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September 17, 2021
CNA Staff
Kafanchan, Nigeria, Sep 16, 2021 / 03:10 am A Nigerian Catholic priest kidnapped at his parish residence on Monday has been freed. The priest’s liberation was announced on Sept. 15 by Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu, chancellor of Kafanchan diocese, in northern Nigeria, reported ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner. “With hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices
September 15, 2021
Christine Rousselle/CNA
Kafanchan, Nigeria, Sep 14, 2021 / 20:00 pm Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of a Catholic priest, Father Benson Bulus Luka, kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese. “It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Benson Bulus Luka,”
July 29, 2021
Valentine Iwenwanne
Every year, thousands of Europe-bound Nigerian youths illegally travel along often-dangerous migration routes through the Sahara desert and across the Mediterranean Sea, voyaging on hapless boats, most intent on reaching Italy where they hope to make a better living. Their hopes often crumble like a house of cards.
July 13, 2021
Staff Reporter
"A man of justice, peace and unity," Pope Francis writes, "[the late Cardinal Monswengo] has been deeply involved in integral human development in the Democratic Republic of Congo."
July 09, 2021
Staff Reporter
The tenth anniversary of South Sudan’s birth as an independent nation “calls to mind your past struggles and points with hope to the future,” reads a letter addressed to South Sudan’s political leaders, which was signed by Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and Jim Wallace, this year’s Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s
July 07, 2021
Staff Reporter
Bishops in southern Africa are calling for “restraint and a spirit of meaningful dialogue” in the Kingdom of Eswatini as the government cracks down on pro-democracy demonstrations. Unrest began in the land-locked nation formerly known as Swaziland, after the death of a 25-year-old law student in April, allegedly at the hands of police. Student demonstrations
June 28, 2021
Staff Reporter
A makeshift bomb exploded in a Catholic Church in Beni, in the province of North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo, on Sunday, injuring two people. The bomb went off around 6 am local time (0400 GMT), about one hour ahead of scheduled Confirmations in the church. “They were targeting a large crowd because the ceremony
May 19, 2021
Staff Reporter
A scene of destruction in Butembo-Beni diocese on 24 March 2021, following an attack by suspected ADF/NALU forces. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need   Islamic insurgents in the Democratic Republic of Congo are engaged in “relentless” violence. A bishop from a hard-hit diocese in the country has given a leading Catholic
May 18, 2021
Tommaso Pozzi
The Vatican on Monday announced the resignation of Bishop Joseph Banga Bane, just two days shy of the Congolese prelate’s sixty-fourth birthday. Pope John Paul II named Joseph Banga Bishop of the Diocese of Buta in 1995 when he was just 38 years old. Just last month, Bishop Banga celebrated the silver jubilee of his
May 07, 2021
Staff Reporter
“It is paramount,” the Council say explains, “that we do not lower our guard in adhering strictly to the wearing of masks at all times in the worship service; the washing of hands with soap or sanitization before and after the service; sanitizing of all microphones and shared material; regular sanitizing of the places of worship; adequate social distancing in the places of worship.”
May 05, 2021
Staff Reporter
In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Paluku Sikuli Melchisédech of Butembo-Beni, in the north-eastern part of the country, says the government’s inaction in the face of the crisis is either “weakness, or it is complicity.”
April 29, 2021
Staff Reporter
Islamist militants have been launching violent attacks in the province since 2017, causing at least 2,500 deaths and displacing hundreds of thousands of people. Last week, the UN’s World Food program said the latest attacks have affected more than 50,000 people and left thousands homeless.
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