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Members of the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) at a press conference in Harare in 2019. Credit: ZHOCD

After Pregnant Minor Dies, Zimbabwean Christian Leaders Urge Probe into Abuse in Churches

Aug 13, 2021

The demise of a 14-year-old girl who died while giving birth at a shrine in Zimbabwe last month has prompted Christian leaders in the Southern African nation to call for an “independent national inquiry” into the sexual abuse of women and girls in church premises. 

Bishop Willybard Lagho addresses the faithful during Holy Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Outstation of St. Anthony’s Cathedral Parish in Malindi/ Credit: Diocese of Malindi/Facebook

Kenyan Bishop Calls for Child Safeguarding amid Initiatives by Diocese against Abuse

Jun 27, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Malindi Diocese has called for child safeguarding amid initiatives undertaken by the Kenyan Diocese to ensure the safety of children.

Poster of the ongoing virtual seminar by Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar/ Credit: Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM).

African Scholars Highlight Clericalism, Patriarchy among Instruments of Abuse in Church

May 2, 2021

Clericalism and patriarchy are among the instruments used to advance abuse in the Catholic Church and society, African scholars participating in the ongoing virtual colloquium, which members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) spearheaded have said.

Jesuit Fr. Noel Nwadike highlighted the plight of sexual abuse victims, survivors in religious communities. Credit: Fr. Noel Nwadike/JCAM

Nigerian Priest Highlights Plight of Victims, Survivors of Abuse in Religious Communities

Apr 30, 2021

A Nigerian Catholic Priest has, at a virtual colloquium, which members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have spearheaded, highlighted the plight of victims and survivors of abuse in religious communities whose experiences “leaves one speechless and devastated.”

Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar have organized a three-day colloquium that aims to  develop a concrete response to Pope Francis’s clarion call to “say ‘never again’ to every form of abuse.” Credit: Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Planned Seminar by Jesuits in Africa, Response to Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter on Abuse

Apr 11, 2021

An upcoming international colloquium organized by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar (JCAM), is a response to Pope Francis’ 2019  Apostolic Letter  “Vos estis lux mundi” that establishes procedural norms on dealing with sexual abuse in the Church, officials have said.