Sub-Saharan Africa

Prayer by Pope Francis_DRC and Sudan_1.jpg

Prayer for Peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pope Francis continues to call us to sow seeds of peace in the lands of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in all lands devastated by war  

Rebecca Masika Katsuva: Turning Suffering Into Action

“Mama Masika” committed her entire life to protecting and raising awareness of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This litany calls us to learn from Mama Masika’s...

Transformation Through Suffering: A Journey with St. Josephine Bakhita

Prayer Service
This prayer service follows the life of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese woman who was trafficked and enslaved time and time again. St. Bakhita is the patron of victims of trafficking.  

Pope Francis’s Visit to Africa

This artistic smilebox reflection takes quotes from Pope Francis’s trips to Kenya, Uganda, and Central African Republic and offers a prayerful meditation on the Gospel call to uphold the poorest...

Ken Saro-Wiwa: Writer, Activist & Martyr, October 10

Fact Sheet & Handout
This resource provides a brief overview of the life of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian writer, environmental activist and martyr. He was known for standing up against the Shell oil company to preserve his...

Stephen Bantu Biko

This backgrounder explores the life of Stephen Bantu Biko, an anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa most known for the development of the Black Consciousness movement.  

Mary, Mother of All Africa

Mary has been hailed as Mother of all Africa. In a continent rich with cultures and resources, many are impoverished and are suffering the results of war and greed. This litany is a prayer of...

Boko Haram: Nearing the Gates of Chad

Prayer Service
In the prayer service for the victims of Boko Haram, two Carmelite sisters, who minister to those displaced by the violence that this group has caused, invite us to see more clearly what these...

Green Classrooms: Green Learning Environment

Fr. Pete Henriot, S.J., served on the team of the Center of Concern from 1971-1988. He traveled to Malawi in 2011 to assist in the establishment of the Loyola Jesuit Secondary School. Fr. Pete notes...

Nelson Mandela: The Making of a Leader

Prayer Service
On July 18th, the global community will honor the life of Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his birth. This prayer was written in his honor. Like Jesus, Mandela modeled Gospel values showing us...

Bring Back Our Girls

On April 15, 2014, more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by the extremist group Boko Haram. This group opposes the education of girls and has kidnapped girls in the past to use as sex...

Food Security: Famine in Somalia

This two page backgrounder provides critical information for understanding the famine in Somalia and surrounding areas. It reviews the region's tendency towards drought, how colonization played a...