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Ivorian Catholic Institute Challenged to Help Achieve “people who think well of Africa”

Sep 16, 2023

The leadership of the Catholic University Institute of Abidjan (ICMA), a philosophical and theological training institution of higher learning in Ivory Coast, has been challenged to help fill the gap of Africans, who think well of their continent.

Caritas Africa Regional Executive Secretary, Lucy Afandi Esipila gives her opening remarks at a Faith Leaders' meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA)

African Faith Leaders Meeting to Address Continent’s Economic Crisis

Aug 8, 2023

Top on the list of the agenda that faith leaders meeting in Nairobi, Kenya are discussing is the continent’s economic crisis.

Fr. Pierre Paul Anani Dossekpli, a Togolese missionary Priest volunteering at the 2023 World Youth Day (WYD)  in Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: EWTN

WYD Volunteer to Africans in Portugal: Be a Light to your Peers back at Home

Aug 2, 2023

A Togolese missionary Priest volunteering at the 2023 World Youth Day (WYD)  in Lisbon, Portugal has challenged Africans attending the event to “be a light” to their peers when they go back home.

Screengrab of the National Council for the Safeguarding of the Country delivering a statement on Nigerien state television shortly after detaining President Mohamed Bazoum. Credit: ORTN

“Calm in the streets”: Catholic Priest Weighs in On Situation in Niger After Coup

Jul 27, 2023

Nigerien streets are experiencing calm following a military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power, a Catholic Missionary Priest serving in Niger’s capital city of Niamey has said.

Archbishop  Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese with the three Priests he ordained on 13 July 2023. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese

“Be messengers of hope, animators of faith”: Nigerian Archbishop to Newly Ordained Priests

Jul 14, 2023

The newly ordained Priests of the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Nigeria have been urged to foster hope and contribute to the growth of Christian faith in their Priestly ministry.

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Politicians Back with Promises ahead of General Elections in Liberia, Catholic Priest Says

Jan 11, 2022

Those participating in electoral campaigns in Liberia ahead of the country’s national elections next year have come back to the people with promises despite poor living conditions in the West African nation, a Priest in Liberia’s Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga has said.

Logo of the Society of African Missions (SMA). Credit: SMA

Catholics, Muslims in Collaboration to Build New Catholic School in a Liberian Diocese

Sep 14, 2021

Catholics and Muslims are collaborating in the ongoing construction of a Catholic school under the auspices of members of the Society of African Missions (SMA) at a village in Liberia’s Gbarnga Diocese.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese. / Abuja Archdiocese/Facebook Page

Every Christian has “a missionary DNA”, Nigerian Prelate on World Mission Sunday

Oct 20, 2020

The call to be a Missionary has no boundaries of whether or not one has been called into Priesthood or Religious Life, a Catholic Prelate in Nigeria has underscored, outlining the various roles of all Christians in participating in the Church’s mission.

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, a member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) who was recently freed after two years in Niger. / Society of African Missions (SMA).

Recently Freed Religious Missionary Hailed as “man of faith, forgiveness, fraternity”

Oct 14, 2020

Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, a member of Society of African Missions (SMA) who was recently freed after two years of captivity has been hailed as a “man of faith, forgiveness and fraternity.”

Late Sr. Caroline Gatwiri Kiambi. / Sisters of Saint John the Baptist

Kenyan Nun Who Died Hours After Renewing Vows Eulogized as “cheerful, prayerful”

Oct 7, 2020

A Kenyan-born nun who died in Zambia, hours after renewing her vows in the Congregation of the Sisters of St. John the Baptist (Baptistines) for the fourth time, is being eulogized as a cheerful and prayerful person. 

Bishop Nestor-Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia of CAR’s Bossangoa Diocese.

Insecurity in Central African Republic Behind “evangelical fragility, poverty”: Prelate

Oct 2, 2020

A Bishop in the Central African Republic (CAR) has, in a recent news report, highlighted the impact of insecurity in the country saying the people of God there have been left with a “sense of evangelical fragility and poverty.”  

Fr. Sam Ebute prays over a mass grave in Nigeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

“The blood of these martyrs will not be in vain”, Cleric on Killings in Nigeria

Sep 27, 2020

A Catholic Priest ministering in Nigeria’s Kaduna State that has experienced numerous attacks on innocent civilians has expressed the frustration of having to organize successive burials of victims of the violence in his parish and described those who have lost their lives as “martyrs” whose blood has not been shed “in vain.”

Children in Burkina Faso Risking “forced recruitment by jihadists”: Missionary Cleric

Jul 19, 2020

A missionary Priest ministering in Burkina Faso has expressed his concerns about the multiple cases of insecurity in the landlocked West African nation and cautioned about the danger of children who have not been attending school for over a year being targeted for recruitment by jihadists operating mainly in the east and north of the country.

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast

Peace is “far from being a tangible reality” in Ivory Coast, Cleric Reflects

Jan 29, 2020

Following the cancellation of the peace march by the Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan in Ivory Coast that had been slated to take place in mid-February over security concerns, a priest from the west African country has described the search for peace in his native country as “far from being a tangible reality.”

African Leaders and Stakeholders in the Health Industry the Lome Summit to Counter the Trafficking of Fake Drugs, on January 17-18, 2020.

“Trafficking of fake drugs, hidden side of failing health system in Africa”: A Reflection

Jan 22, 2020

Some days after African leaders and stakeholders in the health industry met in Togo for a summit to counter the trafficking of fake drugs in the world’s second largest continent, an African missionary priest ministering in the West African country is of the opinion that for the initiative to succeed, reform of the health system in Africa is necessary.

Women Leadership in Africa “a major and permanent challenge”: A Missionary’s Reflection

Jan 17, 2020

As various nations of Africa strive to achieve the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, which contemplates a people-driven development approach that relies on, among other stakeholders, women, a missionary priest ministering in West Africa has decried the tendency of women on the continent to play a secondary role in the political spheres of their respective nations.