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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

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

Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya at a Vatican press briefing, Oct. 24, 2018.

Pope appoints new archbishop for booming African diocese

Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya, the new Archbishop of Bamenda in Cameroon, came to international attention during the 2018 meeting of the Synod... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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