Latest stories: Coronavirus

Some young girls at the City of Hope in Zambia. / City of Hope

How Salesian Sisters in Zambia are Supporting Vulnerable Children amid COVID-19

In a bid to keep vulnerable children in Zambia safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the female branch of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, have undertaken various initiatives to support the children.

Logo Caritas Senegal /

Caritas Senegal Redirects Climate Change Funds Towards COVID-19 Fight

The Catholic Church in Senegal through its charity arm, Caritas Senegal, has announced the interruption of a fundraising initiative launched in March to alleviate effects of climate change and asked for permission to redirect the funds collected towards the battle against COVID-19 in the west African country.

Bishop Ambroise Ouédraogo of Maradi Diocese, Niger. / ACN

Closure of Churches Spells Danger for “lukewarm Christians”: Bishop in Niger

A Bishop in Niger, reflecting on the post-COVID-19 era, has said that while some Christians will come out of the pandemic stronger than before, there are those whose faith will have deteriorated as a result of the lockdown imposed on the churches in the West African country since March.

Bishop Nicolas Pierre Jean Lhernould of the Diocese of Constantine in Algeria. /

Christians and Muslims in Algeria “maintain links” despite Lockdown: Bishop of Constantine

Christians and Muslims in the North African nation of Algeria have sought to maintain interpersonal connections going beyond religion amid COVID-19 restrictions and the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, the Bishop of Constantine told Vatican News in an interview.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Archdiocese of Abuja. /

“Church cannot administer Sacraments by phone, modern technology”: Nigerian Archbishop

The Archbishop of Abuja in Nigeria, Ignatius Kaigama, has clarified despite restrictions on social and religious gatherings put in place as a COVID-19 measure, the Church cannot administer the Sacraments through modern technology “or by proxy.”

Fr. Leonard Chiti, Provincial Leader of the Society of Jesus for Zambia-Malawi (ZAM) Province. / The Society of Jesus for Zambia-Malawi (ZAM) Province.

Take Steps “to heal inequality, poverty” in Zambia: Jesuits at Launch of COVID-19 Relief

The leadership of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Zambia and Malawi has expressed concerns over inequality and the level of poverty in the Southern Africa nation of Zambia amid COVID-19, calling on the government to work toward addressing the gap and give an opportunity for affected people to bounce back.  

Macky Sall, President of Senegal. /

Senegal’s President Recounts His “constructive conversation with Pope Francis”

Senegal’s President Macky Sall has recounted his discussion with Pope Francis at the beginning of this week, terming it as “constructive” and mutually enriching.

Sr Ana Gutierrez, a Spanish Nun serving at the Bikok Catholic Health Centre on the outskirts of Cameroon's capital Yaounde. / Vatican News

“Making people believe COVID-19 exists a major challenge”: Spanish Nun Serving in Cameroon

A Spanish nun serving as a doctor in the Central African nation of Cameroon says the major challenge she is facing at the present time is making residents believe that COVID-19 is a real pandemic.

Fr. Donatien Nshole (Centre) flanked by Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo (left) and Pastor Bokondoa (right) at a Press Conference in DR Congo's capital Kinshasa Friday, May 1, 2020. / CENCO

Religious Leaders in DR Congo Want Modalities of Overseeing COVID-19 Fund Revised

Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are seeking a revision of the modalities put in place by the country’s President for the management of COVID-19 Solidarity Fund, which is headed by Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo.

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli at a past function. /

Tanzania’s President Lauds Bishops for Facilitating Public Worship Amid COVID-19 Fears

Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli has appreciated the Catholic Bishops in the East African nation for standing firm in faith and offering public Masses amid calls to suspend public worship as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.  

Bishop John Oballa Owaa (centre) flanked by Bishops Martin Kivuva (left) and Bishop Alfred Rotich (right) at a Press Briefing in Nairobi, Kenya. /

“We are concerned”: Bishops in Kenya Over Alleged Misuse of COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Catholic Bishops in the East African nation of Kenya have raised concerns over the alleged misappropriation of the over KES.1 billion (US$10 million) COVID-19 Emergency Fund that has been so far raised by well-wishers and corporate firms in view of cushioning vulnerable Kenyans against the impacts of restrictions due to the pandemic.    

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on April 30, 2020. / Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Honors Priests and Doctors Who Have Died in the Coronavirus Pandemic

On Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis said he was thinking of all the priests and doctors who gave their lives in the service of others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on May 2, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Prays for Government Leaders Facing the Coronavirus Crisis

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for mayors, governors, presidents, and legislators at a time when many government leaders are making decisions about whether to ease or extend coronavirus restrictions.

Fr Anselm Adodo, Founder Pax Herbal Clinic and Research Laboratories (Paxherbals) with some staff of the Nigeria-based Centre. /

How a Nigeria-based Catholic Medical Centre is Responding to COVID-19 Search for Cure

As medical practitioners across the globe seek to understand the new coronavirus and engage in finding a cure, a Nigeria-based Catholic medical center that develops and promotes the use of “African medicine” is responding to this search by proposing a herbal drug as a possible cure for COVID-19.

Caption: Franciscan Sisters of St. Anna (FSSA) donate relief items to people displaced by floods in Nyando, Kisumu county. / FSSA

A Kenya-based Order of Nuns Reaches Out to Families Affected by Floods

Members of a Kenya-based Order of nuns have reached out to over 200 needy families in Western Kenya affected by floods following ongoing heavy rains in the East African nation, one of the nuns involved in the Thursday, April 30 initiative has told ACI Africa.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei Diocese, South Sudan /

It is Hunger that will Kill People before COVID-19, Bishops in South Sudan, Sudan Warn

South Sudanese are worried about dying of hunger more than COVID-19 infections, a Bishop in the countries has told ACI Africa, expressing concerns over lockdown directives issued by the government.

Bishop Jose Luis Ponce De Leon of the Diocese of Manzini, Swaziland. /

The Five Needs of Swaziland’s Manzini Diocese amid COVID-19 Crisis

To facilitate the Catholic Church’s response to COVID-19 pandemic in the landlocked Southern African Kingdom of Eswatini popularly known as Swaziland, the Bishop of Manzini diocese has outlined “five priorities” for the one-diocese country, inviting the people of God support the course.

Bishop George Nkuo of Kumbo Diocese in Cameroon. /

Cameroon’s Kumbo Diocese Lifts Suspension on Sunday Public Mass

The suspension on the celebration of Public Mass has been lifted for Sundays in Cameroon’s Kumbo diocese, the Bishop has announced.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) / Samuel Waweru/KCCB

Bishops in Kenya Appeal for Support to Reach Millions Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

Catholic Bishops in the East African nation of Kenya are appealing for support to facilitate the realization of their collective initiative that seeks to assist those affected by COVID-19 pandemic, especially the most vulnerable, “including the 2.5 million people living in informal settlements.”

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, pioneer Bishop of the Diocese of Ekwulobia in Nigeria installed Wednesday, April 29, 2020. / Diocese of Ekwolobia

“Grassroot evangelization will be a priority”: Nigerian Bishop at Installation

On the occasion of his episcopal installation, the pioneer Bishop of the newly erected diocese of Ekwulobia in southeastern Nigeria, Peter Ebere Okpaleke, has said that in his pastoral ministry, he will strive to emphasize evangelization at the local level, inviting the people of God to a “personal and intimate relationship with Jesus.”