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Cristobal Cardinal Lòpez Romero of Morocco's Rabat Archdiocese, awarded the Empédocles International Prize for Human Sciences from the Academy of Mediterranean Studies. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Cardinal in Morocco Awarded International Prize for Promoting “human dignity”

Dec 3, 2021

The Cardinal in Morocco has been recognized for his efforts in fostering human dignity and defense of the vulnerable.

Pope Francis greets Br. Jean-Pierre Schumacher, the last survivor of Tibhirine, on 31 March 2019 in Morocco. Credit: Vatican Media

Last Catholic Monk Who Survived Massacre at Algerian Monastery Dies Aged 97

Nov 23, 2021

Catholic monk Jean-Pierre Schumacher was left to tell of the ill-famed 1996 massacre at the Algerian monastery of Tibhirine in which seven of his confreres were brutally killed.

Logo of the centenary of Morocco's St. Peter's Cathedral. Credit: Archdiocese of Rabat

Morocco’s Rabat Cathedral Centenary “opportunity to grow in sense of belonging”: Cardinal

Nov 4, 2021

The Centenary celebration of Morocco’s Rabat Cathedral is an opportunity for the people of God in the Northern African nation to grow in their sense of belonging to the Church, the country’s Cardinal has said.

Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero./ Daniel Ibanez / CNA.

Morocco’s Cardinal: Christians Should Be a "sacrament of encounter" for Muslim Neighbors

Jun 5, 2021

The archbishop of Rabat has launched a diocesan synod to encourage the small Catholic community in Morocco to more fully live out its mission of “encounter and dialogue.”

St. Peter's Cathedral in Morocco's Archdiocese of Rabat/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Morocco’s Rabat Archdiocese Convenes Synod, Seeking New Approaches to Evangelization

May 24, 2021

The Leadership of Morocco’s Rabat Archdiocese has announced the holding of the Second Diocesan Synod aimed at seeking new approaches to the apostolate of evangelization in the North African nation.

Sr. Angeles Olga Castro (second left) with some members of Muslim Moroccan families. / Agenzia Fides

“We have never noticed religious intolerance”: Catholic Nuns in Muslim-Dominated Morocco

Mar 12, 2021

Catholic Nuns serving in the North African nation of Morocco have, in a report, said they have experience “openness” in the Muslim-dominated country and that they have not witnessed “any religious intolerance.”

Bishop John MacWilliams, of Algeria's Diocese of Laghouat

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

Dec 27, 2020

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.

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”

Nov 8, 2020

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.

Cristobal Lopez Cardinal Romero, Archbishop of Rabat, Morocco.

“No room for selfishness, individualism” Moroccan Cardinal Urges Solidarity over COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

A Church leader in the north African nation of Morocco has called for solidarity in taking preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic because the deadly virus does not make distinctions between people or geographical borders.

Dr. Mohammed Jamal Belkeziz leaves the prison in Sale, Morocco, Oct. 16, 2019. He was pardoned after being sentenced to jail for performing an abortion. Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images.

Moroccan King Pardons Woman Who Procured Abortion, Those Who Participated

Oct 17, 2019

Morocco's king pardoned Wednesday a journalist, her fiance, and the medical team who last month were found guilty of procuring and performing an abortion. The country's penal code bars abortion except in cases when the mother's life is endangered.

Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero. Credit: Daniel Ibanez / CNA.

Catholic community in Morocco is small, but very much alive: New Salesian Cardinal

Oct 9, 2019

While the Catholic community in Morocco is small, it bears a strong witness to the Gospel as it proclaims the message of Christ and serves those in need, said one of the Church’s new cardinals this week.

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

Oct 4, 2019

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.

Raissouni could face as much as two years imprisonment if found guilty. / Unsplash

Moroccan woman jailed on suspicion of procuring abortion

Sep 11, 2019

A Moroccan journalist has been jailed for allegedly procuring an abortion and for fornication. The country's penal code bars abortion except in cases when the mother's life is endangered.