Catholic Church in Ivory Coast

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI). Credit: CECCI

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast Urge Stakeholders to Work towards Social Cohesion in 2025 Elections

Jun 6, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast are calling on all stakeholders involved in the electoral process in the West African nation to ensure that the 2025 elections leave the country more united.

Immediate Former President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ivory Coast Appointed Archbishop of Abidjan

May 20, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo, the immediate former President of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI), as the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan in the West African nation. 

Bishop Joseph Kakou Aka of Ivory Coasts’ Catholic Diocese of Yamoussoukro. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Yamoussoukro

In Easter Message, Catholic Bishop in Ivory Coast Cautions Christians against “superficiality”

Mar 30, 2024

Bishop Joseph Kakou Aka of Ivory Coasts’ Catholic Diocese of Yamoussoukro has cautioned Christians against the tendency to chase after worldly satisfactions, remaining in what he described as “the superficiality of things”.

Credit: Harambee Africa International (HAI)

“Dreams of Schooling”: Catholic Charity Foundation’s Education Program Improving Literacy for Mothers in Ivory Coast

Mar 26, 2024

Young mothers in Ivory Coast are some of the beneficiaries of an education project supported by Rome-based Harambee Africa International (HAI) to address illiteracy in the West African country.

Credit: Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast

Lay Catholic Entity in Ivory Coast Urges “greater humanity” in Forceful Evictions

Mar 3, 2024

Members of Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast, who are part of the Rome-based Lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, are urging authorities in the West African nation to demonstrate care for humanity in the process of evicting citizens from high risk zones.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI). Credit: CECCI

We Can’t “conceal risk of confusion, scandal”: Ivory Coast Bishops on Fiducia Supplicans

Dec 30, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have expressed their concern about the possibility of blessing of “same-sex couples” and couples in other “irregular situations” as explained in Fiducia Supplicans, the December 18 Declaration of the Vatican Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith (DDF).

Christmas, New Year Message: Ivorian Bishop Cautions against “trivializing” Reconciliation

Dec 29, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Yamoussoukro Diocese in Ivory Coast has cautioned against “trivializing” reconciliation, which he says is a familiar term in the West African nation.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during the 10 December 2023 Eucharistic celebration at the Holy Family Riviera 2 Parish of Abidjan Archdiocese. Credit: Holy Family Riviera 2 Parish

First Catholic Education Congress in Africa Ends with Call to “invest more in education”

Dec 12, 2023

The first African Congress of Catholic Education that kicked off on December 7 in the economic capital city of Ivory Coast, Abidjan, has ended with calls on African nations to increase their respective education budgets.

A screenshot of Archbishop Timothy Paul Broglio during the Wednesday, October 25 briefing in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

American Delegate at Synod on Synodality Shares “African wisdom” on War

Oct 27, 2023

Archbishop Timothy Paul Broglio, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) who is participating in the October 4-29 Synod on Synodality in Rome has reminisced about serving in Ivory Coast, and the lesson he learnt in Africa about war.

Archbishop Joseph Yapo Aké (left) and Bishop Jean-Jacques Koffi Oi Koffi (right). Credit: Archdiocese of Gagnoa/San Pedro Diocese

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of 72-year-old Ivorian Archbishop, Appoints Caretaker

Oct 4, 2023

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Joseph Yapo Aké of the Catholic Archdiocese of Gagnoa in Ivory Coast, the 72-year-old Catholic Church leader who started his Episcopal Ministry as Auxiliary Bishop of Abidjan in September 2001.

“Valiant scholar”: Ivorian Catholic Archbishop Eulogized as Devoted Servant, Teacher

Oct 3, 2023

The late Archbishop Marie-Daniel Dadiet, the second Local Ordinary of Korhogo Archdiocese in Ivory Coast, who died on Monday, October 2 aged 71 has been eulogized as “a valiant ecclesiastical scholar”, who served the people of God with devotion.

Jean-Pierre Cardinal Kutwa. Credit: Abidjan Archdiocese

May Muhammed’s Birthday Strengthen Faith, Bring “infinite graces”: Ivorian Cardinal

Sep 27, 2023

May the Muslim commemoration of the Feast of Maouloud that marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed strengthen the faith of those who believe in Allah and bring with it His “infinite graces”, the Local Ordinary of Abidjan Archdiocese in Ivory Coast, Jean-Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, has implored.

Credit: Catholic University Institute of Abidjan (ICMA)

Ivorian Catholic Institute Challenged to Help Achieve “people who think well of Africa”

Sep 16, 2023

The leadership of the Catholic University Institute of Abidjan (ICMA), a philosophical and theological training institution of higher learning in Ivory Coast, has been challenged to help fill the gap of Africans, who think well of their continent.

A poster announcing municipal and regional elections in Ivory Coast scheduled for September 2. Credit: CENI

Ivorian Catholic Commission Urges Politicians to Campaign in “fraternal atmosphere”

Aug 31, 2023

Officials of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace (CEJP) in Ivory Coast are calling upon political candidates in the country’s municipal and regional elections to carry out their respective campaigns ahead of the September 2 polls in an atmosphere that fosters fraternity.

Late Henri Konan Bédié, the former president of Ivory Coast who died on Tuesday, August 1. Credit: Henri Konan Bédié/Facebook

Catholic Schools in Ivory Coast Eulogize Former President as “a peacemaker, wise man”

Aug 3, 2023

The National Association of Catholic Schools (CCMECCI) in Ivory Coast has eulogized  Henri Konan Bédié, the country’s former president who died on Tuesday, August 1, describing him as  “a peacemaker and wise man.”

Bishop Honoré Beugré Dakpa of Katiola Diocese in Ivory Coast. Credit: Diocese of Agboville

“Be a model for believers”: Cardinal in Ivory Coast to New Bishop

Jul 17, 2023

The Archbishop of Abidjan in Ivory Coast, Jean-Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, has encouraged the new Bishop of the West African country’s Katiola Diocese to “be a model for believers”, both by his expressions and actions.

Mons. Mauricio Rueda Beltza, a native of Colombia,appointed new Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast. Credit: Episcopal Conference of Colombia

Pope Francis Appoints Colombian-born Cleric as Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast

Jun 16, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Mauricio Rueda Beltza, a native of Colombia, as the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast, and assigned him the Titular See of Cingoli in Italy with the dignity of Archbishop.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI). Credit: CECCI

Ivory Coast’s Catholic Bishops Appeal for “restraint, moderation” ahead of Local Elections

Jun 10, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast are appealing for “restraint and moderation” amid tensions ahead of regional and municipal elections scheduled for September 2.

Mons. Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate (right) and Mons. Honoré Beugré Dakpa (left). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Comboni Provincial Superior in DR Congo, Ivorian Priest, Appointed Bishops

May 14, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Lénard Ndjadi Ndjate who has been serving as the Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as the Auxiliary Bishop for Kisangani Archdiocese.

Mons. Joseph Kakou Aka greets Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Former RECOWA Secretary General Appointed Bishop for Yamoussoukro Diocese, Ivory Coast

Dec 28, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Joseph Kacou Aka, the immediate former Secretary General of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), as Bishop for Yamoussoukro Diocese in Ivory Coast.