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Young pilgrims gather before World Youth Day Panama opening Mass Jan. 22, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Pope Francis Postpones World Youth Day and Meeting of Families Due to COVID-19

Pope Francis has decided to postpone by one year World Youth Day and the World Meeting of Families, according to the Vatican. The events were expected to take place during the summers of 2022 and 2021.

Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), who has just recovered from COVID-19. /

After Recovery from COVID-19, African Cardinal Observing “a period of rest”

The President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, who has recovered from COVID-19 after days of care at a hospital in his country, Burkina Faso, is observing “a period of rest” outside his official residence.

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Catholic Media “must not only disseminate information about COVID-19”: Bishops in Malawi

In a bid to cater for the spiritual needs of the people of God in Malawi during the 21-day lockdown period envisaged by the government, Bishops in the Southern Africa nation have, in a collective statement, directed the Catholic media to include religious and pastoral content alongside relevant information about COVID-19.

The Delegation from the Archdiocese of Lagos presenting donation to the wife of Lagos state governor Dr. (Mrs) Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, Saturday, April 18, 2020. / Lagos Archdiocese

Nigerian Archdiocese Responds to “cry of the people,” Donates to State amid COVID-19 Bite

The leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria has moved in to support the State in providing for the people of God facing hardships after the government put in place restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19, a cleric in the Archdiocese has reported.

Poster for Hope4U and Good Shepherd Call Center initiatives by Kenya's Archdiocese of Nyeri in partnership with the Diocese of Kitui. / Archdiocese of Nyeri

Kenya’s 2-Diocese Joint Initiative Toward “vulnerable families” amid COVID-19 Launched

A joint initiative between a diocese and an Archdiocese in Kenya to mobilize resources that can help families struggling with providing for their basic needs because of COVID-19 restrictions was launched Thursday, April 16.

Sister Angel Bipendu (Rught) makes home visits within Zogno, a commune of 9,000 in the province of Bergamo, where the coronavirus has killed about 2,000 people. / AFP

“It is time to give back what God has given me”: Congolese Nun at Italian COVID-19 Centre

A nun from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a “frontline soldier” against COVID-19 in Italy as a medical doctor, recently described her service as giving back to humanity the gift of God to her.

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Pro-life Leaders Call for Coronavirus Vaccine Without Abortion Ties

Development of an effective, safe and widely available vaccine for the novel coronavirus is deeply important, but its development should avoid unethical links to abortion, said pro-life leaders in a letter to the Trump administration.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta April 18, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media. /

Pope Prays for Those Caring for Disabled Patients amid Pandemic

Pope Francis prayed for those caring for people with disabilities during the coronavirus crisis at his morning Mass Saturday. 

Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana, who oversaw the compilation and publication of a Report titled: "Making Ghana's Public Health Act Work for All" a publication by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference in December, 2014. / Damian Avevor

Is Ghana Paying for Ignoring Catholic Bishops’ 2014 Public Health Recommendations?

Key recommendations in a report that was drafted by the Catholic Bishops in Ghana on the country’s Public Health Act, among them provision of quality healthcare, is what Ghana needed to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the country, a Church official in the West African country has said.

Pope's representative in Zimbabwe, Archbishop Paul Rudelli. / Jesuit Communication Zimbabwe

Nuncio in Zimbabwe Responds to Bishops’ Appeal, Donates COVID-19 Medical Supplies

The Apostolic Nuncio in the Southern Africa nation of Zimbabwe has responded to an appeal made by the Catholic Bishops in the country for assistance in the fight against COVID-19, donating medical supplies and cash amounting to US$30,000.00.

A vendor selling face masks in Ivory's Coast economic capital, Abidjan. /

“In addition to prayer, we give free masks to less privileged”: Church in Ivory Coast

The Catholic Church in the West African nation of Ivory Coast has started the distribution of face masks to members of society considered “less privileged and vulnerable” in an exercise meant to complement daily prayers, the Secretary General of the Bishops’ conference has said.

President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania. /

Tanzania’s President Declares Three Days of National Prayer Over COVID-19 Pandemic

In the East African nation of Tanzania where, unlike in other countries in the region, places of worship have remained open amid COVID-19 restrictions, the President declared three days of national prayer “for God’s protection and healing.”

A volunteer serves food to children at Don Bosco Gumbo IDP camp, Juba. / Salesians of Don Bosco

US-based Salesian Missions Supporting COVID-19 Prevention Measures in South Sudan

In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the world’s youngest country, South Sudan, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) is facilitating prevention measures at an internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) facility.

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“Closure of all borders to curb spread of COVID-19” Among Suggestions of Bishops in Benin

The Catholic Christian Observatory for Governance (OCCG), an organ of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB), has called on the government of President Patrice Talon to immediately close “all borders” and to put in place appropriate measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the West African country.

The Matthew 25 House at Koforidua which is giving care and support to persons with HIV and AIDS. / Matthew 25.

Matthew’s Gospel-Inspired Facility Reviving Hope among HIV Patients in Ghana

A HIV support and care organization named after a verse in the Gospel of Matthew is living up to its purpose of providing home to thousands of Persons Living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHAs) in Ghana under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Koforidua.

(ZCCB) Representative, Bishop Moses Hamungole receives donation on behalf of the Conference. / Caritas Zambia

Amid COVID-19, “let us support Church’s ministry to poor, vulnerable”: Zambia Bishops

At a time when governments across the globe have been forced to expend their resources in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, Bishops in the southern Africa nation of Zambia are encouraging the people of God in their country to reach out to the poor and vulnerable in their midst rather than expect foreign donations.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza addressing journalists during the Press Briefing in Yola. /

A Nigerian Diocese Avails Pastoral Centre to the State as COVID-19 Isolation Facility

The Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has made available its Pastoral Center to the State of Adamawa to be used as a facility to isolate people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Church Leaders Across Africa Share Messages of Hope amid “silent Easter” Celebrations

Bishops in Africa have, individually and collectively, offered messages of hope to the people of God on the continent in their respective Easter messages amid “silent Easter” celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

A child being administered the meningitis vaccine. /

Catholic Medics in Ghana Decry Shift of Attention from Meningitis amid COVID-19 Fight

The recent outbreak of meningitis in Ghana, with over 30 reported deaths in three months, is a worrying situation in the West African nation, according to Catholic medics in the country. They say that the relevant institutions in their country has shifted attention from the deadly viral infection in favour of the fight against COVID-19.  

Cardinal Tagle at the Synod of Bishops on October 9, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Cardinal Tagle Urges Leaders to Ensure Healthcare for All in COVID-19 Crisis

In his Easter message, the president of Caritas Internationalis called on governments to ensure access to healthcare and social protections for all amid the coronavirus pandemic.