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Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com /

Pope Francis Praises Coptic Orthodox Martyrs as "saints of all Christians"

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.”

Bishop John MacWilliams, of Algeria's Diocese of Laghouat /

Why Africa’s Largest Diocese Has Only 12 Priests, All Non-native

At slightly over 2 million square kilometers, the Diocese of Laghouat, located in the Southern part of Algeria, is the largest diocese in Africa and arguably one of the largest dioceses in the world, only rivalled by the Catholic Diocese of Irkutsk in Russia, which measures 9.96 million square kilometers.

Map of Ethiopia showing Tigray region. /

Pope Francis “following with concerns” Conflict in Ethiopia, Calls for Ceasefire in Libya

Pope Francis says he is “following with concerns” the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia pitting the federal government against the local authorities of the country’s northernmost Tigray region.

CERNA members identify Pope Francis’ New Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, and the forthcoming canonization of Blessed Charles de Foucauld as two events important for the Church in North Africa. /

Bishops in North Africa Acknowledge Two Recent Events that “shed a new, joyful light”

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA) have acknowledged with appreciation two events in recent times that have had a positive impact in their region.

Relatives of 18 fishermen detained in Libya and Marco Marrone the owner of one of the boats seized, are seen during a protest demanding the release of the sailors, in front of parliament, in Rome, Italy. / Reuters.

Pope Francis Expresses Solidarity, “encouragement, support” for Fishermen Held in Libya

Pope Francis on Sunday, October 18 expressed his solidarity with the 18 fishermen who, for over one and a half months, have been held in Libya.

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

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

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.

Pope Francis prays in St. Peter's Basilica on June 14, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA. /

After Discovery of Mass Graves in Libya, Pope Francis Appeals for Peace

Pope Francis expressed “great apprehension and sorrow” Sunday after eight mass graves were discovered in Libya amid the ongoing civil war.

Placard representing the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA) during SECAM Golden Jubilee in Kampala, Uganda 28.07.2019 / ACI Africa/Fr. Don Bosco

Faced with “economic, climate, political disorders,” North Africa Bishops Support Migrants

The Catholic Bishops of North Africa under the umbrella body called the Regional Episcopal Conference of North Africa (CERNA) recently reconfirmed their solidarity with thousands of migrants present in their region and promised to reach out to them.