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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

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

Burkina Faso names street in honor of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI

Jun 15, 2021

By ACI Africa

The thoroughfare in Ouagadougou will be known as Pope Benedict XVI Street. 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

Youth perform a dance in the Maxaquene Pavilion in Maputo before the arrival of Pope Francis Sept. 5, 2019.

Do not let go of joy, Pope Francis urges youth in Mozambique

Sep 5, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis encouraged young people of different faiths in Mozambique Thursday to not give up in the face of their... Read more

Launch event of ACI Africa.

African news agency aims to tell stories from ‘the grassroots’

Aug 19, 2019

By ACI Africa

At the launch event for a new African Catholic news agency Saturday, a Kenyan bishop urged journalists to focus their... Read more

A Mass held during the plenary assembly of SECAM marking the organization's golden jubilee in Kampala, Uganda, July 2019.

Cardinal Ouédraogo elected president of African bishops' conference

Jul 29, 2019

During the plenary assembly celebrating its golden jubilee, the leadership organization for bishops' conferences in Africa elected Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo... Read more

Fr. Don Bosco Onyalla, editor of ACI-Africa, stands with the image of Mother Mary Angelica, foundress of EWTN.

EWTN to launch African news agency

May 10, 2019

EWTN Global Catholic Network announced Friday that it will launch a news service for the African continent.    Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of the Missionaries of Africa and the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa in the Vatican's Clementine Hall, Feb. 8, 2019.

Pope Francis celebrates Missionaries of Africa's 150 years of service

Feb 8, 2019

By Courtney Mares

In mid-nineteenth century Algeria, a French bishop sought to share the Gospel among the local Africans living in his diocese... Read more

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo's bishops call for release of election results

Jan 4, 2019

The bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have called for the release of the result of the country’s presidential... Read more

The delegations from Africa and Germany in the garden of the apostolic nunciature in Antananarivo, Madagascar, May 2018.

German, African bishops affirm continued need to evangelize

Jun 5, 2018

During a meeting last month between representatives of the bishops of Africa and Germany discussing integral human development, both groups... Read more