Arising from the Ashes
New Cathedral Basankusu, DR Congo

Arising from the Ashes

It has taken years, but finally the new cathedral in Basankusu, DR Congo, is nearing completion. Many difficult hurdles, both logistical and financial, had to be taken to accomplish this…

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Pope Francis Intervenes in Troubled Nigerian Diocese

Pope Francis received a delegation from the Nigerian Diocese of Ahiara in private audience on June 8, 2017, and he called an ongoing ethnic conflict, sparked by an appointment of a bishop in the diocese ‘unacceptable,’ reported the Holy See Press Office in a statement.

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Bishop of Bafia, Cameroon, dies under suspicious circumstances

YAOUNDE JUNE 6, 2017(CISA)-The body of Bishop Jean-Maries Balla of the Catholic Diocese of Bafia has been found in a river 78 kilometres from the country’s capital Yaoundé. His car was found on May 31 on a bridge over the Sanaga River with a note, “Do not look for me, I am in the water,” reported CNA. The bishop had been missing since May 30 after he left his office in Bafia at about 11.30 pm. It was unclear where he was headed.

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British Bishop with one of the largest dioceses in the world

Pope Francis has appointed an English missionary to be bishop of a diocese that covers 2,000,000 kms2 in Algeria. Bishop-elect John MacWilliam is originally from Wimbledon and was educated in Sussex. He joined the British Army and saw active service in Northern Ireland and Oman before joining the Missionaries of Africa (known as the White Fathers). Now, at the age of 68 and after 25 years of service as a priest in North Africa, he will oversee the diocese of Laghouat. Covering 90% of Algeria, the entire south of the country, this diocese has only 10% of the country’s population and a tiny Catholic population of a few hundred expatriates including some migrants. “This is a Church in which our presence among our Muslim neighbours is a response to Christ’s call to be witnesses by our way of life,” says Bishop-elect John.

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