Pope Francis poses next to a miniature model of a ship with Madagascar's President Andry Nirina Rajoelina and his family in the Vatican's apostolic palace on Aug. 17, 2023. | Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Meets Catholic President of Madagascar

Aug 17, 2023

Pope Francis met Thursday with the Catholic president of Madagascar, Andry Nirina Rajoelina. The president was accompanied by his wife of 23 years and three young adult children.

Some of the homeless youths in prison that Salesian MIssionaries are supporting in Madagascar. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians of Don Bosco Providing Care to Minors Abandoned Behind Bars in Madagascar

Feb 23, 2023

At ‘Trano zaza maditra’ (Home for naughty boys), a rehabilitation center for boys in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, boys as young as nine years old are received and locked behind bars, away from the care of their families.

Pope Francis prays at the general audience in Paul VI Hall on Feb. 16, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis Prays for Cyclone Victims in Madagascar

Feb 19, 2022

The pope sent a telegram to Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina on Feb. 19 as the island in the Indian Ocean braces for another potential storm heading its way.

Some members of the Episcopal Conference of Madagascar (CEM) with President Andry Rajoelina at a July 29 meeting. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Catholic Church not involved in politics”: Catholic Bishops in Madagascar Tell President

Aug 2, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Madagascar have told the President of the Indian Ocean Island country that the Church and her leadership exist, not to engage in politics, but to offer spiritual support and advice to all members of society including political leaders for the welfare of the country.

The Bishop-elect of Madagascar's Diocese of Tsiroanomandidy, Fr. Gabriel Randrianantenaina

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop for Madagascar’s Tsiroanomandidy Diocese

Apr 30, 2021

Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Gabriel Randrianantenaina Bishop for the Diocese of Tsiroanomandidy in the Indian Ocean Island nation of Madagascar.

Fr. Giovanni Corselli of the Salesians of Don Bosco working in Madagascar / Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesians in Madagascar Battling Poverty, Illiteracy, Witchcraft in Evangelization Mission

Mar 29, 2021

Poverty, a retrogressive culture that does not support education as well as lack of exposure to the outside world are some of the factors that stand in the way of evangelization for members of the members of the Religious Institution of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) who are ministering in Ankililoaka, a region covered by the Catholic Diocese of Moramanga, Southwest of Madagascar.

Fr. Pedro Opeka. Credit: Anne Aubert/Amici di Padre Pedro via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Catholic Missionary Cleric in Madagascar Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Feb 11, 2021

A Catholic missionary priest in Madagascar known for serving the poor living on a landfill has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Some of the homeless youths in prison that Salesian MIssionaries are supporting in Madagascar / Agenzia Info Salesiana (ANS)

Salesians in Madagascar Offering “second chance” to Homeless Youths Living in “prisons”

Feb 6, 2021

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in the Indian Ocean Island nation of Madagascar are offering a “second chance” to homeless youths living in prisons.

Pope Francis and Fr. Pedro Opeka in Akamasoa, the "City of Friendship," in Madagascar 08 September 2019.

Pope Francis’ Visit to Madagascar “an unforgettable human, spiritual event”: Cleric

Sep 10, 2020

One Year since Pope Francis visited Madagascar, a missionary Cleric whose apostolate involves reaching out to the deprived in the Island nation off the coast of East Africa, has shared memories of the 6-8 September 2019 Papal pastoral trip describing it as “an unforgettable human and spiritual event.”

A poster of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from  September 4-10, 2019.

One Year after Pope Francis’ Second Visit, Church in Africa Renews Commitment to Peace

Sep 4, 2020

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Africa has, in a statement shared with ACI Africa, announced a week-long commemoration of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ second three-nation visit to sub-Saharan Africa, recalling the 4 – 10 September 2019 Papal trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and the Mauritian Islands as having been a joy to the people of God in Africa.

Fr. Henryk Sawarski, a missionary in Madagascar's Diocese of Port-Bergé Diocese where he is engaged in prison apostolate / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

A Cleric’s Kindness Drawing Prisoners in Madagascar towards Spiritual Conversion

Apr 22, 2020

Tall prison walls and heavy barbed wire surround the prison of Port-Bergé in the Diocese of Port-Bergé located in the North of Madagascar, where Fr. Henryk Sawarski has been providing pastoral care to hundreds of prisoners for the past five years.  

Bishop Georges Varkey Puthiyakulangara of Port-Bergé Diocese, in the North of Madagascar. He is concerned about islamization in Madagascar / Aid to the Church in Need International

Threat of Islamization to Church in Madagascar, Women Paid to Wear Islam Garments

Mar 1, 2020

Radical Islamization in Madagascar is at the heart of the emerging challenges that the island country in the Indian Ocean is battling with amid high levels of corruption, illiteracy and poverty, a native Bishop has disclosed in a recent interview.

Pope Francis meets religious people in Madagascar / Vatican Media

Pope to Madagascar Religious: To avoid Discouragement, focus on Praising God

Sep 8, 2019

In an address to priests, religious, and seminarians of Madagascar, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of maintaining a focus on praising God in order to find strength in times of hardship.

Madagascar / Unsplash

Solidarity is Strong in the Catholic Church in Madagascar Ahead of Pope Francis Visit

Sep 3, 2019

Later this week, Pope Francis visit the island nation of Madagascar, a place where the faith is practiced with simplicity and with a strong solidarity, according to one priest on the island nation.