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

Jan 21, 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.

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Italian Catholic Bishop Forbids Unvaccinated Priests from Distributing Communion

Jan 11, 2022

The new diocesan restrictions come as the Italian government has banned unvaccinated citizens from entering restaurants, public transportation, gyms, theaters, and sports events.

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Prayers Sought for Archbishop-elect of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese ahead of Installation

Jan 10, 2022

The Chancellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala in Uganda is appealing for prayers ahead of the installation of the new Archbishop of the Ugandan Metropolitan See.

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Maintain Vigilance Till COVID-19 No Longer Threatens Life: Catholic Bishop in South Africa

Jan 10, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has called up on the people of God in the country to continue observing all health protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19 amid reports of a decline in the number of new cases.

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Human Rights Entity in Guinea-Bissau Denounces Threats against Catholic Priest

Jan 9, 2022

The leadership of the Guinean Human Rights League (LGDH) has, in a statement, denounced reported threats against a Catholic Priest for allegedly criticizing the country's President, Umaro Sissoco Embaló.

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“Maintain hope in God even in times of doubt, uncertainty,”: Gambian Bishop Urges Faithful

Jan 8, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Banjul in Gambia has, in his New Year 2022 Message,  encouraged the people of God under his pastoral care to put their trust in God “even in times of doubt and uncertainty” including COVID-19 challenges.

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Christian Leaders in Cape Verde Concerned about Surge in COVID-19 Cases, Drug Abuse

Jan 8, 2022

Christian leaders in the Island nation of Cape Verde have expressed concern about the increase in reported cases of COVID-19 and those of drug abuse in the country.

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Vaccine Access a Matter of Justice: Pope Francis

Dec 17, 2021

The pope told new ambassadors that the ongoing pandemic is a reminder that “we are a global community where one person’s problems are the problems of all.”

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Bishops in Togo Fault Government Directive on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate

Dec 7, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the West African nation of Togo have faulted the move by the government requiring that anyone accessing places of worship shows his or her COVID-19 vaccine certificate.

Bishop John Oballa Owaa of Kenya’s Ngong Diocese(R) and Fr. Anthony Makunde, AMECEA Secretary General at the close of the AMECEA workshop for members of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development. Credit: Arnold Neliba

Nine Concerns Catholic Bishops in Eastern Africa Want Addressed to Contain Conflicts

Dec 5, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Eastern Africa region under the auspices of Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have underlined insecurity in Ethiopia and South Sudan on the list of nine issues of concern, which they want addressed by African governments.

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Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi Calls for COVID-19 Vaccination as New Variant is Discovered

Nov 30, 2021

The representative of the Holy Father in Malawi has urged the people of God in the Southeastern African country to take vaccination against COVID-19 seriously following the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus.

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Annual National Marian Pilgrimage in Guinea-Bissau Canceled, Pilgrims to Pray in Parishes

Nov 28, 2021

The annual national Marian pilgrimage in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau that had been scheduled to take place next month has been canceled, Catholic Church officials in the country have announced, citing a surge in reported cases of COVID-19.

The President of Episcopal Conference of Congo (CEC), Bishop Daniel Mizonzo with Prime Minister Anatole Collinet Makosso during the Monday, November 22 audience. Credit: Presidency of the Republic of Congo.

Re-launch Exchange Platform Between Church and State, Bishops in Congo Tell Prime Minister

Nov 27, 2021

There is a need “to re-launch” the platform of exchange that existed between the Catholic Church and the State in the Republic of Congo, Bishops have told the leadership of the Central African nation.

Displaced people at Mukuru kwa Njenga, slum served by St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kenya's Archdiocese of Nairobi. Credit: Fr. John Munjuri

Kenyan Parish Counting Losses as Eight Small Christian Communities Vanish in Demolitions

Nov 25, 2021

The October 11 government demolitions at Nairobi’s Mukuru kwa Njenga slum, which is served by St. Mary’s Mukuru Parish of the Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) found Grace (not her real name) singing at a spiritual recollection that the Catholic Parish was conducting.

The Vicar General of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese, Fr. Jean Maurice Labour. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

“Our priority is to help, comfort the vulnerable”: Mauritian Cleric amid COVID-19 Surge

Nov 23, 2021

A Catholic Cleric ministering in Mauritius is urging the people of God in the Indian Ocean Island nation to prioritize helping, comforting, and accompanying the vulnerable in society amid a reported surge in COVID-19 cases.