Pope Francis meets with the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation at the Vatican on Oct. 23, 2021. Vatican Media

"Our response to injustice, exploitation must be more than mere condemnation": Pope

Oct 23, 2021

Denunciation is not enough when it comes to issues of injustice, the pope said this weekend.

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Southern African Bishops Decry Corruption in Member Nations, Urge “solidarity with needy”

Sep 16, 2021

Theft of COVID-19 response funds in nine Southern African countries is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the region who are decrying the vice and urging solidarity with “weakest and needy members of society.”  

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Pope Francis Expresses Solidarity with Victims of Ethiopia’s Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Sep 9, 2021

Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with victims of Ethiopia’s ongoing conflict ahead of the country’s New Year Day celebrations.

Bishop Ildo Augusto dos Santos Lopes Fortes  of Cape Verde's Mindelo Diocese. Credit: Mindelo Diocese

Cape Verde’s Mindelo Diocese to Celebrate Three-year Jubilee Fostering Solidarity, Charity

Sep 4, 2021

The Diocese of Mindelo in Cape Verde is set to begin a three-year jubilee celebration to culminate on the 20th anniversary of the Cape Verdean Episcopal See.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo addressing himself to Catholic faithful during Holy Mass at the Our Lady of Congo Cathedral of DRC’s Kinshasa Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Kinshasa

Congolese Cardinal Criticizes Attack on His Residence, Thanks Faithful for Solidarity

Aug 10, 2021

The Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has criticized the recent storming of his residence and thanked the Catholic faithful for standing with him in prayer.

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South African Archbishop Expresses Solidarity with Victims of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

May 21, 2021

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has expressed solidarity with the people of God in the Middle Eastern nations of Israel and Palestine following days of violence that saw hundreds killed, thousands displaced, and property destroyed. 

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Amid Attacks, Mozambique’s Bishops Express Solidarity with All Yearning for Dignified life

Apr 19, 2021

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have expressed their solidarity with all those affected by the violence in the Province of Cabo Delgado within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba and “yearn for a dignified life.”

Maurice Cardinal Piat of Port-Louis Diocese in Mauritius. Credit : Courtesy Photo

Mauritian Cardinal Expresses “closeness, solidarity” with Muslims Ahead of Ramadan

Apr 17, 2021

The Local Ordinary of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat, has expressed solidarity with the Muslims in the Indian Ocean Island nation ahead of the holy month of Ramadan scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 13 evening.

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Consolata Missionaries in Africa Express Solidarity with Church in Ethiopia amid Crisis

Dec 18, 2020

Members of the Consolata Missionaries ministering in Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Ethiopia amid the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa nation’s Tigray region.

God “calling us to solidarity” amid COVID-19: South African Bishop in Christmas Message

Dec 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have negative effects on the people of God across the globe, is an avenue that God is using to call His people to solidarity, regardless of socio-cultural, economic and other distinguishing characteristics, a South African Bishop has said.

“We stand in solidarity with people living with HIV”: Jesuits in Africa on World AIDS Day

Dec 1, 2020

On the occasion of World AIDS Day marked December 1 since 1988, members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have, in a collective statement, expressed solidarity “with all the people living with HIV” amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Eastern Africa’s Bishops Express Solidarity with Ethiopians amid Fighting in Tigray

Nov 13, 2020

Bishops in Eastern Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Ethiopia amid reportedly escalating violence pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Mauritius' Port-Louis Diocese.

Cardinal Recognizes Mauritians’ Solidarity, Prays for “a more sober, fraternal Christmas”

Nov 8, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has acknowledged with appreciation the solidarity of the people of God in the Indian Ocean Island nation amid COVID-19 challenges, expressing the desire for a “sober and fraternal Christmas” later this year.

Relatives of 18 fishermen detained in Libya and Marco Marrone the owner of one of the boats seized, are seen during a protest demanding the release of the sailors, in front of parliament, in Rome, Italy. / Reuters.

Pope Francis Expresses Solidarity, “encouragement, support” for Fishermen Held in Libya

Oct 20, 2020

Pope Francis on Sunday, October 18 expressed his solidarity with the 18 fishermen who, for over one and a half months, have been held in Libya.

Bishop Ildo Augusto dos Santos Lopes Fortes of Cape Verde's Mindelo Diocese.

For Humanity’s Recovery amid COVID-19, Family “central, decisive”: Bishop in Cape Verde

Oct 13, 2020

A Bishop in Cape Verde has underscored the central place the family has in the process of recovering from COVID-19 challenges.

Church Leaders in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe Express Solidarity with Bishops in Zimbabwe

Aug 19, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa and Religious Superiors in Zimbabwe have, in separate statements, expressed solidarity with the Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe who have come under attack from political leaders over their recent Pastoral Letter that denounces reported “situation of repression” by President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government.

Philipp Cardinal Ouedraogo blesses the new ambulance donated by the Archdiocese of Seoul to the St. Paul VI Hospital Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. / Archdiocese of Ouagadougou

Cardinal in Burkina Faso Lauds South Korea’s Seoul Archdiocese for Friendship, Solidarity

Aug 4, 2020

The Archbishop of Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou Archdiocese has expressed his appreciation for the partnership that his Episcopal See has fostered with the Archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea saying the “friendship and solidarity” is having a positive impact on the people of God in the West African country.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, Archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

After Congolese Cardinal’s Message Draws Criticism, Clergy Express Solidarity

Jul 16, 2020

The Clergy of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity to their Local Ordinary, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo after his message during the country’s Independence Day anniversary drew criticism from a section of religious leaders.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET). / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

With Lower Cases of COVID-19 in Togo, Bishops Express Gratitude, Solidarity, Caution

Jun 19, 2020

With less than 200 people yet to recover from COVID-19 in the West African nation of Togo, Catholic Bishops have, at the end of their four-day meeting this week, expressed gratitude to the people of God in the country for acting responsibly, called for solidarity with the vulnerable in society, and cautioned against complacency.

Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), currently being treated for COVID-19.

African Cardinal Hospitalized for COVID-19 Calls for “solidarity” in Tackling Pandemic

Apr 8, 2020

The Archbishop of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo who was hospitalized at the end of last month for COVID-19 has, in his message on the occasion of Palm Sunday celebrated April 5, called for solidarity in the care for patients diagnosed with the virus that has claimed at least 82,000 lives globally.