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St. Peter's Basilica. Credit: Marco Mancini/CNA /

Pope Francis Postpones Peter’s Pence Collection amid Pandemic’s Economic Downturn

Pope Francis has postponed this year’s Peter’s Pence collection until next fall as the Vatican confronts the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Douala Archdiocese, who has practiced herbalism over the years, is receiving public attention with regard to his administering of herbal medicine to COVID-19 patients. /

Why a Cameroonian Prelate is Receiving Unprecedented Public Attention over COVID-19

A Cameroonian Archbishop known for his practice of herbalism is receiving unprecedented public attention in his country, including being sought after by mainstream media in the Central African nation over COVID-19 intervention. Here is why.

A Poster for the National Prayer and Fasting from April 24 to 26, 2020 in Ghana. / Christian Council of Ghana.

Pray Not to Question God’s Existence during COVID-19, Religious Leaders in Ghana Implore

Christians in Ghana ended their three-day National prayer and fasting to seek God’s intervention and direction in the fight against COVID-19, with religious leaders cautioning against the temptation to question God’s existence in the difficult pandemic times.

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya (right) and Bishop George Nkuo (Left), of Bamenda and Kumbo respectively. Two Bishops in the midst of the protracted Anglophone crisis in the Central African nation of Cameroon. /

“Shuffling between two crises is no easy job”: Bishops in Cameroon’s Anglophone Region

Two Bishops in the midst of the protracted Anglophone crisis in the Central African nation of Cameroon have, in an interview with ACI Africa, reflected on the challenge that COVID-19 crisis presents to their pastoral ministry, one of them describing the experience as “no easy job.”

Late Bishop Emeritus Silas Silvius Njiru of Kenya's Meru Diocese. He succumbed to COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 28 in Italy, aged 91. /

Retired Kenyan Bishop, Second African Prelate to Succumb to COVID-19

The Bishop Emeritus of Kenya’s Meru Diocese, Bishop Silas Silvius Njiru succumbed to COVID-19 in the early hours of Tuesday, April 28 in Italy where he has been residing. He was 91.

Maurice Cardinal Piat,  Bishop of Port-Louis Diocese in Mauritius. /

“I appeal to the generosity, solidarity of parishioners”: Mauritian Cardinal

A Cardinal in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has appealed to parishioners in his country to help meet the needs of their respective parishes as their Priests struggle financially amid COVID-19 challenges that have seen reduced support toward the needy.

Archbishop Valerian Okeke of Onitsha, Nigeria. /

Nigeria’s Onitsha Archdiocese “to slowly lift suspension” on Public Mass

In view of the envisaged easing of the COVID-19 lockdown imposed by Nigeria's Anambra State, home to the Metropolitan See of Onitsha, the Archbishop has announced the possibility of lifting the suspension of Public Mass, albeit slowly.

Logo National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC). /

Feast of St. Joseph the Worker to Mark Start of Novena Against COVID-19 in Cameroon

Bishops in the central African nation of Cameroon have chosen the feast of St. Joseph the Worker marked May 1 as the start of nine days of prayer during which the people of God in the country will join them to pray for liberation from COVID-19 crisis.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama distributing palliatives to vulnerable Nigerian citizens in order to cushion the effects of the Lockdown. / Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigerian Prelate Distributes COVID-19 Palliatives, Says It’s “social responsibility”

In the West Africa nation of Nigeria, an Archbishop has engaged in the distribution of palliatives to needy members of society and termed the initiative a “social responsibility of the Archdiocese.”

Pope Francis holds a rosary during a general audience Aug. 7, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Urges Catholics to Unite Through Praying the Rosary in May

Pope Francis sent a letter Saturday encouraging Catholics to pray the rosary throughout May. He also shared two new prayers to implore the help of the Virgin Mary during the coronavirus pandemic.

Poster for Earth Day 2020 / Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)

Catholic Movement Recognizes African Song on COVID-19, Band Leader “excited, encouraged”

The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), the Rome-based organization that works “to better care for our common home” has recognized a song by a Kenya-based band on COVID-19, a move that has been appreciated by the band leader.

Logo Caritas Ghana. /

Caritas Ghana Still Committed to the Poor as President Lifts Partial Ban

Caritas Ghana, the charity wing of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), will continue to support the needs of the poor and vulnerable in areas that were affected by partial lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 even after the country’s President lifted the partial lockdown, an official has said.

Pope Francis May 15, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Donates Ventilators in Honor of St. George’s Feast Day

Ventilators were delivered to hospitals in Romania, Spain, and Italy on April 23, the feast of St. George, the patron saint of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

Pope Francis. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Vatican Releases Free Online Prayer Book Amid Pandemic

The Vatican has released a free online prayer book to help Catholics seeking divine assistance amid the coronavirus crisis.

St. Peter's Basilica and square closed to public March 10, 2020. Credit: Hannah Brockhaus/CNA. /

Vatican City Prepares to Ease Coronavirus Restrictions in May

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin met with members of the Roman curia on Wednesday to discuss the gradual reopening of Holy See offices as Italy prepares to end its national lockdown.

Fr. Joseph Healey, popularly known as Mwanajumuiya Padri Joseph has specialised in Small Christian Communities through research and practice. /

Maryknoll Cleric Growing Online Small Christian Communities amid Kenya’s COVID-19 Measures

Saturdays are usually busy days for Ben Wanjala, the moderator of St. Kizito Small Christian Community (SCC) at St. Austin’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya.

Bishop Severine Niwemugizi of the Catholic diogese of Rulenge-Ngara in Tanzania. /

Tanzania’s Rulenge-Ngara Bishop First to Suspend Public Mass over COVID-19

A Catholic Bishop in the East African nation of Tanzania has become the first religious leader to suspend the celebration of public Mass in his country where the President has encouraged public worship amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference receiving a Cheque for GHc100,000 ($20,000) from the leadership of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, a Catholic Friendly Society in Ghana at National Catholic Secretariat on April 15, 2020. / Marshallan Communications Team.

Catholic Groups in Ghana Respond to Bishops’ Appeal to Support Health Facilities

Different Catholic Groups in Ghana have heeded to the appeal by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) for financial assistance in its nine-month National Emergency Response Plan to combat COVID-19 by donating towards the purchase of hospital equipment and food for the needy in the West African country.

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda Archdiocese, sympathizing with a woman whose house was burnt down in the ongoing Anglophone crisis. /

“Now is time for peace,” Cameroonian Archbishop Calls for an End to Anglophone Conflict

As the end to the protracted crisis in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions seems to remain in the indefinite future, the Archbishop of Bamenda in the Central African nation’s troubled North West region has called on the warring parties in the conflict to drop their weapons of war and to consider now as the “time for peace.”

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. /

COVID-19 “not powerful enough to infect or bury our faith”: Nigerian Prelate

As Catholics across the globe celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday against the backdrop of COVID-19 restrictions, a Church leader in Nigeria has encouraged the people of God in Africa’s most populous country not to despair but rather stand firm in their faith in God.