Pope Francis meets with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, July 24, 2023, in a private Vatican audience. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Meets with Head of World Health Organization

Jul 24, 2023

Pope Francis met with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, this morning in a private Vatican audience, the Holy See’s press office announced.

Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Credit: WHO

Catholic Doctors in Kenya Want WHO Assembly to “explicitly reject” Proposed Regulations

May 29, 2022

Members of the Kenya Catholic Doctors’ Association (KCDA) are asking the country’s Attorney General (AG) to advise Kenya’s representative at the ongoing Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly to “explicitly reject” the proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR).

A poster announcing the 27 September 2021 conference organized by the Rome-based Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Credit: Harambee Africa International

Rome-based Catholic Entity Decries Low COVID-19 Uptake in Africa, Highlights Interventions

Oct 10, 2021

The leadership of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based international Catholic association established to enhance various realities in Sub-Saharan Africa, has decried the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among African countries, warning that the trend puts the whole world at risk of a protracted pandemic.

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican City Flag./ Bohumil Petrik / CNA

World Health Organization Grants Holy See Permanent Observer Status

Jun 1, 2021

The Holy See has been granted permanent observer status to the World Health Organization following resolution adopted by consensus on May 31.

Some COVID-19 guidelines for parents, guardians and caregivers / Kenya's Ministry of Health

Politicians’ Non-compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines Appalling: Kenya's Interfaith Council

Mar 13, 2021

The attitude of non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines on the part of politicians in Kenya is disappointing and appalling, members of the Interfaith Council in Kenya have said in a statement over the weekend.

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How Pro-Abortion Groups are Using COVID-19 Aid to Push Ideology in Africa

Dec 10, 2020

Foreign agencies are taking advantage of the harsh COVID-19 pandemic to advance their pro-abortion agenda in African countries that have been hit hard by the pandemic, social activists have warned.

St. Mary's Basilica in the Archdiocese of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.

In Further Guidelines on Public Worship, Bishops in Zimbabwe “discourage” Televised Mass

Oct 17, 2020

In a collective statement announcing new directives to guide the resumption of public worship in Zimbabwe, Catholic Bishops have encouraged the people of God in the Southern African nation to take part in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in person.

COVID-19 statistics in Kenya.

As Kenya Reports Decline in COVID-19 Cases, Prelate Urges Caution, “fighting courageously”

Sep 17, 2020

A Prelate in Kenya is urging caution amid reports of a decline in the daily recorded cases of COVID-19.

Bro. Aaron Prosper Kuubagr, a Ghanaian Religious Psychologist of the St. Augustine Order, and the Northern Regional Representative of the Ghana Psychological Association launching the maiden Ghana Psychology Week Celebration in Tamale on August 10, 2020. / Francis Ekow Monnie

Ghanaian Religious Psychologist Concerned about “alarming” Mental Disorders amid Lockdown

Aug 14, 2020

A Religious Brother of the St. Augustine Order in Ghana has described statistics by the World Health Organization (WHO), which indicate that 650,000 Ghanaians are suffering from severe mental disorders, as alarming, a situation he says needs to be urgently addressed.

Pupils of Sacred Heart Sister's Kindergarten in Juba, South Sudan.

South Sudan Catholic Schools Propose Sober Talks amid UN Push to Resume Classes

Aug 4, 2020

Following the push by two United Nations agencies for the government to reopen schools in South Sudan, the Director for Education in the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has proposed that all partners in the education sector hold talks on the COVID-19 aspects before children are allowed back to class.

Handbook on measures to guide the faithful during worship in South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese. / ACI Africa

Measures to Guide Public Worship Released for South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese

Jul 17, 2020

The leadership of South Sudan’s only Metropolitan See, Juba, has announced measures to guide public liturgical celebrations in anticipation of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the Government.

Malteser International Emergency Medical Team during a simulation exercise in 2019. / ©Malteser International

Catholic Aid Agency Reaches Out to Health Workers in Cameroon with Trainers

Jun 25, 2020

The leadership of the Rome-based Catholic Lay Religious Sovereign Order of Malta, Malteser International (MI), is sending an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) to Cameroon in response to the Central African nation’s appeal for international assistance in controlling the “the rapid spread of COVID-19.”

Some Ghanaians donating Blood to save lives.

Ghanaian Prelate Launches Blood Donation Campaign amid Continental Deficit

Jun 16, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has seen a major plunge in blood reserves in many African countries with the numbers of donors decreasing by the day, a situation that has led a Catholic Bishop in Ghana to appeal to individuals to make blood donation part of their lifestyle.

Fr. Martin Ochaya of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan.

South Sudanese Cleric Calls for Effective Leadership amid COVID-19

Jun 8, 2020

A Catholic Priest in South Sudan has called on the government, churches, the civil society and families across the country to execute effective leadership during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the virus has presented itself as “a challenge and a litmus test to governments across the world.”

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland, also called Eswatini.

“It is the context that has changed, not our call”: Prelate in Swaziland

May 23, 2020

With the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that COVID-19 may never go away, a Bishop in Swaziland has urged faithful in his diocese to remain steadfast in their call to evangelize as the Church adopts to what he refers to as “the new normal.”

Bishops in Burundi with Pope Francis during their ad limina visit in Rome in 2018.

“We’ll continue to live together even after elections,” Bishops in Burundi Decry Violence

May 16, 2020

Members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi (CECAB) are concerned about the election-related violence in their country and have called on the parties behind the conflict to look beyond the election event that is expected to take place May 20.

Logo South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC).

Church Leaders in South Sudan Call for “personal commitment” to Fight COVID 19

May 15, 2020

Leaders of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) comprising seven member Churches have appealed to the citizens to have a “personal commitment” to fight COVID-19 amid the lifting of the earlier passed restrictions to contain the spread of the disease in the Eastern Africa country.

Catholic Professionals in Ghana Warn of Mental Issues amid COVID-19 Stigma Surge

May 14, 2020

A pregnant woman, last week, recounted on Ghanaian local media her terrible ordeal with her friends who learnt that she had survived COVID-19.

Fr. Andrew Campbell, Irish Divine Word Missionary Priest working in Ghana and helping cured Lepers with some volunteers distributing items to some cured lepers in Nkachina in the Yendi Diocese. At the Background is Archbishop Emeritus Gregory Ebo Kpiebaya of Tamale Archdiocese.

Missionary Priest in Ghana Praised as Unsung Hero in Fight Against Leprosy

Mar 2, 2020

Irish Divine Word Missionary Priest working in the West African nation of Ghana, Fr. Andrew Campbell, has been extolled as one of the unsung heroes in the fight against stigmatization of persons with leprosy and support for their treatment and rehabilitation.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese.

Communion on Tongue, Handshake Suspended in Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese Over COVID-19

Mar 1, 2020

Against the backdrop of the confirmed case of coronavirus in the West African nation of Nigeria after a Lagos-based Italian tested positive for COVID-19 virus days after his return to the country’s most populous city from Milan, the Catholic Church has announced some preventive measures including temporary suspension of the Sign of Peace through handshakes and hugs during Mass and the receiving Holy Communion on the tongue.