Late Abune Antonios, Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church Tawaedo. Credit: ACN

Catholic Entity Mourns Death of Eritrean Christian Leader after Prolonged Captivity

Feb 17, 2022

Catholic Pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has joined other Christian entities in mourning the passing on of a renowned Eritrean Christian leader who has been held captive by the country’s authorities since his arrest in 2007.

The flag of Eritrea. Creative Photo Corner/Shutterstock.

Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Visitors for Eritrean Catholics in US, Canada, and Europe

Jan 19, 2022

He also named an apostolic visitor for Eritrean Catholics in Europe.

Flag of Eritrea. Credit: Shutterstock

Eritrea's Church Leadership Fostering Human Rights Advocacy after Facility Seizures

Dec 4, 2021

Following the confiscation of Catholic schools and clinics in Eritrea, Church officials in the country have turned their efforts to educating the people at the grassroots about their human rights. 

Fr. Abba Petros Abraha with students of the Don Bosco Technical School in Dekemhare, Eritrea/Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesian Entity Facilitates Self-Sustainability Initiatives for Catholic School in Eritrea

Jun 19, 2021

The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, is facilitating self-sustainability initiatives at the Don Bosco Technical School in Dekemhare, a town located some 25 miles Southeast of Eritrea's capital, Asmara.

The Flag of Eritrea. Credit: Public Domain

Bishops in Eritrea Pledge to Continue Reclaiming Catholic Institutions “forcibly taken”

Jun 11, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Eritrea have pledged to continue reclaiming Catholic institutions that the government has “forcibly taken” away.

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia.

Cleric Appeals for Safety of Missing Eritreans, Refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Dec 15, 2020

An Eritrean Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe is appealing for the safety of arrested people and Eritrean refugees in conflict-ridden Ethiopia’s Tigray region amid reports of disappearance.

Interrupted Assistance Posing Multiple Threats to Eritrean Refugees in Ethiopia: Cleric

Dec 4, 2020

The “sudden interruption” of assistance to Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia amid the ongoing violent conflict in Tigray region is posing multiple threats to hundreds of thousands of Eritreans, a Catholic Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has said.

Prince Dr. Asfa Wossen Asserate. / (© Asfa-Wossen-Asserate.

Ethiopia, Eritrea Fighting Militias Together, Political Analyst Tells Catholic Aid Agency

Dec 2, 2020

An Ethiopian political analyst has told a Catholic aid agency that Eritrea is fighting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front alongside Ethiopia amid reports that the ongoing war in the Horn of Africa has spilled over to Eritrea.

“War is anti-life, it kills, maims, destroys”: Eritrea’s Bishops over Violence in Ethiopia

Nov 24, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Eritrea have expressed sadness over the ongoing civil conflict in Ethiopia highlighting the negative effects of war, including loss of lives, displacements, destructions, among others.

The Italian School of Asmara, a government-run international school in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara closed down recently.

Clerics, Student Bemoan Closure of Eritrea’s 117-Year-Old Italian School in Asmara

Sep 16, 2020

Catholic Priests and a former student have bemoaned the closure of the Italian School of Asmara, a government-run international school in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara.

Eritrean refugees protest conditions in Libyan detention.

Cleric Highlights Plight of Eritrean Refugees: Rejected, Exploited, Prostituted, Deprived

Sep 11, 2020

A Rome-based Eritrean Cleric known for his ministry with refugees and migrants crossing from North Africa to Europe has highlighted the plight of Eritrean refugees in neighboring Ethiopia who, he says, have been rejected and become “victims of exploitation, prostitution and deprivation.”

Fr. Mussie Zerai, founder of the Habeshia humanitarian agency based in Libya.

Missionary Cleric in Libya Appeals for Evacuation of Refugees amid Humanitarian Crisis

Aug 28, 2020

A Missionary Cleric ministering in Libya has appealed to the international community to help facilitate “urgent” evacuation of refugees from the North African country amid a humanitarian crisis.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Abeba (Ethiopian), Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Cardinal Highlights COVID-19 “harmful side effects,” Church’s Intervention

Jul 29, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Ethiopia, Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphiel, has highlighted the “harmful side effects” of COVID-19 in the East African country including the loss of a Catholic Bishop and increased cases of gender-based violence (GBV).

Msgr. Luis Miguel Munoz Cardaba, New Apostolic Nuncio to Sudan and Eritrea.

Pope Appoints Spanish-Born Cleric as Nuncio in Sudan and Eritrea

Apr 2, 2020

Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 31 appointed Msgr. Luis Miguel Munoz Cardaba, a native of Spain who has been serving at the Apostolic Nunciature in Turkey, as his representative in Sudan and Eritrea.

The Secretary of the Holy See Delegation to the U.N. Geneva, Msgr. Mauro Cionini / Ignatius Takura Mugwagwa/EWTN Deutschland

Vatican Ready for “constructive, respectful dialogue” with Eritrean Government to End Woes

Mar 5, 2020

Delegates of the Holy See have, during the recent 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland, called for an amicable solution to the challenges that the Catholic Church in Eritrea is facing and expressed readiness for “a constructive and respectful dialogue” to end the tense relations pitting the government against the Church in the Northeast African country.

Berhaneyesus Cardinal Souraphel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia who was denied entry into Eritrea on February 22.

Bishops in Eritrea Write to Protest Ethiopian Cardinal-led Delegation’s Denied Entry

Mar 4, 2020

Following the incident that saw the Ethiopian Cardinal and his delegation denied entry into Eritrea, being forced to spend a night at Asmara airport, Catholic Bishops in the northeast African nation have, in a letter addressed to Eritrean government authorities, expressed disappointment over the “most unfortunate incident”.

Catholics outside Asmara, March 2007. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Eritreans suffering from seizure of Catholic health clinics, aid group says

Aug 17, 2019

The Eritrean government’s recent closure of all Catholic-run health clinics in the country will have devastating effects for the people of the country, warned the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need.