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Bishop Aloysius Fondong Abangalo with the five priests who were among the nine captive released Oct. 22, 2022.

Cameroonian diocese urges prayers of thanksgiving for release of captives

Oct 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Diocese of Mamfe has directed that prayers of thanksgiving be said for the release on Saturday of nine people... Read more

Five priests, a nun, and three lay people were abducted Sept. 16, 2022, after gunmen attacked their parish in Mamfe Diocese, Cameroon.

Priests abducted in Cameroon last month plead for release in new video

Oct 19, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

In the video circulated Oct. 19, one of the abductees provides updates about their welfare and pleads with their bishop... Read more

Pope Francis speaks in his Angelus address after Mass in Matera, Italy, on Sept. 25, 2022.

Pope Francis appeals for the release of kidnapped Catholics in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Five Catholic priests, a religious sister, and three lay people were kidnapped in an attack on a Catholic church in... Read more

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Blessed Sacrament found intact in tabernacle of church burned by armed men in Cameroon

Sep 22, 2022

By CNA Staff

In the aftermath of the fire that gutted a church in Cameroon, Bishop Aloysius Fondong found the sacred Hosts and... Read more

Displaced people fleeing the war in Cameroon

Catholic church burned, priests and religious sister kidnapped in war-torn Cameroon

Sep 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

Gunmen set a Catholic church on fire and kidnapped five priests, one religious sister, and two lay people in western... Read more

Grace and Daniel have been stuck in Cyprus' buffer zone for more than six months after they fled Cameroon.

These Christian migrants prayed for a better future. Now Pope Francis is making it possible

Dec 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

As a sign of Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, the Vatican has announced that it is helping to arrange the... Read more

Freed: Msgr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, vicar general of Cameroon’s Mamfe diocese.

Catholic priest in Cameroon freed after three days in captivity

Sep 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

Msgr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor was released without payment of a ransom. Read more

Msgr. Julius Agbortoko, vicar general of Cameroon’s Mamfe diocese, who was abducted by separatists on Aug. 29, 2021.

Catholic priest in Cameroon reportedly kidnapped by separatists

Aug 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

Msgr. Julius Agbortoko was seized on Aug. 29. Read more

Screenshot from a video of Cardinal Christian Tumi taken while he was held captive overnight in Nov. 2020.

Cardinal who worked for peace in Cameroon has died

Apr 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Cameroon’s first cardinal and a dedicated advocate for peace in the country’s Anglophone crisis, has died... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, pictured in St. Peter's Basilica Oct. 3, 2015.

Cardinal Parolin brings message of peace and reconciliation to Cameroon

Feb 1, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

On a visit to Cameroon this week, the Vatican secretary of state said he is hoping peace and reconciliation can... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican cardinal visits Cameroon as Catholic Church seeks to resolve Anglophone crisis

Jan 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s Secretary of State kicked off a week-long trip to Cameroon on Thursday in which he will visit a... Read more

Cardinal Christian Tumi, pictured after his liberation on Nov. 6, 2020.

Video shows 90-year-old cardinal telling kidnappers: ‘I will preach what is the truth’

Nov 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

When 90-year-old Cardinal Christian Tumi was interrogated in captivity by armed separatists in Cameroon last week, he calmly told his... Read more

Cardinal Christian Tumi, pictured after his liberation on Nov. 6, 2020.

Cardinal is freed after kidnapping by gunmen in Cameroon

Nov 6, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Christian Tumi, who was kidnapped by gunmen Thursday evening in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, has been freed.  Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican Oct. 28, 2020.

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Cameroon after deadly school attack

Oct 28, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis appealed for an end to violence in Cameroon Wednesday after seven students were killed in an attack on... Read more

The flag of Cameroon.

English Catholic bishops lament attacks on civilians in Cameroon

Sep 29, 2020

Catholic bishops in England appealed Monday for an end to human rights abuses in Cameroon.   Read more

Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya at a Vatican press briefing, Oct. 24, 2018.

Pope appoints new archbishop for booming African diocese

Dec 30, 2019

Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya, the new Archbishop of Bamenda in Cameroon, came to international attention during the 2018 meeting of the Synod... Read more

Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors.

Pascal Siakam: How a Toronto Raptors star got his start in seminary

Jun 5, 2019

When Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam enters Game 3 of the NBA Finals Wednesday night, he will cross himself and... Read more

Fr. Cosmas Ombato Ondari.

Priest killed by military gunfire in Cameroon

Nov 21, 2018

A priest serving in Cameroon has been killed by military gunfire, amid a military and political conflict that has rocked... Read more

Religious sisters in Cameroon released one day after kidnapping

Nov 16, 2018

Three Franciscan sisters and 13 novices travelling from Bamenda to Shisong in Northwest Cameroon have been released, after they were... Read more

Bishop Jean Marie Benoît Bala of Bafia, who was murdered May 31, 2017.

Cameroon's bishops ask state action to protect clergy in wake of murder

Jun 15, 2017

After determining that one of their confreres was murdered two weeks ago, the bishops of Cameroon have called on the... Read more