Pope Appeals for Release of Kidnapped Catholics in Diocese of Mamfe, Cameroon
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Pope Appeals for Release of Kidnapped Catholics in Diocese of Mamfe, Cameroon

Pope Francis has appealed for the release of nine Catholics kidnapped in southwest Cameroon. “I join in the appeal of the bishops of Cameroon for the liberation of some people kidnapped in the diocese of Mamfe, including five priests and a religious sister,” the pope said on Sept. 25. Speaking in his Angelus address at…

September 25th: World Day of Migrants and Refugees
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September 25th: World Day of Migrants and Refugees

In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2022, Pope Francis urges us all to ‘Build the Future with Migrants and Refugees’ – that is, to strive with migrants and refugees in journeying towards and building the Kingdom of God. Francis is clear that the gates of this kingdom are open to everyone, especially…

The Economy of Francesco – Conversations with Young People
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The Economy of Francesco – Conversations with Young People

It has been a very successful first day in Assisi, where the young people attending the Economy of Francesco opened the three-day event with a live musical performance, before delving deep into sessions, panels and round-table discussions to present their ideas and projects aimed at bettering the world’s economies. World-renowned economists took part in conversation…

Philippines: Shepherds Have Spoken – Is the Flock Listening?
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Philippines: Shepherds Have Spoken – Is the Flock Listening?

Filipino Catholic bishops led by the Archbishop of Manila have urged churchgoers not to forget the atrocities during the martial law era. But will the people heed their advice? The Catholic Church’s hierarchy had gone silent after the presidential election results in May.  It was perhaps a painful realization for them that very few Catholics listened to…

Anglophone Cameroon: Bishops’ Outrage at Kidnappings
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Anglophone Cameroon: Bishops’ Outrage at Kidnappings

“It was with great shock and utter horror that we, the bishops, learned of the burning down of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nchang,” said a statement signed by Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya of Bamenda, on behalf of the bishops of the Bamenda ecclesiastical province. The bishops said no reason has been given for the…

Anglophone Cameroon: Sliding into Anarchy?
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Anglophone Cameroon: Sliding into Anarchy?

Groups claiming to be fighting for the independence of the Northwest and Southwest English-speaking regions of Cameroon have been increasing in number, a situation that is running out of control, the leadership of the Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has said, and expressed concern that the Central African nation may be sliding…

Brazil: Systemic Discrimination of AfroBrazilians Including Church
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Brazil: Systemic Discrimination of AfroBrazilians Including Church

The Brazilian delegation to the Sept. 22-24 Economy of Francesco international meeting in Assisi will include a group of Black activists whose goal is to emphasize the importance of debating racial issues associated with potential economic transformations. Connected to Educafro, a non-governmental organization that works for the inclusion of Afro Brazilians in higher education, the…

DR Congo: The resilience of Congolese Women in Global Context
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DR Congo: The resilience of Congolese Women in Global Context

I was a young girl in the 1990’s when multinational companies came to Lualaba. Their arrival and the liberalization of the Congolese mining sector in 2002 facilitated the quasi-privatization of Gécamines, our national mining company. The profit from Gécamines provided for the basic government social services given to local communities. With quasi-privatization however came the…

Buea, Cameroon: Bishop Michael Bibi Condems Recent Killings in Strongest Terms
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Buea, Cameroon: Bishop Michael Bibi Condems Recent Killings in Strongest Terms

The Catholic Bishop of Buea Diocese in Cameroon has condemned “in the strongest terms” the killing of innocent civilians after a bus they were traveling in was attacked in Muyuka, a locality within his Episcopal See. On September 6, suspected Separatists fighters opened fire on a bus belonging to a local transport company killing at least six…

Bamenda, Cameroon: Pens Not Guns
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Bamenda, Cameroon: Pens Not Guns

There is need to silence the guns in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon to allow learners to resume the academic year 2022/2023, members of the Commission for Justice and Peace (CJPC) in Cameroon’s Bamenda Archdiocese have said. On September 5, the 2022/2023 academic year kicked off in Cameroon with a poor turnout reportedly…

Malakal, South Sudan: Armed Forces Peace Building Efforts
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Malakal, South Sudan: Armed Forces Peace Building Efforts

The first unified troops who graduated on August 30 in South Sudan need to be guided by the “Spirit of peace” for a successful mission, a Catholic Nun serving in the country’s Catholic Diocese of Malakal has said. On August 30, South Sudan graduated over 21,000 new troops that are to constitute a unified national army, police, and…

Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine
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Day of Prayer for Peace in Ukraine

The date for the Day of Prayer has been chosen as 14 September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which is celebrated in a particularly solemn way in the Eastern Rite. On Wednesday, it is envisaged that liturgies will include a prayer for peace in Ukraine during Mass, and that an opportunity…