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Catholic Church in Eswatini Blames Failures of Country’s Elites for Growing Violence

The Commission for Justice and Peace (CJPC) in Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini has blamed the ongoing protests and violence in the Southern African nation on the failure of the country’s leadership to engage with the citizens on the issues that affect the people.

Late Sr. Janice McLaughlin who died Sunday, March 7 aged 79 / Courtesy Photo

Zimbabwe’s President Mourns American Maryknoll Nun Who Supported Independence Struggle

The President of Zimbabwe has eulogized Sr. Janice McLaughlin, a native of the USA and member of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, as one who supported the struggle for the independence of the Southern African nation.

A poster announcing the webinar / Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

Go Beyond “endless episcopal statements” in Fight for Justice, Peace in Africa: Bishop

Catholic leaders in Africa need to go beyond the issuance of multiple statements in their fight for justice, peace, and reconciliation, a Nigerian Bishop has said in a virtual conference.

The front cover of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops' (KCCB). 2021 Lenten Campaign booklet. / Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Catholics in Kenya Invited to Foster “inclusive, accountable governance” During Lent 2021

Bishops in Kenya are inviting Catholics in the East African country to seek to foster “inclusive and accountable governance” as a way of rebuilding the nation during this year’s Lenten Season.

Singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine (left) is standing against long-term leader Yoweri Museveni (right) in Uganda's General elections slated for January 14. / Reuters

Episcopal Commission, UK-based Catholic Agency Appeal for Peaceful Elections in Uganda

The leadership of the Uganda National Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CJPC) and the humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) are appealing for peace in Uganda ahead of general elections slated for Thursday, January 14.

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

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.

Bishop John Obala Owaa, Chairman of KCCB's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) addressing participants at the two-day National Christian Conference in Kenya's capital Nairobi. / Facebook Page Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC).

Referendum, Succession Politics Need to Be Separated, Kenya’s Christian Leaders Urge

Christian leaders in Kenya are calling on politicians in the East African nation to separate the debate around a referendum on the Constitution and the 2022 succession politics to guarantee peace and stability in the country.

Kenyan Dioceses Commence Countrywide Training to Combat Gender-Based Violence

Dioceses in Kenya have embarked on a series of trainings for pastoral agents to address the rising incidences of Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

UN Treaty on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and Human Rights.

Bishops in Kenya Urge Government to Support UN Treaty on Transnational Corporations

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have called on the government to support the second revised draft of the UN Treaty on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and Human Rights, which seeks to prevent the occurrence of human rights abuses in the context of business activities.

Fr. John Anthony Kaiser / Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) of Kenya

“Where is justice?”: Kenyan Bishop at Anniversary of Assassinated American Cleric

Two decades after the reported assassination of the U.S.-born Mill Hill Missionary, Fr. John Anthony Kaiser, a Kenyan Bishop has decried the failure on the part of relevant authorities to account for the death of the Cleric who was vocal about injustices and fought for the rights of the marginalized in society.

The Model Tree Nursery by Kenya's Kakamega diocese. The project is in response to Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si'. / CJPC Kakamega/ Facebook

Kenya’s Kakamega Diocese Establishes Tree Nursery in Response to Laudato Si’

The leadership of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) in the Diocese of Kakamega in Kenya has initiated a tree nursery project, initially with 12,000 seedlings, as a response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’, a CJPC official has told ACI Africa.

Bishop John Oballa Owaa, Chairman of KCCB's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC).

Persistent Insecurity in Two Kenyan Dioceses “unfortunate, regrettable”: Bishops

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have, in a collective statement, said they are “deeply concerned” about persistent violent conflicts in two areas covered by the dioceses of Ngong and Marsabit “due to ethnic, clan hatred, competition over resources and leadership wrangles” and described the situation as “barbaric, unfortunate, saddening and regrettable”.

Members of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) of Kenya's Malindi Diocese preparing to distribute food items and liquid handwashing soap to vulnerable families. / Catholic Diocese of Malindi/CJPC

Inside Kenya’s "young" Diocese with Enviable COVID-19 Intervention Strategies

The story of Malindi Diocese located on the brink of the Indian Ocean at the Kenyan coastal county of Kilifi is a story of resilience, much as it is an inspiration to the other 25 dioceses grappling with COVID-19 pandemic in the East African country.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) / Samuel Waweru/KCCB

Bishops in Kenya Appeal for Support to Reach Millions Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

Catholic Bishops in the East African nation of Kenya are appealing for support to facilitate the realization of their collective initiative that seeks to assist those affected by COVID-19 pandemic, especially the most vulnerable, “including the 2.5 million people living in informal settlements.”

Flash floods destroy properties in Chesogon, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, on April 18, 2020. / Courtesy

Church in Kenya Seeking “any form of support” for Thousands amid Floods, Landslides

The plight of thousands of people affected by floods and landslides in parts of Kenya is a concern of Catholic Bishops in the East African nation. They are appealing for “any form of support” to save lives of at least 400 households that have survived the effects of heavy rains in recent days.

Malindi  Diocesan Administrator, Fr. Albert Buijs blesses items for the vulnerable people in the diocese. Looking on is Executive Secretary of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of the diocese, Moses Mpuria / CJPC Malindi/ Moses Mpuria

Lenten Campaign Collections Aiding COVID-19 Interventions in Kenya’s Malindi Diocese

Kenya’s Malindi diocese is putting to use funds collected during this year’s Lenten period to finance humanitarian relief efforts toward the most vulnerable people in the territory of the diocese amid COVID-19 restrictions, a diocesan official has told ACI Africa.

Funeral Mass of Late Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki  at Holy Family Basilica in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Celebrated Kenyan Prelate Accorded Low-Key Burial, President Promises Future Mourning Day

About 100 mourners who wore white and blue face masks as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 gathered at Holy Family Basilica in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, to bid farewell to a distinguished Catholic Archbishop who died on March 30 after nearly 60 years of shepherding the people of God the East African country.

Police force ferry passengers to lie down after firing tear gas and detaining them in Mombasa, Kenya. / AFP

“Brutal acts add injury to people already vulnerable”: Bishops to Kenyan Police Officers

The brutality meted out on a section of Kenyans by police officers in their bid to enforce the dawn-to-dusk curfew put in place by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 has caught the attention of Catholic Bishops who, while condemning the Friday, March 27 episodes, have called on security officers to act with a human face, respecting the dignity of persons.

The front page of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops' 2020 Lenten campaign booklet / Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops

Catholics in Kenya to Foster “stewardship” During Lenten Season 2020

With this year’s Season of Lent starting February 26, the Catholic Bishops in the East African nation of Kenya are expecting Catholics in the country to focus their attention on “stewardship” during the 40-day period, striving to take good care of God’s creation and gifts with “more respect, solidarity and vigilance.”