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Seven Issues Catholic Bishops in Kenya Want Addressed for a “peaceful, secure” Country

May 28, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have, in a collective statement issued at the end of their Ordinary Plenary Assembly, outlined seven issues affecting the East African nation, which they want addressed for a “peaceful, secure and prosperous” nation. 

A poster announcing the launch of the book titled, “The Handmaid of the Lord: Mariology from its Doctrinal and African Perspectives” by Fr. Vincent Mrio. Credit: Pauline Publications Nairobi/Capuchin TV Kenya

African Perspectives of Mary, Her Response to Angel Gabriel, Highlights of New Book

May 19, 2021

How the Blessed Virgin Mary reflects African values and what the people of God in Africa can learn from her response to angel Gabriel are some of the highlights of a new book that was launched in Nairobi on Tuesday, May 18.

Victims of demolitions in a village within Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Embu standing near the rubble of their demolished structures/ Credit: Agenzia Fides

“Act like a mother”, Bishop in Kenya Appeals to Government Following Land Evictions

May 19, 2021

The Bishop of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Embu is appealing to the government of the East African country to show kindness to thousands of people who have been left homeless following forceful evictions in his episcopal see.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of South Sudan's Yei Diocese who is celebrating 51 years in the Priesthood. Credit: Courtesy Photo

At Priestly Anniversary, South Sudanese Bishop Appeals for Unity amid Country’s Challenges

May 18, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese has, on the occasion of his 51st Priestly anniversary, appealed for unity in the face of various national challenges, including insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kenya’s Interfaith Council Urges Vigilance Following Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions

May 8, 2021

Kenya’s Interfaith Council mandated to guide the resumption of public worship amid COVID-19 pandemic is urging caution following the latest easing of the coronavirus restrictions in the East African nation.

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How UK-based Catholic Aid Agency is Supporting Fight against COVID-19 in Africa

May 8, 2021

The leadership of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has, in a report, outlined its efforts in supporting the fight against COVID-19 in African countries.

Some of the beneficiaries at Hope for Life project run by the Society of African Missions in Ghana. Credit: Hope for Life

Catholic Missionaries’ Project in Ghana Getting People Living with Disability Off Streets

May 6, 2021

On the Accra streets in Ghana, people born with disabilities lead miserable lives after they are abandoned by their families owing to cultural beliefs.

Our Lady of Deliverance Basilica in Poponguine. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Annual National Marian Pilgrimage in Senegal Canceled, Pilgrims to Pray in Parishes

May 4, 2021

The annual national Marian pilgrimage in the West African nation of Senegal that had been scheduled to take place this month has been canceled amid COVID-19 restrictions, the Catholic Bishops in the country have announced.

Logo of the Council of Religions (CoR) in Mauritius.

Mauritius’ Religious Leaders Commit to Help People Adversely Affected by COVID-19 Lockdown

May 3, 2021

Members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius have pledged to continue reaching out to the people of God who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

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Malawian Catholic Church Leader Encourages COVID-19 Vaccination amid Low Turnout

May 1, 2021

A Malawian Catholic Church leader has sought to encourage his compatriots to receive the COVID-19 vaccine amid reported low turnout in the vaccination centers.

'Hope for the future': Pope Francis Asks Mary to Intercede for End to Pandemic

May 1, 2021

Pope Francis prayed a rosary Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, imploring the Virgin Mary to intercede for healing for the sick, comfort for the grieving, and hope for the future.

Children walk outside houses at a refugee camp in Pemba/ Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Regional Community to Intervene in Mozambique’s Crisis

Apr 30, 2021

Catholic Bishops from nine countries in Southern Africa under their umbrella body of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are calling on the regional economic blocs to focus their attention on the ongoing crisis in Mozambique owing to the protracted violence.

Late Kenya Dr. Stephen Kimotho Karanja

Head of Catholic Doctors in Kenya Mourned as Passionate Pro-lifer, Strong Defender of Life

Apr 29, 2021

Catholic doctors and social activists in Kenya are mourning the passing on of Dr. Stephen Kimotho Karanja, describing him as a man of strong conviction and a defender of the sanctity of human life.

Jennifer Constantin, Administrative Assistant for the Diocesan Tourism Commission of Mauritius' Port Louis Diocese. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

Church in Mauritius Accompanying Tourism Stakeholders amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Apr 24, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has, in a report, highlighted the Church’s initiatives to reach out to those in the country’s tourism sector whose livelihoods have been negatively affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

Pope Francis marks name day with Rome’s poor receiving COVID-19 vaccine./ Vatican Media

Pope Francis Celebrates Name Day with Poor as the Vatican’s Free Vaccinations Continue

Apr 23, 2021

Pope Francis on Friday celebrated the feast of St. George, his namesake, with 600 of Rome’s poor and needy, as they waited to receive the second dose of the coronavirus vaccination at the Vatican.

Lesotho-based Sr. Juliet Lithemba of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa who has recovered from COVID-19. Credit: World Health Organization (WHO) Lesotho

“We lost too many warriors in this battle”: Catholic Nun in Lesotho on COVID-19 Effects

Apr 21, 2021

A Catholic Nun ministering in Lesotho has, in a report, recounted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the people of God in the Southern African kingdom noting that her community “lost too many warriors in this battle.”

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Vatican Dedicates May to Global Rosary ‘marathon’ for End of COVID-19

Apr 21, 2021

The Vatican has announced a rosary initiative dedicating the month of May to prayer for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Caritas Mauritius Targets Thousands of Families in COVID-19 Food Aid Program

Apr 21, 2021

At least 3,500 families reported to be severely affected by the effects of COVID-19 in Mauritius are expected to receive food aid from the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation. 

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Catholic Leaders in Uganda Reveal Chilling Human Rights Violations in COVID-19 Report

Apr 20, 2021

COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda came with torture, sexual violence, unfair arrests, and deaths in police custody among other serious violations of human rights, a recent investigation by the Justice and Peace Commissions (JPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu and Lira Diocese in the East African country has established.

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How Catholics Can Speak Up for More Ethical Vaccines

Apr 20, 2021

A series of letter templates released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) allows Catholic to contact vaccine makers and ask them to stop relying on cell lines from aborted babies.