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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

Pope Francis addresses religious leaders in Maputo, Mozambique on Sept. 5, 2019.

Pope Francis challenges Church in Mozambique to be ‘door to solutions’

Sep 5, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis urged Church leaders in Mozambique Thursday, to avoid being part of conflicts and divisions, but to go out... Read more

Baobab trees in Madagascar.

Solidarity is strong in the Church in Madagascar, priest says

Sep 3, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Later this week, Pope Francis visit the island nation of Madagascar, a place where the faith is practiced with simplicity... Read more

The "popemobile" that Pope Francis will use in Mozambique.

Before it hits the road, the 'popemobile' takes to the seas

Aug 29, 2019

Ahead of a papal trip to Africa, the “popemobile” - the vehicle in which Pope Francis will travel - has... Read more

A woman gets her temperature measured at an Ebola screening station as she enters DCR from Rwanda.

Promising clinical trial for Ebola drugs brings hope to DRC

Aug 15, 2019

Scientists are hopeful after a clinical trial of two experimental drugs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) showed... 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

Jul 29, 2019

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

Father Jude McKenna holds his Order of the Rising Sun award alongside Japan's Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Mari Miyoshi.

Japan awards priest for promoting friendship in Africa through judo

Jul 8, 2019

A Capuchin Franciscan priest from Northern Ireland who spent 50 years on mission in Zambia has been awarded one of... Read more

A health worker wears protective gear at a health screening facility in a Ugandan town bordering DRC.

Amid Uganda Ebola scare, Catholic aid group is ready to help

Jun 20, 2019

Catholic Relief Services is monitoring the health situation in Uganda, following two confirmed deaths from the Ebola virus.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on March 14, 2018.

Pope offers words of encouragement to African missionaries

May 17, 2019

Pope Francis spoke to African-based missionaries gathered at the Vatican on Friday, applauding their efforts to show compassion to the... Read more

Protestors demonstrate against terrorism in central Ouagadougou on August 19, 2017.

Gunmen kill six during Mass in Burkina Faso

May 12, 2019

A group of gunmen burned down a Catholic Church during Sunday Mass and killed at least six people, including a... Read more

Kenyan bishops prepare to meet with Pope Francis in Nairobi, Nov. 26, 2015.

French Catholic university encourages African bishops in self-reflection

Apr 6, 2019

The Institut Catholique de Paris hosted a conference Tuesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the leadership organization for Catholic... Read more

Diamonds.

A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

Feb 14, 2019

By Adelaide Mena

Imagine being woken up in the middle of the night by a dark figure in your room. He presses a... Read more

People attending Mass with Pope Francis at the Catholic Sanctuary of the Martyrs, Namugongo, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015.

African fertility rates are falling - but not fast enough for some Western groups

Nov 3, 2018

Despite recent disparaging Western commentary on high African birth rates, fertility rates on the continent are normal when viewed in... Read more

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier at the Vatican Press Office.

Napier: Parishes should learn from youth synod, and synod should hear African voices

Oct 13, 2018

By JD Flynn

A prominent South African cardinal said Saturday that the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational... Read more

Bishops pose with Catholic mass-goers at Ugandan Catholic Martyrs Shrine. Courtesy photo.

Africa’s Catholic leadership group turns 50—and calls for Christian renewal

Jul 20, 2018

The potential for Christian engagement and renewal will be a focus for the 50th anniversary commemoration of the leadership organization... Read more

A young woman waits with her child by the train station in Belgrade, Serbia.

US bishops conference approves project funding for Africa, Eastern Europe

Jul 18, 2018

Subcommittees at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have approved more than $6 million for pastoral projects in Africa and... Read more

African mother and child.

Africans stand for life in UN battles over reproductive health

Apr 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

African Catholics remained concerned about a push from Western leaders to promote abortion and contraception in Africa in the name... Read more

People attending Mass with Pope Francis at the Catholic Sanctuary of the Martyrs, Namugongo, Uganda, Nov. 28, 2015.

African youth bring zeal to pre-Synod gathering

Mar 21, 2018

By Elise Harris

Several young people from across Africa have voiced their excitement at being able to participate in the Vatican's pre-synod meeting,... Read more

Bishop Matthew Kukah.

Truth will lead to African peace, Nigerian bishops say

Dec 6, 2017

By Perry West

The Church’s intellectual and moral truth is the key to a peaceful, free, and developing nation, Nigerian bishops have said... Read more

World Youth Day in Brazil, July 28, 2013.

Bishops of Africa, Europe voice hope for upcoming summit on youth

Nov 16, 2017

In preparation for the fifth summit of the African Union and the European Union, the Catholic bishops’ conference of both... Read more