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Catholic Church in Sierra Leone

Participants at a Saturday, January 28 girls' conference in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Caritas Freetown Official Calls for Renewed Fight against FGM in Sierra Leone

Jan 30, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has called for renewed awareness of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a rampant practice in the West African country that he says is denying young girls opportunities in life.

Fr. Peter Konteh, Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/Facebook

Catholic Priest Decries Rampant Use of Illicit “kush” ahead of Elections in Sierra Leone

Jan 19, 2023

The use of a cheap and dangerous drug known as kush has become widespread among the youth in Sierra Leone, a situation that a Catholic Priest in the West African country finds alarming.

Fr. Peter Konteh, Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/Facebook

Priest in Sierra Leone Advocates for Freedom of Expression in Fighting Hate Speech

Jan 9, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has called on authorities in the West African country to respect the people’s right to express themselves freely, even as the country continues to fight hate speech.

Fr. Michael Baimba Conteh, the foundation of GreenEnv Agribusiness Company in Sierra Leone's Diocese of Makeni. Credit:Fr. Michael Baimba Conteh

Catholic Priest’s Value Addition Project Changing Fortunes for Farmers in Sierra Leone

Jan 8, 2023

Fr. Michael Baimba Conteh believes that the best way to make the message of the Gospel a reality among the people is by meeting their biggest need. And for the people served by the Catholic Diocese of Makeni in northern Sierra Leone, the biggest challenge is getting out of poverty.

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Archbishop in Sierra Leone Remembers “good grandpa” in Tribute to Pope Benedict XVI

Jan 5, 2023

The Archbishop of Freetown in Sierra Leone has paid tribute to Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, describing him as a loving grandfather of the Church who left a treasure for upcoming theologians.

Credit: Caritas Freetown

Catholic Project Volunteer for Sierra Loene’s Ebola Survivors Recounts Ordeal with Scourge

Dec 29, 2022

Sometime in 2014, as Sierra Leone was healing from the devastation of the civil war that had ravished the entire country, another disaster struck, Ebola.

Ishmeal Alfred Charles, the Caritas Freetown Programs Manager and In Country Manager for HealeyIRF Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Partners with Relief Agency in New Health Program in Sierra Leone

Dec 24, 2022

The development arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has been selected as the implementing partner of a project by the Healey International Relief Foundation (HealeyIRF), a development agency that seeks to improve health access in the West African country.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during an interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Caritas Freetown

“Are we mad?” Archbishop in Sierra Leone on Resilience amid COVID-19, Global Conflict

Dec 19, 2022

With the protracted fight against COVID-19 and its harsh economic implications that were compounded by the war in Ukraine, Christians have demonstrated a great sense of resilience, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone says.  

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles (left) and Rev. Sahid. Credit: Courtesy Photo

After Bashing, Archdiocese of Freetown Affirms Archbishop’s Commitment to Country’s Peace

Dec 8, 2022

The development arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has responded to claims that the Local Ordinary has abandoned his duty of resolving conflicts in the West African nation, saying that the allegations made by one of the evangelical Church leaders in the country are “baseless” and intended to harm the Catholic Church in the country.

Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone Dedicates National Awards to Hardworking Caritas Team

Dec 7, 2022

Fr. Peter Konteh, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown, is this year’s winner of the Sierra Leone Leadership Award.

Sierra Leone's Minister for Gender Manty Tarawalli (centre) with campaigners after the GEWE Bill was passed. Credit: Trócaire

Official of Catholic Church Entity Says Gender Bill in Sierra Leone “great win” for Women

Nov 29, 2022

An official of the overseas development of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trócaire, has lauded the passing into law of the Gender Equality Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) Bill in Sierra Leone as a great win for women and a step towards their advancement.

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL). Credit: IRCSL

Religious Leaders in Sierra Conducting Civic Education to Prevent Post-election Chaos

Nov 27, 2022

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) are conducting voter education and training of faith-based leaders in the West African nation to ensure that the country holds free, fair and peaceful elections slated for June next year.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during an interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Catholic Archbishop in Sierra Leone Faults Political Parties Apathy on Peace ahead of Poll

Nov 25, 2022

Leading political parties in Sierra Leone have given peace initiatives in the country a wide berth, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has said, and expressed concern that the conduct of the parties casts a dark shadow over the possibility of the country having a peaceful poll in June next year.

Mary Brima, a beneficiary of the Caritas Freetown -Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) project for victims of Sexual and Gender-Based violence during an interview with ACI Africa. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Empowering Women to Tame Gender-Based Violence in Sierra Leone

Nov 14, 2022

Two years ago, Mary Brima decided to leave her husband who had abused her for seven years. It was her second marriage after her husband and her only son were killed in the 11-year Sierra Leonean civil war that ended in 2002.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Archdiocese of Freetown during the interview with ACI Africa at his office in Freetown. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Archbishop of Freetown Lauds Steady Growth of Catholic Church in Sierra Leone

Nov 13, 2022

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone is gradually moving towards a “locally-led” Church, the Local Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Freetown has said, acknowledging the steady growth of Parishes in the West African nation where the biggest percentage of believers are Muslims.

One of the toilets offered by Caritas Freetown to the Culvert Slum Community in Sierra Leone. Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown’s Toilets Initiative Restoring Dignity of Sierra Leone’s Slum Residents

Nov 7, 2022

Culvert slum’s version of hanging toilets are little wooden, plastic and stone structures fitted with pipes that pour into the sewage that runs below them.

Fr. Gabriel Luseni shows a certificate he was awarded for his contribution towards the promotion of education in Sierra Leone. Credit: ACI Africa

Sierra Leonean Priest Finds Solace in Writing after Stroke, Becomes Celebrated Author

Nov 6, 2022

One glance at Fr. Gabriel Luseni’s room and you can tell that he loves books. With an extension of a tiny washroom and a corridor leading away from it, the room on the ground floor of the residence of the Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans) in Sierra Leone’s Catholic Diocese of Bo is decorated with pictures of Africa’s top authors hanging on the walls. 

Participants at the AGIAMONDO workshop that brought together peace workers in Sierra Leone

Caritas Freetown Gears Up for Sierra Leonean Polls in Initiative for Peace Workers

Nov 6, 2022

The Justice and Peace arm of Caritas Freetown has joined organizations working to ensure that the June 2023 elections in Sierra Leone are free of chaos.

Participants at the AGIAMONDO workshop that brought together peace workers in Sierra Leone

Catholic Peace Entity in Sierra Leone Concerned about “fragile” Security ahead of Polls

Nov 6, 2022

The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of Caritas Freetown has expressed concern over a rise in crime and violence in Sierra Leone as the country approaches general elections slated for June 2023.

Children exchange pleasantries after Sunday Holy Mass at St. Mary's, Fatima Interim Care Center. Credit: ACI Africa

How Sierra Leonean Priest Birthed Home for Vulnerable Children amid War Devastation

Nov 3, 2022

Five-year-old Alusine wants to be a soldier when he grows up “to arrest all bad men.” Asked to name his village, Alulu, as he is fondly referred to at St. Mary’s Fatima Interim Care Centre in River Number Two estate outside Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, says he comes from “Emergency!”