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Msgr. John Baptist Attakruh appointed Bishop Ghana’s Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese/ Credit: Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese/Facebook /

Apostolic Administrator of Ghana’s Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese Appointed Diocesan Bishop

Msgr. John Baptist Attakruh who has been serving as Apostolic Administrator of Ghana’s Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese since August 2020 has been appointed the Local Ordinary of the same episcopal see.

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City Flag./ Bohumil Petrik / CNA /

World Health Organization Grants Holy See Permanent Observer Status

The Holy See has been granted permanent observer status to the World Health Organization following resolution adopted by consensus on May 31.

Pietro Cardinal Parolin with Cameroon's President, Paul Biya during an audience at the Unity Palace on 29 January 2021 / Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon (PRC)

Holy See Wants “peace, reconciliation” in Cameroon's Troubled Regions: Vatican Cardinal

The Holy See is closely following the conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions and wants the warring parties to seek the path of dialogue for peace and reconciliation in the Central African nation, the Vatican’s Secretary of State has said.

Bishop Xolelo Thaddaeus Kumalo (left) transferred from Eshowe Diocese to Witbank Diocese and Fr. Robert Mogapi Mphiwe (right) appointed Bishop for Rustenburg Diocese. /

Bishops Appointed for South Africa’s Rustenburg and Witbank Dioceses

The Holy Father has, on Wednesday, November 25, announced the appointment of two Bishops for South Africa’s Dioceses of Rustenburg and Witbank, the latter being a Papal transfer.

President Uhuru Kenyatta holding talks with Pope Francis at the Vatican Friday, November 6, 2020. / Vatican News.

Kenya’s President Meets Pope Francis in Historic Visit, “bilateral relations highlighted”

Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta met Pope Francis on Friday, November 6 at the Vatican, making him the first Head of State of the East African nation to pay the Holy Father a courtesy visit at the Holy See, the headquarters of the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Paolo Borgia and President Alassane Ouattara unveil the Postal stamp bearing the effigy of Pope Francis and  President Alassane Ouattara on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between betzeen the Holy See and Ivory Coast. / Website Presidency of the Republic of Ivory Coast

Holy See and Ivory Coast Mark 50 years of Relations, Unveil Postal Stamp Effigy

At a ceremony organized to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the West African nation of Ivory Coast Monday, September 21, a postal stamp bearing the effigy of Pope Francis and Ivory Coast’s President, Alassane Ouattara, was unveiled.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher (right), Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States and Mr. Robert Compaore (left), Ambassador of Burkina Faso to the Holy See during the exchange of the Instruments of Ratification of the Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Burkina Faso on the legal status of the Catholic Church in Burkina Faso. / Holy See Press Office

Holy See, Burkina Faso Agreement to “enable Church, State to collaborate better”: Bishop

A Bishop in Burkina Faso has, in an interview with ACI Africa, welcomed the Framework Agreement between the Holy See and the West African nation, saying the initiative “will enable Church and State to collaborate better.”

Staff of Vatican Radio's English for Africa Service. / Vatican News

Catholic Journalists in Africa Pledge Support for Vatican Radio’s Africa Service @70

Members of the Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP), which brings together Catholic journalists in both the Catholic Church communications and those practicing journalism in secular media outlets have pledged their support for the English Africa Service of the Vatican Radio as the Rome-based media house celebrates 70 years of broadcasting on the continent.

People pass in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of May. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. /

Vatican: No Active Coronavirus Cases among Employees

The Vatican said Saturday the city state no longer has any active positive cases among employees, after a 12th person had tested positive in early May.

Archbishop Marcel Utembi of Kisangani with Pope Francis at the Vatican /

Holy See, DR Congo Agreement “a new beginning for Church and State”: Archbishop

An Archbishop in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has welcomed the ratification of the framework agreement between the Holy See and his country that took place at the Vatican last week saying the initiative represents a new dawn of engagements “between the Catholic Church and the state.”

The Holy See, Vatican City, Rome / Shutterstock

Why the Holy See Won’t Participate in “Nairobi Summit on ICPD25”

Since October 24, the Holy See, the Vatican-based jurisdiction of the worldwide Catholicism under the Holy Father made it known to the Kenyan Government that it will not be participating in the commemoration of 25 years since the last International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) took place, a three-day event dubbed ICPD25 slated to take place in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi from November 12.

Apostolic Nuncio in Zambia and Malawi, Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone and COMESA Secretary, Chileshe Mpundu Kapwepwe /

Nuncio in Zambia and Malawi to Represent Vatican at COMESA, Holy See Commitment to Africa

The appointment of the Apostolic Nuncio in Malawi and Zambia to represent the Vatican at the free trade area consisting twenty-one member states within Eastern and Southern Africa has been interpreted as the Holy See’s commitment to the affairs of the African continent, the Nuncio, Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone has explained.