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Catholics in Africa want Nigeria withdrawn from ‘pro-LGBT, pro-abortion’ Samoa agreement

Jul 12, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

In a July 9 petition CitizenGo Africa say there have been widespread debates in Nigeria compelling the government to withdraw... Read more

Palestinian women react as they look at the badly damaged Latin Patriarchate Holy Family School after it was reportedly hit during Israeli military bombardment in Gaza City on July 7, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas.

Bishop Zaidan condemns ‘any targeting of civilians’ at Holy Family School in Gaza

Jul 10, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

“I join the Latin Patriarchate in condemning any targeting of civilians in the [Holy] Family School in Gaza,” Bishop A.... Read more

The entrance into the Franciscan church in Aleppo, Syria, of the twins George and Johnny Jallouf, friars of the Custody of the Holy Land, who were ordained priests on July 6, 2024. The two ordinands are wearing the priestly vestments with which they were clothed during the ordination rite. They were 15 when the war in Syria broke out. Their vocation was born and grew amid the Battle of Aleppo. “I tried to attend Mass every day,” George recounted. “I was afraid, but I kept repeating to myself ‘I fear nothing because you are with me.’ This phrase guided me, reassured me, gave me peace.”

Different paths to same vocation: Twin brothers ordained priests in Aleppo, Syria

Jul 10, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

It marked the first priestly ordination in 17 years at St. Francis Church in Aleppo, a city that suffered massive... Read more

Palestinians stand on the rubble and debris of the Latin Patriarchate Holy Family School after it was hit during an alleged Israeli military bombardment in Gaza City on July 7, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas.

Latin Patriarchate condemns reported raid by Israeli forces on Gaza Catholic school

Jul 8, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The patriarchate said in a Sunday press release that it was “monitoring, with grave concern, the news of the raids,... Read more

Members of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) during a July 4, 2024, press conference.

Bishops in East Africa commit to creating ‘safe, nurturing church environment’ for minors

Jul 8, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

In a statement following their July 1–4 meeting on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, the bishops said they are “deeply... Read more

The Archdiocese of Kisumu has formed a group called “St. Monica Widows” for women who have lost their husbands “because the other option is they are inherited” by a male relative of the deceased husband, Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba said.

St. Monica Widows: a Catholic apostolate to reduce polygamy in Kenya

Jul 7, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Archbishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba of Kisumu in Kenya discussed the project with EWTN News correspondent Colm Flynn on “EWTN News... Read more

Ed Clancy, the director of outreach at the charity group Aid to the Church in Need, speaks with “EWTN News Nightly” anchor Tracy Sabol on July 3, 2024.

Christians face ‘devastating’ persecution under Pakistani blasphemy laws, expert says

Jul 5, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

A court in Punjab recently sentenced Ehsan Shan to death for sharing “hateful content” against Muslims on social media.  Read more

An emergency novena will take place between July 16-24, including the feast days of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Charbel Makhlouf.

Novena for peace in the Near East announced for Christians, innocents in region

Jul 4, 2024

By Gigi Duncan

The novena, which will take place July 16–24, will implore protection for Christians and all innocent civilians in the region,... Read more

Danny Miran shows the T-shirt with a photo of his son Omri, one of the Israelis kidnapped on Oct. 7, 2023, and who is still being held hostage in Gaza. On the T-shirt, the Hebrew inscription reads: “Bring them home now!”, the motto of the campaign to bring back the hostages. A few days after Oct. 7, Danny Miran, 79, left his home in northern Israel and joined the Hostages and Missing Families Forum in Tel Aviv. His life’s purpose has become bringing his son back home.

Father of Israeli hostage who met with pope is on a mission to ‘bring them all home’

Jul 4, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

Danny Miran met Pope Francis at the Vatican in April. In mid-June he shared his testimony with Cardinal Matteo Zuppi... Read more

An Israeli army convoy leaves the Gaza Strip as seen from a position on the Israeli side of the border on July 3, 2024 in southern Israel.

