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Monsignor Moïse Tinguiano was appointed bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Boké in Guinea on Feb. 22, 2024.

Pope Francis erects new diocese, names bishop in West African country of Guinea

Feb 23, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis on Thursday erected the new Diocese of Boké in the West African country of Guinea. Read more

Map of Nigeria.

Nigeria church massacre: State Dept. official meets local bishop

Jun 17, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

The meeting took place following a request by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. Read more

How Natural Family Planning is spreading in West Africa

Aug 1, 2020

By Mary Farrow

In countries throughout Western Africa, the most common religions are Islam and Catholicism. Both of these religions reject the use... Read more

A soldier from Burkina Faso takes part in a training exercise near Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso in April 2018.

In West Africa, Church leaders meet to discuss humanitarian crisis

Nov 20, 2019

Bishops and Catholic leaders from West Africa concluded a two-day meeting last week by reaffirming their commitment to work for... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Nov. 13, 2019.

Pope Francis urges dialogue in face of ongoing jihadist violence in Burkina Faso

Nov 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged interreligious dialogue in Burkina Faso Wednesday as ongoing violence by jihadist groups has killed more than 750... Read more

A church in Sierra Leone. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

West African bishops highlight challenges facing their nations

Apr 11, 2017

The regional conference of West African bishops has commended a regional economic union for its efforts to promote peaceful transfers... Read more

Two nurses and Ebola Case.

Relief workers welcome US action against Ebola

Sep 17, 2014

President Barack Obama’s announcement of personnel and other aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa drew... Read more

Health workers from UNICEF and partners visit the crowded Marché Niger to teach families in Guinea to protect against Ebola.

Catholic religious brother dies of Ebola in Liberia

Aug 5, 2014

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God in Liberia have announced that a hospital... Read more

Health workers from UNICEF and partners visit the crowded Marché Niger to teach families in Guinea to protect against Ebola.

Health workers in West Africa respond to Ebola outbreak

Apr 10, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Health care workers are joining forces with Catholic charities and local communities in response to a deadly outbreak of Ebola... Read more