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Latest stories: Congo Brazzaville

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Congo’s Ouesso Bishop, Appoints Successor

Dec 8, 2021

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Yves-Marie Monot of the Catholic Diocese of Ouesso in the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville) and appointed his successor.

The President of Episcopal Conference of Congo (CEC), Bishop Daniel Mizonzo with Prime Minister Anatole Collinet Makosso during the Monday, November 22 audience. Credit: Presidency of the Republic of Congo.

Re-launch Exchange Platform Between Church and State, Bishops in Congo Tell Prime Minister

Nov 27, 2021

There is a need “to re-launch” the platform of exchange that existed between the Catholic Church and the State in the Republic of Congo, Bishops have told the leadership of the Central African nation.

Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika  who has been appointed Archbishop of Congo's Brazzaville Archdiocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Local Ordinary of Congo’s Brazzaville Archdiocese Retires, Pope Francis Appoints Successor

Nov 22, 2021

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Archbishop Anatole Milandou from the pastoral care of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo and appointed his successor.

Some members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). Credit: Spiritans Nigeria/@csspnigeria

Longing Fulfilled on Election of First African Superior General of 318-year-old Order

Oct 28, 2021

The election of Fr. Alain Mayama from Congo Brazzaville as the new Superior General for the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans) not only testifies that Africa is becoming the axis of Catholicism. It also fulfils a deep desire that one of the Congregation’s founders harbored to have a black man become the first Superior General of the Missionary Religious Order.

A poster announcing  the National Day of the Apostolate of the Laity in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Laity in Congo-Brazzaville Urged to Embrace, Foster Church Social Teaching

May 29, 2021

Ahead of the celebration of the National Day of the Apostolate of the Laity in the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), the leadership of the National Council of the Catholic Lay Apostolate of Congo (CNALC) has called on the faithful in the Central African nation to embrace and promote the social teachings of the Church.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Congo Brazzaville / Courtesy Photo

Bishops in Congo Brazzaville Express “serious reservations” about March Elections

Feb 3, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) have, in a collective statement, expressed “serious reservations” about the presidential election slated for March 21.

Bishops in Congo Brazzaville after meeting with  Prime Minister, Clement Mouamba Tuesday, June 2.

Bishops in Congo-Brazzaville Want Resumption of Public Worship “in an organized manner”

Jun 5, 2020

In a meeting with the Prime Minister of Congo-Brazzaville early this week, representatives of the Catholic Bishops in the Central African country expressed the need for resuming public worship in a way that does not put the people of God at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Bishop Miguel Ángel Olaverri Arroniz (right) and Bishop Victor Abagna Mossa (left) appointed Metropolitan Archbishops for Pointe-Noire and Owando respectively.

Two Dioceses in Congo-Brazzaville Elevated, Auxiliary Bishop in Nigeria Appointed

Jun 2, 2020

Over the weekend, Pope Francis elevated the dioceses of Pointe-Noire and Owando in Congo-Brazzaville to Archdioceses, appointing Bishop Miguel Ángel Olaverri Arroniz and Bishop Victor Abagna Mossa as their first Metropolitan Archbishops respectively.

Archbishop-elect Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou (left), Archbishop Anatole Milandou (Center) and Archbishop Francisco Escalante Molina (right) shortly after the official announcement at the headquarters of the Episcopal Conference of Congo Brazzaville (CEC). / Episcopal Conference of Congo Brazzaville (CEC).

Congolese Bishop Known for Marketplace Preaching Elevated as Brazzaville Coadjutor

Apr 18, 2020

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo Brazzaville (Congo).

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Public Masses to Continue in Nigeria, Congo Brazzaville with Limited Congregation

Mar 24, 2020

As governments in Africa put in place a raft of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Church leaders in Nigeria and Congo Brazzaville have, in separate statements, allowed the celebration of public Mass amid certain precautionary measures, including a limited number of those in attendance.

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke who has been appointed to shepherd Nigeria's Ekwulobia, a new diocese curved from Awka diocese. He had been ordained in May 2013 for Ahiara diocese, where he never set foot due to protests against his appointment. / Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

Pope Gives Nigerian “emeritus” Prelate New Diocese, Appoints Bishop in Congo-Brazzaville

Mar 6, 2020

Pope Francis on Thursday, March 5 announced the establishment of the diocese of Ekwulobia in south eastern Nigeria and appointed Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, previously rejected by a section of the clergy and lay faithful of Nigeria’s Ahiara Diocese, as its first Local Ordinary.

Papal appointments of December 12, 2019: from left, Archbishop-elect Stephen Ameyu of Juba in South Sudan, Bishop-elect Daniel Nzika of Congo-Brazzaville’s Impfondo, and Bishop-elect Julius Yakubu Kundi of Kafanchan in Nigeria.

Pope Transfers Bishop in South Sudan, Appoints New Bishops in Congo-Brazzaville, Nigeria

Dec 13, 2019

On Thursday, December 12, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of two African Prelates and made three Episcopal appointments for the Church in Africa that included the transfer of the Local Ordinary of South Sudan’s Torit diocese, Bishop Stephen Ameyu to Juba Archdiocese and the naming of Fr. Daniel Nzika and Fr. Julius Yakubu Kundi as new Bishops in the Congo and Nigeria respectively.

Bishops of the Congo Episcopal Conference at the end of Mass to Conclude 48th Plenary Assembly at the Inter-diocesan Centre for Works (IOC), Brazzaville on October 13, 2019

Faithful in Congo Brazzaville Encouraged to Witness to Christian Identity

Oct 26, 2019

Informed by fears of the possible loss of Christian identity in the Central Africa nation of Congo-Brazzaville, Catholic Bishops have recently called on the people of God in their country to maintain their identity as followers of Christ, which they have described as a vocation that requires some distinction.