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Catholic Aid Organization Facilitating Church Marriages for Couples in Ethiopia

Dec 16, 2020

The Borana people, members of one of the indigenous tribes in the South of Ethiopia, are embracing Catholic Sacraments with the help of a Pontifical charity organization which is at the centre of primary evangelization among the traditionally nomadic group.

Bishop Alain Harel of Seychelles' Port Victoria Diocese. He was installed on December 8, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. / Port Louis Diocese, Mauritius

Bishop in Seychelles “very enthusiastic” about New Episcopal Assignment, Thankful to God

Dec 10, 2020

The Bishop of Port Victoria in Seychelles has, during his installation, expressed his enthusiasm at his new ministry.

Late Archbishop Benedicto Roberto who died Sunday, November 8 at the age of 74.

Late Angolan Prelate “distinguished by his goodness, sincerity, great love of the Church”

Nov 9, 2020

The late Archbishop Benedicto Roberto who has been serving as the second Local Ordinary of Angola’s Malanje Archdiocese is being eulogized as having been instrumental in the growth of the Church in the Southern African nation.

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.

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.

Lorette College of Curepipe in Mauritius. / Lorette College of Curepipe/Facebook Page

Loreto Sisters in Mauritius Hailed for Overseeing 150 Years of Quality, Holistic Education

Oct 9, 2020

Members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), commonly known as Loreto Sisters, in Mauritius have been hailed for their dedication in offering quality and holistic education to students in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

Archbishop Hubertus van Megen laying hands on the candidates for ordination during Mass at the St. John the Evangelist Parish, Karen of the Archdiocese of Nairobi. / ACI Africa

“Give yourself to the full, exhaust yourself,” Nuncio in Kenya to Newly Ordained Deacons

Sep 27, 2020

Newly ordained African Deacons have been encouraged to take up their role as servants, giving themselves fully and unconditionally to the service of the people of God and expending all their energies in the ministry of the Church.

A poster announcing the Perpetual Vows and Diaconate Ordinate of 22 Seminarians of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). / Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans).

Stories of Blood, Sweat & Tears Behind Africa’s Growing Vocations: Spiritans’ Testimonies

Sep 25, 2020

Statistics have indicated a steady increase in the number of people joining the Priesthood and Religious Life in Africa despite an overall global plunge in those choosing to dedicate their lives to service of God as Priests and Religious.

Bishop Maurício Camuto of Angola’s Diocese of Caxito.

New Bishop in Angola Celebrates a Moment of Joy and “fear” on Ordination

Aug 19, 2020

The Sunday, August 16 Episcopal ordination of Mons. Maurício Camuto of Angola’s Diocese of Caxito was both a joyous and a moment of “fear” for the Bishop-elect who is seeking to entrust his service to the people of God in the Southern African country to God.

Oil leaking from a Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, that ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius on July 25.

Mauritian Cardinal Bemoans Ecological Disaster, Appreciates Efforts Toward Biodiversity

Aug 16, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church Mauritius, the Indian Ocean island nation, has bemoaned the ecological disaster that befell the country a couple of weeks ago after a fuel spill in its waters.

Bishop Gabriel Mendy of the Gambia's Diocese of Banjul.

Church Leadership in Gambia Suspends Public Masses as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Aug 5, 2020

Following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in The Gambia in recent weeks, the Bishop of the lone Catholic Diocese in the West African nation has once again suspended the celebration of public Mass and other Church gatherings.

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.