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A Catholic Priest walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu State, Nigeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Christians in Nigeria Gathering in Secret to Pray Together for Fear of Attacks

Abandoned Church buildings are a common sight in various church premises in Adamawa State in North-eastern Nigeria, within the Catholic Diocese of Yola. What’s left of the once vibrant worship places are desecrated buildings, some burnt to the ground owing to the region’s protracted insurgency.

A water pump that has been repaired through the generosity of CAFOD supporters. / Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

Conflict, Climate Challenges Behind South Sudan’s Water Shortage, Catholic Aid Agency Says

The leadership of a Catholic aid agency with programs in South Sudan has, in a report, attributed water shortages in the East-Central African nation to the protracted conflict and vagaries of the climate.

Children activities organized by Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) in Chad. / Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)

Vulnerable Children in Chad Receive Protection from Jesuit-founded NGO amid Crisis

Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) is protecting thousands of children in Chad amid years of violence in the Lake Chad region occasioned by Boko Haram insurgency, the leadership of the entity founded by a Jesuit Cleric has said in a latest report.

Sr. Augustina (center) with students of Mazenod High School in Maseru, Lesotho. / African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC).

Skills from Leadership Program Behind African Nun’s Effective Administration: Testimony

With the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) indicating that the landlocked Southern African Kingdom faces challenges in enrollment and retention in secondary schools as well as a lack of school infrastructure, the leadership of ASEC notes that Sr. Augustina’s leadership is commendable.

Dr. Edwin Ivan Obore of St. Theresa Mission Hospital in Torit Diocese, South Sudan. / Radio Emmanuel of Torit Diocese/Facebook Page

Catholic Medic in South Sudan Condemns Leniency against GBV Offenders, Calls for Action

Perpetrators of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Sudan are going unpunished, a situation that a Catholic medic in the East-Central African nation has condemned, calling on law enforcers in the nine-year-old country to ensure that the offenders are brought to book.

Logo for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day 2020 / African Union (AU)

Birth Registration “crucial activity that needs highlighting”: Southern African Bishops

On the occasion of the third African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)  Day commemorated Monday, August 10, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have raised concerns over the failure by authorities in their respective countries and the continent at large to prioritize birth registration, a documentation gap that denies children access to basic rights.

Pupils of Sacred Heart Sister's Kindergarten in Juba, South Sudan. /

South Sudan Catholic Schools Propose Sober Talks amid UN Push to Resume Classes

Following the push by two United Nations agencies for the government to reopen schools in South Sudan, the Director for Education in the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has proposed that all partners in the education sector hold talks on the COVID-19 aspects before children are allowed back to class.

Logo Catholic Relief Services. /

CRS in South Sudan to Deploy Medical Students to Support Patients’ Home-based Care

The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in South Sudan has embarked on an initiative that will see undergraduate medical students provide home-based care for patients who exhibit flu-like symptoms in a bid to relieve strain on medical facilities in the East-Central African country.

Clean Water Initiative at Tanzania’s Don Bosco Kilimanjaro International Institute for Telecommunications, Electronics and Computers in the Archdiocese of Arusha. / Salesian Missions.

Salesian Missions Facilitates “permanent water source” for a Tanzanian Catholic Institute

The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has facilitated the access to clean and consistent water supply at Tanzania’s Don Bosco Kilimanjaro International Institute for Telecommunications, Electronics and Computers in the Archdiocese of Arusha. 

Some of the 1.2 million people displaced by violence in Ituri, northeastern DRC. / Malteser International

Violence in DR Congo Worsening Humanitarian Situation, Catholic Relief Agency Cautions

The reported increase in violence in the Province of Ituri of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is worsening an already dire humanitarian situation in the region, which is covered by the Catholic Diocese of Bunia, an official of Malteser International (MI) has cautioned.

Some residents in South Africa protests over lack of food and jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. / Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Church in South Africa Reaches Out to Poor Families Defying Lockdown to Beg

Hard pressed to evade starvation amid stringent COVID-19 restrictions, poor families in South Africa are risking contagion and moving from house to house to beg, a situation that has attracted the attention of Salesian missionaries working in the Southern African country.

Salesian Missionaries in Luís Cabral neighborhood of Maputo offer a new borewell for water access thanks to Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’ / Salesian Missions

US-based Salesian Missions Facilitates Water Access for Hundreds in Mozambique

To facilitate access to safe and readily available water to hundreds of residents at a Maputo community in Mozambique, the U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco, the Salesian Missions has funded the digging of a borewell through the “Clean Water Initiative.”

Inhabitants of Tshumbe fetching water from the potable water supply system donated by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS). /

Generosity of CRS Acknowledged in DR Congo as Water is Availed to Inhabitants

The initiative by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the humanitarian arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), to provide water has been recognized by the inhabitants of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Tshumbe diocese who are beneficiaries of the organization’s drilling of boreholes in the region, a Church official has reported.

President Mahamadou Issoufou addresses the nation over covid-19, March 17, 2020. /

In Niger, COVID-19 will worsen “an already fragile health system”: Cleric

With 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three deaths recorded in Niger, a Society of African Missions (SMA) Priest ministering in the country has confirmed the fears of many critics of African countries that the global pandemic, which has claimed the lives of at least 37,780 people globally, will only worsen an already fragile health system in the landlocked west African nation.