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Pope Francis shared a stage with Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on May 12, 2023, to speak at a two-day conference on “The General State of the Birth Rate,” held at Conciliazione Auditorium close to the Vatican. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

7 Things to Know about Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s Likely New Catholic Prime Minister

Sep 27, 2022

Italy’s national elections on Sept. 25 ended with Giorgia Meloni, a Catholic mother, poised to become the country’s first female prime minister. 

The United Nations General Assembly in New York. | Drop of Light/Shutterstock.

African Nations Stand Alone Against Abortion Rights, Gender Ideology at the UN

Sep 16, 2022

A United Nations resolution defining abortion as a human right and advancing gender ideology was adopted this month with overwhelming support from Western countries but was opposed by a group of mainly African nations. 

Poster announcing the Fourth African Union-European Union Agricultural Ministerial Conference/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

African Faith Leaders, Civil Society Decry Locals’ Exclusion in World Agriculture Policies

Jun 22, 2021

Members of Our Land is Our Life Alliance, an entity that brings together various African civil society organizations (CSOs) and faith leaders, have decried the exclusion of local populations in the implementation of agricultural policies that affect the continent.

Logo calling for an end to Female Genital Mutilation / United Nations

Bishops in Ireland, European Union Launch Initiative against Sexual Violence in Somalia

Feb 8, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Ireland have, in partnership with the leadership of the European Union (EU), launched a campaign against Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Somalia.

Map showing the Sahel region.

Caritas Internationalis Officials Highlight Five Lines of Action to Address Sahel Crisis

Nov 5, 2020

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), has outlined five lines of action that could help address the crisis in the Central Sahel region, which comprises the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. 

Church Leaders in DR Congo pose with EU Ambassador Jean-Marc Châtaigner after the launch of a project to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the Central African nation.

Churches in DR Congo Partner with European Union for €2m COVID-19 Sensitization Program

May 27, 2020

Church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have partnered with the European Union (EU) for a nine-month sensitization project dubbed “Support project for the prevention of COVID-19 in the DRC through communication for behavior change during and after the epidemic” worth Eur.2 million (US$2.17 million).

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of the diocese of Pemba, which is in the region of Cabo Delgado. / ACN

Why Persecution in Mozambique is “an injustice that is crying out to heaven”

May 2, 2020

A Bishop in Mozambique has decried the reigning oppression of people who speak against the increased attacks that mainly target the Church in the southern African country, terming the attacks as “an injustice that is crying out to heaven”.