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Recent Violence in Niger “a blow to the heart of fragile Church”: Missionary Cleric

Last week’s attack on a village in the Tillaberi region within Niger’s Archdiocese of Niamey that led to the fleeing of Christians from the region is a blow to a local church that is considered “fragile”, a Missionary Cleric ministering in the affected areas has said.

Some of the beneficiaries at Hope for Life project run by the Society of African Missions in Ghana. Credit: Hope for Life

Catholic Missionaries’ Project in Ghana Getting People Living with Disability Off Streets

On the Accra streets in Ghana, people born with disabilities lead miserable lives after they are abandoned by their families owing to cultural beliefs.

A map section of Tillabéri in Southern Niger that has been characterized with attacks by jihadists. / Public domain

Priest in Niger Recounts Threat as Jihadists Wage Psychological Warfare against Civilians

Civilians in Niger are living in fear owing to threats by militants who are said to have launched a psychological warfare in the west African country, a Catholic Priest in the country has recounted.

Christians in Ghana praying.

Christians in Ghana Seek God’s Intervention ahead of National Election

Polls in Ghana closed Monday, December 7 evening against a backdrop of prayer requests from Christians on the eve of the general elections.

Logo of the St. Martin Deaf Ministry. / Fr. Rene Dan Yao

Pioneer Religious Congregation in Ghana Launches Country’s First Deaf Apostolate

The leadership of the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Ghana, the pioneer Catholic Religious Order in the West African nation, has launched the first Deaf apostolate in the country. 

Some Bishops of Ghana with the Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana,
Archbishop Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński who presided at the Holy Mass of the 25th Anniversary of the Keta-Akatsi Diocese in Ghana’s Volta Region. / Bro. Stephen Domelevo, SVD

Be Agents of the Kingdom of God, Bishop in Ghana at Diocesan Silver Jubilee

The Bishop of Keta-Akatsi Diocese in Ghana’s Volta Region has called on the people of God under his pastoral care to be true agents and promoters of the Kingdom of God “through Word and Sacrament.”  

Fr. Luigi Maccali after an audience with Pope Francis in Rome. / ©️ Vatican Media

Freed Missionary Cleric in West Africa Recounts Moving Experience after Meeting Pope

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, the Catholic missionary Priest who was freed last month in Mali after he was kidnapped in Niger in September 2018 was evidently overcome with emotion when he had an audience with Pope Francis earlier this week following his release.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli during the interview with the Society of African Missions (SMA) Media Center days after his release from captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

I Remained a Missionary in Chained Feet, Cleric Recalls Harrowing Captivity in West Africa

Even in chains, Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was held in captivity for over two years after he was kidnapped by unknown men in the West African nation of Niger remained true to his Christian faith, walking in prayer with all people he had interacted with during his mission in the West Africa.

Archbishop Henryk Mieczyslaw Jagodzinski with members of the
Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) before a Eucharistic Celebration at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra on October 15, 2020 to officially welcome him as the 9 the Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana. / Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC)/Facebook Page.

Papal Envoy Lauds Church in Ghana for “great hospitality” at Maiden Public Mass

The new representative of the Holy Father in Ghana has, on the occasion of the first public Mass that was held on Thursday, October 15 to officially welcome him, thanked the people of God in the West African country for the “great hospitality” accorded him.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, freed Thursday, October 8 after spending two years in captivity. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Joy, Gratitude to God as Religious Missionary in Niger is Freed after Two-year Abduction

News reports of the release of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli who was abducted just over two years ago in Niger have brought joy and gratitude to members of the Clergy in Africa and beyond who have interpreted the event as an answer to concerted supplications.

The flyer for the 2020 Marian Rally organized by the 14th District Commandery and District 3 Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of St. John International, Accra East Grand on May 30, 2020 at the St. Francis of Assisi parish, Ashaley Botwe, Accra to conclude the Rosary Month of May. / St. Francis of Assisi parish, Ghana.

“We need to run to Mary for Protection” amid COVID-19: Ghanaian Cleric at Marian Rally

As Catholics across the globe joined Pope Francis Saturday, May 30 to pray the holy rosary to conclude the liturgical month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Cleric in Ghana has urged Catholics to pray for Mary’s intercession for an end to COVID-19 pandemic in the West African nation and in the whole world.

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, Archbishop of Cape Coast, then Archbishop of Accra with Ghanaian Priests of the Society of Africa Missions (SMA) at the Queen of Peace Parish during the Feast Day celebrations of the SMA in 2017. / SMA Ghana

Pioneer Religious Order @140 in Ghana Seeks to "rekindle fire of faith"

At the celebration marking 140 years since the arrival of the first missionaries belonging to the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Ghana, members of the Society of Apostolic life in the west African country are looking at the moments as an opportunity to continue their evangelization mission and “rekindle the fire of faith.”

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Bureaucratic “pastoral dynamics” a Threat to Church’s Mission in Africa, A Reflection

As the Church in Africa continues to be missionary to itself by having clergy and religious men and women crossing diocesan and national ecclesiastical borders to evangelize following the 1969 encouragement of Pope Saint Paul VI to the people of God in Africa, a missionary serving on the continent has cautioned that the tendency of pastoral agents to enjoy a system of administration that obliges the laity to find them in offices rather than mutual interactions seems to hinder effective evangelization.

Representation of the "prophetic path" proper for Church leaders including in Africa

Peace in Africa a Political Challenge, Church Leaders Need be Prophetic: A Reflection

Days after the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum (PPF), which focused on governance solutions with emphasis on peace and security with some African countries represented came to an end in Paris, France on November 13, an African missionary priest has hailed the event as a “great initiative” but however expressed reservations on the success of such a move in Africa due to the lack of goodwill from powerful political players.

A reflection proposing the shift from focusing on denouncing to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Transition from “denouncing” to “announcing” Proposed for Extraordinary Missionary Month

As Catholics across the world continue to live the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 (EMMOCT2019) by taking the gospel to the periphery, an African missionary priest is reflecting about the gospel and proposing a shift from “denouncing” to “announcing”, the latter taking the form of proclaiming the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Poster created by the Society of African Missions in memory of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, one year since his abduction / Society of African Missions (SMA)

One Year On, Missionary Priest Abducted in Niger Still Missing, Prayerful Concerns

The whereabouts of the missionary priest, Fr. Luigi Maccalli, who was abducted exactly one year ago (September 17, 2018) in the landlocked West African country of Niger remain unknown.