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Pope Francis met the Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo on his final day in Kinshasa on Feb. 3, 2023

Pope Francis: Congolese Catholics are ‘a lung’ for the universal Church

Feb 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Thank you, because you are a lung that helps the universal Church breathe!” Pope Francis said at his final meeting... Read more

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Michael Crotty unveils the new sign of Pope Benedict XVI Street in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

Visit the Burkina Faso street named in honor of Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 8, 2023

By ACI Africa

The thoroughfare in Ouagadougou is known as Pope Benedict XVI Street. Read more

Altar of St. Francis Xavier Owo Catholic Parish of Ondo Diocese, Nigeria, where dozens were slain in a massacre on June 5, 2022.

Bishop: ‘Nigeria is waiting’ for justice in Pentecost Sunday church massacre

Dec 9, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Six months have passed since 39 Catholic worshipers were slain and dozens injured in a June 5 attack on a... Read more

Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag was assigned as apostolic nuncio in Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mauritania in Africa on Sept. 6, 2022.

Vatican sends papal nuncio expelled by Nicaragua to Africa

Sep 6, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag will be the apostolic nuncio in Senegal, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mauritania. Read more

Cardinal Richard Baawobr of Wa (Ghana)

New cardinal from Ghana to undergo heart surgery in Rome

Aug 31, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr is expected to undergo heart surgery in Rome by the end of this week, according to... Read more

Father Andrew Small, O.M.I.

The Church must do more for survivors of sexual abuse, Vatican official says

Jul 22, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Church must do more for anyone affected by sexual abuse, “even when the Church can appear tarnished because of... Read more

The logo for Pope Francis’ July 2-5 visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Expressing 'great sorrow,' Pope Francis apologizes for postponed Africa trip

Jun 12, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope apologized Sunday for having to call off his July visit to Congo and South Sudan due to his... Read more

Sister Esther Nkiru Ezedinachi, a member of the Handmaids of the Child Jesus, assists victims of attacks in the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, Nigeria.

'It was a miracle I escaped': Nigerian sister recounts deadly shooting

Mar 16, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Sister Nkiru was returning home from a marriage ceremony with other people when armed assailants opened fire on their vehicle. Read more

Ethiopia's bishops during their plenary assembly in Mojo, July 2021. Credit: Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat via Facebook.

Ethiopian bishops call for ceasefire in Tigray crisis

Jul 22, 2021

By Magdalene Kahiu

As the war over control of Ethiopia's Tigray region expands into neighboring regions, the country's bishops on Saturday urged an... Read more

Santa Cruz Chapel on Murdjajou mount in Oran, Algeria.

Religious freedom advocates warn that church closures are ‘wrong direction’ for Algeria

Jun 30, 2021

By ACI Africa

The closure of several Christian churches in Algeria, as well as court convictions of Christians for undermining Muslim beliefs, are... Read more

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Catholic priest among 11 people kidnapped in Nigeria’s Kaduna archdiocese

May 19, 2021

By ACI Africa

Gunmen in northern Nigeria killed eight people and kidnapped 11 others. Read more

Ivorian religious leaders attend an interreligious prayer event in Abidjan, Oct. 14, 2020.

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast appeal for dialogue ahead of presidential election

Oct 16, 2020

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the presidential election, scheduled for Oct. 31... Read more

Ismail Wague, Mali’s Air Force deputy chief of staff, addresses the media following the coup Aug. 19.

Catholic bishop: Mali coup 'a big failure for our democracy'

Aug 20, 2020

By ACI Africa

The military coup in Mali is “a big failure for our democracy,” the president of the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference... 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

Pope Francis speaks aboard the papal plane from Madagascar to Rome Sept. 10, 2019.

Full text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference from Madagascar

Sep 11, 2019

By CNA Staff

This is the full transcript of the Pope's Sept. 10 in-flight press conference from Antananarivo, Madagascar to Rome Read more

Pope Francis receives a gift from acting president of Mauritius Barlen Vyapoory Sept. 9, 2019.

Pope Francis in Mauritius: Do not pit economy against environment, poor

Sep 9, 2019

Do not let economic development in Mauritius be at the expense of the country’s young, poor, and environment, Pope Francis... Read more

People wave flags during Mass with Pope Francis in Port Louis, Mauritius Sept. 9, 2019.

Bring 'new life' to the Church in Mauritius, Pope Francis tells Catholics

Sep 9, 2019

By ACI Africa

At Mass on the island nation of Mauritius Monday, Pope Francis urged Catholics to avoid worldly securities, to increase their... Read more

Pope Francis arrives for Mass in Antananarivo, Madagascar Sept. 8, 2019.

In Madagascar, Pope Francis says that joy lightens the demands of discipleship

Sep 8, 2019

By ACI Africa

Pope Francis Sunday told Catholics in Madagascar that following Jesus can be demanding, but that Christ calls his disciples to... Read more

Pope Francis greets young people in Madagascar Sept. 7, 2019.

Jesus has a mission for youth in Madagascar, Pope Francis says

Sep 7, 2019

By ACI Africa

Jesus has called you and has entrusted a mission to you, Pope Francis told a crowd of young people at... Read more

Pope Francis meets with bishops in Madagascar Sept. 7, 2019.

Pope Francis urges bishops to defend common good in Madagascar

Sep 7, 2019

By ACI Africa

Pope Francis told Madagascar’s bishops Saturday that the Catholic Church should participate in public life in order to promote the... Read more