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Catholic Church in Sierra Leone

Europe Day Logo and Fr. Peter Konteh, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown/EU

Europe Day: Catholic Priest Lauds Presence of Europeans in Sierra Leone as Testament of “shared values, mutual respect”

May 10, 2024

The presence of natives of Europe in Sierra Leone is a demonstration of the values they share with Sierra Leoneans alongside “mutual respect”, Fr. Peter Konteh, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in the West African nation has said. 

Late Fr. Gabriel Luseni. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

He “embodied the grace of God”: Tributes Pour in for Sierra Leonean Priest Who Overcame Stroke to Emerge Prolific Writer

Apr 26, 2024

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone is mourning the passing on of Fr. Gabriel Luseni, who influenced the West African nation’s political and social landscape through his writing.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during an interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Agenzia Fides

Catholic Archbishop in Sierra Leone Puzzled by Low Turnout for Holy Week Activities “in the last twenty or so years”

Mar 25, 2024

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles  of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has decried the low turnout for Holy Week activities in the Archdiocese, and expressed concern that the lay faithful he is shepherding have continued to show indifference to many other pastoral activities that are available for them.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Catholics in Sierra Leone Asked to Confess Sins against the Environment

Mar 20, 2024

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles  of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has challenged citizens of the West African nation to treat their abuse of the environment as an “ecological sin”, which must be confessed.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during an interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Caritas Freetown

“Tribalism is showing its ugly head in our Church”: Catholic Archbishop in Sierra Leone

Mar 19, 2024

The Archbishop of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has decried favouritism in the West African nation based on tribal lines, and expressed concern that the vice is now manifesting itself among members of the Church.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during an interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Caritas Freetown

“Not synodal”, Archbishop in Sierra Leone against “monopolizing” Parts of Holy Mass

Mar 11, 2024

The Eucharist is the centre of a synodal Church requiring the participation of all “by virtue of their common baptism”, the Archbishop of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has said, and cautioned individuals and groups against monopolizing activities of Holy Mass.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

“Having sleepless nights”: Archbishop in Sierra Leone Concerned about Empty Confessionals

Feb 27, 2024

The Archbishop of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has raised concern about the people’s growing lack of interest in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in his Metropolitan See, saying that the trend is giving him sleepless nights.

Members of the Inter-Territorial Catholic Bishops' Conference of The Gambia and Sierra Leone (ITCABIC). Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Bishops in Sierra Leone Bemoan Years of Instability, Pray for Better Days

Dec 30, 2023

With a coup d’etat attempt that followed a chaotic presidential election in Sierra Leone, the West African country endured one of its most unstable years, Catholic Bishops in the country have said.

Fr. Peter Konteh, Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone Feted for “commitment, dedication” to the Vulnerable

Dec 28, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has been listed as one of the most outstanding personalities in the West African nation for his dedicated service to the vulnerable in the Archdiocese headquartered in the country’s capital city, Freetown. 

Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Catholic Priest Urges Sierra Leoneans to Remain United Despite Peace Threats

Nov 30, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone is calling on the people of God in the nation to remain united and promote peace despite tensions that arose following an attack on the military barracks in the country’s capital Freetown and the release of some prisoners on November 26.

Logo of the Interreligious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL). Credit: IRCSL

Religious Leaders Say Sunday Security Breach in Sierra Leone’s Capital a Threat to Peace

Nov 28, 2023

Members of the Interreligious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) have condemned the Sunday, November 26 security breach at a military barracks in the country’s capital Freetown, saying that the attack threatens the country’s peace efforts.

A poster announcing a curfew in Sierra Leone after unidentified individuals broke into the military barracks in the country's capital Freetown

Churches Remain Closed in Sierra Leone amid Sunday Curfew and Fears of Brewing Coup

Nov 27, 2023

Gloom swept across the entire nation of Sierra Leone on Sunday, November 26 as Churches and other worship centres remained closed following a curfew directive that was issued by the government in response to a security breach that was witnessed in the West African country.

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone, Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Church Must Find Ways to Address “new forms of violence”: Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone

Nov 1, 2023

The Catholic Church in Africa has distinguished herself as an agent of peace amid conflict, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has observed, noting that the Church must now adapt to what he describes as “new forms of violence”.

Logo of Caritas Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Urges Government to Act on Rampant Use of Illicit “kush” Drug

Oct 29, 2023

Caritas Freetown, the humanitarian and development arm of the Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone, is urging the government of the West African nation to “take immediate action” to end the use of a cheap and dangerous drug known as kush, Church entity says has become widespread among the youth.

Fr. Peter Konteh, Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Calls for Engagement on EU Report on June Sierra Leonean Elections

Oct 14, 2023

Caritas Freetown is calling on government and civil society entities in Sierra Leone to start working towards implementing recommendations of the just released report on the country’s June 24 General Elections.

A section of children living at St. Mary's Fatima Interim Care Centre, a children's home started by Fr. Peter Konteh to provide care to vulnerable children in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/Facebook

Caritas Freetown Celebrates Girls Overcoming Adversity to Pursue Education in Sierra Leone

Oct 11, 2023

In their pursuit for formal education, many Sierra Leonean girls still grapple with a myriad of challenges including poverty, domestic violence and retrogressive practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriages.

Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

International Peace Day: Caritas Official Lauds Sierra Leone’s Post-War Healing Progress

Sep 22, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown has, in his message on the International Day of Peace, lauded Sierra Leoneans for rising from the country’s civil war devastation, noting that the West African nation has room to work for sustainable cohesion.

Archbishop Joseph Henry Ganda, Sierra Leone’s first native Catholic Bishop who died on August 9. Credit: Caritas Freetown

At Vigil Mass, Late Sierra Leone’s First Native Bishop Eulogized as “a tireless advocate”

Sep 15, 2023

Archbishop Joseph Henry Ganda, Sierra Leone’s first native Catholic Bishop who died on August 9, has been eulogized as “a tireless advocate”, who championed many causes during his Priestly and Episcopal Ministry. 

Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Let’s “prioritize dialogue”: Caritas Official in Sierra Leone amid Post Election Protests

Sep 14, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has called on the leadership of the West African nation to “prioritize dialogue” in efforts to address political differences following the June 24 general elections.

Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Henry Ganda in an undated photo with members of the Our Lady of Visitation (OLV), congregation he founded that continues to thrive in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

How Sierra Leone’s First Native Bishop Promoted Country’s Growth of Local Vocations

Sep 3, 2023

Tributes to Archbishop Joseph Henry Ganda, Sierra Leone’s first native Catholic Bishop who died on August 9 are still pouring in, with some remembering the late Catholic Church leader for promoting the growth of local vocations in the West African nation.