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Catholic Church in Sierra Leone

Emmanuel Kangayo, the chairman of Archdiocese of Freetown, Sierra Leone youth group at the World Youth Day in Lisbon. Credit: Emmanuel Kangayo

Pilgrim at 2023 WYD Remembers Young Sierra Leoneans Dwarfed by Drugs

Aug 21, 2023

"I have been praying for the young people in my country Sierra Leone who are wasting their lives away using drugs such as kush and tramadol, those who do not engage in any meaningful activities because they have lost hope in life," Emmanuel Kangayo tells ACI Africa, sharing how he spent his days at the just ended World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations in Portugal.

Fr. Peter Konteh with late Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Henry Ganda. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/Facbook

Catholic Priest Pens Colorful Tribute to Sierra Leone’s First Native Bishop

Aug 14, 2023

Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Henry Ganda was a trailblazer whose legacy will live on among Sierra Leoneans where he was the first African Bishop, a Priest in the West African country has said in his tribute to the Church leader who died aged 91.

Late Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Henry Ganda, the first Priest in Sierra Leone who passed on Wednesday 9 August 2023. Credit: Radio Maria Sierra Leone

First Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone and Pioneer Native Bishop Dies Aged 91

Aug 9, 2023

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone is mourning the passing on of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Henry Ganda, the first Priest in the West African country.

Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: Caritas Africa

Make Agriculture Attractive to Our Youth: Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone

Jul 27, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone is rallying for the strengthening of the country’s agricultural sector to attract young people who he says have resorted to begging on the streets of the West African country.

Logo of the Interreligious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL). Credit: IRCSL

Religious Leaders in Sierra Leone Appeal for Calm amid Post-Election Grievances

Jul 23, 2023

Members of the Interreligious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) are appealing to the citizens of the West African country to maintain calm as stakeholders work to resolve grievances relating to the country’s June 24 general elections.

Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Caritas Official in Sierra Leone Calls for Calm amid Chaos, “confusion”, after Tense Polls

Jun 27, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown of Sierra Leone’s Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown has urged voters in the just concluded general elections in the West African country to maintain patience and calm as they “wait for the final verified results”.

Caritas Freetown Executive Director Fr. Peter Konteh makes a presentation during the training organized for violence incidence monitors and reporters ahead of Sierra Leone's Saturday, June 24vGeneral elections. Credit: Caritas Freetown Media team

Sierra Leonean Caritas, Regional Peace Entity Partner to Train Violence Incidence Monitors

Jun 23, 2023

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Caritas Freetown have completed a training aimed at enhancing capacity to monitor and report violence before, during and after the Saturday, June 24 elections in Sierra Leone.

Caritas Freetown Executive Director Fr. Peter Konteh presents the Sierra Leone Election Pledge. Credit: Caritas Freetown Media team

Catholic Entity Appeals for Calm in Sierra Leone as Violence Rocks Days to Polls

Jun 22, 2023

The development arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone, Caritas Freetown, has appealed for calm amid reported incidents of violence across the West African nation that is preparing for its fifth presidential elections since the end of a brutal 11-year civil war that ended in 2002.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

Catholic Archbishop’s Plea ahead of General Elections in Sierra Leone

Jun 22, 2023

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Freetown in Sierra Leone has appealed to the citizens of the West African nation to maintain peace as the country prepares for the Saturday, June 24 general elections.

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

Caritas Freetown’s “peace campaign” to Push for Nonviolence ahead of Sierra Leonean Polls

Jun 18, 2023

The “peace campaign” that Caritas Freetown has launched in partnership with other entities and individual personalities has the objective of advocating for nonviolence in Sierra Leone ahead of the country’s general elections scheduled for June 24.

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

May Sierra Leone’s Elections “bring an end to violence, hatred, discord”: Caritas Official

Jun 10, 2023

“May this election bring an end to the violence, hatred, and discord that has plagued our beloved country,” the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone, Fr. Peter Konteh, has implored ahead of the June 24 general elections in the West African nation.

Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Official Urges “meaningful participation” of Youth in Sierra Leonean Politics

May 25, 2023

Concerted efforts need to be made for the youth in Sierra Leone, especially women, to have a “meaningful participation” in politics and peacebuilding initiatives in the West African nation, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in the country has said.

Bishop Bob John Koroma, ordained Bishop on May 13, 2023. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

“Let’s learn from our past mistakes”: Catholic Bishop in Sierra Leone on Need for Unity

May 15, 2023

The new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Makeni in Sierra Leone has called on the people of God under his pastoral care to embrace unity, and to shun “the spirit of divisiveness”, which he said had made them wait for a Local Ordinary for many years.

Archbishop Walter Erbì (left), Apostolic Nuncio in Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia and Bishop Bob John Hassan Koroma (right),  the new Local Ordinary of Makeni Diocese in Sierra Leone. Credit: Makeni Diocese

Catholic Bishops Called to Service, Not to “honor”: Nuncio in Sierra Leone at Consecration

May 15, 2023

The representative of the Holy Father in Sierra Leone has advised the new Bishop of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Makeni to view his Episcopal consecration as a humble service to the people of God and not a call to “honor.” 

Fr. Peter Konteh,  the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown . Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh

On Europe Day, Caritas Freetown Lauds EU Collaboration in Rebuilding Sierra Leone

May 9, 2023

Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has lauded the collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the development arm of the Catholic Church in the West African nation in rebuilding the country after years of civil war.

Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/Facebook

Take “holistic approach to malaria prevention, control”: Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone

May 1, 2023

The control and prevention of malaria require “a holistic approach”, including scientitific research, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has said. 

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL). Credit: The Calabash Newspaper/Facebook

“Early warning signs of election violence”: Sierra Leone’s Religious Leaders ahead of Poll

Apr 24, 2023

Members of the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) have observed with concern the rising cases of ethnic-based campaigns, and unrest, among other occurrences that the faith-based leaders are terming “early warning signs of conflict and election violence” as the country’s poll date approaches.

Credit: Caritas Freetown

Caritas Freetown Lauds Launch of Peace Commission ahead of Elections in Sierra Leone

Apr 23, 2023

The Executive Director of Caritas Freetown has lauded the launch of the Independent Commission for Peace and National Cohesion, noting that the body will promote stability in Sierra Leone as the country approaches its general elections scheduled for June 24.

Fr. John Michael Fillie at St. Mary’s Nursing Home & Hospital, Phoenix Park, Dublin. Fr. Fillie worked at the Hospital as Catholic Chaplain from 2013 to 2021 before he was advised to retire because of his age and the COVID-19 outbreak. Credit: Fr. John Michael Fillie

Muslim Boy Who Secretly Converted to Catholicism, Sierra Leone’s First Native Missionary

Apr 2, 2023

Inside Our Lady of Victories Gerihun Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Bo, Sierra Leone, a six-year-old boy marks time, waiting for the Irish Priest presiding over Holy Mass to give the final blessing before he falls into the Priest’s steps, begging to visit the Parochial house.

Archbishop Edward Tamba Charles of Sierra Leone's Freetown Archdiocese. Credit: SwitSalone.com

Preserve Dignity of Sierra Leone through June Polls: Catholic Archbishop to Electorate

Mar 27, 2023

Sierra Leoneans have the opportunity to make their country a better place by electing good leaders on June 24, the Archbishop of Freetown has said.