Fr. Emmanuel Chimombo, Pastoral Coordinator for the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). / Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

One-stop Virtual Counseling to Respond to COVID-19 Challenges in AMECEA Region

Jul 22, 2020

People weighed down by COVID-19 challenges in Kenya have, for the past three months, found solace by speaking to counsellors through an online virtual service launched by Archdiocese of Nyeri and the Diocese of Kitui in the East African country.

Members of SECAM  at the opening Mass of the Golden Jubilee Celebration in Uganda in July 2019.

Why First Sunday of August is Meant to be Important for the Church in Africa

Jul 14, 2020

The first Sunday of next month, August 2, is meant to be important for the people of God in Africa because the Catholic Bishops on the continent are expected to preside over the day of their common forum, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).

Lawrence Chakwera, Malawi's newly elected president.

Bishops in Malawi Congratulate Newly Elected President, Hail Electoral Process

Jun 28, 2020

Bishops in the southeastern African nation of Malawi have congratulated the country’s newly elected President, Lazarus Chakwera, following his victory in the presidential election rerun of June 23 and hailed various stakeholders in the electoral process for overseeing the poll.  

“The Elephant in the House: Leadership and Future Sustainability of Church Media Projects in Eastern Africa” by Fr. Andrew Kaufa. / Fr. Andrew Kaufa

Why “Catholic media institutions (in Africa) rarely survive beyond founders”: New Book

Jun 23, 2020

Church-run projects in Eastern Africa and across the continent struggle to survive beyond their founders owing to gaps in succession planning and management, a Religious Cleric based in Kenya has explained in a new book set to be launched in the “coming weeks” at one of the Catholic institutions of higher learning in the East African country.

Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Best Regional Memorial for Africa Award, 2020 edition. / Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)

After Midwifing Victory of ICC Law Award, Catholic University Lecturer Explains Benefits

Jun 22, 2020

The faculty member of the Kenya-based Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) who guided law students in the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot competition where they scooped the Best Regional Memorial for Africa Award, 2020 edition, has shared with ACI Africa about the benefits of the prize.

Plans Underway to Celebrate Laudato Si' Week in Africa amid COVID-19 Restrictions

May 15, 2020

Plans are underway in Africa to mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on the environment, Laudato Si’ through a series of activities, which the Global Catholic Climate Movement in Africa (GCCM Africa) is spearheading amid COVID-19 restrictions, officials involved in organizing the weeklong event dubbed “Laudato Si’ Week” have told ACI Africa.

Fr. Joseph Healey, popularly known as Mwanajumuiya Padri Joseph has specialised in Small Christian Communities through research and practice.

Maryknoll Cleric Growing Online Small Christian Communities amid Kenya’s COVID-19 Measures

Apr 21, 2020

Saturdays are usually busy days for Ben Wanjala, the moderator of St. Kizito Small Christian Community (SCC) at St. Austin’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya.

The Entrance to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Catholic Universities in Africa Embracing Virtual Learning after Closure over COVID-19

Mar 19, 2020

Catholic-run institutions of higher learning in Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon and in other African countries have taken to technology-based virtual learning to help students interact with their lecturers in the safety of their homes as various governments on the continent take precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the new disease caused by coronavirus.

Health Personnel checks the temperature of a traveller in coronavirus screening at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.

Church in Africa Cancels Six Major Events as Cases of COVID-19 Add Up

Mar 13, 2020

With deaths related to the novel coronavirus hitting over 3,000 and 64 countries, including 10 African nations confirming cases of the virus, different Church and secular events scheduled to take place on the continent have been cancelled or postponed. Below are some of the events that have been cancelled.  

Entrance to the Uzima University College

Kenya-Based Catholic Medical School Defends Its Credibility After Closure

Mar 13, 2020

Following last week’s closure of a Kenya-based Catholic medical institution, the leadership of the facility has, in a Wednesday, March 11 statement, defended its credibility, blaming the state of things to biased and contradictory reports from multiple agencies.

AMECEA Secretary General, Fr. Anthony Makunde (seated middle) with Child Protection Officers drawn from various member conferences of Bishops within AMECEA region. They met in Nakuru, Kenya from March 3, 2020. / Sr. Jecinter Okoth/ AMECEA

AMECEA Child Protection Officers Committed to Stopping “children from shedding tears”

Mar 5, 2020

A year after the inaugural global summit on the Protection of Minors in the Church that saw the Holy Father instruct Bishops’ conferences across the globe to review and strengthen child protection guidelines, the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has been having a three-day meeting aimed at assessing the progress and impact of the policies in the various member countries.

