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Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019. Evandro Inetti/CNA

In New Book, Vatican-based Guinean Cardinal Calls Catholic Priests to Spiritual Renewal

‘If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change,’ he said.

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Priests, Religious in Africa among Those in Danger of Persecution, Catholic Charity Says

Catholic pontifical and charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has highlighted a number of African countries on the list of many countries in the world where Priests, Religious and Lay missionaries are facing the danger of killings, kidnappings and other forms of persecution.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese/ Credit Courtesy Photo

Priests, Religious in Predicament amid Ethnic Skirmishes in South Sudan: Catholic Bishop

Members of the Clergy, women and men Religious and other Church personnel in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) are in a predicament amid ongoing tribal skirmishes, the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese has said, regrating the fact that the violence seems to have “taken the direction of negative ethnicity.”

Pope Francis visits the elderly priest-residents of Casa San Gaetano in Rome, June 17, 2016. L'Osservatore Romano.

"Aging is not a disease but a privilege": Pope Francis Tells Elderly Priests

He said: ‘Please, pray for me who is a little old and a little, but not too much, sick!’

Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese/ Credit: Nsukka Diocese/Facebook

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Cautions Priests, Religious against Operating Personal Projects

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese has cautioned Clerics, women and men Religious against owning and operating personal projects saying conflicts have often resulted from such engagement.

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Catholic Peace Entity in Cameroon Reports Looting, Arrests of Innocent Priests by Military

Law enforcers in Cameroon have been accused of harassing civilians through arrests of innocent persons including Catholic Priests and looting of homes whose owners have fled owing to ongoing insecurity in the Central African country.

Pope Francis kisses the hands of a newly ordained priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

“You will be shepherds like him”: Pope Francis to New Priests He Ordained on Sunday

Pope Francis ordained nine men to the priesthood on Sunday, urging them to be shepherds like Christ throughout their priestly lives.

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Over 25 Priests, 60 Nuns Have Succumbed to COVID-19-related Illnesses in Tanzania: Cleric

At least 25 Catholic Priests and 60 members of Religious Orders have succumbed to COVID-related complications in Tanzania, the Secretary General of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) has said.

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Zambia’s Kasama Archdiocese Closes 3 Parishes as Priests, Staff Test Positive for COVID-19

Three Parishes of Zambia’s Kasama Archdiocese have been closed for two weeks after Priests and members of staff working in these Parishes tested positive for COVID-19. 

St. Peter’s Basilica seen through a bubble on Dec. 3, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

World Mission Sunday: Number of Catholics Continues to Rise Worldwide

The number of Catholics worldwide increased by almost 16 million in a year to 1.33 billion, according to statistics highlighted by the Vatican ahead of the 2020 World Mission Sunday. 

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu during the Diaconate and Priestly Ordination Mass last Saturday, August 15, 2020. / ACI Africa

“Priests are instruments in the hand of God”: South Sudanese Prelate at Ordination

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has, during the Diaconate and Priestly Ordination last Saturday, told those to be ordained to consider themselves “instruments in the hand of God” in their apostolate.

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Pope Francis Blesses Global Rosary Relay for Priests

Pope Francis has given his apostolic blessing to a worldwide rosary relay for priests. 

Pope Francis offers Mass in Casa Santa Marta on April 30, 2020. / Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis Honors Priests and Doctors Who Have Died in the Coronavirus Pandemic

On Good Shepherd Sunday, Pope Francis said he was thinking of all the priests and doctors who gave their lives in the service of others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Undertakers wearing a face mask carry coffin in a cemetary in Bergamo, Italy on March 16, 2020. Credit: AFP via Getty Images

At least 28 Priests in Northern Italy Have Died From COVID-19

Italian dioceses surrounding Milan have reported the deaths of 30 priests during the coronavirus outbreak.

Bishops in Togo at the Opening ceremony of Celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of The Fraternity of Diocesan Priest in Togo (FPDT). / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Togo’s Diocesan Clergy Mark 50 Years of Their Association, Acknowledge Value of Fraternity

The value of togetherness has been acknowledged as the clergy in the West African country of Togo gathered in a six-day General Assembly to celebrate 50 years since their association, the Fraternity of Diocesan Priest in Togo (FPDT), was established.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Dec. 4, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pray that Bishops, Priests will Manifest Christ's love, Pope Francis Urges

Bishops and priests have a duty to guard and protect the Catholics entrusted to their care; and they need the faithful’s prayers for this task, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

A section of Bishops in Ghana at the opening of 2019 Plenary Assembly in Cape Coast on November 11, 2019 / Catholic Digest

Bishops’ Chair Appeals for “healthy collaboration among” Pastoral Agents in Ghana

At the opening of the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops of Ghana, the President of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), Archbishop Philip Naameh appealed for a collaborative ministry that would see various pastoral agents including Bishops, priests, women and men religious, catechists, among others, cooperate in witnessing to Gospel values in a manner that can contribute to overcoming the challenges facing the Church in the West African nation.

Bishops in Kenya taking commitment to fight against Corruption during the unveiling of six-month nation-wide campaign against corruption at Subukia Shrine,  Kenya on October 5, 2019 / ACI Africa

Taking Stock of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Corruption Campaign in Kenya, Testimonies

A month after the Catholic Bishops in Kenya launched a six-month country-wide campaign against graft through what they called “Breaking the Chains of Corruption,” ACI Africa has reached out to the Prelates to testify about the progress of their widely publicized and acclaimed initiative. While some have started off the campaign, others are yet to officially roll out the planned activities in their respective dioceses and jurisdictions amid dissenting voices from some priests.

Pope Francis meets religious people in Madagascar / Vatican Media

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

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.

Pope Francis with priests. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Francis urges priests to be faithful in time of 'ecclesial purification'

Pope Francis published a letter Sunday to encourage all priests to remain steadfast and prayerful during this time of purification after revelations of abuse by some priests, so that there may be a renewal of holiness in the priesthood.