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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

Catholic media representatives at a January 2015 workshop in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Malawi's government encourages local Catholic media

Aug 3, 2017

Mawali's information, communication and technology ministry praised the country's Catholic media this week for their evangelization efforts as part of... 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

We're all responsible for seminarians, African bishop says

Mar 23, 2017

Priestly formation isn't a just a job for the rector – it's a responsibility shared between the entire Christian community... Read more

Catholics at a camp for internally displaced persons near Malakal, South Sudan, Jan. 13, 2016.

South Sudanese bishops call for food aid, peace negotiations

Feb 28, 2017

The bishops of South Sudan issued a call last Thursday for dialogue between the warring factions in the country, and... Read more

Rebel soldiers in Ivory Coast, August 2004.

Ivory Coast bishops call for dialogue, prayer after mutinies

Jan 26, 2017

After two weeks of mutinies over pay by Ivory Coast's army and paramilitary, the nation's bishops are calling for open... Read more

A Catholic church in Abuja, Nigeria, February 2006.

Don't give in to complacency, Nigerian archbishop warns

Jan 19, 2017

A prominent Nigerian archbishop last week advised his fellow clergy against a sense of complacency and security which ends up... Read more

A mosque in Ketou, and a church in Ouidah, Benin.

How to encounter Islam, according to Pope Francis: with the whole truth

Apr 28, 2015

Speaking Monday to the bishops of the west African nation of Benin, Pope Francis encouraged their formation of youth through... Read more

A house damaged by January flooding in Malawi's Phalombe district.

After devastating floods, Malawi bishops urge disaster management policies

Mar 6, 2015

In light of heavy flooding in the country earlier this year, Malawi's bishops have held a workshop for journalists to... Read more

Rwandan children, October 2013.

Africa is for the young – and Pope Francis knows it

Feb 11, 2015

Pope Francis has encouraged African bishops to focus efforts on young people, suggesting education can help them counter new forms... Read more

Ghana priests shift focus to marriage prep, youth formation

Jan 30, 2015

A national gathering of hundreds of priests in Ghana have resolved to become more involved with their parishioners through marriage... Read more


Catholic Radio bringing voice to voiceless in Uganda

Dec 19, 2014

By Ann Schneible

A small community radio station in rural Uganda, running almost entirely on solar power, is spreading the Gospel and giving... Read more

Dr. Timothy Flanagan, MD, poses with medical staff at the Sr. Barbara-Ann Memorial Health Center in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo courtesy of Dr. Timothy Flanagan.

American Catholic deacon and doctor assisting in Liberia Ebola outbreak

Sep 13, 2014

According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has infected at least 4,269 people, and claimed... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 11, 2013.

Pope Francis affirms Ethiopian, Eritrean bishops as model of unity

May 12, 2014

Addressing the bishops of the northeast African nations Ethiopia and Eritrea at their ad limina visit to Rome on May... Read more

Robert Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe on Sept. 26, 2013.

Zimbabwean bishops concerned by polarization after elections

Dec 12, 2013

The bishops of Zimbabwe have released a proposal for restoration and peace in the country following the national elections which... Read more

The bishops' conference of Africa meets with Central African Republic President Joseph Kabila during their 2013 plenary assembly..

Bishops urge end of 'indifference' to Central African Republic

Jul 19, 2013

The bishops' conference of Africa released a message of solidarity with the people of the Central African Republic, where a... Read more

US axes AIDS relief funding to Church in South Africa

Jul 18, 2013

The United States has stopped funding AIDS relief programs in South Africa organized by the Catholic Church, handing the money... Read more


Bishops denounce attacks in Central African Republic

May 31, 2013

A bishop in the Central African Republic is denouncing the plundering and profanations of Church missions in the country, as... Read more

Msgr. Patrick Valdrini, President Thomas Yayi Boni, Cardinal Robert Sarah, and Prof. Nkafu Nkemnkia at the May 23, 2013 press conference.

New academic post aims to renew Africa's political culture

May 23, 2013

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the president of Benin and officials from the Pontifical Lateran University presented a new chair whose goal... Read more