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On 90th Anniversary of Vatican Radio, Bishops in Africa Hope for Continued Collaboration

As Vatican Radio marks 90 years since its establishment on Friday, February 12, Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in a letter shared with ACI Africa, expressed the hope that there will be continued collaboration with the Rome-based Catholic radio.

Africa’s Church Leaders Caution against Pro-choice Agenda ahead of New Leadership at USAID

Church leaders in Africa are cautioning against the pro-choice agenda that is likely to be among key priorities of the new head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the US entity administering foreign aid.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria bringing life and hope in households through music.

Singing Bishop Breathes Life, Hope in Nigerian Households amid Suspension of Public Mass

A high-pitched musical sound is heard over the mobile phone as Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria strums his guitar while receiving a call for an interview in his small study room at his residence.  

Late Archbishop James Odongo who died Friday, December 4 at the age of 89.

Church in Eastern Africa Mourns Ugandan Prelate Who Laid Ground for Regional Collaboration

The Catholic Church in Eastern Africa is mourning the passing on of the first African Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA), Archbishop James Odongo who died Friday, December 4 at the age of 89. 

Nigerian protesters calling for an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Disbandment of Nigeria’s Controversial Force “a mere first aid, not the solution”: Bishop

The decision to disband the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Nigeria is “a mere first aid” intervention and does not address the challenges, which citizens of Africa’s most populous nation are experiencing, a Bishop has said in a report shared with ACI Africa Friday, October 16.

Independence Day in Nigeria.

“Even after sixty years independent Nigeria is still a mirage”: Bishop Reflects

On the eve of the celebration of 60 years since Nigeria gained its independence from the British, a Catholic Bishop has given a negative assessment of progress in the West African country, describing it as “a mirage,” grappling with “multiplicity of problems.”

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo during Mass at Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese. / Facebook Page/Diocese of Oyo

COVID-19 “compelling us to see things of heaven” amid “agents of tragedy”: African Prelate

The challenges the people of God are experiencing across the globe amid the coronavirus are expected to trigger a focus on heavenly realities and the place of God in our lives yet some have become “agents of tragedy,” hellbent on causing others pain, an African Prelate has reflected in his Sunday, August 23 homily shared with ACI Africa.

Staff of Vatican Radio's English for Africa Service. / Vatican News

Catholic Journalists in Africa Pledge Support for Vatican Radio’s Africa Service @70

Members of the Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP), which brings together Catholic journalists in both the Catholic Church communications and those practicing journalism in secular media outlets have pledged their support for the English Africa Service of the Vatican Radio as the Rome-based media house celebrates 70 years of broadcasting on the continent.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ celebrated Sunday, June 14, 2020.

On Corpus Christi Sunday, Bishops in Africa Pray for “spiritual healing via the Eucharist”

On Corpus Christi Sunday, various Church leaders in Africa have used the occasion of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ marked Sunday, June 14 to invite the people of God in their respective churches to pray for spiritual healing through the Eucharist, which has the ability of transforming lives of Christians.

Bihsop Emmanuel Badejo, President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS). / Diocese of Oyo

Christian Communicators in Africa Urged “to make people see a larger story with God”

On the occasion of the 54th World Communications Day (WCD) this year marked Sunday, May 24, the leadership of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) has called on media practitioners on the continent who practice the Christian faith to tell stories that make people visualize the bigger picture of their respective lives, with God at the center.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS).

Church in Africa “does have a voice,” Battling Communication Challenges, Official Says

The people of God in Africa and their leadership have a lot to offer to the global Catholicism including testimonies about the growth and progress of Gospel values among believers. However, the Church on the continent faces the challenge of telling its stories within and across the globe, the Bishop coordinating the communication commissions of the episcopal conferences in Africa told ACI Africa in an interview last week.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, Bishop of Nigeria's Oyo diocese, and President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS)

On Insecurity in Nigeria, Africa, “world powers to look inwards”, Prelate Reflects

In the fight against various insurgents operating in Nigeria, industrialized nations where weapons used by rebel movements are manufactured need “to look inwards” and review their role in fostering insecurity, a Bishop in Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria told ACI Africa in an interview.

Map showing countries affected by the Corovirus around the world.

Bishops in Africa Call for Appropriate Measures as Cases of COVID-19 are Confirmed

As the world steps up efforts in tackling the spread of COVID-19 virus, the disease caused by coronavirus, with the most recent cases in Africa confirmed in South Africa and Cameroon, Catholic Church leaders at the helm of the Bishops’ conferences in Africa have expressed concerns that the virus could rapidly spread on the continent if appropriate measures are not taken to prevent its initial spread.

Catholics in Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese participating in Prayer Protest called by the Bishops on Ash Wednesday, February 26 2020. They are wearing black  in solidarity with many kidnapped and killed persons in Nigeria. / Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria

Christians in Nigeria Hold “symbolic prayer protest” in Black, Pray for Security

As Catholics worldwide started the Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday, February 26, the Christian faithful in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, participated in a “symbolic” Prayer Protest as directed by the body of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo diocese who has voiced against the proposed hate speech bill that seeks to apply capital punishment for those found guilty

Hate Speech Bill “recommending death by hanging an attack on Nigerians”: Bishop

A Nigerian Bishop has termed as “an attack on Nigerians” the proposed bill in his country’s National Assembly that seeks to apply capital punishment for those found guilty of hate speech.