Bishop of Mauritius' Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat during Holy Mass marking the diocesan Feast of Vocations, August 2. / Port Louis Diocese/ Facebook

On Mauritius’ “feast of vocations,” Cardinal Likens Priests, Religious, Laity to Musicians

Aug 3, 2020

On the day set aside for the celebration of the gift of various vocations in Mauritius (feast of vocations) marked on Sunday, August 2, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation likened followers of Jesus Christ including Priests, Religious and Laity to musicians who have answered the call to dance to the music of the Gospel, advocating for a collaborative ministry akin to that of an orchestra.

Tomb of Blessed Fr Jacob Désiré Laval, the Apostle of Mauritius.

Book in Memory of Renowned Spiritan Missionary in Mauritius “an opportunity to give hope”

Jun 11, 2020

The newly-published book containing testimonies on the life of Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval, a renowned French Spiritan Priest, also referred to as the “Apostle of Mauritius” following his missionary work in the Indian Ocean island nation, aims at giving hope during moments of despair, the author has said.

Late Bishop Emeritus Óscar Lino Lopes Fernandes Braga of Benguela Diocese who died Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

Angolan Bishop Who Ordained Over 300 Priests, Founded Association for Catholic Women Dies

May 28, 2020

The Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Benguela in Angola who, during his 45-year episcopacy ordained at least 300 priests, founded an Association for Catholic women, and revived the Scouts movement, among other accomplishments in the course of his ministry in the Southern African nation, died Tuesday, May 26. 

St. Mary’s Modeco Parish in the Catholic Diocese of Morogoro, Tanzania, closed this week following an incident of desecration on Monday, April 27. / Fr. Pius Onyango

Parish Church in Tanzania’s Morogoro Diocese Closed Over Desecration

Apr 30, 2020

St. Mary’s Modeco, one of the parishes in Tanzania’s Catholic diocese of Morogoro was closed early this week following an incident of desecration during the early hours of Monday, April 27, and Mass is being celebrated at the parish hall, Priests ministering at the parish have told ACI Africa.

Some Lay Spiritan Associates in Kenya pose with Spiritan priests at the end of Holy Mass at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Nairobi, the venue of their official commissioning on February 29, 2020 / Joseph Tuck, Spiritan seminarian

Kenya’s Oldest Missionary Order Commissions First Lay Associates

Mar 2, 2020

The first Catholic missionaries to evangelize the East African nation of Kenya, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Saturday, February 29 commissioned the first Kenyan lay associates after years of orientation, with those behind the initiative expressing the hope that the new members will help foster the charism of their 317-year-old worldwide religious order among their various relations.

Nigerian Spiritan Father Kenneth Iwunna administering Holy Communion to a parishioner of Ethiopia’s Holy Cross Parish in Dhadim / Aid to Church in Need International (ACN)

In Ethiopia: Couples Evangelized, Women Empowered, Youth Exposed Despite Limited Funding

Nov 30, 2019

With 5,000 Euros a year, a religious missionary ministering among Ethiopia’s Borana community has been able to have an impactful apostolate that has included giving dozens of youth the opportunity to interact with peers from other cultures in inter-diocesan pastoral programs, evangelizing couples through the Sacrament of Matrimony, empowering women to become teachers of faith, among other activities that have kept faith alive in the Horn of Africa.