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Pope Francis encourages members of the Pontifical Committee for the Historical Sciences to contribute to dilaogue between the Catholic Church and the Modern World.

On Saturday Pope Francis received in audience members of the Pontifical Committee for the Historical Sciences who had completed they plenary assembly. The committee was set up 60 years ago by Pope Pius 12th. He recived also participants at a conference for Surgeons who work with cancer patients in Italy. John Baptist Tumusiime reports. RealAudioMP3



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Nigeria: New bishop for Abeokuta

Pope Francis has named Fr. Peter Kayode Odetoyinbo as bishop of the Diocese of Abeokuta in Nigeria. The bishop-elect, who turned 50 on 28 January, has been serving as Parish Priest and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Ibadan. Fr. Odetoyinbo was ordained a priest on 7 October 1989 for the Archdiocese of Ibadan after completing his formation at the Sts. Peter and Paul Major Seminary at Bodija  ...»

Uganda: New bishop for the Diocese of Kasese

Pope Francis on Tuesday (15.04) accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Kasese in Uganda presented by Bishop Egidio Nkaijanabwo. The bishop resigned upon having reached the age limit set by the Code of Canon Law for holding that office.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis has named the Rector of St. Paul’s National Seminary Kinyamasika at Fort Portal, Fr. Acquirino Francis Kibira as  ...»

Fr. Cantalamessa’s fifth sermon for Lent

Pope Francis on Friday listened to the fifth Lenten sermon delivered by the preacher of the Papal Household, Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa. The reflections this year are based on how the Fathers of the Church can help us to understand Scriptures. In Friday’s homily, in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, Fr. Cantalamessa proposed Pope St. Gregory the Great as the one to  ...»

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The Church in Africa 
Africa to pay tribute to Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

The Church in Africa will pay tribute to Popes John XXIII and John Paul II at an upcoming meeting in Rome details of which were presented at a press conference in the Vatican on Monday.
The meeting on 24 and 25 April, at the Pontifical Unbaniana University will be held on the theme: “The Church in Africa, from Vatican Council II to the Third Millennium: Africa's Homage to Popes John XXIII and John  ...»

Pope Francis names Rev Fr. Bruno Ateba Edoas new bishop of Maroua-Mokolo in Cameroon

The holy Father named Rev Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo on Saturday to be in charge of the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo. The appointment follows the resignation of Bishop Philippe Albert Joseph Stevens, of the Young Brothers of the Gospel (dei Piccoli Fratelli del Vangelo) who has reached the recommended retirement age of 75 years for bishops in the Catholic church.
At the time of his appointment, The  ...»

Catholic Bishops of South Africa criticise President Jacob Zuma for not respecting the Country's Ethical Code

The Bishops of South Africa have issued a statement criticizing the country’s president, Jacob Zuma, for not respecting the rules of the nation when he decided not to respond promptly and comprehensively to Public Protector’s report on the expenditure incurred from public money to renovate his private residence in Nkandla. The statement notes that according to the provisions of the Executive  ...»

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› Clashes in Egypt after the Islamist assault on a church leave four dead

The Church in the World 

Youth ministry leaders from all over the world are currently meeting in Ciampino near Rome for the first preparatory meeting for the next international World Youth Day to be held in Krakow, Poland in July 2016. The meeting, on the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, will also make an evaluation of last year’s World Youth Day held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The conference began on ...»

The motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming apostolic visit to South Korea have been presented to Vatican officials by a delegation from the Korean Bishop’s Conference organizing committee. “Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you" (Is, 60:1) is the motto of the August 14-18 visit on the occasion of the sixth Asian Youth Day and the beatification of 124 ...»

The World Congress of SIGNIS on the theme: “Media for a Culture of Peace: Creating Images with the New Generation” is currently taking place in Rome. The meeting has brought together several generations of communicators to explore the challenges of responding creatively to a new multimedia era. In a message to the participants at the beginning of the congress on Tuesday Pope Francis wrote: “In a ...»

The Holy See has responded to the concluding recommendations of the UN Committee on Rights of the Child which attempts to interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of human person and in the exercise of religious freedom. The Committee published its concluding observations on the reviewed reports of the Holy See and five States, Parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child ...»

