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Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) at their annual Plenary Assembly. Credit: GCBC

Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in Ghana Want Addressed for Country’s Progress

Nov 13, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have outlined various issues affecting the West African nation, which they want addressed to realize some progress in the country. 

Logo Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI). Credit: AJI

Jesuit Entity in Ghana Calls on Bishops to Examine “current realities” at Plenary Assembly

Nov 4, 2022

The leadership of the Arrupe Jesuit Institute (AJI), a Ghana-based social justice centre of the Jesuit North-West Africa Province, is calling upon Catholic Bishops in Ghana consider examining the “current realities” in the West African nation during their Plenary Assembly. 

Members f the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC). Credit; Courtesy Photo

Plenary Assembly of Sudan Bishops to Review Achievements, Challenges in Dioceses: Official

Oct 18, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Sudan and South Sudan who are convening for their weeklong Plenary Assembly in Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, are to review the achievements and challenges the people of God are facing in the two-nation Dioceses, an official has told ACI Africa.

New IMBISA leadership, from left: Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba,  Vice President, Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda, President, Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro, Secretary General. Credit: ACI Africa

New IMBISA Leaders Set to Prioritize Youth Ministry in Their Three-year Mandate

Oct 1, 2022

The newly-elected leaders of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) will seek to focus on young people and their involvement in the activities of the Church during their three-year mandate, the new President has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: CBCN

Catholic Bishops, Priests in Nigeria Commit to Creating Awareness ahead of 2023 Elections

Sep 18, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and those of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA) have jointly expressed their commitment to creating as much political awareness as possible at the grassroots level to encourage full participation of the electorate in the country’s elections slated for 25 February 2023.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). Credit: CBCN

To Address Nigeria’s Challenges, “make adequate policies”: Catholic Bishops to Government

Sep 17, 2022

There is need for the government of Nigeria to put in place “adequate policies” to be able to address the challenges the West African nation is facing, including youth unemployment, poverty, debt burden, and insecurity, among others, Catholic Bishops have said.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the end of their 2022 second Plenary Assembly in Nigeria’s Orlu Diocese. Credit: CBCN

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Conclude Plenary Assembly with Appeal for Political Sobriety

Sep 16, 2022

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) have, in their communiqué at the end of their 2022 second Plenary Assembly, appealed to politicians involved in the 2023 general elections campaigns to foster sobriety.

AMECEA Bishops at Opening Mass. Credit: ACI Africa

Shun “cosmetic solutions” to Climate Change: Vatican Cardinal to Bishops in Eastern Africa

Jul 10, 2022

A Pro-Prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization has urged delegates of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) who are meeting to reflect on the care for the environment in the region to interrogate causes of climate change instead of dwelling on the effects of environmental degradation.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo to address delegates of Planned SECAM Plenary Assembly as Guest of Honor. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ghana’s President to Address Delegates of Planned SECAM Plenary Assembly as Guest of Honor

Jul 7, 2022

Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is expected to address Catholic Bishops in Africa as “guest of honor” during the planned Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), scheduled from July 25 to August 1 in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

Bishop Hassa Florent Koné of Mali's San Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

To Realize “true peace” in West Africa, “fraternity must be built at all levels”: Bishop

May 14, 2022

A Catholic Bishop who was among delegates participating in just concluded fourth Plenary Assembly of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) has underscored the need for fraternity “at all levels” for what he termed “true peace” to be realized in West African countries.

Members of RECOWA present their final communiqué to journalists in Abuja on 7 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in West Africa “denounce policies” Allowing Exploitation, Marginalization

May 9, 2022

Catholic Bishops in West Africa have, in the final communiqué of their fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly, denounced “policies and practices” that give room to exploitation of populations and marginalization of persons.

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) at the closing Mass of their fourth plenary assembly in Abuja, Nigeria on 8 May 2022. Credit: ACI Africa

RECOWA Plenary Assembly Ends with Commitment “to new vision of fraternity”

May 8, 2022

Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) have, in their message at the end of their fourth Plenary Assembly, taken the commitment to work for a new fraternity in the West African subregion amid a wide range of challenges.

Catholic Bishops in Cameroon and their close collaborators at the headquarters of NECC in Yaounde. Credit: NECC

Catholic Bishops in Cameroon Decry Rise in Domestic Violence, Urge Respect for Human Life

Apr 26, 2022

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC) have expressed concern about the increase in cases of domestic violence in the Central African nation and have urged citizens to respect the dignity of human life.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, in October 2019. Credit: SECAM

Catholic Bishops in Africa to Focus on “ownership of SECAM” at Planned Plenary Assembly

Mar 28, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa are expected to deliberate on the ownership of their continental forum, the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), during their Plenary Assembly scheduled to begin in July in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Logo of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ongoing Plenary of Catholic Bishops in Malawi Addressing “current practices” in Liturgy

Feb 2, 2022

Catholic Bishops taking part in the Annual Plenary Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) are deliberating on emerging practices in Liturgical celebrations in the Southern African nation. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of the Ivory Coast (CECCI). Credit: CECCI/Facebook

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast Push for Policies That Guarantee “civic, moral education”

Feb 1, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have, in a collective statement, called on the government to put in place policies that takes into account “civic and moral education” in the West African nation.

Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells. Credit: Sheila Pires

Diocesan Synod Not Parliament of Christians, Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa Says

Jan 21, 2022

The Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa has urged the people of God in the Southern African countries to look at the Synod on Synodality as a type of “council meeting”, which is “pastoral in nature”, and not some kind of parliamentary discussion.

Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE). Credit: Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat/Facebook

Ethiopia’s Situation of War Main Focus of Catholic Bishops’ Recent Plenary Assembly

Dec 26, 2021

The latest Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia focused on the situation of war in the Horn of Africa nation that is its second year, they have said in their collective message shared with ACI Africa.

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

Ghana in “worrying state”, Catholic Bishops Call for Changes in “governance system”

Nov 15, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Ghana are advocating for basic changes in the country’s “governance system” to address the nation’s state that they describe as “worrying.” 

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.