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In wake of killing and arrest, Nigerian prelate blasts blasphemy laws

After a Nigerian woman was killed over accusations of blaspheming Islam and another set to stand trial for similar charges, a Catholic prelate has denounced the country’s blasphemy laws as a violation of basic freedoms. Source: Crux.


German priest released a year after being abducted in Mali

Fr Hans-Joachim Lohre, a German Missionary of Africa, has been released after being held by extremists in Mali for just over a year. Source: Vatican News.

Africa Digital Life

African bishops call for priests, religious to be formed for digital evangelisation

An African bishop has warned that the Church on the continent must go digital if it wants to cope with what he described as a 21st-century “Babel mediascape with no gatekeepers”. Source: Crux.

Africa United Kingdom

UK Catholic charities welcome court ruling against refugee transfer plan

Catholic charities in the United Kingdom are among those who have welcomed yesterday’s Supreme Court decision against the British Government’s plans to transfer people seeking asylum to Rwanda. Source: The Tablet.

Africa Global Church

Nigerian prelate says Catholicism ‘evolving toward Africa’

A Nigerian archbishop has said that Africans see Catholicism in the West as a “Church in decline”, while in Africa, Christianity is flourishing because of a strong biblical faith and traditional moral convictions. Source: Crux.


Novice kidnapped from Nigerian monastery murdered, body thrown in river

A Benedictine novice who was kidnapped last week alongside two others from a monastery in Eruku, Nigeria, was murdered, the local Diocese of Ilorin has announced. Source: National Catholic Register.

Africa Bishops

Former Brisbane priest appointed bishop for Nigeria’s new diocese

Former Brisbane-based priest Fr Gerald Musa has been appointed by Pope Francis as the bishop of the newly-created Katsina Diocese in northern Nigeria. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Africa Food Security

Ethiopians still dying of hunger, a year after ceasefire: Bishop

A bishop in Ethiopia has warned that his people are still dying of hunger, a year after a ceasefire ended a deadly conflict in the northern region of Tigray. Source: NCR Online.


Appeal, prayers for abducted sisters in Nigeria

Prayers are being sought for the safe release of three Catholic religious sisters, a seminarian and a driver reportedly abducted from Nigeria’s Abakaliki Diocese. Source: CNA.