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Pope Francis Removes Conservative African Cardinal From Vatican Post

Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea is often mentioned as a possible future pontiff. [But] Cardinal Sarah was considered out of step with Pope Francis’ approach to liturgy, homosexuality and relations with the Muslim world .ROME— Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Robert Sarah... read more
Bishop Alfred Rotich

Africa, aid and abortion: What will Biden do?

Western imperialism continues under a subtler banner: 'reproductive healthcare' By Kurt Mahlburg, Mercator, December 14, 2020 Much social critique today takes place through a postcolonial lens. Our conversations, fashions and government policy are often mindful of the negative impacts that... read more

The number of priests in Asia and Africa has increased in five years, November 24, 2020 The Central Office of Church Statistics looked at the evolution of the number of priests in the world between 2013 and 2018. Over this period, the number dropped by 0.3 per cent to around 414,000. The number of diocesan priests rose by + 0.5 per cent, whilst the... read more

Slavery, Racism and the Church

By Paul de Lacvivier, The Remnant, July 22, 2020 I am always surprised to note how often mediocrity is praised as though it were absolute truth. Today it is racism, tomorrow it is democracy, the next day it is eco-theology. It never ends. On the racism front, the time has come to make clear... read more
Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala, Uganda.

“It is forbidden to distribute, receive Holy Communion in the hands”: Ugandan Archbishop

By Jude Atemanke, PML Daily, February 4, 2020 In what could be considered a controversial move, the Archbishop of Kampala in Uganda, has issued a decree forbidding the reception of Holy Communion in the hand in order to promote reverence for the Eucharist and to stop... read more

Writers’ body to take Nigerian crisis to the Vatican, White House

Christians are subjected to all sorts of violence in this West African country By Lucie Sarr, LaCroix, January 17, 2020 The Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has said it would inform Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump about the repeated attacks on Christians in... read more

29 Missionaries lost their lives in 2019, Vatican says

By John Burger, Aletia, January 7, 2020 Africa bears the greatest burden for second year in a row. Twenty-nine missionaries were killed throughout the world in 2019, according to Fides, the information service of the Vatican’s Pontifical Mission Societies. Most of those killed were... read more

Cardinal Sarah: Nigerians killed by the Islamic State are “martyrs”

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jan 2, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- African Church leaders have responded to the reported Dec. 26 execution of 11 Nigerian Christians by a terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State. The priest’s comments referred to a Dec. 26 video depicting militants beheading 10... read more

Pope appoints new archbishop for booming African diocese

CNA, December 30, 2019 Pope Francis has promoted an African bishop known for his emphasis on family, community, and traditional values. In an announcement released on Monday, the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the pope has named Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya as the new Archbishop of Bamenda in... read more
Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa

Archaeologists now can more closely date when the religion spread to the Aksumite Empire Site By Andrew Lawler,, December 10, 2019 In the dusty highlands of northern Ethiopia, a team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan... read more

ISIS terrorists mark Christmas by beheading 10 Christians on video

By Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, December 27, 2019 Ten Christians were beheaded and one other was shot dead by an ISIS-linked group in Nigeria in an act designed to coincide with Christmas. A video recorded before the execution in the war-torn state of Borno shows a group of 12 men and... read more
Author with Fulani men in Nigeria.

The New War Against Africa’s Christians

Churchgoers pray during a morning service at the Saint Charles Catholic Church, the site of a 2014 bomb attack blamed on Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, in Kano, northern Nigeria (Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis.)

Anti-Christian carnage in Nigeria could be global security nightmare