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Catholic Church in Benin

Bishop Eugène Cyrille Houndékon reading the message of members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: CEB

Pray, Fast for “true peace”: Benin’s Catholic Bishops in Lenten Message

Feb 11, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Benin are inviting the people of God in the West African nation to engage in various forms of prayer and to fast during the Lenten season that begins on Ash Wednesday, February 14, for “true peace” in the country. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: Presidency of Benin

Bishops in Benin Appeal for “concrete actions, behaviors” to Foster Christian Unity

Jan 23, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Benin have appealed to the people of God in the West African nation to settle for lifestyles that contribute to the fostering of Christian unity in the country. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: CEB

Five Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in Benin Want Addressed for Peace “preservation”

Jan 22, 2024

Catholic Bishops in Benin have, at the end of their ordinary assembly, highlighted five challenges the people of God in the West African country are facing, which they want addressed for lasting peace. 

Michael Cardinal Czerny during the 20 January 2024 round table in Benin. Credit: Archdiocese of Cotonou

Vatican Cardinal Advocates for Church-State “synergy” for Green Church Program in Benin

Jan 21, 2024

The Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) has advocated for a Church-State “synergy” in the realization of the “Green Church Program”, an initiative of Benin’s Cotonou Archdiocese that “aims to bring about an ecological conversion among the faithful of the Catholic Church.”

Michael Cardinal Czerny during the 19 January 2024 meeting with pastoral agents in Benin. Credit: Archdiocese of Cotonou

“Breathe fresh air into the whole Church”: Vatican Cardinal to Benins’ Pastoral Agents

Jan 20, 2024

Michael Cardinal Czerny, who has been in Benin for a four-day pastoral trip, has used the image of “a lung” to remind the Pastoral Agents in the West African nation about their ability to “breathe” freshness into Universal Catholicism.

Michael Cardinal Czerny during Holy Mass at St. Michael Parish of Benin’s Cotonou Archdiocese on 19 January 2024. Credit: Archdiocese of Cotonou

“Implement everything that promotes life”: Vatican Cardinal at Mass in Benin

Jan 20, 2024

There is need for followers of Christ to do everything in their power to foster life, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD), who has been in Benin for a four-day pastoral trip has said. 

Fr. Théophile Akoha, Vicar General of the Catholic Archdiocese of Cotonou. Credit: Archdiocese of Cotonou

Catholic Archdiocese in Benin Aims for “ecological conversion” in “Green Church Program”

Jan 16, 2024

Benin’s Catholic Archdiocese of Cotonou is aiming to achieve “ecological conversion” through an initiative dubbed “Green Church Program”, an official in the Archdiocese has said. 

Michael Cardinal Czerny, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD). Credit: Caritas Africa

Vatican Cardinal to Visit Catholic Hospital, Meet Bishops in 4-day Pastoral Trip to Benin

Jan 15, 2024

The Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD) is scheduled to be in the West African nation of Benin for a four-day visit that is to start on Wednesday, January 17.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: Presidency of Benin

Homosexuality “contrary to God's will since the creation of the world”: Bishops in Benin

Dec 22, 2023

Same-sex tendencies and practices are in contravention of the will of God from creation, Catholic Bishops in Benin have said. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: CEB

Address “soaring prices of basic necessities”: Catholic Bishops in Benin to Government

Nov 26, 2023

There is need for the government of Benin to address the rising cost of living in the West African nation, Catholic Bishops in the country have said. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: Presidency of Benin

Bishops in Benin Call for Prayers for Deadly Fire Victims on Feast of Archangels

Sep 28, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Benin have expressed their solidarity with families of over 35 people who died in a September 23 fire incident at a shop in the southeastern part of the country, announcing a day of prayer in memory of those who died in the inferno.

Pope Francis prays at his Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square on April 12, 2023. | Daniel Ibáñez/CNA

Pope Francis Expresses Spiritual Closeness with Victims of Deadly Fire in Benin

Sep 27, 2023

Pope Francis has expressed his spiritual closeness with victims of a fire incident at a shop in Southeastern Benin that reportedly resulted in the death of more than 35 people. 

Members of the Catholic Christian Observatory for Governance (OCCG), an organ of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) during the September 12 press conference. Credit: CEB

Bishops in Benin Call for “critical, creative conscience” ahead of Population Conference

Sep 14, 2023

Ahead of the national conference on population growth and development in Benin, the leadership of the Catholic Christian Observatory for Governance (OCCG), an organ of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB), is calling on citizens to follow the deliberations with a “critical and creative conscience.”

Bishop Bernard de Clairvaux Toha Wontacien of Djougou Diocese in Benin. Credit: Charles Ayetan/ACI Africa

Interreligious Dialogue “promising way of fostering tolerance”: Catholic Bishop in Benin

Aug 13, 2023

Interreligious dialogue is the only way to foster peace and tolerance between various faiths in Benin, Bishop Bernard de Clairvaux Toha Wontacien of Djougou Diocese in Benin has said.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: Presidency of Benin

Catholic Bishops in Benin Urge Youth to “cultivate spirit of creativity, entrepreneurship”

May 28, 2023

Young people who nurture “creativity and entrepreneurship” are unlikely to get involved in crime, Catholic Bishops in Benin have said, and urged the leadership of the West African nation to strategize for “job creators rather than job seekers”. 

Mons. Coffi Roger Anoumou, appointed Bishop of Benin's Lokossa Diocese on 4 March 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints Rector of St. Paul Major Seminary in Benin Bishop of Lokossa Diocese

Mar 4, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Coffi Roger Anoumou who has been serving as the Rector of St. Paul Major Seminary, Djimè, in Benin as the Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Lokossa in the West African nation.

Credit: Courtesy Photo

Benin Catholic Bishops Condole with Road Accident Victims, Express “spiritual closeness”

Jan 30, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Benin have condoled with victims of the tragic road accident that reportedly killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more on Sunday, January 29.

Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesians in Benin’s Kandi Diocese Reaching Out to “abused, abandoned children”

Jan 17, 2023

Foyer Don Bosco, a children’s home under the auspices of members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Catholic Diocese of Kandi, Benin, is providing for the basic needs of “abused and abandoned children”.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). Credit: Presidency of Benin

Catholic Bishops in Benin Concerned about “high cost of living, growing poverty”

Jan 7, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Benin are concerned about the “high cost of living and growing poverty” in the West African nation.

Credit: Salesian Missions

Human Rights Day: Salesians Highlight Vulnerable Youth Empowerment Initiatives in Africa

Dec 12, 2022

On the annual event of Human Rights Day marked December 10, officials of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), have highlighted programs empowering vulnerable young people across the world, including Africa, focusing on initiatives that help the youth understand their rights.