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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.

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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.

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

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.

Mali’s military personnel grouped under the National Committee for the Salvation of the People during a televised address Wednesday, August 19. /

Mali Military Coup “regrettable, democracy failure,” Bishops Say, Urge Change of Mentality

Mali has reportedly experienced a surge in violence involving both civilians and the military since 2016, with more than 4,000 deaths reported in 2019 alone as compared to some 770 three years earlier.

Logo on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. / United Nations

How Salesian Missionaries are Protecting Youths in West Africa from Human Trafficking

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons marked July 30, the leadership of  Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), has joined other humanitarian organizations in reviewing initiatives toward curbing human trafficking around the world, including countries in West Africa.

Jean Cardinal Zerbo with muslim leaders in Mali's capital, Bamako. /

Religious Leaders in Mali Appeal for Peace, Dialogue amid Protests

Religious leaders in the West African nation of Mali have appealed for calm and peaceful dialogue following days of violent protests and unrest in the country’s capital, Bamako.

Jean Cardinal Zerbo, Archbishop of Bamako, Mali. /

Religious Leaders in Mali Challenged to be “sentinels, mediators of Peace”

A Cardinal in Mali has challenged religious leaders to take up the role of safeguarding peace in the example of sentinels and foster dialogue to end the protracted armed conflict in the West African nation.

The new Bishop of Mopti diocese, Bishop Jean-Baptiste Tiama /

Malian Bishop Vocal for Release of Colombian Nun Abducted in 2017 Transferred

Pope Francis has transferred Malian Bishop Jean-Baptiste Tiama, a key figure in advocating for the release of a Colombian nun abducted in February 2017, from Mali’s Sikasso diocese to become the new Bishop of Mopti diocese.  

Phillip Cardinal Ouedraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Archbishop of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. /

Interreligious dialogue Vital “in fight against terrorism in Sahel”: SECAM President

As the crisis in the Sahel region deepens, with reports of recurrent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Chad, the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has told ACI Africa that interreligious dialogue is quite significant in resolving the conflict and called on the West to stop arms trade on the continent.

Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti /

Church in Mali Offers Prayers for Release of Colombian Nun Kidnapped Three Years Ago

The Catholic Church in the West African nation of Mali last Friday, February 7 offered special prayers for the safe release of Colombian-born Sr. Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti, who was kidnapped by jihadists in southern Mali the same date three years ago.

Map representing countries with the Sahel in Africa, a region affected by violence /

Sahel Crisis: CRS Official Advices Going “beyond military to address root causes”

Some days after France and five Sahel nations in Western Africa met and agreed early this week to advance their military cooperation in the fight against jihadist insurgency destabilizing the countries of the region, a West African-based official of the humanitarian arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has underscored the need for stakeholders “to address the root causes of the conflict” even as military interventions are  being considered.