

For the second year in a row Nigeria has been left off of the U.S. State Department’s list of countries that engage in or tolerate the world’s worst religious freedom violations, despite regular reports of kidnappings and killings of Christians, sparking outcry from members of a bipartisan government watchdog group. 

Johan Viljoen, Director of Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) on his visit to Nampula in Mozambique. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Catholic Charity Blames IDP Woes in Mozambique on Manipulation of Figures

Dec 4, 2022

Organizations working with refugees are manipulating the statistics of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Northern Mozambique, the Catholic charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has said, noting that the situation is endangering the lives of those who continue to be forced out of their homes in the region’s raging violence. 

ishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of the Catholic Diocese of Konongo-Mampong in Ghana. Credit: Radio Angelus

Catholic Bishop in Ghana Faults Lawmaker’s Remarks on Freemasonry

Dec 4, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in Ghana has faulted the Member of Parliament (MP) of Effutu Constituency in the West African nation for saying that Catholics are free to join the freemason society. 

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Traditional Healers in Mozambique Vaccinating Civilians to Fight Militia: Catholic Charity

Dec 4, 2022

Traditional healers are vaccinating groups of young men in Cabo Delgado Province in northern Mozambique and allowing them to go ahead and fight militias that continue to wreak havoc in the embattled province.

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of South Sudan's Yei Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Decries Land Grabbing Menace, Urges “peaceful coexistence”

Dec 4, 2022

There is need for authorities in South Sudan to put an end to the menace of land grabbing, Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of Yei Diocese has said. 

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address on Dec. 26, 2021. | Credit: Vatican Media.

It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Pope Francis

Dec 4, 2022

St. John the Baptist reminds us that Advent is a privileged time to turn back toward God — something it is never too late to do, Pope Francis said Sunday.

The Vatican’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3, 2022. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

PHOTOS: Vatican Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2022

Dec 4, 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Vatican. A large hand-carved wooden nativity scene was unveiled in St. Peter Square on Saturday night at the Vatican’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

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African Catholic Activists Tell New Disney CEO to End LGBTQ “grooming” in Content

Dec 3, 2022

Members of CitizenGo Africa, the African branch of CitizenGo, which is the international Catholic activist organization, have asked Robert Iger, the newly appointed CEO of Disney, to prioritize family values at the entertainment company, and to stop pushing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) agenda in content meant for children.

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“Encouraging”: Christian Entity Lauds Legalization of Churches in Egypt

Dec 3, 2022

The leadership of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation, has described as “encouraging” the legalization of dozens of churches in Egypt. 

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Forgiveness can build bridges, repair broken relationships”: Catholic Bishop in S. Sudan

Dec 3, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Wau Diocese in South Sudan has underscored the need for forgiveness among the people of God in the East-Central African nation, saying the practice can “build bridges” and “repair broken relationships.”