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

On SECAM Day, Catholic Bishops in Africa Appeal for “inclusive culture, rooted in Christ”

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa have “passionately” appealed to the people of God on the continent to avoid divisions, striving to embrace an inclusive culture that is rooted in Christ.

Some Ghanaian Catholic Basic School Pupils of Accra who while at home are to participate in the virtual Television lessons being organised by organised for Basic and Senior High Schools by the Ghana Education Service and Ghana Broadcasting Corporation which kick-started on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Catholic Education Leadership in Ghana Lauds TV Learning Program as “good initiative”

The Catholic education authority in Ghana has applauded efforts by the government to launch a virtual television learning program, which the Accra-based leadership says will keep learners engaged away from schools that were closed in March to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the West African nation.  

A Poster for the National Prayer and Fasting from April 24 to 26, 2020 in Ghana. / Christian Council of Ghana.

Pray Not to Question God’s Existence during COVID-19, Religious Leaders in Ghana Implore

Christians in Ghana ended their three-day National prayer and fasting to seek God’s intervention and direction in the fight against COVID-19, with religious leaders cautioning against the temptation to question God’s existence in the difficult pandemic times.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra in Ghana / Radio Angelus/Ghana

“Caution, yes, not stigmatization,” Ghanaian Prelate on Relating with COVID-19 Patients

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected at least 1042 people in Ghana and caused the deaths of nine, a Prelate in the West African nation has appealed to the citizens not to stigmatize those who have fallen victim to the disease.

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference receiving a Cheque for GHc100,000 ($20,000) from the leadership of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, a Catholic Friendly Society in Ghana at National Catholic Secretariat on April 15, 2020. / Marshallan Communications Team.

Catholic Groups in Ghana Respond to Bishops’ Appeal to Support Health Facilities

Different Catholic Groups in Ghana have heeded to the appeal by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) for financial assistance in its nine-month National Emergency Response Plan to combat COVID-19 by donating towards the purchase of hospital equipment and food for the needy in the West African country.

Live Broadcast of Private Mass Gaining Traction in Ghana amid COVID-19

The practice of live streaming private celebrations of the Holy Eucharist by members of the clergy in the West African nation of Ghana is gaining traction days after Church leaders announced the suspension of public Mass.

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

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.

Rev. Dr.  Kwabena Opuni Frimpong

Ghanaian Cleric Suggests Change of Easter Date amid Calls for Online Church Services

Following a presidential directive to suspend all public religious activities in Ghana for four weeks in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, a religious leader in the west African country has called for the setting of a new date for Easter celebration, expressing concerns that the suspension extends beyond the current date Easter Sunday, April 12.

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Vincentians in Africa Challenged to Value “effective communication” as Leaders

National leaders of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) from English speaking African countries have been challenged to see the value of “effective communication” in their practice of leadership at various National Conferences.

Government Officials in Ghana Say No to Planned LGBTQ Meeting After Protests

Days after Religious leaders in Ghana raised concerns over a Pan Africa International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex Association meeting that was planned to be held in the West African country in July this year, a section of government leaders in the country have said that the meeting will not happen.

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

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

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."

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Shelve “swords of hatred, bitterness,” Bishops in Ghana Appeal in Lenten Pastoral Letter

The nurturing of peace and the shunning of “hatred, anger, bitterness, quarrels and killings” are key highlights in the Lenten Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops in Ghana, written in the context of the country’s general elections slated to take place on December 7.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra thanking  former Ghanaian President Jerry John Rawlings for attending the 75th Anniversary celebration of the St. Paul parish at Kpehe in Accra on February 9, 2020. / Damian Avevor

“Back your prayer of words with actions,” Ghana’s Former President at Diamond Jubilee

At the climax celebration to mark 75 years since the establishment of a Church in Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese, the former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings urged followers of Christ in the West African country to “back their prayer of thoughts and words with actions to achieve desired responses and results, as prayer alone was insufficient to solve their problems.”

Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, Episcopal Chairman of Health in Ghana (2nd from right) being supported by Tove Dengbol, Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Ibrahim Bakayoko, the Regional Manager, West and Central Africa of Novo Nordisk and Bishop Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum of Koforidua Diocese to cut the tape to commission the St. Pauline Clinic at the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra on February 7, 2020. / Damian Avevor.

Catholic-sponsored Clinic “dedicated to diabetic care” Launched in Ghana

As the universal Church marked the 28th World Day of the Sick February 11, the Catholic Church in Ghana through the National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) launched the St Pauline Clinic, dedicated to diabetic care.

Ghanaian Catholic Schools Hold Contest to Boost Performance in Science Subjects

With statistics from the Ghana Education Service (GES) indicating poor performance in Science and Mathematics subjects in the country, 21 Catholic Basic Schools in Ghana converged in the country’s capital city, Accra, to battle in a National Science and Mathematics quiz aimed to boost their performance in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Participants in a Health Walk And Blood Donation Exercise Organized by the Catholic Archdiocese Of Accra.

Ghanaian Catholics Donate Blood Amid Looming Shortage

With alarming statistics indicating that one out of three Ghanaians will need blood to save their lives, a campaign that targeted Catholics in the West African nation to donate the “gift of life” was started in 2019, with six out of the 20 dioceses involved in the voluntary exercise, a Coordinator of the campaign told ACI Africa correspondent in an interview Tuesday, February 4.

Some Catholic Health Professionals at the St. Maurice Parish, La, Accra during the commemoration of World Day of the Sick in 2019. / Damian Avevor

Catholic Health Professionals in Ghana: “ready to promote human dignity and Life”

As the universal Church prepares to mark the 28th World Day of the Sick on February 11, the Catholic Health Professionals Guild in Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese has outlined a series of activities to commemorate the day, geared towards the promotion of human dignity and life.

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, John Bonaventure Kwofie, convener of "Conversations in the Cathedral", a forum bringing together secular and religious leaders to discuss issues of common concern in Ghana

Celebrate Christmas by Encountering “abandoned, marginalized, forgotten”: Ghanaian Prelate

During the December 11 maiden forum of discussion bringing together religious and secular leaders in Ghana termed “Conversations in the Cathedral,” the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, John Bonaventure Kwofie used the opportunity of the Advent Season to invite Christians in the West African nation to be mindful of the needy in society.

Sisters of the Congregation of the Handmaids of Divine Redeemer (HDR) posing with some of the Books they presented to Fr. Patrick Tindana, Director of Mission of Office of the Accra Archdiocese at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Adabraka, Accra, Ghana / Mission Office, Accra Archdiocese

Planned Bookfair in Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese to Create Missionary Awareness

In an effort to intensify the evangelization mission of the Church after last month’s celebration of  Extraordinary Missionary Month (EMMOCT2019), which Pope Francis announced, the newly-created Mission Office of Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese has organized a bookfair aimed at creating missionary awareness.