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Bishops gathered at the19th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar in Accra, Ghana, July 2022.

U.S. bishops’ Solidarity Fund reminds Catholic to ‘stand with Africa’

Jul 14, 2024

By Gigi Duncan

Though plagued with various difficulties, Africa’s growth and vitality in Catholicism has made the continent a focal point in the... Read more

The president of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC), Cardinal Stephen Ameyu Mulla, reads a message from SCBC members on June 29, 2024.

Catholic bishops in Sudan: ‘Fabric of Sudanese society has been torn apart’

Jul 2, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Members of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference released a statement following their June 27–29 meeting expressing alarm about the country’s... Read more

Archbishop-elect Benjamin Phiri of the newly erected Archdiocese of Ndola in Zambia.

Pope Francis erects new metropolitan see in Zambia, appoints pioneer archbishop

Jun 18, 2024

By Silas Mwale Isenjia

The pope has erected the Archdiocese of Ndola in Zambia and appointed Bishop Benjamin Phiri as its first archbishop. Read more

Alfred Magero, Matthew Njogu, and Edward Chaleh Nkamanyi are three Catholic fathers from Africa who recently shared insights about being a present dad, protecting their families amid threats to the African family, and being a model of family values for their children with ACI Africa, CNA's news partner in Africa.

Catholic fathers talk fatherhood, family values, and threats to the African family

Jun 17, 2024

By Agnes Aineah

Four fathers from three African countries share their experiences of fatherhood and what they’ve learned about being good dads. Read more

Sisters from the Salesian Sisters in Sudan serve the poor and needy in the midst of a brutal war in Sudan. The sisters commiunity, Dar Mariam, has been a refuge for hundreds, though has damaged by gunfire and bombs. May 2024.

Civil war in Sudan: What’s happening and why?

Jun 17, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Amid the chaos and a complex set of competing political interests, children and the poor have been hit hardest. Read more

Father Gabriel Ukeh was kidnapped from Nigeria's Archdiocese of Kaduna on June 9, 2024.

Nigeria archdiocese appeals for prayers for priest abducted from parish rectory

Jun 10, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

The Archdiocese of Kaduna is appealing for the “urgent and safe release” of Father Gabriel Ukeh, who was abducted from... Read more

Peace reigns inside Dar Mariam, the residence of the Salesian Sisters in Sudan despite the fact that it has been surrounded by heavy gunfire and bombed multiple times as war rages on in the northeastern African country.

In midst of brutal war, Sudanese Catholic community says ‘relationship with God has grown’

May 31, 2024

By Agnes Aineah

Peace reigns inside Dar Mariam, the residence of the Salesian Sisters in Sudan, despite the fact that it has been... Read more

A woman and a girl in Tigray walk with supplies. The founder and CEO of the global school-feeding charity Mary’s Meals visited northern Ethiopia in March and confirmed reports of a widespread hunger crisis unfolding rapidly in Tigray in the aftermath of a two-year civil war and ongoing drought. 

Where children are hungry: famine hot spots and Catholic groups that are helping

May 27, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Approximately 350 million people are in dire need of food globally, including vast numbers of children. Catholic groups are on... Read more

Pilgrims on their way to Ugandan Martyrs' Day on May 21, 2024.

Kenyan pilgrims begin more than 200-mile walk to mark Ugandan Martyrs Day

May 25, 2024

By ACI Africa

Millions are expected to arrive at the Namugongo Shrine, the site where St. Charles Lwanga and his companions were burned... Read more

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Nigeria diocese orders immediate closure of Catholic school after attack

May 10, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

The Diocese of Makurdi in Nigeria has ordered the immediate closure of Father Angus Frazer Memorial High School after an... Read more

Members of the Provincial Episcopal Assembly of Bukavu (ASSEPB).

Democratic Republic of Congo bishops: Amid growth of Church ‘the Congolese state is dead’

Apr 28, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo have denounced the insecurity and violence... Read more

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Christian leaders in Africa mark 30 years since Rwandan genocide

Apr 17, 2024

By ACI Africa

Members of the Africa Christian Professionals Forum expressed their solidarity with the people of Rwanda as they remember the 800,000... Read more

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Catholic bishops in Kenya urge government to address doctors strike

Apr 13, 2024

By Silas Mwale Isenjia

“Witnessing the misery of the sick,” Kenya’s bishops urge the government there to address an ongoing strike of doctors and... Read more

Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Katsina.

More than 700 baptized on Easter in Nigeria despite rise in attacks on Christians

Apr 9, 2024

By Abah Anthony John

More than 700 Christians were baptized on Easter Sunday in Nigeria’s Diocese of Katsina, where there is a rise in... Read more

A camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Renk, South Sudan.

South Sudan bishop: Our people ‘on brink of destitution, slowly perishing’

Mar 11, 2024

By ACI Africa

In a March 8 letter, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala described the desperate situation of his people in South Sudan. Read more

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