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Bishop Gabriel Mendy of the Gambia's Diocese of Banjul. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“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.

Arlindo Cardinal Furtado, Bishop of Santiago Diocese, Cape Verde. Credit: Courtesy Photo

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.

Pope Francis received the credential letters of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See on Dec. 17, 2021. Vatican Media

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.”

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

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.

Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone, the Apostolic Nuncio in Zambia and Malawi. Credit: ECM

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.

Our Lady of the Nativity Sanctuary, Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau. Credit: Public Domain

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.

Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of South Africa's Klerksdorp Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Being vaccinated puts your neighbor’s life first, for public good”: South African Bishop

Nov 18, 2021

Protecting one's neighbor from sickness through getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an act of charity, the Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has said.

Some members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius . Credit: Catholic Diocese of Port Louis/Facebook

Religious Leaders in Mauritius Urge Government to Revise Public Worship Restrictions

Nov 16, 2021

Members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius are calling on the country’s government to revise upwards the number of worshippers who can take part in public celebrations at a go.

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

Catholic Church in Ghana Suffers Losses in Education, Health Projects owing to COVID-19

Nov 9, 2021

The Catholic Church in Ghana has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic that has threatened to sink the country’s health and education sectors.

Members of the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) at a press conference in Harare in 2019. Credit: ZHOCD

Lift “all sanctions on Zimbabwe”, Christian Leaders Say, Urge “citizen-centered process”

Oct 30, 2021

There is need to lift “all sanctions on Zimbabwe” and to adopt a process that is “citizen-centered”, Christian leaders under the auspices of  Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) have said in a statement.  

Poster announcing the 9th Harambee Africa International Award that will focus on stories of resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Harambee Africa International

Deadline for Rome-Based Best African Storytellers Contest “Communicating Africa”, Extended

Oct 29, 2021

Young African storytellers who missed the deadline for the ninth Harambee International Award have been given an opportunity to make their submissions for the coveted prize.

At health facilities in DR Congo, Malteser International has supported local structures to vaccinate 10,000 doses against the coronavirus to people most in need. Credit: Nyokabi Kahura/Malteser International

Seek to Understand Factors Behind Low COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Africa: Catholic Agency

Oct 27, 2021

There is need to understand the factors and circumstances behind low COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Africa, the leadership of the Rome-based Catholic lay Religious Sovereign Order of Malta, Malteser International (MI), has said. 

Credit: South African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI)

Faith Leaders in Africa among Signatories to Joint “response to pandemic, climate crisis”

Oct 24, 2021

Faith-based leaders in Africa are among hundreds of “the high-level religious and spiritual leaders who have signed onto the Sacred People, Sacred Heart Statement”, calling for a joint response to the COVID-19 pandemic and “the climate crisis.”

Logo of Swaziland's Catholic Diocese of Manzini. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Foundation Expresses Concerns about Growing Instability in Eswatini

Oct 24, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic charity and peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has expressed concerns about the protracted political instability characterized by demonstrations and violence in Eswatini. 

Logo of the Council of Swaziland Churches. Credit: Council of Swaziland Churches

Stop Using COVID-19 to Postpone Dialogue, Church Leaders in Eswatini Tell Government

Oct 22, 2021

The Council of Swaziland Churches in Eswatini has asked the government of the Southern African nation to stop using the COVID-19 situation to postpone dialogue that they say will restore peace in the country that is experiencing protracted protests.

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Religious in Ghana (CMSRGH) with the Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana, Archbishop Henryk Jagodzinski. Credit: Newswatchgh.com

Religious’ Vaccine Awareness Program in Ghana to Target “those on the margins of society”

Oct 21, 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine awareness program under the auspices of the Conference of Major Superiors of Religious in Ghana (CMSRGH) seeks to target the marginalized, a report following the official launch of the initiative last week indicates.