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Nigeria church massacre: State Dept. official meets local bishop

Jun 17, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

The meeting took place following a request by Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey. Read more

Charles, a 33-year-old father of a family who is a refugee at Pulka in Nigeria's Borno State.

Heroic Nigerian priest risks his life daily to help Christian refugees, aid agency says

Dec 15, 2021

By Agnes Aineah

Not every Catholic priest risks mortal danger every time he visits his people, but this Nigerian priest does. Read more

Meet Our Lady of Kibeho: The only approved Marian apparition in Africa

Jul 19, 2021

By Katie Yoder

There is only one Vatican-approved Marian apparition that took place on the African continent: Our Lady of Kibeho. Read more

Santa Cruz Chapel on Murdjajou mount in Oran, Algeria.

Religious freedom advocates warn that church closures are ‘wrong direction’ for Algeria

Jun 30, 2021

By ACI Africa

The closure of several Christian churches in Algeria, as well as court convictions of Christians for undermining Muslim beliefs, are... Read more

Bishop Hilary Nanman Dachelem of Bauchi, Nigeria.

Catholic charity to give $9.5 million in aid to Africa’s persecuted Christians

Apr 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“In no other region have so many priests, religious and church workers been murdered in the last three years.” Read more

Sunset over the Sahel in Niger.

Analysis of Sahel region conflict finds violence rooted in inequality

Oct 1, 2020

A new report from Catholic Relief Services has found that growing violence in the Sahel region of West Africa has... Read more

View of St. Peter’s Basilica from the roof of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross April 1, 2015.

Catholic missionary: ‘Secularization’ in the Church threatens Christianity in Europe

Sep 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to a longtime missionary in Africa, Fr. Martin Lasarte, one of the biggest threats to Christianity in Europe is... Read more

Flag of Nigeria on soldiers arm.

Islamic militants kidnap hundreds in raid on Nigerian town

Aug 19, 2020

Militants with the Islamic State West Africa Province attacked the town of Kukawa in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, abducting hundreds of... Read more

How Natural Family Planning is spreading in West Africa

Aug 1, 2020

By Mary Farrow

In countries throughout Western Africa, the most common religions are Islam and Catholicism. Both of these religions reject the use... Read more

Sister Anthonia Orji, and Rays of Hope Students

This nun aims to get Ghana's children off the streets, and into school

Jul 29, 2020

Child laborers in Ghana work in hard, dangerous jobs, for practically no pay. Sister Anthonia Orji goes out to the... Read more

Ebola epicentre with workers in Africa.

New Ebola outbreak in DRC prompts Catholic aid

Jul 13, 2020

Caritas Spain has announced that it will donate more than 23,000 euros – about $26,000 – to Caritas in the... Read more

Catholic church, in the city of Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria. Via Shutterstock

Send special envoy to protect Nigerian Christians says former congressman

Jun 25, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

The United States should send a special envoy to Nigeria to help coordinate the protection of the Christian population and... Read more

 Sister Stan Mumuni, founder of the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love. Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

Religious sisters risk lives to rescue the vulnerable amid pandemic

Jun 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Sister Stan Mumuni dedicates her life to caring for abandoned children with birth defects in Ghana. When the coronavirus pandemic... Read more

Swarm of desert locusts in Kenya.

Locusts threaten East African food crisis, members of Congress call for aid

May 13, 2020

Members of Congress are calling on the president to take early action to fight swarms of locusts in East Africa,... Read more

Pope Francis meets with participants in a World Day of Reflection against Trafficking in Persons in Vatican City, Feb. 12, 2018.

Women African judges meet at Vatican to tackle 'plague' of human trafficking

Dec 12, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

A group of around 50 women judges and prosecutors engaged in the fight against human trafficking and organized crime in... Read more

Women in Angola. Africa.

As Angola drought continues, Catholic Church calls for emergency declaration

Oct 15, 2019

As a severe drought continues to devastate regions of Angola, the Catholic Church in the country is asking the government... Read more

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 2019 African Heritage Mass.

African Heritage Mass in Philadelphia draws Catholics from 21 countries

Oct 10, 2019

By Perry West

Hundreds of African Catholics gathered last Sunday for an annual Mass in Philadelphia, blending cultures, languages, and attire from across... Read more

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Burundi official calls for laicization of bishops over election message

Sep 23, 2019

Government officials in Burundi have accused the country’s bishops of spreading hatred and division following a message from the bishops... Read more

Doctor in white medical gown walking through the hospital lobby in village in Africa. Via Shutterstock

Pro-lifers condemn testing of 'chemical coat hanger' on African women

Sep 20, 2019

By Matt Hadro

Pro-life advocates have condemend clinical testing of second trimester chemical abortions on women in West Africa.  Read more

Violence, displacement on the rise in Sahel region of Africa

Sep 13, 2019

Catholic Relief Services is warning of increasing violence and displacement in the Sahel— the vast area of western and north-central... Read more