Mission and General Intentions 

That Christ may reveal himself to all humanity with the light that shines forth from Bethlehem and is reflected in the face of his Church.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We celebrate with joy the Solemnity of the Epiphany, the "manifestation" of Christ to the peoples who are represented by the Magi, mysterious figures who came from the East. We celebrate Christ, the destination of the pilgrimage of ...»

That migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love,
especially by Christian communities.

Another aspect of integral human development that is worthy of attention is the phenomenon of
migration. This is a striking phenomenon because of the sheer numbers of people involved, the social, economic, political, cultural and religious problems it raises, and the dramatic ...»

That the pilgrim Church on earth may shine as a light to the nations. "The nations will walk in its light" (Rev 21:24)
"The nations will walk in its light" (Rev 21:24). The goal of the Church's mission is to illumine all peoples with the light of the Gospel as they journey through history towards God, so that in Him they may reach their full potential and fulfilment. We should have a longing and a ...»

That bishops, priests, and all ministers of the Gospel may bear the courageous witness of
fidelity to the crucified and risen Lord.

Dear Seminarians,
When in December 1944 I was drafted for military service, the company commander asked each of us what we planned to do in the future. I answered that I wanted to become a Catholic priest. The lieutenant replied: “Then you ought to look for something ...»

World News 
UN Secretary General says Sierra Leone is a success story in post-conflict recovery

Sierra Leone has been hailed by the UN Secretary-General as a "success story" because of the great strides it has made towards peace, stability and ...»

Christians continue to be persecuted in many Countries around the World

The Catholic Charity, Aid to the Church in Need, has published a report with the title: Persecuted and Forgotten, in which it provides in-depth ...»

UN Independent expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák,to visit Nigeria soon

United Nations Independent Expert on minority issues, Rita Izsák, will carry out her first official visit to Nigeria between 17 to 28 February 2014. ...»

Zambian Bishops appeal to government to learn to listern, dialogue and to govern in consultation

The Catholic Bishops of Zambia have appealed to the government of president Michael Chilufya Sata to learn to dialogue and to respect the will of the ...»

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concerned about human rights violations in South Sudan

The situation in South Sudan remains extremely volatile, with sporadic clashes between armed elements still taking place, forcing civilians to seek ...»

African news 

We wish to inform listeners of the English Africa Service that from this Sunday the 30 March, there will be slight changes in the Short Wave Broadcast frequencies of this programme and the times of our FM broadcasts. At 3:00 Hours GMT, the programme ...»

Reports from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, say the second round of the South Sudan peace talks has been delayed due to disagreements about who should participate and who shouldn’t. The government of South Sudan is opposed to the participation ...»

Campaigns for the parliamentary and Presidential elections scheduled for May 20th this year opened on Friday in Malawi with the country’s Electoral Commission calling upon the political parties to avoid violence. Eleven political parties are taking ...»

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says he is deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Sudan. Since late February, fighting between rebel groups and local militia in South Darfur, where entire villages have been burnt, has left ...»

The International Criminal Court on Friday convicted a rebel leader of charges including murder and looting over a deadly attack on a village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, but acquitted him of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.

Reports from Malawi say over two thousand Mozambicans arrived in the country a few weeks ago, escaping fighting between government forces and RENAMO fighters. Unfortunately they have not yet received assistance from the Malawian government and from ...»


On Friday March 14th, 2014, hundreds of fighters belonging to the Islamic militant group known as Boko Haram attacked the city of Maiduguri in northern Nigeria in an attempt to release their colleagues who were in detention in a military barracks. ...»

A meeting of faith-based organizations engaged in the provision of services to HIV/AIDS patients ended on Wednesday February 26th, 2014, in Rome. It was organized by and the United Nations AIDS department, . It was attended by 100 participants from ...»

Pope Francis paid a visit to sick children at a catholic hospital in Rome known as Bambino Gesù, or in English, the Child Jesus, on Saturday, December 21st. In the following report John Baptist Tumusiime examines that visit in the context of ...»

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood held their general assembly in Rome from 8th to 20thJuly 2013. The participants discussed a number of issues including their mission today in the church, the challenges their congregation faces and how to ...»

In this edition we introduce to you Fr. Gerard Lagleder, a Benedictine monk working in the diocese of Eshowe in South Africa. He is the director of Blessed Gérard’s Care Centre, one of the points of service of the AIDS treatment programme of the ...»

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