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The Beacon International Magazine is a laity publication on the Catholic faith and the African Church.
The Beacon International Catholic Magazine has as its primary aim the dissemination of vital Catholic information on doctrine, faith, health and every day life.

Ours is one of the first laity efforts in Catholic publication for local and international markets on the African continent.The Beacon story started in January 2002 in response to the call by Pope John Paul II for all Catholics to be involved in evangelism. The formal presentation was held on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at Rita Lori Hotels in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Beacon International Catholic Magazine is solely financed with personal resources of Steve and Tonia Alabi. The magazine started as a print version which we kept going for five years. Due to financial constraints and lack of advertising support from corporate bodies due to the religious nature of the content and the attendant astronomical cost of distribution, we had to rest the publication for some time.

The desire to keep the dream alive remained uppermost on our minds and as such, we decided to have the online version pending a relaunch of the print version which will be distributed freely.

The magazine's scope cover diverse areas such as faith, the Church, doctrine, news and everyday life experiences.

We shall continue to live up to our promise of giving a well packaged Catholic
magazine to our readers while maintaining the highest level of professionalism, aesthetic values, respect for human dignity and a wholesome representation of the Catholic Faith.

This Edition

Front Page

Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For Lent 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters
Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” ...

Cover Choice

Ash Wednesday in the Catholic Church

In the Roman Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
Our Faith

Finding everyday holiness in Lent »

Beginning with Sunday Mass, there are countless ways to get in touch with the Church's spirit of Lent.

More Articles: Our Faith


Catholic Living

The History of Lent »

What are the origins of Lent? Did the Church always have this time before Easter? Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter.

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Winning Family

Think Mercy! Show Mercy! »

The theme of the Jubilee year as pronounced by Pope Francis was Mercy. To appreciate the theme, one needs to think through the reason why God Almighty, The Omnipotent will send His only Begotten Son to the land of man – The earth.

Faith & Business

4 Ways To Optimise Your Lent Using Business Techniques »

Catholic tradition sets aside the 40 days prior to Easter as a period of prayer, penance, and repentance. I typically head into Lent like most Catholics do, having chosen a couple of sacrifices that will fulfil my obligations and remind me of the reason for the season. This year I chose to do something different.


Young & Catholic

Spiritual Development for our Youth »

Most of us youth in today's fast moving world are easily thrown off by difficulties and worries.
Some of us use it as an excuse to turn their backs on God and stay away from the Church. They often wonder why they should have to go through all what they are experiencing if God truly loves and cares for them.


Tonic For The Soul

What Can I Do Before Lent Begins? »

Anything worth doing is worth preparing for.
Just imagine that this Lent is going to be different from every other Lent we've experienced. Imagine that there will be many graces offered us this year...

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Saint Of The Month

St. Joseph »
Feast Day: March 19, May 1
Patron Saint Of: Universal Church
Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him.



Videos Of The Month


Steve Ray "Are You Born Again? A Catholic Response"»

Steve Ray speaks about "Are You Born Again? A Catholic Response" at the Defending the Faith Conference in Steubenville, Ohio.


Pope Francis in the United Arab Emirates»

A look at Pope Francis' remarks during an interreligious gathering in Abu Dhabi.