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

Additional Safety Guidelines for Public Liturgical Celebrations in Ghana Outlined

Jun 11, 2020

Following the easing of restrictions on public gatherings in Ghana, Catholic Bishops in the West African of Ghana have issued additional directives to guide various liturgical celebrations in a bid to contain the possible spread of COVID-19.

Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Parish at 3-Town Denu in the Keta-Akatsi Diocese seated at Mass on June 7 after three months of restrictions. / Cephas Afornu

Excitement as Catholics in Ghana Celebrate First Public Mass after Lockdown

Jun 10, 2020

The reopening of churches in Ghana after three months of suspension of public worship was marked with excitement as worshippers took part in Eucharistic celebrations in their respective parishes and prayer centers, albeit low attendance.

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

Bishops in Ghana Give Separate Dates for Resumption of Public Mass

Jun 6, 2020

Following the easing of the ban on public gatherings in Ghana, which the country’s President declared, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced the resumption of public Mass in their respective jurisdictions under strict safety guidelines, giving separate dates for inaugural liturgical gatherings.  

Religious Leaders at an annual Ecumenical Service in May 2018 at
the St. Theresa Catholic Church, Kaneshie, Accra.

Ghanaian President Calls for Prayers Ahead of Resumption of Public Worship

Jun 3, 2020

With Ghanaian institutions including schools and places of worship set to resume their public activities starting Friday, June 5, the country’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has appealed to religious leaders in the West African country to use their first day of worship to pray for the nation.

Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference receiving a donation from  Mrs. Asor Anyimadu-Antwi, on behalf of the  National Union of Past Students of Holy Child School. / Global Newswatch Media

Catholic Women Groups in Ghana Donate to COVID-19 Fund, A Response to Bishops’ Call

May 24, 2020

Two Catholic women groups in the West African nation of Ghana have, in separate ceremonies, donated to the National solidarity fund to help in the fight against COVID-19, responding to the appeal made by their Bishops in March.

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, Archbishop of Cape Coast, then Archbishop of Accra with Ghanaian Priests of the Society of Africa Missions (SMA) at the Queen of Peace Parish during the Feast Day celebrations of the SMA in 2017. / SMA Ghana

Pioneer Religious Order @140 in Ghana Seeks to "rekindle fire of faith"

May 20, 2020

At the celebration marking 140 years since the arrival of the first missionaries belonging to the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Ghana, members of the Society of Apostolic life in the west African country are looking at the moments as an opportunity to continue their evangelization mission and “rekindle the fire of faith.”

Religious Leaders at the Jubilee House during a Prayer Breakfast Meeting with the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (right) on March 20, 2020. / Ghana’s Presidency

Church Leaders in Ghana Propose Public Worship Guidelines, Anticipate Restrictions Easing

May 13, 2020

In anticipation of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Ghana, which would see the resumption of public worship, heads of the Ecumenical bodies in the West African nation have proposed guidelines to ensure the safety of worshipers when the churches are allowed to open.

Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, SVD of Ho Diocese in the Volta Region blessing the Oils at the Diocesan Chrism Mass on April 8, 2020 attended by only the Deans of the Diocese. / Diocesan Communications Office

Ghanaian Clergy Celebrate Postponed Chrism Mass with a Firm Call to Serve the Poor

May 12, 2020

A call to make the most vulnerable members of the society a priority especially during COVID-19 was the key message at the Chrism Mass celebration, which Ghana’s Archdiocese of Accra had postponed owing to the restrictions of the pandemic in the West African country.

Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana with Staff explaining to slum dwellers of Old Fadama in Accra about the donation at a presentation ceremony at the Sacred Heart Parish at Derby Avenue, Accra., on May 2, 2020. / Caritas Ghana

Church in Ghana Donates Funds to Hundreds of Slum Dwellers after Demolitions

May 5, 2020

Mumuni Mohammed, a motorbike rider, is one of the over 800 people that were left homeless after fire razed down hundreds of ramshackle structures in Old Fadama slum on the fringes of Ghana’s capital city, Accra.  

Msgr. Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński, newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana.

Polish-Born Prelate Appointed Papal Representative in Ghana

May 4, 2020

Pope Francis on Sunday, May 3 appointed Msgr. Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński, a native of Poland who has been serving as nunciature counsellor, as his representative in Ghana.

Samuel Zan Akologo, Executive Secretary of Caritas Ghana, who oversaw the compilation and publication of a Report titled: "Making Ghana's Public Health Act Work for All" a publication by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference in December, 2014. / Damian Avevor

Is Ghana Paying for Ignoring Catholic Bishops’ 2014 Public Health Recommendations?