Israeli embassy criticizes Holy Land Catholic leaders for statement on ‘just war’

Jul 3, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

In a statement June 30, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Holy Land suggested Israel’s behavior in Gaza goes... Read more

The president of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC), Cardinal Stephen Ameyu Mulla, reads a message from SCBC members on June 29, 2024.

Catholic bishops in Sudan: ‘Fabric of Sudanese society has been torn apart’

Jul 2, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Members of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference released a statement following their June 27–29 meeting expressing alarm about the country’s... Read more

A view of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher during the Easter Vigil, which was celebrated on the morning of Saturday, March 30, 2024.

Churches in Holy Land denounce ‘coordinated attack’ against Christians by Israeli authorities

Jun 29, 2024

By Diego López Marina

The church leaders accuse local authorities of launching a “coordinated attack” against the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Read more

Coptic church.

Christians in Egypt embark on construction of churches as persecution ebbs

Jun 26, 2024

By ACI Africa

Church projects that had been halted in Egypt when the North African nation was dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood are... Read more

Father Justine Dyikuk at the June 1, 2024, launch of his book “Me and my Rosary” in Glasgow, Scotland.

Testimony of conversion is force behind Nigerian priest’s book promoting rosary devotion

Jun 26, 2024

By Agnes Aineah

After witnessing a man’s conversion after rosary prayers, Father Justine John Dyikuk of Nigeria started promoting rosary devotion and wrote... Read more

A group of cello students from the Magnificat Institute of Jerusalem performs on May 30, 2024. Today, the Magnificat Institute welcomes over 200 students each year (as young as 5 years old) and relies on the collaboration of 25 teachers. It has a choir (which also serves the liturgies of the Custody of the Holy Land) and several orchestras.

Jerusalem’s Magnificat Institute: ‘Every day we witness a small but significant miracle’ 

Jun 26, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

The Magnificat Institute brings Jews, Christians, and Muslims together to make music — not an easy feat as the longest... Read more

Archbishop-elect Benjamin Phiri of the newly erected Archdiocese of Ndola in Zambia.

Pope Francis erects new metropolitan see in Zambia, appoints pioneer archbishop

Jun 18, 2024

By Silas Mwale Isenjia

The pope has erected the Archdiocese of Ndola in Zambia and appointed Bishop Benjamin Phiri as its first archbishop. Read more

The sisters Madeleine and Marie-Liesse together with Louis Antona at the entrance of Greece. The three young people covered the distance from Paris to Jerusalem on foot, arriving in mid-May 2024. “I needed to walk 4,500 kilometers to understand that Jesus is not just in Jerusalem, but was by my side every step of the way,” Antona told CNA.

Three young adult pilgrims walk from Paris to Jerusalem ‘to deepen our faith’

Jun 18, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

“Every day of this pilgrimage was a miracle,” said Louis Antona, 24, of the journey he made with two young... Read more

Alfred Magero, Matthew Njogu, and Edward Chaleh Nkamanyi are three Catholic fathers from Africa who recently shared insights about being a present dad, protecting their families amid threats to the African family, and being a model of family values for their children with ACI Africa, CNA's news partner in Africa.

Catholic fathers talk fatherhood, family values, and threats to the African family

Jun 17, 2024

By Agnes Aineah

Four fathers from three African countries share their experiences of fatherhood and what they’ve learned about being good dads. Read more

Sisters from the Salesian Sisters in Sudan serve the poor and needy in the midst of a brutal war in Sudan. The sisters commiunity, Dar Mariam, has been a refuge for hundreds, though has damaged by gunfire and bombs. May 2024.

Civil war in Sudan: What’s happening and why?

Jun 17, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Amid the chaos and a complex set of competing political interests, children and the poor have been hit hardest. Read more

An unknown security guard stands at the entrance of a church destroyed during the fighting with ISIS in Mosul, Iraq.

10 years after Mosul’s destruction, will Christians come back?

Jun 14, 2024

By Georgena Habbaba

Mosul’s exiled Christians grapple today with rebuilding their lives while demanding accountability and a future built on equity and justice. Read more