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Monsignor Moïse Tinguiano was appointed bishop of the newly erected Diocese of Boké in Guinea on Feb. 22, 2024.

Pope Francis erects new diocese, names bishop in West African country of Guinea

Feb 23, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis on Thursday erected the new Diocese of Boké in the West African country of Guinea. Read more

Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province in Nigeria.

Nigeria fast becoming a hostile killing field, Catholic bishops in Ibadan province say

Feb 12, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Following a recent two-day meeting, Catholic Church leaders said in a statement that “all is not well and positive change... Read more

Margaret and Dominic Attah with Lord Alton and other parliamentarians on # RedWednesday 2023.

British Catholic politician demands justice for Christians killed in Nigeria at Christmas

Jan 22, 2024

By ACI Africa

Lord Alton of Liverpool called on the U.K. government to urgently address persecution in Nigeria, starting with last year’s Christmas... Read more

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

African bishops: ‘No blessing for homosexual couples in the African Churches’

Jan 11, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo, president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, wrote the bishops’ statement issued Jan.... Read more

Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III.

Black Pentecostal leader urges pope to withdraw same-sex blessing document

Dec 29, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

A prominent black Pentecostal leader is voicing his “solidarity” with African Catholics and urging Pope Francis to withdraw the new... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal Sarah addresses First African Congress on liturgy

Dec 10, 2023

By ACI Africa

Cardinal Robert Sarah recently cautioned against the overuse of cultural elements over Christian ones during liturgical celebrations. Read more

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Human Life International says pro-life training has reached 10,000 African seminarians

Nov 14, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The U.S.-based pro-life Catholic group says it has trained thousands of African seminarians in its anti-abortion programs over the last... Read more

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria.

Nigerian bishop: Tens of thousands spent to rescue kidnapped priests, seminarians

Nov 3, 2023

By ACI Africa

Most of the money has been spent rescuing priests, seminarians, and other pastoral caregivers who were kidnapped by various militia... Read more

A section of the priests’ house at St. John Paul II Rwamishenye Church in the Diocese of Bukoba in Tanzania was destroyed by the storm Oct. 18, 2023.

‘He hid under the altar’: Tanzanian bishop describes effects of violent storm on church

Oct 21, 2023

By Magdalene Kahiu

St. John Paul II Rwamishenye Church in the Diocese of Bukoba in Tanzania and the parish’s rectory have been destroyed... Read more

Three nuns, a seminarian, and the driver of the vehicle they were in were abducted in Nigeria’s Imo State on Oct. 5, 2023. The nuns’ order, the Missionary Daughters of Mater Ecclesiae, appealed for their safe release in an Oct. 6 statement. The group was released Oct. 13-14, 2023.

Religious congregation grateful after release of abducted nuns, seminarian in Nigeria

Oct 19, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Three Catholic nuns, a seminarian, and their driver were abducted from Nigeria’s Abakaliki Diocese on Oct. 5 and released Oct.... Read more

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a chance for the voice of Africa to be heard.”

Oceania, Africa delegates say Synod on Synodality is their turn to speak

Oct 12, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, Cameroon, said at an Oct. 12 briefing that the Synod on Synodality is “a... Read more

Father Marcellinus Obioma Okide was reportedly abducted from Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese on Sept. 17, 2023.

Abducted priest in Nigeria released, diocese ‘grateful’

Sep 25, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Father Marcellinus Obioma Okide, a parish priest at St. Mary Amofia-Agu Affa Parish in the Enugu Diocese, was set free... Read more

Father Marcellinus Obioma Okide was reportedly abducted from Nigeria’s Enugu Diocese on Sept. 17, 2023.

Nigerian diocese calls for prayers for kidnapped priest

Sep 19, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Father Marcellinus Obioma Okide was on his way back to his parish in the Enugu Diocese on Sept. 17 when... Read more

A woman reacts standing in front of her earthquake-damaged house in the old city in Marrakesh on Sept. 9, 2023. A powerful earthquake that shook Morocco late Sept. 8 killed more than 1,000 people, the government said on Sept. 9, sending terrified residents fleeing their homes in the middle of the night.

Major earthquake in Morocco kills more than 1,000

Sep 9, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis offered the country his “prayerful communion in the face of this natural disaster.” Read more

Schoolchildren in Tigray, Ethiopia, eat biscuits and tea provided by Mary's Meals.

Catholic charity resumes bringing meals and hope to war-torn Tigray

Sep 3, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

In late August, Mary’s Meals began serving food once again to approximately 10,000 children in 14 schools in northern Ethiopia.   Read more

Bishop John Patrick Dolan of the Diocese of Phoenix visited the African nations of Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya in August 2023 for a tour of projects connected to the U.S. bishops’ conference’s Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.

Family life, ‘bonding together’ behind spread of Christianity in Africa, U.S. bishop says

Aug 29, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

Bishop John Patrick Dolan of Phoenix returned from a 12-day trip to the African countries of Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya... Read more

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After 1,700 years, an ancient olive tree marks the vanished hometown of St. Augustine

Aug 28, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The famous saint is associated with the city of Hippo, but before that, he lived in a now-vanished town that... Read more

Workers carry sacks of grain in a warehouse of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the city of Abala, Ethiopia, on June 9, 2022. The Afar region was the only passageway for humanitarian convoys bound for Tigray.

Tigray food crisis deepens as Catholic leaders plead for relief

Aug 18, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Over 20 million people in Ethiopia rely on food assistance, but it was halted four months ago after the discovery... Read more

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Ugandan diocese observes five-day prayer for victims of secondary school attack

Jun 27, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

On June 16, suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces reportedly attacked the school, killing some 41 people, including 38... Read more

Father Apollinaire Cibaka Cikongo.

‘There is sometimes a terrifying silence’ regarding abortions in Africa, priest says

Jun 25, 2023

By ACI Africa

Father Apollinaire Cibaka Cikongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo expressed concern about the “general silence” on abortion in Africa. Read more