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Members of the Interfaith Council in Kenya. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Greatly honored” to Have Served: Kenya’s Interfaith Council as COVID-19-mandate Ends

Oct 18, 2022

Members of the Interfaith Council in Kenya who were mandated to guide the resumption of public worship during the COVID-19 pandemic have, as their tenure comes to an end, expressed gratitude to the Kenyan government and the people of God in the East African nation for giving them the opportunity to serve. 

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Caritas Africa Calls on Global Finance Leaders to Address Debt Crisis ahead of G20 Summit

Oct 9, 2022

The humanitarian and development arm of the Catholic Church in Africa, Caritas Africa, is calling on global finance leaders preparing for the November G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia, to work towards resolving what they refer to as “crushing burdens of unpayable debts” especially in developing countries.

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Catholic Aid Agencies Join Call for Action against Hunger Crisis in the Horn of Africa

Sep 28, 2022

The official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales (CAFOD), the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and the German Catholic Bishops' Organization for Development Cooperation (Misereor) are on the list of 22 humanitarian and development agencies that are calling for immediate action to address the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa countries.

Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji of Nigeria's Owerri Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese to Resume “Kiss of Peace” During Liturgical Celebrations

Sep 18, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria has directed the resumption of the shaking of hands during liturgical celebrations following a decline in reported cases of COVID-19 in the West African nation.

Sr. Mary Nzilani during her presentation on the second day of the biannual Pan African Congress on Theology in Nairobi. Credit: ACI Africa

Use “theological, biblical insights” to Address Women Challenges: Catholic Nun in Kenya

Jul 21, 2022

The challenges women face, including those triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic such as gender-based violence and cultural negativities, can be addressed using theological and biblical approaches, a Catholic Nun in Kenya has said.

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Famine Threat in Horn of Africa “consequences of years of inaction”: Irish Charities

Jun 18, 2022

Irish development and humanitarian organizations, including the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, are sounding the alarm about famine threat in the Horn of Africa, which they attribute to “years of inaction”.

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Catholic Nuns in Africa Urged to Strive for Transparency to Sustain Project Partnerships

May 5, 2022

Catholic Nuns in sub-Saharan African countries who are struggling to sustain their respective Religious Congregations financially have been urged to strive for transparency especially when dealing with partners in projects. 

Some children at Don Bosco Oratory in Kabgayi, Rwanda. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians at Rwandan Oratory Resume “in-person activities” After Drop in COVID-19 Cases

Apr 11, 2022

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) at an oratory in Rwanda's Catholic Diocese of Kabgayi have resumed in-person activities following a drop in reported COVID-19 cases.

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Catholic Bishops in Ghana Urge Prudence as Government Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions

Apr 9, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have called on the people of God in the West African nation to remain cautious about COVID-19 after the country’s President announced the easing of restrictions put in place to contain the spread of the disease. 

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Caritas Cape Verde Reaching Out to Persons in “vulnerable situations” amid Drought

Apr 3, 2022

The Catholic Church in Cape Verde, through her charity arm, Caritas Caboverdiana, is reaching out to persons “in more vulnerable situations” amid drought and the effects of COVID-19, an official has told ACI Africa in an interview.

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Investigate Escalating Attacks on South Africa’s Teachers: Catholic Institute of Education

Feb 14, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) in South Africa is calling on security agencies in the country to look into the multiple cases of attacks on Principals and teachers in the Southern African nation.

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Situation in Parts of Malawi “really dire” Following Tropical Storm Ana: Church Official

Feb 5, 2022

The people of God in Malawi’s Southern and Central regions are living in distress at the camps where they are seeking refuge following Tropical Storm Ana, the National Coordinator of the development arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has said. 

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

“Remain firm in faith, hope”: Bishops in Gambia, Sierra Leone to Faithful amid Challenges

Feb 2, 2022

Catholic Bishops in The Gambia and Sierra Leone have encouraged the people of God in both nations to remain firm in faith, hope and charity amid numerous challenges including the “attendant consequences” of COVID-19.

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Pope Francis to Workers: Turn to St Joseph During Covid-19 Pandemic

Jan 30, 2022

Pope Francis encouraged workers to turn to St. Joseph for guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic, during an audience at the Vatican on Saturday.

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Church Leaders in Zambia Call for Impartial Media Coverage of By-Election Campaigns

Jan 22, 2022

Church leaders in Zambia under the Christian Churches Monitoring Group (CCMG) have called on the media in the Southern African nation to observe impartiality and fairness in the coverage of the ongoing political campaigns ahead of the Kabwata Constituency Parliamentary by-election scheduled for February 3. 

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Catholic Priest in Ethiopia Warns of Looming “irreparable disaster” in Tigrayan Crisis

Jan 20, 2022

The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region is deteriorating, with a Catholic Priest in the Horn of Africa country warning of a looming disaster that he says may not be reversed once the crisis is over.

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Faith Leaders in Mauritius Highlight Value of Religion to Society amid Life’s Challenges

Jan 15, 2022

Faith-based leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius have highlighted the value of religion to society amid challenges of life

Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, in London, England, on March 14, 2011. Credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk. null

Ghanaian Cardinal Urges COVID-19 Vaccination, Describes Jabs as “scientifically wholesome”

Jan 14, 2022

The Vatican-based Ghanaian Cardinal has encouraged the people of God in his native country to get vaccinated against COVID-19 saying the jabs are “scientifically wholesome.”

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Full Vaccination or Recovery among New COVID-19 Rules for Visitors to Vatican Museums

Jan 13, 2022

The museums are a major source of revenue for the Holy See.

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Be Parents to Learners, Priest in Uganda Tells Teachers as Schools Reopen after 22 Months

Jan 12, 2022

Schools in Uganda are receiving children who have undergone transformation during what has been described as the world’s longest schools’ closure, a Catholic Priest serving at the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) has said, and made an appeal to teachers in the East African nation to “be parents” to the learners.