In Nairobi, Kenya, a Vatican communications official attending a workshop organised by the African bishops has called for something the African Catholic Church does not yet have: a continental news service.
But the African Church has no equivalent.
As someone who used to scour these sites looking for stories for The Tablet's international "Church in the World" section, I know what the effect of this lacuna is: Africa remains, for Catholics in the West, the dark continent. Stories about Africa tend to come from the news reports of missionary organisations, or through the secular media. But mostly they don't come at all.
Honeymooning in Tanzania recently, I glimpsed the vast, fascinating, prophetic and holy world of the Catholic Church there, and realised how ignorant I was of it. And how it was all but impossible to correct that back at my desk in London.
So here's my message to the African Church -- and I'm sure I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in America and of Catholic journalists across the English-speaking world:
Africa Catholic News Service: YES PLEASE.