Christmas Message

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel. Credit: Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat/Facebook

Cardinal Urges Ethiopians to Respect Human Life, Holy Places in Christmas Message

Jan 5, 2024

The Catholic Archbishop of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia has urged the people of God in the country to respect human life and holy places so as to “properly” celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

In New Year Messages, Kenyan Prelates Urge Good Governance, Lowering Cost of Living

Jan 2, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have advocated for good governance, the need to lower the cost of living, and sustainable peace among other needs that can foster livelihoods of the people of God in the East African nation.

Christmas, New Year Message: Ivorian Bishop Cautions against “trivializing” Reconciliation

Dec 29, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Yamoussoukro Diocese in Ivory Coast has cautioned against “trivializing” reconciliation, which he says is a familiar term in the West African nation.

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

“I express my vote of confidence in you”: Bishop in Christmas Letter to Nigerian Youth

Dec 26, 2023

Nigerian youth have the potentiality to excel in life despite the myriad of challenges they face in the West African nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Oyo Diocese has said. 

Archbishop Philip Anyolo with some of the members of the Catholic Men Association (CMA) of St. Mary Immaculate Parish, Kumura during the inauguration of the Parish earlier this month. Credit: Nairobi Archdiocese

Let’s Seek “God’s will in humble prayer”: Archbishop of Nairobi in Christmas Message

Dec 25, 2023

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is a model of family life, the Local Ordinary of Kenya’s Nairobi Catholic Archdiocese has said, and underscored the need to emulate the Holy Family of Nazareth in seeking the will of God “in humble prayer”.

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

At Christmas, Let’s Name, Address “our unpeaceful situations”: Southern African Bishops

Dec 23, 2023

Christmas season can be meaningful for the people of God in Botswana, Eswatini, and South Africa if they name and address their situations of lack of peace, Catholic Bishops in the three-nation Conference have said.

Bishop Willybard Kitogho Lagho of Kenya's Malindi Diocese. Credit: Malindi Diocese

“Exercise a lot of caution”: Catholic Bishop in Kenya to Road Users During Christmas

Dec 23, 2023

The Bishop of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Malindi has called on Kenyans traveling from cities in the East African country for Christmas celebrations with their families to exercise caution on the roads to avoid causing accidents.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during an interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Caritas Freetown

“Are we mad?” Archbishop in Sierra Leone on Resilience amid COVID-19, Global Conflict

Dec 19, 2022

With the protracted fight against COVID-19 and its harsh economic implications that were compounded by the war in Ukraine, Christians have demonstrated a great sense of resilience, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone says.  

Archbishop Paul Ssemogerere of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala in Uganda. Credit: Ugandan Catholics Online

Catholic Archbishop Urges “open dialogue” to Foster Reconciliation, Fraternity in Uganda

Dec 18, 2022

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala in Uganda is advocating for “open dialogue” among citizens of the East African nation in view of addressing the challenges in the country and foster “reconciliation and fraternity”.

Bishop Christian Carlassare of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Rumbek Diocese

Church in South Sudan Invited to share in Pope Francis' "pilgrimage of peace" During Visit

Dec 16, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has invited people of different faiths in the East-Central African nation to prepare to join Pope Francis in his "pilgrimage of faith" during the Holy Father's planned Ecumenical visit to the country.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel. Credit: Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat/Facebook

Ethiopia’s Cardinal Urges Citizens to “avoid pride, hatred that break the chain of peace”

Jan 7, 2022

There is need for the people of God in Ethiopia to shun pride, anger and hatred that obstruct peace in the Horn of Africa nation, the Cardinal in country has said in his message ahead of Christmas Day marked on Friday, January 7.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Focus on Jesus, Positive Action, Reconciliation: Nigerian Bishop in Christmas Message

Dec 23, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has highlighted the essential aspects of Christmas, underscoring the need for Christians to focus on the person of Jesus Christ, engage in more “good action” than mere talk, make sacrifices “for others’ sake”, and reconciliation both with God and others.

Bishop Yunan Tombe Trille of Sudan’s El Obeid Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pray for Justice and Peace in Sudan, Catholic Bishop Implores in Christmas Message

Dec 20, 2021

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of El Obeid in Sudan has, in his Christmas and New Year 2022 message, called upon the people of God under his pastoral care to pray for the realization of peace and justice in the Northeastern African nation.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and President Muhammadu Buhari.

What a Nigerian Bishop Said in Christmas Message that Sparked Controversies, Condemnation

Jan 1, 2021

The Christmas Message of the Bishop of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has sparked controversies in the West African nation, some quarters accusing the Bishop of “very serious crimes like treason and incitement for a coup.”

God “calling us to solidarity” amid COVID-19: South African Bishop in Christmas Message

Dec 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have negative effects on the people of God across the globe, is an avenue that God is using to call His people to solidarity, regardless of socio-cultural, economic and other distinguishing characteristics, a South African Bishop has said.

Maurice Cardinal Piat of the Dioces of Port Louis, Mauritius

“Be close to united, divided, separated, reconstituted families”: Mauritian Cardinal

Dec 21, 2019

As Christians around the world conclude the Advent Season that ushers in the joyful celebration of God becoming man in the birth of Jesus Christ, the Cardinal in the island nation of Mauritius has, in his Christmas message, called on Christians to cultivate solidarity with all members of society regardless of religion, ethnicity, social status or any other distinguishing factors.

Bishop Placide Lubamba Ndjibu of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Kasongo Diocese. / CENCO

May “Christmas 2019 bring long-awaited grace of effective peace,” DR Congo Bishop Prays

Dec 19, 2019

As Christians prepare for the yearly celebration of Christ’s nativity, Bishop Placide Lubamba Ndjibu of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Kasongo diocese has, in his message addressed to Catholic faithful and people of good will, appealed for unity and peace especially in the eastern part of the country, which has been experiencing insecurity.

Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC)

Challenges of Migrants among Issues Addressed in Ghana Bishops’ Christmas Message

Dec 17, 2019

As the world prepares to celebrate the mystery of the incarnation, God becoming man, and the events that followed thereafter, Bishops in the West African nation of Ghana have, in their Christmas message, used the example of the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt to seek refuge to highlight the challenges migrants go through and termed as “unchristian and unacceptable any acts of discrimination, stereotyping and physical attacks” against those seeking refuge.

Bishops in Chad during the official presentation of their Christmas Message in Ndjamena, December 13, 2019

In Christmas Message, Bishops in Chad Decry Bad Governance, Want Selfless Leaders

Dec 17, 2019

The manner in which the north-central African nation of Chad is being governed is a cause for concern that has made the Catholic Bishops focus their collective Christmas message on the socio-political and economic challenges in their country, advocating for selfless and servant leadership.