Kenya-based Catholic University Initiates a Response to Papal Call for Child Safeguarding

Feb 21, 2020

In an effort to respond to Pope Francis’ call that all local churches across the globe set working systems to address sexual crimes committed by clerics and religious, the Institute of Canon Law at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has expanded admissions into its Canon Law training.

Participants at the ongoing training in Uganda / Christine Mbugi

“We are required to account for resources we receive”: Ugandan Bishop at AMECEA Training

Feb 17, 2020

At an ongoing training spearheaded by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa focusing on self-reliance and sustainability in various Church institutions in the East African nation of Uganda, a Bishop has underscored the need for stewardship, calling on the beneficiaries, most of them clergy, to be accountable for the resources of the Church.

Group photo of National Conferences and AMECEA Secretariat staff of Promotion of Integral Human Development and Social Communications departments, with Bishop Moses Hamungole (Front row centre). / AMECEA secretariat/ Facebook

“Maintain optimism, try new ways of doing things”: Zambian Prelate to Conferences’ Staff

Feb 15, 2020

At a meeting bringing together a section of Church personnel serving in Bishops’ conferences that constitute the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA), a Zambian Prelate has called for the sense of novelty and creativity in the day to day tasks characterized with “inevitable challenges.”

Bishops of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the consultative meeting in Zambia's capital Lusaka / Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

In the Long-term, Bishops Envisage Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Sub-regional Conference

Feb 8, 2020

In a collective statement issued at the conclusion of their three-day maiden consultative meeting, the Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe have outlined their short-term intention to remain within their respective regional Bishops’ conferences and the long-term one of delinking their national conferences to form a sub-regional Bishops’ Conference comprising the three Southern Africa nations.

President of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Bishop George Lungu welcoming Zambia's President Edgar Lungu at the consultative meeting in Lusaka, Zambia / Edgar Chagwa Lungu FB

Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Bishops Lauded by President Lungu for Showing “unity of purpose”

Feb 5, 2020

At the opening of the ongoing Sub-regional consultative meeting, the first-ever, that has brought together Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Zambian President Edgar Lungu who officially opened the gathering lauded the initiative of the Church leaders saying the convention is in line with the desire to unite the three countries, which have a lot in common.

Group photo of the participants at the AMECEA training in Zambia. / Christine Mbugi

Clergy in Zambia Being Trained to Ensure “Church institutions are sustainable”

Jan 14, 2020

In an effort to promote sustainability and self-reliance in local Churches across the Eastern Africa region, representatives of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) under the institution’s capacity building project are currently in Zambia for a two-week training in financial management of Church institutions, the Coordinator of the project has told ACI Africa.

Heads of Ecclesiastical Universities and Faculties in Africa joined by the Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Nairobi, Kenya to present Pope Francis' Veritatis Gaudium Nov. 29-30, 2019. / ACI Africa

Heads of Church Universities in Africa Strategize Aligning with Pope’s “Veritatis Gaudium”

Dec 3, 2019

With the legal effect of the new Apostolic Constitution governing institutions that offer Vatican-approved degrees into its second academic year for many such academic and formation entities in Africa, heads of these Church institutions of higher learning across the continent including Chancellors, Rectors, Presidents and Deans of faculties met in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi to strategize the aligning of the administration of their respective facilities with the new norms contained in the document of Pope Francis, “Veritatis Gaudium” (the joy of truth).

Religious Sects an issue of Interest to Christian Churches in Africa today

Religious Sects a Challenge to Catholicism in Africa, Church Leaders Testify

Oct 23, 2019

While Africa is seen to gradually and steadily become the axis of global Catholicism, the mushrooming of religious sects on the continent seems to be posing threats to the process of evangelization, Catholic Church leaders from various regions of Africa who have been in Nairobi for meetings have told ACI Africa.

Representatives from AMECEA Secretariat, ZCCB Secretariat, and clergy from the nine dioceses in Zambia during the Lusaka meeting on child safeguarding / AMECEA/George Thuku

Mandatory Sessions for Priests on Children Safety among Recommendations to Zambia Bishops

Oct 19, 2019

Against the backdrop of accusations of child abuse by clerics in a number of countries across the globe resulting in, among other declarations, an “all-out battle” against the abuse of minors by Pope Francis, the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has reached out to the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) in a recent meeting that concluded with recommendations, which if realized, the safety of children in the landlocked Southern Africa country will be guaranteed.