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Logos of Catholic entities that participated in the 7 April 2021 launch of the debt cancellation campaign for countries in Africa amid COVID-19 pandemic / Catholic entities

Catholic Entities in Africa Participate in Vatican’s Launch of Debt Cancellation Campaign

Catholic Church entities in Africa earlier this week joined the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and the COVID-19 Commission in the launching of the debt cancellation campaign for countries in Africa amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. /

Pope Francis Calls for Global COVID-19 Recovery Plan in Message to World Bank and IMF

Pope Francis appealed for a global coronavirus recovery plan in a message to participants in the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Eucharistic adoration following the pope's Corpus Christi Mass June 14, 2020./ Vatican Media/CNA. /

Pope Francis Recalls Nights Spent in Eucharistic Adoration in his Youth

In a letter to a Spanish weekly, Pope Francis recalled “with emotion” his time spent in adoration at the Basilica of the Blessed Sacrament in Buenos Aires.

Poster announcing the 9th Harambee Africa International Award that will focus on stories of resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic / Harambee Africa International

African Journalists Urged to Participate in Rome-Based Contest for Best Storytellers

Rome-based Harambee Africa International (HAI) has launched its ninth International Prize dubbed “Communicating Africa”, with a specific call on storytellers on the African continent to come forward to tell their own stories in the global contest.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. / Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Cardinal Turkson Marks World Health Day with Call to Rethink Healthcare

Cardinal Peter Turkson called for a rethink of healthcare to include a “holistic vision of care” in his message for this year’s World Health Day.

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘There is no grief in the Church that is borne in so

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that the communion of saints means that Christians are never alone in the darkest moments of their lives.

Pope Francis addressing faithful gathered at St. Peter's Square, Vatican on February 28. / Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)

Pope Francis Condemns Abduction of Hundreds of Nigerian Schoolgirls, Expresses Solidarity

Pope Francis has condemned last week’s kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in Nigeria’s Ecclesiastical Province of Kaduna, describing it as “vile abduction.”

Logo Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) / Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)

On 90th Anniversary of Vatican Radio, Bishops in Africa Hope for Continued Collaboration

As Vatican Radio marks 90 years since its establishment on Friday, February 12, Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in a letter shared with ACI Africa, expressed the hope that there will be continued collaboration with the Rome-based Catholic radio.

Archbishop Kurian Mathew Vayalunkal (R) Apostolic Nuncio to Tunisia, Fr. Inacio Lucas (L) Bishop-elect of Mozambique’s Guruè Diocese, and Fr. Joaquim Nhanganga Tyombe (C) of Angola's Diocese of Uige / Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Bishops for Dioceses in Angola, Mozambique, Nuncio in Tunisia

Pope Francis has appointed Local Ordinaries for the Dioceses of Uíje in Angola, Guruè in Mozambique, and his representative in the Northern African nation of Tunisia. 

Ecumenical Vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Jan. 25, 2021. / Daniel Ibáñez/ Vatican Pool.

“May Holy Trinity make us grow in unity”: Holy Father at End of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concluded Monday with Vespers at the tomb of St. Paul.

Antoine Cardinal Kambanda. / EWTN

Cardinal in Rwanda Appointed to Vatican’s Propaganda Fide

Rwanda’s Cardinal has been appointed to the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP), whose members are responsible for coordinating the church’s missionary work.

Nigerian security operatives during a military operation. / Oluwafemi Dawodu/Shutterstock

Knights of Columbus Praise US Listing of Nigeria as 'Country of Particular Concern'

The Knights of Columbus has praised the United States for listing Nigeria as among the worst countries for religious freedom, and calling renewed attention to the mass killings of Christians in Nigeria.

The agency will now be called the Supervisory and Financial Information Authority. / Vatican News

Pope Francis Approves Overhaul of Vatican’s Financial Watchdog

Pope Francis approved Saturday sweeping changes to the Vatican’s financial watchdog authority.

Map of Nigeria showing Borno State, scene of the attack on farmers on November 28. /

Pope Francis Expresses Solidarity with Nigerians Following Attack on Farmers

Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with the people of God in Nigeria following the attack on farmers over the weekend in Borno State, the North-Eastern part of the country.

Paolo Gabriele sits in front of Pope Benedict XVI in the popemobile in St. Peter's Square Oct. 24, 2011. / Alan Holdren/CNA.

Benedict XVI’s Former 'Vatileaks' Butler Paolo Gabriele Dies at age 54

The papal butler who was pardoned by Benedict XVI for his role in the “Vatileaks” affair has died at the age of 54.

Pope John Paul II in 1996. / Vatican Media.

New Book Highlights St. John Paul II’s Influence Amid Cold War

A new book on St. John Paul II examines the relationship of the Polish pope with Central and Eastern European countries during the Cold War.

Fr. Linus Ngenomesho (left) appointed, Apostolic Administrator of Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu and Fr. Godefroid Manuga-Lukokisa (right) named a member of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. /

Pope Francis Appoints Congolese Cleric to Propaganda Fide, Namibian Priest Administrator

The National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has been appointed to the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (CEP), whose members are responsible for coordinating the church’s missionary work. 

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, (right) and former president and opposition leader Henri Konan Bedie (left) have their first meeting since the national election in Abidjan on November 11, 2020. /

Holy Father Appeals for “reconciliation, peaceful coexistence” in Ivory Coast amid Tension

Pope Francis on Sunday, November 15 appealed for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in Ivory Coast amid rising tension following the contested October 31 poll.

Joe Biden walking with supporters in Iowa, May 25, 2020. / Pix_Arena/Shutterstock

Pope Francis Congratulates Biden on Election Victory in Phone Call

Presumptive President-elect Joe Biden spoke with Pope Francis on Thursday, his office has announced. The Catholic, former vice president, and presumptive next president was congratulated on his electoral victory by the pope on the morning of Nov. 12.

Participants at the South Sudan peace talks that resumed Monday, November 9 mediated by the Community of Sant’Egidio. /

Lay Catholic Association Resumes South Sudan Peace Talks in Rome

The Rome-based Catholic lay association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts has resumed South Sudan peace talks, South Sudan’s Radio Tamazuj reported November 10.