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A poster announcing the 27 September 2021 conference organized by the Rome-based Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Credit: Harambee Africa International

Rome-based Catholic Entity Decries Low COVID-19 Uptake in Africa, Highlights Interventions

The leadership of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based international Catholic association established to enhance various realities in Sub-Saharan Africa, has decried the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among African countries, warning that the trend puts the whole world at risk of a protracted pandemic.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017./ Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Backs South Africa, India Proposal to Suspend COVID-19 Vaccine Production Barriers

The Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, has maintained the support of the Vatican entity of a call to waive barriers in the production of COVID-19 vaccines as proposed by South Africa and India.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Pope Francis Reaches Out to Flood Victims in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese with Donation

Pope Francis has reached out to the people of God affected by floods in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Malakal with a donation of US$75,000.00.

Mr. Chris Wamalwa, a Kenyan Catholic Lawmaker, receiving the St. Mother Teresa Award. Credit: Chris Wamalwa Facebook

Kenyan Lawmaker Awarded for Promoting Human Life, Says He’s “motivated to go further”

The Kenyan Member of Parliament (MP) who received an international award for his effort in pro-life activities has told ACI Africa that the international recognition motivates him to do more to promote human life.   

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address at the Vatican July 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invokes Intercession of Mary for Ongoing Regional Sisters in Africa Plenary

Pope Francis has sent his Apostolic blessings for the ongoing 18th Plenary Assembly of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA).

Portrait previously used by the Rome-based lay Catholic association, Sant’Egidio Catholic community. Credit: Sant’Egidio Catholic community

South Sudan’s Opposing Parties Express Commitment to Finalizing Rome-mediated Peace Talks

Representatives of warring parties in South Sudan’s conflict have expressed their commitment to participating in the planned Rome-mediated peace meetings that are expected to put an end to the protracted civil strife.

Francis Cardinal Arinze during the Holy Mass at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso. Credit: Vatican Media

At Vatican’s Holy Mass for Peace in Burkina Faso, Nigerian Cardinal Reflects on Terrorism

At the Eucharistic celebration organized at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso, Francis Cardinal Arinze reflected on terrorism in Africa, delinking the menace from religion.

Pope Francis meets with deacons and their families at the Vatican on June 19, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis: The Humble Service of a Deacon Tells of the Greatness of God

Pope Francis met with deacons and their families Saturday at the Vatican and encouraged them to help their parishes to recognize Jesus in the poor.

A map showing the Tigray area in northern Ethiopia. Credit: Public Domain

Pope Francis Concerned about Humanitarian Crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Pope Francis has expressed concerns about the humanitarian crisis occasioned by the ongoing unrest in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address, June 6, 2021./ Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: Coronavirus Recovery Must Have True Vision for Humanity

Rebuilding after the coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to confront the failures of the past, including failures towards God and neighbor, Pope Francis has said in a message to world leaders gathered in Bratislava. 

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 9, 2015 for the general audience./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Marginalizing the poor threatens “the very concept of democracy”: Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Monday that “the very concept of democracy is jeopardized” when the poor are marginalized and treated as if they are to blame for their condition.

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 6, 2021./ Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis: 'All that is good belongs to God'

God asks us to trust that his love is always at work through our good deeds, even if we do not see the results we had hoped for, Pope Francis said on Sunday.

Cardinal Kevin Farrell./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Imposes Term Limits for Church Movement Leaders to Curb "violations and abuses"

The Vatican issued a decree Friday setting limits on the terms of leaders of international associations of the faithful and new communiThe Vatican issued a decree Friday setting limits on the terms of leaders of international associations of the faithful and new communities.ties.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017./ Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

German Cardinal Says Pope’s Decision Not to Accept His Resignation a “great challenge”

Cardinal Reinhard Marx said Thursday that Pope Francis’ decision not to accept his resignation as Catholic archbishop of Munich and Freising is a “great challenge.”

Cardinal George Pell at the annual Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome, May 13, 2021./ Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal George Pell Turns 80, Loses Right to Vote in Papal Conclave

Cardinal George Pell turned 80 years old on Tuesday, losing his eligibility to vote in a future papal conclave.

Pope Francis with French Priests studying in Rome during a meeting at the Vatican on 7 June 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA

Pope Francis to Priests: Weakness is a Chance for Encounter with God

Pope Francis told a group of young French priests on Monday that weakness is a chance for encounter with God, and not something they should try to overcome by their own strength.

Pope Francis celebrates Corpus Christi Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, June 6, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis on Corpus Christi: ‘We need to enlarge our hearts’

Pope Francis said Sunday that we need to “enlarge our hearts” to truly appreciate the gift of the Eucharist.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address at the Vatican, June 6, 2021./ Screenshot from Vatican News YouTube channel.

Pope Francis Sorrowful after Children’s Graves Found at Catholic-run School in Canada

Pope Francis expressed sorrow on Sunday at the discovery of Indigenous children’s graves at a Church-run residential school in Canada.

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Ecosystem Degradation "a clear outcome of economic dysfunction": Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Friday that environmental degradation is “a clear outcome of economic dysfunction.”

Pope Francis’ general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, June 2, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Never Forget that Jesus is Praying for you before Father: Pope Francis at General Audience

Pope Francis said Wednesday that just as Jesus prayed for his friends while on earth, he also prays for each person eternally before the Father in heaven.