Latest stories: Mali

Pope Francis greets the recently freed Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti at the Vatican, Oct. 10, 2021. Vatican Media.

Colombian Nun Kidnapped in Mali in 2017 Freed, Greeted, Blessed By Pope Francis at Vatican

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti was kidnapped in 2017.

Msgr. Dieudonné Datonou (left) Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and Bishop-elect Hassa Florent Koné of Mali's San Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

New Catholic Bishop for Mali’s San Diocese, Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi Appointed

Pope Francis has, in his latest appointments, named a new Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of San in the West African nation of Mali and his representative in Burundi. 

Faith leaders in Mali during the Monday, 30 August 2021 press conference in Mali's capital, Bamako. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Take measures to ensure peaceful, inclusive, consensual transition”: Mali’s Faith Leaders

Religious leaders in Mali have appealed to the various stakeholders involved in the process of restoring calm in West Africa nation to “take all measures” that will guarantee “a peaceful, inclusive, and consensual transition” toward peace.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli. Credit: ACN

Religious Missionary Goes on Pilgrimage to Celebrate Freedom from Jihadists in Mali

Sunday, August 1 was a moment of thanksgiving for Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was held in captivity for over two years after he was kidnapped from Niger and released in October last year.

A section of beneficiaries of Center Kër Don Bosco, an initiative of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Senegal that aims to empower girls and women through education/ Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians Address Inequality in West Africa, Facilitate Formal Education in Senegal, Mali

On the occasion of the annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons marked July 30, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their initiatives in addressing the challenge of inequality in West Africa, a factor that contributes to human trafficking.

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, the Franciscan religious sister abducted in Mali in February 2017. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Colombian Nun Abducted in Mali Appeals for “a great deal of prayers” in Latest Message

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argot, a Colombian Catholic Nun who has remained in captivity for the last four years following her abduction in Mali has sent a message to her family in which she appeals for hearty prayers for her safe release.

Salesian missionaries provide safe activities and education to help disadvantaged youth in Mali/ Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesian Missionaries in Mali Offering “healthy educational entertainment” to Needy Youth

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Mali are offering educational entertainment to “disadvantaged young” in the neighborhood of Bamako in the country’s Archdiocese of Bamako. 

The flag of Mali./ Railway fx via Shutterstock.

Four Abducted Alongside Catholic Priest in Mali’s Mopti Diocese Freed

Four people who had been abducted alongside a Catholic Priest in Mali’s Mopti Diocese on the morning of  Monday, June 21 have been set free.

Map showing the various regions in Mali. Credit: Public Domain

Catholic Priest among Five People Kidnapped in Mali’s Mopti Diocese

A Catholic Priest serving in Mali’s Mopti Diocese is among five people who were reportedly abducted Monday, June 21 morning by gunmen, a Cleric in the West African nation has confirmed.

Map showing the various regions in Mali. Credit: Public Domain

Catholic Priest in Mali Says People Want End of Political Unrest, Return to Normalcy

People in Mali want to see the end of the ongoing political unrest and a return of normalcy in the country’s top leadership, a Catholic Priest who has weighed in on the current political situation in the country has said.

Bishop Jonas Dembélé reading the message of the members of the Episcopal Conference of Mali (CEM)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Mali Strongly Condemn “seizure of power,” Urge Constructive Dialogue

Catholic Bishops in Mali have, in a collective statement, expressed their strong condemnation of what they call “seizure of power outside the legal process” in the West African nation and called for constructive dialogue.

Several Caritas bodies in Africa are among signatories of an open letter to world leaders urging them to address hunger. Credit: Caritas Internationalis

Catholic Entities in Africa Join Global Calls to Address Hunger Facing Millions Globally

Catholic entities in Africa are among 264 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society bodies that are calling on government leaders around the world to address hunger facing an estimated 270 million people globally.

Students at the Institute for Islamic-Christian Formation (IFIC) in Bamako, Mali / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Catholic Pontifical Organization Donates Towards Islamic Studies in West Africa

The Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has donated money towards the facilitation of Islamic studies for Priests and seminarians in West Africa.

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narváez, a member of the Congregation of the Fransiscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate who was kidnapped in February 2017 in Mali / Courtesy Photo

Church in Mali Recounts “beautiful” Apostolate of Colombian Nun Abducted Four Years Ago

The Catholic Church is praying for the safe release of a Colombian nun who was abducted by jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda four years ago, leaving behind what has been described as a “beautiful, wonderful project” that sought to increase literacy among women in the West African country.

Caritas Mali

Caritas Internationalis Offering Help and Comfort to Migrants in Mali

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is offering help and comfort to migrants leaving Africa for Europe through Mali, housing them and providing them with “support and advice on their journey.”

Fr. Luigi Maccali after an audience with Pope Francis in Rome. / ©️ Vatican Media

Freed Missionary Cleric in West Africa Recounts Moving Experience after Meeting Pope

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, the Catholic missionary Priest who was freed last month in Mali after he was kidnapped in Niger in September 2018 was evidently overcome with emotion when he had an audience with Pope Francis earlier this week following his release.

The national flag of Mali.

Jihadism in Mali Fueled by “injustice, poverty and misery”: Missionary Cleric

Jihadism that has bedeviled Mali is fueled by injustice, poverty and misery, a missionary Cleric ministering in the West African nation has said, noting that the way to fight the violence is to address the three challenges.

Map showing the Sahel region.

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

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. 

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli during the interview with the Society of African Missions (SMA) Media Center days after his release from captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

I Remained a Missionary in Chained Feet, Cleric Recalls Harrowing Captivity in West Africa

Even in chains, Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was held in captivity for over two years after he was kidnapped by unknown men in the West African nation of Niger remained true to his Christian faith, walking in prayer with all people he had interacted with during his mission in the West Africa.

Logo for the 2020 Global Handwashing Day.

Salesians Highlight Programs Promoting Hand Washing in Africa Ahead of Global Event

Ahead of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) set to be marked in the context of COVID-19 on October 15, Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has highlighted programs promoting good hygiene practices around the globe, including Africa.