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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

Both laity and clergy dressed in black during protests near the Mater Ecclesiae Cathedral in Ahiara, Nigeria on May 22, 2013.

Nigerian bishops lament disunity among local Catholics

May 23, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

As the Catholics of the Diocese of Ahiara protested the appointment of a bishop from a nearby diocese as their... Read more


Caritas official: Bombing of new Tanzanian parish surpasses other attacks

May 6, 2013

A top official with the charity Caritas Tanzania says a Sunday attack on a new Catholic parish was the first... Read more


Bishop warns of Church plundering in Central African Republic

Apr 15, 2013

In the midst of a conflict between the government of the Central African Republic and the rebel Séléka coalition, the... Read more


Tanzanian bishops stress peace as murdered priest laid to rest

Feb 22, 2013

The bishops of Tanzania called on the local people to work and pray for peace after the recent murder of... Read more


No suspects yet in Tanzanian killing of Catholic priest

Feb 20, 2013

According to Paolo Taffuri, the coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, officials in Tanzania have not yet found those responsible for... Read more


Pope makes second appeal for Congo as situation worsens

Dec 5, 2012

The Pope has repeated his plea for international humanitarian aid in the Democratic Republic of Congo just two months after... Read more

President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin speaks with reporters on Nov. 20, 2012 at the Vatican.

Benin's president thinks Pope is right about hope in Africa

Nov 20, 2012

Just one year after Pope Benedict XVI visited the African country of Benin, its president believes that it can live... Read more

Msgr. Obiora F. Ike walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria.

Nigerian Catholics respond to attack with prayer and fasting

Nov 13, 2012

After his parish in southern Nigeria was desecrated on Nov. 4, Monsignor Obiora F. Ike called on his parishioners to... Read more