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Msgr. Dieudonné Datonou (left) Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and Bishop-elect Hassa Florent Koné of Mali's San Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

New Catholic Bishop for Mali’s San Diocese, Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi Appointed

Pope Francis has, in his latest appointments, named a new Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of San in the West African nation of Mali and his representative in Burundi. 

Sisters of Our Lady of Schönstatt who are serving in Burundi’s Catholic Diocese of Muyinga have decided to build a pastoral centre where the group meetings, retreats, workshops and other events can be held. Credit: ACN

Catholic Charity Reaches Out to Sisters in Burundi Facing Eviction from Premises

Three Sisters of Our Lady of Schönstatt who are serving in Burundi’s Catholic Diocese of Muyinga risk being evicted from their premises at a private property and are in urgent need of help to build their community elsewhere.

Ten-year-old Ibrahim, a Congolese refugee living in Burundi who has a physical disability. He is among the beneficiaries of the JRS education initiative for children with special needs. / Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Great Lakes

Jesuit Agency Facilitating Education of Refugee Children with Special Needs in Burundi

The international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service, (JRS), is facilitating the education of refugee children with special needs in Burundi, the leadership of the agency has reported.

Mahama Refugee Camp in Rwanda. / Caritas Rwanda.

Caritas Internationalis Restoring Dignity of Thousands of Burundian Refugees in Rwanda

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is helping restore the dignity of Burundian refugees in Rwanda’s Mahama Refugee Camp by striving toward their self-dependence.

Some persons with disabilities at the Salesian Parish in Rukago, Burundi. / Salesian Missions

Salesians to Establish Vocational Centre for People with Disabilities in Burundi

Plans are underway to establish a vocational center to aid in the social integration of people living with disabilities in the East-Central African nation of Burundi.

Map showing Salesian Missionary presence across the globe.

Salesians’ Development Entity Highlights its COVID-19 Interventions in Africa

The leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has, in a report shared with ACI Africa, provided an overview of some of COVID-19 interventions undertaken in various parts of the world, including Africa.

On World Humanitarian Day, Salesians Review Their Interventions in Burundi, Malawi

On the occasion of this year’s World Humanitarian Day marked Wednesday, August 19, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have, through a report by their U.S.-based development office, looked back at their various interventions around the world including two countries in Africa.

New Retirement Home for Bishops in Burundi. / Website of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Burundi (CECAB)

Retired Prelate Pledges Prayers on Launch of Bishops’ Home in Burundi

A retired Prelate of the Archdiocese of Bujumbura in Burundi has promised to continue praying for the people of God in the East African country at the launch of a newly inaugurated diocesan retirement home for Bishops in the country’s capital.

Church Leaders in Burundi pray for new President, Evariste Ndayishimiye during inauguration ceremony, Thursday, June 18.

“Bring back refugees, intellectuals, renew ties,” Bishop Tells Burundi’s New President

At the inauguration of Burundi’s new President, Evariste Ndayishimiye, a Prelate in the East African nation has called on the new Head of State to prioritize the repatriation of refugees and “intellectuals in exile” and the fostering of partnerships with other nations of the world alongside peace initiatives.

Late President Pierre Nkurunziza praying at a campaign rally in Burundi's capital, Bujumbura.

Bishops in Burundi Call on Citizens to Honor Late President for “giving priority to God”

Members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi (CECAB) have, in a collective statement, called on Burundians to come together following the death of their country’s President to safeguard his legacy of “giving priority to God in everything.”

Late President Pierre Nkurunziza and wife Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza at a national Prayer for Peace in Bujumbura.

Burundi's Government Calls for “calm, prayers” Following the President’s Death

Government officials in Burundi have asked the citizens of the East African nation “to remain calm” and to pray for the soul of their country’s President, Pierre Nkurunziza who died Monday, June 8 at the age of 55.

Members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi (CECAB). / SOS Media Burundi

“We refuse to be confused with any competing political party”: Bishops in Burundi

Members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi (CECAB) have, in a collective statement, contested the attempt to relate them with political parties amid controversies around the recent general election and clarify that their forum did not file a case in the country's Constitutional Court.

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

Bishops in Burundi Denounce Recent General Elections, Highlight “many irregularities”

Members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi (CECAB) have denounced the recent general elections in their country alleging “many irregularities”, which they say put to question the outcome of the poll announced Monday, May 25.

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

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.

Irene Kyamummi, 2020 Harambee Prize winner in a past interview in Kampala, Uganda. / Harambee Africa International

Ugandan Medic Clinches Prestigious 2020 Award of a Rome-based Institution

Irene Kyamummi, a Ugandan doctor who has had a career stint in neighboring Kenya is the winner of “the XI Harambee Prize 2020” for her selflessness in promoting health standards among vulnerable groups in the two East African countries, an official of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based association that is giving the prize, told ACI Africa Wednesday, March 3.

The late Rwandan Gospel Singer, 38-year-old Kizito Mihigo who was found dead in police cells in Kigale on the morning of Monday, February 17, 2020.

Rwandan Gospel Singer, Former Seminarian, 1994 Genocide Survivor, Dead in Police Cells

Kizito Mihigo, a popular gospel singer in the Central African nation of Rwanda who has been described as a “devout Catholic known for songs promoting healing and forgivingness” was Monday, February 17 morning, found dead in police cells in the country’s capital, Kigali.

Bishop-elect Fr. Salvator Niciteretse of Bururi diocese, Burundi

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bururi Bishop in Burundi, Appoints Successor

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Vennat Bacinoni from the pastoral care of Bururi Diocese in Burundi and, at the same time, appointed his successor, Burundian Fr. Salvator Niciteretse.

Members of the Standing Committee of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC)

Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda Bishops Reaffirm Commitment “to be witnesses, artisans of peace”

The Bishops at the helm of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) that brings together heads of dioceses in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda have, in their Ordinary session, reaffirmed their commitment to working for peace in their region faced with insecurity and political instability.

Bishop Georges Bizimana (Right), Newly Appointed Bishop of Ngonzi Diocese, Burundi and Bishop-elect Fr. Nicolas Nadju Bab (Left) of Lai Diocese in Chad.

Pope Appoints New Bishops for Dioceses in Burundi, Chad

Pope Francis on Tuesday, December 17 appointed Bishop Georges Bizimana who has been the coadjutor of Burundi’s Bonanza Diocese as the new Bishop of Ngonzi Diocese, located in the central part of the landlocked nation that is the meeting point between the African Great Lakes region and East Africa.

Flag of Burundi

Burundi Bishops’ Concerns about 2020 Elections Infuriate Government, Calls for Defrocking

The concerns, which the Catholic Bishops of Burundi have raised regarding the general elections in their country slated to take place next year, have infuriated the government, with some high-ranking officials calling for the Bishops to be deprived of their ecclesiastical status, various international media have reported.