Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, freed Thursday, October 8 after spending two years in captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Joy, Gratitude to God as Religious Missionary in Niger is Freed after Two-year Abduction

Oct 9, 2020

News reports of the release of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was abducted just over two years ago in Niger have brought joy and gratitude to members of the Clergy in Africa and beyond who have interpreted the event as an answer to concerted supplications.

Some of the flood victims in Sudan receive aid provided by Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI). / Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)

Thousands in Sudan Receive Help from Italian NGO Founded by Jesuit Cleric amid Flooding

Sep 18, 2020

As Sudan grapples with the effects of the ongoing floods described as the worst in a century, officials of Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), an Italy-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that was founded by a Jesuit Cleric, have reached out to some of the affected people in the country with emergency humanitarian aid.

Pope Francis addresses relatives of those killed in a nightclub stampede in 2018 at the Vatican Sept. 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Comforts Relatives of Loved Ones Killed in Italy's 2018 Nightclub Stampede

Sep 12, 2020

Pope Francis comforted relatives of loved ones killed in a nightclub stampede in 2018 during an audience at the Vatican Saturday.

Pope Francis places a bouquet before a Marian icon in Piazza Armerina, central Sicily, Sept. 15, 2018. Credit: AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis Supports Project to "free" Virgin Mary from Mafia Exploitation in Italy

Aug 20, 2020

Pope Francis has praised a new initiative aimed at countering the abuse of Marian devotions by mafia organizations, who use her figure to wield power and exert control

Fr. Claudio Lurati, the newly appointed Apostolic Vicar of Alexandria with Pope Francis in Rome.

Comboni Missionary Cleric Appointed Apostolic Vicar of Alexandria in Egypt

Aug 6, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Claudio Lurati, a member of the Congregation of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ), as the Apostolic Vicar of Alexandria in Egypt.

The late founder and first President of the World Family of Radio Maria (WFRM), Emanuele Ferrario. / World Family of Radio Maria

Clergy, Laity in Africa Eulogize Founder of Worldwide Network of Marian Radio Stations

Jul 9, 2020

Clergy and the lay faithful in Africa have paid glowing tribute to the late Emanuele Ferrario, the founder and first President of the Italy-based World Family of Radio Maria (WFRM), a private initiative within the Catholic Church that runs over 80 Marian radio stations across the world, 25 of them in Africa.

Conjoined African Twins Can Have "normal lives" after Vatican Hospital Performs Surgery

Jul 8, 2020

African Twins who were conjoined at the head are likely to return home within months from the Vatican’s pediatric hospital where their bodies were successfully separated by doctors, and they have a high chance of living normal lives, the hospital’s chief neurosurgeon told ACI Africa.

Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni. Courtesy photo.

A Tale of Two Churches: Young Congolese Priest Ordained in South Italy

Jul 8, 2020

Last month three men were ordained to the priesthood in a small city in southern Italy. Among them was Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni, a young man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Bishop Jose Luis with representatives of mission hospitals that will benefit from COVID-19 essentials courtesy of a donation by Italian Bishops Conference. / (Bishop) Jose Luis/ Facebook

Church in Italy Partners with Swaziland’s Manzini Diocese in COVID-19 Intervention

Jun 14, 2020

Catholic Church leaders in Italy have partnered with the people of God in Swaziland’s Diocese of Manzini, offering a financial subsidy that has facilitated the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for various health facilities as they fight against COVID-19 in the one-diocese Southern Africa nation, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Sr. Anastacia Cristian Malisa, a member of the Order of Saint Clare (The Poor Clares) who died of COVID-19 in Italy's city of Rieti / Vatican News

Tanzanian Nun Who Succumbed to COVID-19 Lived a “joyful life of simplicity”

May 1, 2020

Sr. Anastacia Cristian Malisa, the Tanzanian-born nun of the Order of Saint Clare (The Poor Clares) who succumbed to COVID-19 April 25 while serving in Italy is being remembered as a simple and joyful person who was always at the service of vulnerable in the society.

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

Apr 19, 2020

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.

Cardinal George Pell, Prefect Emeritus of the Secretariat for the Economy

“One day, we will see them all”: Cardinal Pell to Italians about Those Dead of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020

In a video message sent to his Italian friends to mark Easter Sunday, Cardinal George Pell recalled the joy of Christ’s Resurrection, and said that despite coronavirus measures He is close to each of us.

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica in the background. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Vatican Flags at Half-staff in Solidarity with Coronavirus Victims

Mar 31, 2020

More than 11,500 people have died of COVID-19 in Italy after a total of 101,739 people have been documented by the Italian Ministry of Health as infected with the coronavirus.


At Least 60 Italian Priests Have Died After Contracting Coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020

In the past week alone, more than 3,000 people have died in Italy after contracting the coronavirus. Among the dead are at least 60 priests this month, according to local media reports.

Credit: Thoom/Shutterstock.

Two Roman Convents Isolated As 59 Religious Sisters Test Positive for Coronavirus

Mar 21, 2020

Two convents, one in Rome and one in a town nearby the capital city, have been isolated as the majority of religious sisters in the communities tested positive for COVID-19.

Undertakers wearing a face mask carry coffin in a cemetary in Bergamo, Italy on March 16, 2020. Credit: AFP via Getty Images

At least 28 Priests in Northern Italy Have Died From COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.

A red cross ambulance passes in front of the Vatican as Italy prepares for the coronavirus, March 9, 2020. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

In Italy, At Least 10 Priests Are Dead of Coronavirus, and 1 Bishop is Recovering

Mar 17, 2020

At least ten priests have died in Italy after contracting COVID-19. More than half of them were from the Diocese of Bergamo, a town outside of Milan in Lombardy.

Msgr. Vincenzo Rini. Credit: Diocese of Cremona

Seven Italian Priests Have Reportedly Died of Coronavirus

Mar 15, 2020

Seven priests have reportedly died in Italy of the COVID-19 coronavirus. They are the first priests known to have died from the virus, now a global pandemic which has struck Italy more gravely than nearly any other country in the world.

Italian Ambassador in Kenya during his courtesy call to the Institute of Religious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) of Tangaza University College (TUC), Nairobi on January 28, 2020. From left: TUC's Vice Chancellor Designate, Prof. David Wang’ombe; Ambassador Alberto Pieri; Second Secretary, Italian Embassy in Kenya, Giacomo Montemarani; and IRDIS Director, Fr. Innocent Maganya / Tangaza University College

Italian Ambassador in Kenya Explores Collaboration on “matters of Interreligious dialogue”

Jan 31, 2020

The Italian Ambassador in Kenya, Alberto Pieri, is exploring the possibility of collaborating with the Institute of Religious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS), one of the nine Institutes of the Kenya-based Catholic Institution of higher learning, Tangaza University College (TUC) on issues related to dialogue between members of different religions, ACI Africa has been told after the Ambassador paid a courtesy call to the institute Tuesday, January 28.

The newly-appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Zimbabwe

Pope Francis Appoints His Representative in Zimbabwe

Jan 28, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Paolo Rudelli who has been serving as the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the European Council in Strasbourg, France, to be his representative in the Southern Africa nation of Zimbabwe.