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The US capitol building.

How should the US react to human rights abuses in Ethiopia?

One member of Congress is hoping for a “serious policy review” by the Trump administration of the United States' relationship... Read more

Abuja, Nigeria.

Nigerian bishop: Evangelize through family, social media

For one Catholic bishop in Nigeria, social media and family life are two keys for evangelization and sharing the values... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City Flag.

Holy See and Benin sign agreement on Church’s legal status

The Holy See and the Republic of Benin have signed an agreement formally recognizing the legal status of the Catholic... Read more

Candle Vigil.

After deadly protests, religious leaders in Ethiopia call for peace

Religious leaders in Ethiopia have joined together to plea for peace amid ongoing protests that have sometimes resulted in deadly... Read more

Pilgrims from a Cameroon chiefdom at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 21, 2016.

How Catholics brought women's equality to a Cameroon clan

A region of Cameroon that traditionally believed women to have no value now sees them as equal to men, thanks... Read more

Ethiopia women at the market.

In Ethiopia, Church-run small business program aims for a better tomorrow

Making a living is tough in parts of Ethiopia, but a Catholic-run program aims to change that.  Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis names American as new Vatican ambassador to Guinea Bissau

On Monday Pope Francis appointed U.S. Archbishop Michael W. Banach as Apostolic Nuncio to Guinea Bissau, marking the latest in... Read more

Catholic Members of Parliament with Fr.Chinkanda and Missionaries of Charity.

Catholic before partisan: African leaders unite to aid orphanage

In an orphanage near the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi, children are reaping the fruits of the Year of Mercy.... Read more

How the Church can help bring peace to Africa

Grassroots movements, local communities, and faith-based organizations – especially the Catholic Church – have an important role to play in... Read more

Portrait of Samburu woman in Kenya, Africa on Nov. 8, 2008.

Vatican diplomacy zeros-in on human rights in Africa

In a region fraught with political, ethnic and religious divisions, the Central African Republic's motto of “Unity, Dignity, and Work”... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before his Wednesday general audience Dec. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis to youth: Have you thought about being a missionary?

Pope Francis’ recent trip to Africa was the focal point of his general audience, during which he emphasized the key... Read more

Bishops exiting the Vatican's Paul VI Hall during the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 5, 2015.

Africa's bishops offer Pope Francis prayers and a warm welcome

Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent’s bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

Pope sends condolences after deadly terrorist attack in Mali

Pope Francis condemned the “senseless violence” of Friday’s terrorist attack on a hotel which has killed at least 22 people... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah in St. Peter's Square, March 24, 2013.

Cardinal Sarah on new book: I want to help people rediscover God

At the presentation of his new book Cardinal Robert Sarah said that Western society is rapidly forgetting God, and expressed... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims before the General Audience in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Aug. 19, 2015.

Africa abuzz ahead of Pope’s visit, Ugandan archbishop says

As his country gets ready to receive their spiritual ‘grandfather,’ Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, Uganda said Pope Francis’... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who authored one of the essays in "Christ's New Homeland - Africa".

These African pastors want to maintain Christ's love, and truth, at the synod

Ten prelates from Africa have stood up against a pastoral approach to new challenges to marriage and the family that... Read more

Christians in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Vatican officially confirms Pope Francis' visit to Africa in November

The Vatican today officially announced that Pope Francis will travel to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic in November,... Read more

Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society.  Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah (L) during a press conference at the Vatican Press Office on Feb. 10, 2015.

'Africa will save the family' – one cardinal's prediction on the Church's future

The African cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent... Read more