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Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: CEM/Facebook

Despite Wins against Insurgency in Cabo Delgado, Bishops in Mozambique Call for Caution

Nov 15, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have, in a collective statement, called for caution and a careful assessment of the security situation in the Southern African nation amid reports that the country is registering wins in the fight against insurgency in the country’s Cabo Delgado Province.

Late Alexandre José Maria Cardinal dos Santos in an interview with Sheila Pires. Credit: Sheila Pires

Mozambique’s First Cardinal Eulogized as “a man dedicated to communion and collegiality”

Oct 1, 2021

The first Cardinal in Mozambique who died Wednesday, September 29 has been eulogized as a Catholic Church leader who was committed to the communion of the people of God and who fostered collaboration with other Church leaders.

Four student “champions” who have advanced to the CEM National Bible quiz and Recitation from the book of Isaiah, at Ilorin Kwara state. Credit: Religious Freedom Coalition

Nigerian Children Displaced by Torching of Orphanage Beat Odds to Enter Bible Competition

Sep 6, 2021

Children who were left homeless after their orphanage was burnt down by armed Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s Plateau State have resumed their Bible study lessons in readiness for a State competition.

Some members of the Episcopal Conference of Madagascar (CEM) with President Andry Rajoelina at a July 29 meeting. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Catholic Church not involved in politics”: Catholic Bishops in Madagascar Tell President

Aug 2, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Madagascar have told the President of the Indian Ocean Island country that the Church and her leadership exist, not to engage in politics, but to offer spiritual support and advice to all members of society including political leaders for the welfare of the country.

Map showing the various regions in Mali. Credit: Public Domain

Catholic Priest among Five People Kidnapped in Mali’s Mopti Diocese

Jun 22, 2021

A Catholic Priest serving in Mali’s Mopti Diocese is among five people who were reportedly abducted Monday, June 21 morning by gunmen, a Cleric in the West African nation has confirmed.

Bishop Jonas Dembélé reading the message of the members of the Episcopal Conference of Mali (CEM)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Mali Strongly Condemn “seizure of power,” Urge Constructive Dialogue

May 27, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Mali have, in a collective statement, expressed their strong condemnation of what they call “seizure of power outside the legal process” in the West African nation and called for constructive dialogue.

The cover page of the study on “Trafficking in Persons, Organs and Parts of the Human Body in central Mozambique” presented on 18 May 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops’ Study in Mozambique Shows Poor Women, Children among Trafficking Victims

May 20, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique have, in a study, established various categories of victims of human trafficking, including “poor women, children and adolescents.”

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Amid Attacks, Mozambique’s Bishops Express Solidarity with All Yearning for Dignified life

Apr 19, 2021

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have expressed their solidarity with all those affected by the violence in the Province of Cabo Delgado within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba and “yearn for a dignified life.”

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique during their first plenary assembly in Maputo.

Bishops in Mozambique Call for Protection of Thousands Displaced by Cabo Delgado Violence

Apr 19, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Mozambique are calling for the protection of the hundreds of thousands of people who have been displaced amid the Cabo Delgado violence in the Northernmost part of the Southern African nation.

The Flag of Mozambique / Public Domain

Amid COVID-19, Clergy Need Revitalizing for Fruitful Ministry: Mozambican Cleric

Jan 28, 2021

Faced with COVID-19 challenges, including restrictions, members of the Clergy are expected to “revitalize” in order to attend to the needs of the people of God under their pastoral care, a Catholic Priest ministering in Mozambique’s Maputo Archdiocese has told ACI Africa correspondent.

Bishops in Mozambique Convene Interreligious Symposium on Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti

Dec 13, 2020

A symposium focusing on fraternal living that is emphasized in Pope Francis’ most recent Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti brought together Christians from different denominations in Mozambique, Muslims as well as believers from the Hindu community who learnt the importance of living together in harmony.

Participants at the training aimed at creating awareness about human rights violations in Mozambique.

Training on Violation of Rights Awareness for Mozambican Dioceses Lauded as Beneficial

Dec 13, 2020

The training aimed at creating awareness about human rights violation in Mozambique that took place earlier this week has been lauded as beneficial to community members at the grassroots.

Strengthening of Charitable Activities in Mozambique can Alleviate Suffering: Bishops

Dec 1, 2020

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have suggested strengthening charitable activities as a way to help alleviate the suffering of people affected by attacks in the Southern African country that is faced with protracted violence.

Families fleeing violence in the Cabo Delgado province arrive at the port city of Pemba.

Bishops in Mozambique Express “fraternal closeness” With Violence-stricken Citizens

Nov 18, 2020

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have expressed their solidarity with the people of God in the Province of Cabo Delgado, within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba who are experiencing violent attacks from jihadists. 

From left to right, Seminarians José Jaime Changa Meque, Stivini Elias and Rachide Lazaro Zacarias.

Grim Future for Mozambique’s Seminarians as Bishops Cancel 2020 Academic Year

Sep 28, 2020

When Bishops in Mozambique announced the cancellation of the academic year 2020 in all Major Seminaries countrywide, sending seminarians in all the 12 Dioceses of the country back home, Stivini Elias, a third-year philosophy student in St Charles Lwanga Seminary in Nampula in Mozambique thought fast on how best he was going to use his time away from the Seminary.

A poster of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from  September 4-10, 2019.

One Year after Pope Francis’ Second Visit, Church in Africa Renews Commitment to Peace

Sep 4, 2020

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Africa has, in a statement shared with ACI Africa, announced a week-long commemoration of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ second three-nation visit to sub-Saharan Africa, recalling the 4 – 10 September 2019 Papal trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and the Mauritian Islands as having been a joy to the people of God in Africa.

Pope Francis greets a young woman as he leads an interreligious meeting with young people at the Maxaquene Pavilion in Maputo, Mozambique, Sept. 5, 2019.

One Year since Pope Francis Visited Mozambique, Church Fosters Renewed Social Commitment

Sep 1, 2020

The Church in Mozambique is celebrating a week of faith and social commitment to commemorate the first anniversary of Pope Francis’s visit to the Southern African country, an official has told ACI Africa.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) with Pope Francis during Apostolic visit in September 2019.

In Latest Pastoral Letter, Bishops in Mozambique Recall Pope Francis' Visit Last Year

Aug 24, 2020

Catholic Bishops in the Southern African nation of Mozambique have, in their latest Pastoral Letter circulated August 23, recalled the pastoral visit of Pope Francis to their country last year.

Mali’s military personnel grouped under the National Committee for the Salvation of the People during a televised address Wednesday, August 19.

Mali Military Coup “regrettable, democracy failure,” Bishops Say, Urge Change of Mentality

Aug 19, 2020

Mali has reportedly experienced a surge in violence involving both civilians and the military since 2016, with more than 4,000 deaths reported in 2019 alone as compared to some 770 three years earlier.

Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral, Nampula Mozambique.

Clerics in Mozambique Respond to Extended Restrictions on Public Worship

Jul 19, 2020

Clerics in Mozambique have spoken in response to the announcement to extend the closure of places of worship, which the country’s President made, terming the presidential directive as necessary in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Southern African nation.