Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare was shot in both legs when two armed men fired multiple bullets at him after breaking into his room at the priests’ residence at Holy Family Cathedral in Rumbek in the early hours of April 26. The Bishop-elect is offering his pain for the purification of his South Sudanese diocese. Read more in this article by The National Catholic Register.
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Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani was ordained to the priesthood in his hospital room on Holy Thursday and died of leukemia 23 days later. Read more about this extraordinary priest in this article from Catholic News Agency.
Pope Francis ordained nine new priests, marking the Church's World Day of Vocations. Read more about this story.
French Catholic bishops have approved the opening of the beatification cause of a little-known-but-quietly-influential Dominican priest, Father Marie-Étienne Vayssière (1864-1940). Read more in this article from the National Catholic Register.
Cameroon’s Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi on April 3 at the age of 91. The archbishop-emeritus of Douala was the only Cameroonian cardinal, and active in the country’s church and political scene to the very end of his life. Tumi had been hospitalized for three weeks and died on the evening of Good Friday. Read more about the Cardinal in this article from Crux.
A Catholic priest in Nigeria is recovering after a week-long kidnapping ordeal. Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, a priest of the Diocese of Warri in Delta State, was freed on March 21. Catholic News Agency has the rest of the story.
Fr. Gonzalo Mazarrasa, a Spanish priest, credits Saint Joseph for the survival of all passengers of a plane his brother Jaime was piloting in 1992 that split in two upon landing in Granada. Catholic News Agency has the story.
In this article from the National Catholic Register, some priests have found new ways to reach out during the pandemic.
Fr. Paul Dumais, a priest serving in Maine, works with volunteers from his parish to bake bread to help the hungry and needy is his community. The National Catholic Register has your uplifting read for the day!
Father Raphael Nguyen was persecuted, imprisoned and tortured in Vietnam, but he fled to the United States after the fall of Saigon to communism. Read about his story and God's call to the priesthood in this article from the National Catholic Register.