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Eritrea's Church Leadership Fostering Human Rights Advocacy after Facility Seizures

Following the confiscation of Catholic schools and clinics in Eritrea, Church officials in the country have turned their efforts to educating the people at the grassroots about their human rights. 

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Catholic Priest in Zambia Urges Government to Engage Citizens in Economic Reforms

A Catholic Priest in Zambia is calling on the country’s political leadership to engage citizens in the process of reforming the economy, especially in the government’s engagements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Salesians in Partnership to Provide Nutrition to Hundreds of Vulnerable Youth in Eswatini

Hundreds of vulnerable youth in Manzini city, Eswatini, have received nutritional support from members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SBD) in a collaborative initiative.  

Bishop John Oballa Owaa of Kenya’s Ngong Diocese(R) and Fr. Anthony Makunde, AMECEA Secretary General at the close of the AMECEA workshop for members of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development. Credit: Arnold Neliba

Nine Concerns Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa Want Addressed to Contain Conflicts

Catholic Bishops in the Eastern Africa region under the auspices of Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have underlined insecurity in Ethiopia and South Sudan on the list of nine issues of concern, which they want addressed by African governments.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication. Credit: csnmedia

Catholic Bishop Heading Africa’s Communications Committee Appointed to Vatican Dicastery

The Catholic Bishop at the helm of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS), an initiative of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has been appointed a member of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

Cristobal Cardinal Lòpez Romero of Morocco's Rabat Archdiocese, awarded the Empédocles International Prize for Human Sciences from the Academy of Mediterranean Studies. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Cardinal in Morocco Awarded International Prize for Promoting “human dignity”

The Cardinal in Morocco has been recognized for his efforts in fostering human dignity and defense of the vulnerable.

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Christians in Mali Threatened by Imams’ “incessant verbal attacks”, Catholic Charity Says

A section of Imams who have been said to share the ideology of Jihadists in Mali are preventing Christians from worshipping freely through their threatening verbal attacks, Catholic charity and Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has said.

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Enact Older Persons Bill to Protect Elderly, Malawi’s Catholic Bishop to Legislature

The Catholic Bishop of Malawi’s Dedza Diocese has called upon the members of parliament in the country to debate and enact older persons bill into law in order to protect the rights of the elderly from violation and abuse.

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Do Everything to Stop “Rwanda-type genocide” in Ethiopia: Church Leaders Urge Pope Francis

Members of the Tigray Diaspora Inter-Religious Council (TDIRC) are calling on Pope Francis to take every possible action to stop the ongoing clashes, which they describe as a genocide against the people of Tigray.

Bishop-elect for South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese, Mons. Christian Carlassare. Credit: Comboni Missionaries

Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese Envisions Revival of Trauma Healing Center

The Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese who survived an assassination attempt in April is envisioning the revival of the trauma healing center that provided psychosocial assistance to pastoral agents including members of the Clergy and women and men Religious in the East-Central African nation. 

The Chairman of the Plateau State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Fr. Polycarp Lubo. Credit: CAN

Attack on Jos Custodial Centre “unfortunate, frightening”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria

Christian leaders in Nigeria have condemned the recent attack on the Jos custodial center by yet to be identified gunmen terming the incident “sad, unfortunate and frightening.”

Janet Nyamutenha (37) from Zimbabwe is pictured with the free dignity kit she received through a women’s empowerment initiative. Before this, she couldn’t afford feminine hygiene products. Credit: Trócaire

Catholic Entity Launches “Gift” Initiative to Address Sanitation among Zimbabwean Women

The overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, is providing basic hygiene products to women and girls in Zimbabwe’s Catholic Diocese of Mutare in an initiative the agency has dubbed “Dignity Gift”.

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Church in Africa “must” Uphold Dignity of Human Persons amid Conflicts: AMECEA Official

The church in Africa has a responsibility of promoting human dignity and showing solidarity with people especially in areas experiencing conflicts, an official at the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has said.

A social worker at St. Joseph's Resource Center of Luanda Catholic Parish in Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Kakamega takes school children through a talk. Credit: St. Joseph's Resource Center

Rehabilitation Facility at Kenyan Catholic Parish to Rescue Youth from Drug Addiction

Cases of substance abuse in Luanda, a town in western Kenya have dominated the country’s media space on numerous occasions, with experts blaming abuse of drugs and illicit brew for the high prevalence of mental illnesses in the region.

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Close Churches or Risk Attacks, Nigerian “Fulani association” Warns Christians in a Letter

Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have, in an “anonymous letter” circulated by the office of the State Commissioner of Police, been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their places of worship torched.  

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Look into Future with Hope, Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa to South Sudan, Ethiopia

The leadership of Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has urged the people of God in South Sudan and Ethiopia experiencing conflicts and unrests to “look to the future with hope”.

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Persistent Inequalities Weakening Efforts in Fight against HIV/Aids: Jesuits in Africa

Social, economic and structural inequalities are slowing down efforts to control the spread of HIV/AIDS, the leadership of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has said.

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Pope Francis Appoints Beninese Cleric as Holy See Permanent Observer to UNESCO

Pope Francis has appointed a member of the Clergy from Benin as the representative of the Holy See to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Children and young people living with disabilities at Orione Community Training Centre in Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Ngong Credit: Orione Community Training Centre

Catholic Special Needs School Faults Kenyan Media for Sidelining Persons with Disabilities

Persons living with disabilities (PWDs) are not receiving adequate media coverage in terms of highlighting issues that surround their lives, an official at Orione Community Training Centre that caters for special needs children in Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Ngong has said.

Fr. Bako Francis Awesuh. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

“Come to our rescue”, Nigerian Priest to International Community after Month of Captivity

A Nigerian Catholic Priest who spent at least a month in captivity following his abduction earlier this year has called on the international community to come to the aid of the people of God in Nigeria’s Kaduna State amid heightened insecurity.