Apr 18, 2020

Key recommendations in a report that was drafted by the Catholic Bishops in Ghana on the country’s Public Health Act, among them provision of quality healthcare, is what Ghana needed to fight COVID-19 pandemic in the country, a Church official in the West African country has said.

The Sacrament of Penance (also commonly called the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession) is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.

“No sacraments on Internet”: Ghanaian Bishop on Confession amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Apr 4, 2020

As Catholics in many parts of the world keep away from gatherings including places of worship as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19, a Ghanaian Prelate has, in response to a question raised regarding Confession, explained why the Sacrament of Penance cannot be offered through electronic means.

Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, Episcopal Chairman of Health in Ghana (3rd from left) with Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum of Koforidua and other dignitaries at the launching of the 2020 World Day of the Sick and the opening of the St. Pauline Clinic at the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra on February 7, 2020. Extreme right is Fr. Lazarus Anondee, Secretary General of the National catholic Secretariat. / Damian Avevor.

Church in Ghana Appeals for Protective Gear to Aid Catholic Hospitals Battling COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020

As health facilities grapple with a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the increasing number of people infected with the disease, the Catholic Church in Ghana has launched an appeal inviting all Catholics to donate protective equipment and other medical supplies to support the 46 Hospitals and the 83 Clinics run by the Church under the National Catholic Health Service in the fight against the pandemic.

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Bishops in Zimbabwe “close all Catholic Churches for public services” Over COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020

With three confirmed COVID-19 cases and one related death in Zimbabwe, Catholic Bishops in the Southern African nation on Tuesday, March 24 resolved to close all Churches in the country, to facilitate “effective self-isolation for all.”

: Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery of Promoting Integral Hunan Development with some members of the Ghana Catholic Ecclesiastical Union. / GCEU

Ghanaian Clergy, Religious, Seminarians in Rome Take “precautionary measures to stay safe”

Mar 26, 2020

With Italy ranked the world’s worst-hit country by COVID-19, the clergy, religious and seminarians who are natives of Ghana and based in the country’s capital, Rome have, in an interview with ACI Africa correspondent, said that they are taking seriously directives from the Italian government as precautionary measures to stay safe.

Ghanaians will, on Wednesday, March 25, being the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, observe a National Day of Prayer and fasting, seeking God’s intervention over COVID-19.

Ghana Declares Solemnity of Annunciation National Day of Prayer over COVID-19

Mar 24, 2020

Ghanaians will, on Wednesday, March 25, observe a National Day of Prayer and fasting, seeking God’s intervention over COVID-19 following a directive from Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo after the country announced on Saturday, March 21 that the number of people infected with the disease had reached 21.

Bishops of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) who have suspended Public Masses amid half a dozen confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Ghana is First Nation in Sub-Saharan Africa to Suspend Public Mass Over COVID-19

Mar 17, 2020

The West African nation of Ghana has become the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to temporarily suspend the public celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a decision taken by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) amid half a dozen confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Archbishop Emeritus Peter Kwasi Sarpong during his Episcopal Golden Jubilee Mass at the St. Peter’s Minor Basilica at Kumasi on Sunday, march 8, 2020. / Communications Office, Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.

Church in Ghana Celebrates Longest Serving Archbishop-turned-Author

Mar 12, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have, in a collective goodwill message, lauded Archbishop Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Emeritus of Kumasi in Southern Ghana for his contribution to the growth of the Church in the West African country during the Cleric’s close-to 40 years in office.

Resource Persons and Participants at the first ever international Church Management Training Workshop for Ghanaian Financial Administrators from various Archdioceses and Dioceses, Representatives of Religious Congregations and some Lay Leaders from February 25 to 28, 2020. / DEPSOCOM, NCS, ACCRA

Ghana Clerics Urged to be “open, transparent, accountable” in Managing Church Resources

Mar 10, 2020

Financial Administrators from various Church institutions in the West African nation of Ghana have, in a four-day recent workshop, been trained in managing Church resources, with members of the clergy being urged to embrace “openness, transparency and accountability” in dealing with Church money in their various capacities.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Ghana's Accra Archdiocese.

“Why Ghana”, Prelate Queries Concerning Planned Gay and Lesbian Conference

Mar 5, 2020

Following the wide circulation of a poster publicizing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community conference in Ghana’s capital, Accra, Ghana, an Archbishop in the West African country has decried the choice of Ghana as the host country to the conference and urged Ghanaians to uphold their religious values as the society becomes "more difficult."