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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.

Members of the Bishops Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Declare “state of emergency”: Bishops in Angola, Sao Tome and Principe amid Drought

Oct 12, 2021

There is need for the government of Angola to declare a “state of emergency” in the Southern African nation where a protracted drought has created a humanitarian crisis, members of the Bishops Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST) have said.

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

“Life has never been so cheap”, Catholic Bishops in Nigeria Decry, Call for Responsibility

Aug 27, 2021

The rise in cases of abductions, killings, and property destruction in Nigeria is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops who, in a collective statement, are calling upon the government to “take full responsibility for the present culture of violence.”

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.

Sr. Bibiana Ngundo, a lecturer in African Culture and Religion at Kenya’s Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) during her presentation at the ongoing 18th Plenary Assembly for the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA). Credit: ACWECA

Align Formation Programs for Religious in Africa to New World Realities: Catholic Nun

Aug 26, 2021

There is a need to revise the old formation programs for those joining Religious Life in Africa to match the positive and negative realities of the current society, a Catholic Nun in Kenya has said.

Credit: ACWECA

Catholic Sisters in Africa Asked to Go Beyond “community projects” to Sustain Congregation

Aug 25, 2021

A Kenyan Nun is advocating for Catholic Sisters in Africa to be allowed, while adhering to the evangelical council of obedience, to join sectors of society that offer a “better pay” in view of sustaining their respective Religious Congregations that are facing tough financial times.

From left; Sr. Pasilisa Namukoye, ÀOSK Executive  Secretary, Sr. Mary Cecilia Njeri, ACWECA President, Sr. Hellen Badhiho ACWECA General Secretary. Credit: AMECEA

Catholic Sisters in Africa Urged to Remain True to Calling Despite Disappointments

Aug 23, 2021

Members of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA) have been urged to remain true to their role models especially when Religious Life does not turn out the way they expected it to be.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka pictured at SECAM Golden Jubilee in Kampala, Uganda in 2019. / ACI Africa

Despite Devastation, COVID-19 “providential in some way”: South African Bishop

Jan 28, 2021

While COVID-19 is having devastating effects on the people of God in Southern Africa, the pandemic might have been “providential in some way,” the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) during their plenary assembly in January 2020. / Website Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

Bishops in Southern Africa to Hold Virtual Plenary Assembly amid COVID-19 Surge

Jan 16, 2021

Members of the three-nation Conference of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have decided to have their first Plenary Assembly in 2012 virtually due to the rising reported cases of COVID-19 and related restrictions, the leadership has announced.

President Faustin-Archange Touadéra greets crowds in CAR’s capital city, Bangui.

Insecurity in CAR Bars Three Bishops from Accessing Bangui for Plenary Meeting

Jan 13, 2021

The rising insecurity in the Central African Republic (CAR) has prevented three Bishops from their colleagues for the first annual Plenary Assembly taking place in the country’s capital, Bangui, a source in the country has told ACI Africa.