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Let Africa “sing” her Success Stories, Burkinabé Cleric on Challenges Facing Continent

The biggest challenge in Africa is the inability to bring out successes on the continent and the bright future that awaits various African countries in the coming years, a Rome-based Catholic Priest, a native of Burkina Faso, has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Smoke billowing from Nkoa Ntoma military camp in Bata following the March 7 series of blasts. / Misiones Salesianas

Salesians Reach Out to Survivors of Equatorial Guinea Explosions with Emergency Aid

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) are reaching out to hundreds of survivors of the March 7 series of blasts in Equatorial Guinea that resulted in the loss of at least 107 human lives and more than 600 injured people in the country’s Diocese of Bata.

An image of Bata following the March 7 explosions / Courtesy Photo

Bishops in Africa Express Solidarity with Equatorial Guinea Following Recent Tragic Blasts

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have expressed solidarity with the people of God in Equatorial Guinea following the March 7 series of blasts that resulted in the loss of at least 107 human lives and more than 600 injured people in the country’s Diocese of Bata. 

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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.

Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province after their July 13 to14 meeting held at Nigeria’s M&M centre, Ilorin, Kwara State. / Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.

Bishops in Nigeria Support “alternative” Security Outfits, Say Authorities Have Failed

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have decried the lack effectiveness of security forces in combating violence in the West African country and expressed their support for “alternative and lawful initiatives” that have emerged to restore peace in the country.

Bishop Sithembele Sipukahighlights the value of the SECAM Kampala Document to the people of God in Africa and the Islands, saying it is an exhortation to go beyond various dichotomies. / Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)

SECAM’s Kampala Document an Exhortation to End Various Dichotomies: Bishop

At the unveiling of Kampala Document in South Africa, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka has highlighted the value of the 100-page publication to the people of God in Africa and the Islands, saying it is an exhortation to go beyond various dichotomies.

Sr. Teresa Okure, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ), reflects on SECAM's Kampala Document released 21 January 2021 /

Theological, Pastoral Insights of SECAM's Kampala Document: Drafting Member's Report

The recently released Kampala Document (KD) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) is a jubilee document that signals “collaboration beyond boundaries,” one of the drafting members has outlined.

Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

SECAM Cautions against “spiritualities of deliverance, prosperity” in Kampala Document

Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have, in a new document unveiled Thursday, January 21, invited Christians in Africa and beyond to seek a deeper understanding of Jesus and to guard against “spiritualities of deliverance and prosperity.”

Poster announcing the virtual conference organized by the Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF). / Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF)

Church Leaders Review Bible Apostolate in Africa at Virtual Conference

Church leaders in Africa have, in a virtual conference, reviewed the status of Biblical apostolate on the continent.

Late Archbishop Abel Gabuza. / Courtesy Photo

Late South African Archbishop’s Disposition “was that of Yes, similar to Mary”: Bishop

The disposition of the late Archbishop Abel Gabuza has been likened to that of the Blessed Virgin Mary who said “Yes” to God’s call, accepting and consenting to the will of God for her life.

“To all those infected by COVID-19, we express our solidarity with you”: Bishops in Africa

Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in their New Year message, expressed their solidarity with the people of God infected with the COVID-19 and offered their condolences to the bereaved.

Bishops in Africa Foster Pope Francis’ “better kind of politics” in New Year Message

Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in their New Year Message, sought to foster Pope Francis’ call for “a better kind of politics” in the course of 2021 going forward.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria bringing life and hope in households through music. /

Singing Bishop Breathes Life, Hope in Nigerian Households amid Suspension of Public Mass

A high-pitched musical sound is heard over the mobile phone as Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria strums his guitar while receiving a call for an interview in his small study room at his residence.  

Bishop Serverus Jjumba who is battling COVID-19 in hospital in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. /

Cleric Requests Prayers for Ugandan Bishop Battling COVID-19 in Hospital

A Cleric serving in Uganda’s Diocese of Masaka has called on the people of God in the East African nation to pray for the healing of Bishop Serverus Jjumba who is battling COVID-19 in hospital.

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Bishops in Africa Demand “immediate laying down of arms” in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region

Catholic Bishops in Africa have, under their collective forum of Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), added their voice to those of other Bishops in Eastern Africa and international leaders in expressing concerns about the violent conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region.

Late Archbishop James Odongo who died Friday, December 4 at the age of 89. /

Church in Eastern Africa Mourns Ugandan Prelate Who Laid Ground for Regional Collaboration

The Catholic Church in Eastern Africa is mourning the passing on of the first African Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA), Archbishop James Odongo who died Friday, December 4 at the age of 89. 

Entrance to the Bishop Joanny Thévenoud Museum inaugurated Saturday, October 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. / Archdiocese of Ouagadougou/Facebook Page

Burkina Faso’s Newly Inaugurated Museum Sign of “encounter between Church, local cultures”

The museum of Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou Archdiocese that was officially inaugurated over the weekend has been described as a credible illustration of the encounter between the Church and local cultures.

Pope Francis’ “Fratelli Tutti” a Call to End Africa’s Ethnic Divisions: Bishops in Africa

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa has welcomed the latest Encyclical of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti, as a document that provides for an end to ethnic divisions in and outside the Church in Africa.

South Africans protesting against the high rate of corruption in their country. /

Clergy, Religious Bowing to Family Pressure to Misuse Church Funds: South African Prelate

Priests and religious who are misappropriating funds meant for Church projects are doing so because of pressure from their families and friends who want financial support from the Clergy and Religious men and women, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has said in his new month reflection shared with ACI Africa.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza certified free of COVID-19. He tested positive for the deadly virus on August 23. / Diocese of Yola

Nigerian Prelate “certified free of COVID-19” Tasks Gov’t to Upgrade Health Facilities

After spending days in isolation under the care of health practitioners, the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Yola Diocese has recovered from COVID-19, he told journalists at his residence, thanking all those who have accompanied him spiritually.