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Creation of Jobs at Family, Private Levels Can Curb Youth Migration: Priest in Ivory Coast

A member of the Clergy in Ivory Coast has urged the establishment of employment opportunities at family and private levels, saying such initiatives have the potentiality of curbing youth migration.

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast with administrative authorities during the official ceremony of their 117th plenary Assembly. / Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI)

Amid Search for Peace “we must not give in to discouragement”: Bishops in Ivory Coast

Against the backdrop of a socio-political tension in Ivory Coast, Catholic Bishops in the country are urging the people of God to not give up in the search of the much-needed peace.

A poster announcing the closing Mass of the 125 years of Evangelization in Ivory Coast slated for January 24. / Radio Espoir Côte d'Ivoire.

Church in Ivory Coast to Spearhead “integral human development” Initiatives This Year

The Catholic Church in Ivory Coast has planned to spearhead initiatives that foster integral human development in view of mitigating the effects of COVID-19 among the people of God in the West African nation, the Secretary-General of the Bishops’ conference has said.

Bishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo appointed by Pope Francis as the Archbishop of Korhogo Archdiocese in Northern Ivory Coast. / Vatican Media

Ivorian Prelate Heading Catholic Bishops’ Conference Appointed Archbishop

The President of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI), Bishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo, has been appointed the Archbishop of Korhogo Archdiocese in Northern Ivory Coast.

Saint Paul Cathedral Abidjan. /

Victims of Election Violence in Ivory Coast the Focus of Holy Mass on Sunday

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is offering help and comfort to migrants leaving Africa for Europe through Mali, housing them and providing them with “support and advice on their journey.”

President Alassane Ouattara (right) and his main opponent, former head of state Henri Konan Bedie (left). /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Urge President, Opposition Leader to “continue, intensify dialogue”

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have called on the President and one of the opposition leaders in the West African country to “continue and intensify” the recently initiated dialogue and resolve the post-election standoff following the contested October 31 poll.

The Single Ballot ticket for the October 31 presidential election in Ivory Coast. /

Ivory Coast’s “pre-election situation worrying,” Cleric Says, Highlights Peace Initiatives

Ahead of Ivory Coast’s Presidential election scheduled for Saturday, October 31, a Cleric ministering in the West African nation says the pre-election mood is a cause for concern and highlights some initiatives Church leaders are undertaking to advocate for peace amid rising tensions.

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast during an ecumenical prayer service held Wednesday, October 14. / Alliance of Religions for Peace in Ivory Coast (ARPI)

Ahead of Presidential Polls in Ivory Coast, Religious Leaders Appeal for Dialogue, Peace

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the Presidential election scheduled for October 31 amid persistent tensions.

A poster calling on Ivorians to embrace peace amid political tensions. / Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast

Lay Catholic Association in Ivory Coast Encourages Citizens to Be “sowers of peace”

The members of Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast, an organization that is part of the Rome-based Lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, have issued a statement on the rising political tensions in the West African nation of Ivory Coast ahead of the presidential election scheduled for October.

Fr. Emmanuel Wohi Nin (left) Secretary-General of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) presenting the Pastoral Letter of the Bishops on Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace, at a press conference Tuesday, July 21. /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Highlight Conditions for Achieving Reconciliation, Justice, Peace

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have, in their Pastoral Letter, highlighted the conditions necessary for achieving reconciliation, justice and peace in the West African nation amid rising political tensions ahead of the presidential election scheduled for October 2020.

Late Bishop Pierre-Marie Coty, Bishop Emeritus of Daloa Diocese in Ivory Coast who died Friday, July 17, 2020 /

Ivorian Clergy, Laity Pay Glowing Tribute to Bishop Who Wrote the National Anthem

Members of the Clergy and the Laity including government officials in Ivory Coast have paid glowing tribute to the Bishop Emeritus of Daloa, Pierre-Marie Coty, known for writing the lyrics to the West African country’s National Anthem.

The premises of the National Catholic Radio (NCR) in Ivory Coast. /

Ivorian Catholic Radio Management Takes “bitter option, suspends broadcasts” Indefinitely

The leadership of the National Catholic Radio (NCR) in Ivory Coast has decided to suspend “broadcasts and all radio related activities” indefinitely, a decision that has been occasioned by financial limitations amid COVID-19 crisis, an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) has said.

Cheick Aïma Boikary Fofana, President of the Superior Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM). /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Pay Tribute to Muslim Leader Known for Interreligious Dialogue

Following the death of the President of the Higher Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM) in Ivory Coast, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have, in a collective statement, expressed their condolences and spiritual closeness to the Muslim community, describing the late Ivorian religious leader as “a great figure of interreligious dialogue.”

Logo Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI). /

Celebration of Public Mass in Ivory Coast to Resume Sunday with 200-Person Congregation

Following the decision by the government of Ivory Coast to ease restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced the lifting of the suspension on the celebration of Mass in public effective May 17 and directed Priests to ensure those in attendance do not exceed 200.  

Logo Catholic Education Secretariat Ivory Coast. /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Want “jobs and salaries of employees” Maintained amid COVID-19

Bishops in Ivory Coast have called on the Catholic Education Secretariat to “maintain the jobs and salaries of employees” in the West African nation despite challenges occasioned by COVID-19.

A vendor selling face masks in Ivory's Coast economic capital, Abidjan. /

“In addition to prayer, we give free masks to less privileged”: Church in Ivory Coast

The Catholic Church in the West African nation of Ivory Coast has started the distribution of face masks to members of society considered “less privileged and vulnerable” in an exercise meant to complement daily prayers, the Secretary General of the Bishops’ conference has said.

Bishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo, Bishop of Katiola, Ivory Coast, President of the Episcopal Conference of the Ivory Coast (CECCI) /

“Universal charity, solidarity, prayer” Necessary in Combating COVID-19: Ivorian Bishop

There is a necessity for governments around the world to join hands in the fight against COVID-19 if the disease that has infected at least one million people across the globe and claimed tens of thousands of lives is to be managed in good time, an Ivorian Bishop has said.

Catholic Christians use sanitizer provided by the Church to clean their hands to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after a Sunday Mass at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi, Kenya. March 15, 2020. / REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

What Church Leaders in Africa Have Instructed to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

The pandemic of coronavirus that has spread to well over 80 countries across the world including at least 26 in Africa has prompted the taking of precautionary measures aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly virus, with the global death toll having surpassed 5,300.

Panelists at the meeting of Religious Leaders in Ivory Coast. /

Link Between Religion, Politics, Peace Discussed at Ivorian Religious Leaders’ Meeting

Following a series of statements by Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast calling for reconciliation and peaceful elections in the country, religious leaders in the West African nation have, in a panel discussion, explained the relationship between religion, politics and peace.

Facilitators at the Four-day Training Session for Pastoral Agents in Ivory Coast. / CECCI

Pastoral Agents in Ivory Coast Trained to be “involved in the life of the society”

The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace in the West African nation of Ivory Coast is organizing a training seminar for pastoral agents in a bid to broaden their understanding of the Social Doctrine of the Church so that they are “more involved in the life of the society to which they belong.”