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Catholic Church in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's Minister for Gender Manty Tarawalli (centre) with campaigners after the GEWE Bill was passed. Credit: Trócaire

Official of Catholic Church Entity Says Gender Bill in Sierra Leone “great win” for Women

Nov 29, 2022

An official of the overseas development of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, has lauded the passing into law of the Gender Equality Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Bill in Sierra Leone as a great win for women and a step towards their advancement.

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL). Credit: IRCSL

Religious Leaders in Sierra Conducting Civic Education to Prevent Post-election Chaos

Nov 27, 2022

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) are conducting voter education and training of faith-based leaders in the West African nation to ensure that the country holds free, fair and peaceful elections slated for June next year.

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

Catholic Archbishop in Sierra Leone Faults Political Parties Apathy on Peace ahead of Poll

Nov 25, 2022

Leading political parties in Sierra Leone have given peace initiatives in the country a wide berth, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has said, and expressed concern that the conduct of the parties casts a dark shadow over the possibility of the country having a peaceful poll in June next year.

Ishmeal Alfred Charles, the Caritas Freetown Programs Manager and In Country Manager for HealeyIRF Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Partners with Relief Agency in New Health Program in Sierra Leone

Nov 22, 2022

The development arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has been selected as the implementing partner of a project by the Healey International Relief Foundation (HealeyIRF), a development agency that seeks to improve health access in the West African country.

Credit: Caritas Freetown

Catholic Project Volunteer for Sierra Loene’s Ebola Survivors Recounts Ordeal with Scourge

Nov 15, 2022

Sometime in 2014, as Sierra Leone was healing from the devastation of the civil war that had ravished the entire country, another disaster struck, Ebola.

Mary Brima, a beneficiary of the Caritas Freetown -Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) project for victims of Sexual and Gender-Based violence during an interview with ACI Africa. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Empowering Women to Tame Gender-Based Violence in Sierra Leone

Nov 14, 2022

Two years ago, Mary Brima decided to leave her husband who had abused her for seven years. It was her second marriage after her husband and her only son were killed in the 11-year Sierra Leonean civil war that ended in 2002.

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

Archbishop of Freetown Lauds Steady Growth of Catholic Church in Sierra Leone

Nov 13, 2022

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone is gradually moving towards a “locally-led” Church, the Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Freetown has said, acknowledging the steady growth of Parishes in the West African nation where the biggest percentage of believers are Muslims.

One of the toilets offered by Caritas Freetown to the Culvert Slum Community in Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown’s Toilets Initiative Restoring Dignity of Sierra Leone’s Slum Residents

Nov 7, 2022

Culvert slum’s version of hanging toilets are little wooden, plastic and stone structures fitted with pipes that pour into the sewage that runs below them.

Fr. Gabriel Luseni shows a certificate he was awarded for his contribution towards the promotion of education in Sierra Leone. Credit: ACI Africa

Sierra Leonean Priest Finds Solace in Writing after Stroke, Becomes Celebrated Author

Nov 6, 2022

One glance at Fr. Gabriel Luseni’s room and you can tell that he loves books. With an extension of a tiny washroom and a corridor leading away from it, the room on the ground floor of the residence of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans) in Sierra Leone’s Catholic Diocese of Bo is decorated with pictures of Africa’s top authors hanging on the walls. 

Participants at the AGIAMONDO workshop that brought together peace workers in Sierra Leone

Caritas Freetown Gears Up for Sierra Leonean Polls in Initiative for Peace Workers

Nov 6, 2022

The Justice and Peace arm of Caritas Freetown has joined organizations working to ensure that the June 2023 elections in Sierra Leone are free of chaos.

Participants at the AGIAMONDO workshop that brought together peace workers in Sierra Leone

Catholic Peace Entity in Sierra Leone Concerned about “fragile” Security ahead of Polls

Nov 6, 2022

The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of Caritas Freetown has expressed concern over a rise in crime and violence in Sierra Leone as the country approaches general elections slated for June 2023.

Children exchange pleasantries after Sunday Holy Mass at St. Mary's, Fatima Interim Care Center. Credit: ACI Africa

How Sierra Leonean Priest Birthed Home for Vulnerable Children amid War Devastation

Nov 3, 2022

Five-year-old Alusine wants to be a soldier when he grows up “to arrest all bad men.” Asked to name his village, Alulu, as he is fondly referred to at St. Mary’s Fatima Interim Care Centre in River Number Two estate outside Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, says he comes from “Emergency!”

In Sierra Leone, Don Bosco Fambul received the Spanish “Solidarity Project Award” for work with girls facing abuse. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Girl Day,Salesians Review Initiatives in Support of Girls in Sierra Leone

Oct 11, 2022

On the annual occasion of the International Day of the Girl (IDG) marked October 11, the leadership of the U.S-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has reviewed initiatives Salesians have undertaken in an effort to reach out to girls across the globe, including Africa.

Logo Sick Pikin Project, a Catholic medical initiative in Sierra Leone. Credit: Sick Pikin Project

Catholic Medical Project Helping Sick Children in Sierra Leone Feted in London

Sep 29, 2022

The Sick Pikin Project, a Catholic medical initiative in Sierra Leone that means “the Sick Babies Donation Project”, has been named the best medical charity for funding children’s surgeries in the West African country.

Ongoing repairs at Kiera Chaplin Desert Flower School of Caritas Freetown following a mudslide that killed a six-month-old baby. Several communities in western Sierra Leone are experiencing destructive floods and mudslides Regards. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Counting Losses after School Damaged in Sierra Leone’s Tragic Floods

Sep 14, 2022

The management of Kiera Chaplin Desert Flower School, a charitable organization that is run by Caritas Freetown to support girls from vulnerable families, is counting losses after the September 10 disastrous downpour that left one dead, several injured and a lot of property destroyed in River Number 2 village in Sierra Leone’s Western region.

Flood damage in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 31 August 2022. Credit: Office of the Mayor of Freetown

Caritas Freetown’s Insight into Slum Community Susceptible to Disasters in Sierra Leone

Sep 3, 2022

Every time that flooding, mudslides, fires and other disasters hit the Western communities of Sierra Leone, Culvert, a low land informal settlement in the East of Freetown is one of the places that are left battered the most, with victims mostly having to start life afresh.

Flood damage in Freetown, Sierra Leone, 31 August 2022. Credit: Office of the Mayor of Freetown

Caritas Freetown Rallying for Funds to Support Victims of Sierra Leone’s Deadly Floods

Sep 1, 2022

Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone is rallying for support to help tens of thousands of victims of deadly floods that hit communities in the country’s Western region, leaving scores dead in their wake.

Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Sierra Leone’s Protracted Unrest May Trigger Past Civil Strife Memories: Catholic Priest

Aug 15, 2022

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has condemned the ongoing protests in the West African country, and expressed concern that the situation of unrest in the West African country may trigger memories of a civil war that everyone wishes to forget.

Mons. Hieronymus Joya (right), appointed Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Maralal in Kenya and Mons. Walter Erbì (left), appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Sierra Leone. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Bishop for Kenya’s Maralal Diocese, Apostolic Nuncio to Sierra Leone

Jul 20, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Hieronymus Joya as Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Maralal in Kenya and Mons. Walter Erbì as Apostolic Nuncio to Sierra Leone. 

Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesian Entity in Sierra Leone Awarded for Facilitating “recovery for underage girls”

Jun 11, 2022

Don Bosco Fambul, an organization run by the members of the religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Sierra Leone has been honored with “Solidarity Project Award” by Spanish daily newspaper ABC, for facilitating “support and recovery for underage girls”.