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Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Sep 2, 2015

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

Sep 1, 2015

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

Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Aug 25, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and... Read more

Pro-Life March in Accra.

What a pro-life march looks like in Ghana

Aug 11, 2015

More than 1,000 people took part in a pro-life march in Ghana’s capital of Accra, seeking to protect all life... Read more

Nigerian Christians displaced from their homes by Boko Haram attacks. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

The cost of violence: 15 million Africans displaced, with little hope for the future

Jul 13, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Plagued by wars, terrorism, and repressive governments, sub-Saharan Africa is in the throes of a humanitarian crisis that the international... Read more

Creidt:Yang and Yun via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

A bloody secret still haunts the diamond industry

Jul 5, 2015

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

Pope confirms plans to visit Central African Republic, Uganda in November

Jun 12, 2015

Pope Francis said today that he is planning to travel to Africa in November, specifically to the Central African Republic,... Read more

Christian marriage – it's 'demanding but magnificent,' Pope says

May 13, 2015

In his audience closing out the Togolese bishops’ ad Limina visit to Rome, Pope Francis on Monday encouraged solid faith... Read more

Pope urges bishops in African nation to oppose violence toward women

May 7, 2015

Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians in the west African nation of Mali to provide a strong witness of the... Read more

Malawi's bishops launch new vision to promote education excellence in Catholic schools.

For Malawi bishops, a new vision to promote excellence in Catholic schools

Apr 22, 2015

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malawi has launched a new national education policy to promote the education of Catholics and... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on August 27, 2014.

The solution to North African violence – dialogue and encounter, Pope says

Mar 2, 2015

Pope Francis on Monday encouraged the bishops from northern Africa to dialogue with and encounter other groups, fostering hope for... Read more

A Cardinal's biretta rests on an empty chair.

Cape Verde, Africa is getting its first cardinal

Feb 3, 2015

At the beginning of the year, Pope Francis announced that among the 20 men he would make cardinal on Feb.... Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Africa, South America trips in Pope's sights for next two years

Jan 19, 2015

By Alan Holdren

Pope Francis has revealed that he hopes to make extensive voyages to Africa and Latin America in the next two... Read more

AIDS orphans Dominic, 7, and her sister Reticia, 10, standing between parent's graves in this December 2000 file photo.

How the Church has helped fight AIDS in Uganda, Malawi

Dec 23, 2014

Catholic leaders in Uganda and Malawi have issued largely positive informal progress reports on local Church efforts to combat HIV/AIDS... Read more

Health workers from UNICEF and partners visit the crowded Marché Niger to teach families in Guinea to protect against Ebola.

Catholic religious brother dies of Ebola in Liberia

Aug 5, 2014

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God in Liberia have announced that a hospital... Read more

Two nurses and Ebola Case.

Education crucial to limiting Ebola outbreak, relief agency says

Aug 1, 2014

By Kate Veik

As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the... Read more

Empty Bullet Casings.

In deadly conflict, Boko Haram captures key Nigerian town

Jul 23, 2014

Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack... Read more

Children in Rwanda, Africa.

Millions of African children orphaned by violence, AIDS

Jul 17, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Tens of millions of African orphans are in need of support and care from a loving, stable family said experts... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during the Wednesday General Audience on April 23, 2014.

Evangelize to heal wounds, Pope encourages Burundi bishops

May 7, 2014

Pope Francis encouraged the bishops of Burundi to engage with civil society and proclaim the Gospel in order to promote... Read more

Pope Francis leads the Bishops of Italy in a solemn Profession of Faith in St. Peter's Basilica for their 65th General Assembly May 23, 2013.

Pope emphasizes 'indissolubility of Christian matrimony'

Apr 25, 2014

Pope Francis on April 25 stressed the need for bishops and priests to give a “consistent witness” to Christian moral... Read more