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Catholic Activists Condemn Move to Bar Unvaccinated Nigerians from Going to Church

Sep 18, 2021

Officials of CitizenGo Africa, the African branch of the International Catholic entity of social activists, are calling on the government of Nigeria’s Ondo State to stop an order that requires residents to get vaccinated before they are cleared to access essential services including going to places of worship.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Cape Town Archdiocese

South African Archdiocese Maintains Stance against Singing to Curb COVID-19 Infections

Sep 17, 2021

The Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has urged the people of God under his pastoral care to continue exercising restraint against singing during Holy Mass to curb COVID-19 infections.

Logo of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

Southern African Bishops Decry Corruption in Member Nations, Urge “solidarity with needy”

Sep 16, 2021

Theft of COVID-19 response funds in nine Southern African countries is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the region who are decrying the vice and urging solidarity with “weakest and needy members of society.”  

Logo of the Society of African Missions (SMA). Credit: SMA

Catholics, Muslims in Collaboration to Build New Catholic School in a Liberian Diocese

Sep 14, 2021

Catholics and Muslims are collaborating in the ongoing construction of a Catholic school under the auspices of members of the Society of African Missions (SMA) at a village in Liberia’s Gbarnga Diocese.

Burkina Faso Sr. Anne Marie Kaboré SIC (Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Ouagadougou) during Covid-19, giving an interview and taking part in a programme for children from the catechesis for 14 Radios. Credit: ACN

Poor Internet Connection during COVID-19 Stalls Catholic Charity’s Initiatives in Africa

Sep 12, 2021

As the Catholic charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, switched to blended communication, including online engagements with its partners following the COVID-19 outbreak, many of the foundation’s collaborators in Africa lagged behind in communication with the aid agency.

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Ugandan Government Given Ultimatum to Address Petition against Closure of Churches

Sep 12, 2021

The Constitutional Court of Uganda has given President Yoweri Museveni-led government ten days to reply to a petition challenging the closure of places of worship as part of the COVID-19 restrictions

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri and Chairman of the Interfaith Council in Kenya, Anthony Muheria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Take Lives Seriously, Keep Off In-person Political Rallies: Religious Leaders in Kenya

Sep 11, 2021

 Religious leaders under the auspices of the Interfaith Council on COVID-19 in Kenya have urged politicians in the country to keep off in-person political rallies, saying they are super spreaders of the coronavirus. 

A poster announcing the launching of the book titled "A Concise Guide to Catholic Church Management, the African Edition.” Credit: Paulines Publications Africa

Newly Edited Book Seeks to Foster Servant Leadership among Catholic Leaders in Africa

Sep 7, 2021

A newly edited book seeking to foster servant leadership among Catholic leaders in Africa has been launched in Nairobi.

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Christian Leaders in Nigeria’s Bauchi State Encourage COVID-19 Vaccine amid Low Uptake

Sep 7, 2021

Christian leaders in Nigeria’s Bauchi State are encouraging the people of God within their pastoral region to take part in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise amid reported low uptake of the jab. 

Logo of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Doctors in Kenya Condemn Threats against Unvaccinated Government Workers

Sep 7, 2021

Members of the Kenya Catholic Doctors’ Association (KCDA) are advocating for voluntary participation in the COVID-19 vaccination in the country, saying that any move to force people to get inoculated is “unethical and in bad taste.”

Religious leaders are joined by Red Cross officials for Covid-19 Sensitization exercise and distribution of masks and sanitizers at Kongowea Market in Mombasa. Credit: Archdiocese of Mombasa

Kenyan Catholic Archbishop among Religious Leaders in Renewed COVID-19 Fight at the Coast

Sep 6, 2021

The Catholic Archbishop of Kenya’s Mombasa Archdiocese is among religious leaders spearheading a renewed fight against COVID-19 in the country’s Coastal region.

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Zambia's Ndola Diocese. Credit: Ndola Diocese

Zambia’s Ndola Diocese Lifts Suspension on Church Activities amid COVID-19 Decline

Sep 4, 2021

The Catholic Diocese of Ndola in Zambia has lifted the suspension on a series of Church activities following a decline in the reported cases of COVID-19 in the Southern African nation.

Bishop Joseph Obanyi of Kenya's Kakamega Diocese accompanied by Fr. Columban Odhiambo during the blessing of the new 19-bed capacity Renal Unit at St. Mary's Mumias Hospital. The initiative was realized in partnership with Africa Healthcare Network. Credit: St. Mary's Mumias Hospital/Kakamega Diocese

How a Bank Donation Has Made COVID-19 Situation at a Kenyan Catholic Hospital Manageable

Sep 2, 2021

The leadership of St. Mary's Mission Hospital Mumias, one of the Catholic health facilities in Kenya’s Kakamega Diocese, is taking pride in the manner the situation at the facility has transformed, attributing the positive turn of events to a bank donation.

Wednesday, September 1 proceedings of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET). Catholic charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute presented the situation of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique to the European lawmakers. Credit: European Parliament

Catholic Peace Entity Urges European Parliament to Ensure Proper Use of Aid to Mozambique

Sep 2, 2021

Catholic charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has called on the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) to ensure that funds availed to Mozambique to help in the fight against insurgents in the country are put to good use.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Liberia, Archbishop Dagoberto Campos Salas handing over the Pope's donation to the staff of St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese. Credit: CABICOL/Facebook

Pope Francis Donates Medical Equipment to Catholic Hospital Fighting COVID-19 in Liberia

Aug 29, 2021

Pope Francis has donated medical equipment to St. Joseph Catholic Hospital of Liberia’s Monrovia Archdiocese, to help in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The logo of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE). Credit: Catholic Institute of Education (CIE)

Action Needed amid Increased Rape, Teenage Pregnancies in South Africa: Catholic Entity

Aug 28, 2021

Reports of increased cases of rape and teenage pregnancies in South Africa are a cause for concern for officials of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) who are calling for an “urgent response” to address the crisis. 

Maurice Cardinal Piat of Port Louis Diocese in Mauritius. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

On Memorial of Patron Saint of Mauritian Diocese, Cardinal Calls for “more intense” Prayer

Aug 28, 2021

On the Memorial of St. Louis, the Patron Saint of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese, the Cardinal in the Indian Ocean Island nation has called for “more intense” prayer as the Island African nation battles the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

Sr. Jane Wakahiu. Credit: ACWECA

Catholic Sisters Living with Alzheimer’s in Africa to Benefit from New Endowment Fund

Aug 27, 2021

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is creating an endowment fund to support Religious Congregations that are struggling to provide quality care to Catholic Sisters suffering from Alzheimer’s, members of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) have been told.

Archbishop Jude Thaddaeus Ruwa’ichi of Tanzania's Dar es Salaam  Archdiocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Disregard Anti COVID-19 Vaccine Talks, “Let us shield ourselves”: Tanzanian Archbishop

Aug 27, 2021

A Catholic Archbishop in Tanzania has cautioned against those campaigning against COVID-19 vaccination program, and urged the people of God in the East African nation to disregard such campaigns.

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address at the Vatican July 25, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Invokes Intercession of Mary for Ongoing Regional Sisters in Africa Plenary

Aug 25, 2021

Pope Francis has sent his Apostolic blessings for the ongoing 18th Plenary Assembly of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA).