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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.  

A worker cleanses St. Peter's Basilica ahead of its reopening. Credit: Vatican Media (all photos) /

St. Peter’s Basilica is Sanitized Ahead of Reopening to Public

Ahead of its eventual reopening to the public, St. Peter’s Basilica is being cleaned and sanitized at the direction of the Vatican’s health and hygiene department.

Logo South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC). /

Church Leaders in South Sudan Call for “personal commitment” to Fight COVID 19

Leaders of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) comprising seven member Churches have appealed to the citizens to have a “personal commitment” to fight COVID-19 amid the lifting of the earlier passed restrictions to contain the spread of the disease in the Eastern Africa country.

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Nigeria's Lagos Archdiocese. /

Nigerian Archbishop Allays Fears over Access to Hospitals Offered for COVID-19 Patients

The Archbishop of Lagos in Nigeria has sought to allay fears of people who are reluctant to access the Catholic run health facilities in the Archdiocese following the announcement that the government can use the health centers to give care to COVID-19 patients.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). / Courtesy

Liturgical Celebrations “resume forthwith” in Malawi, Bishops Outline Safety Measures

Bishops in the southeastern Africa nation of Malawi have resolved to "resume forthwith" public liturgical celebrations and outlined safety measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 during the meetings.

Catholic Professionals in Ghana Warn of Mental Issues amid COVID-19 Stigma Surge

A pregnant woman, last week, recounted on Ghanaian local media her terrible ordeal with her friends who learnt that she had survived COVID-19.

Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves. Credit: Office of Communication Society of Jesus. /

With Major Deficits Projected, Vatican Says Holy See Not at Risk of Default

The new head of the Holy See’s financial office said Wednesday the Vatican is not at risk of fiscal default, even while reports in the Italian media indicate dire deficit projections for the Holy See. 

Logo Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN) / CEBN

Ascension Feast to Mark Resumption of Public Mass in Burkina Faso, Niger

The resumption of the celebration of Holy Mass in public in the West African nations of Burkina Faso and Niger is expected on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, Thursday, May 21, the Bishops in the two-nation Conference announced over the weekend.

Religious Leaders at the Jubilee House during a Prayer Breakfast Meeting with the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo (right) on March 20, 2020. / Ghana’s Presidency

Church Leaders in Ghana Propose Public Worship Guidelines, Anticipate Restrictions Easing

In anticipation of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Ghana, which would see the resumption of public worship, heads of the Ecumenical bodies in the West African nation have proposed guidelines to ensure the safety of worshipers when the churches are allowed to open.

Bishop Frank Nubuasah, SVD  of Botswana's Gaborone diocese. /

Reopening of Churches in Botswana “light at the end of the tunnel,” Bishop Says

Following the decision by the parliament of the landlocked Southern African nation of Botswana to begin a gradual lifting of the five-week COVID-19 lockdown, a Bishop in the two-diocese country has welcomed the move, terming it “light at the end of the turnel.”

Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, SVD of Ho Diocese in the Volta Region blessing the Oils at the Diocesan Chrism Mass on April 8, 2020 attended by only the Deans of the Diocese. / Diocesan Communications Office

Ghanaian Clergy Celebrate Postponed Chrism Mass with a Firm Call to Serve the Poor

A call to make the most vulnerable members of the society a priority especially during COVID-19 was the key message at the Chrism Mass celebration, which Ghana’s Archdiocese of Accra had postponed owing to the restrictions of the pandemic in the West African country.

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) /

“Children’s health, safety comes first”: Kenyan Bishop to Parents on Reopening Schools

The Bishop at the helm of Education at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has sought to calm parents who are anxious about the education of their children after weeks of indefinite school closure amid COVID-19 restrictions and urged them to prioritize the “health and safety” of their children.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB). /

“Redouble efforts in prayer in your families”: Bishops in Benin to Faithful

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) have, in a statement, urged the faithful in the West African country to take advantage of the restrictions put in place to curb the possible spread of COVID-19 by praying at the level of their respective families even as they wait for the resumption of public worship.

A view of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. /

Vatican Museums to Reopen with Temperature Checks, Mandatory Face Masks

The Vatican Museums are preparing to reopen by reservation only with new health measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to the general secretary of Vatican City State.

Members of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis (LSOSF) in Kenya donating food items to slum dwellers at St. Mary's Mukuru Parish in the Archdiocese of Nairobi. / Fr. John Munjuri

Slum Parish Receives Aid from Kenya-based Order of Nuns, A Response to Bishops’ Appeal

Members of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis (LSOSF) in Kenya have reached out to needy families at a slum parish in the Archdiocese of Nairobi with food donations in response to the Catholic Bishops' appeal for assistance amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Patricia Adèle Félicité, Secretary General of Caritas Mauritius. /

Caritas Mauritius Collaborating with Other Agencies to Support Families Amid COVID-19

To alleviate the suffering of people amid COVID-19 restrictions in Mauritius, Caritas Mauritius, the social arm of the Catholic Church in the island nation, is collaborating with various agencies to offer humanitarian relief.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA /

Updated: Cardinal Sarah says he did not sign letter claiming coronavirus exploited for one-world government

The prefect of the Church’s dicastery for liturgy and sacraments is listed among the signers of an open letter that says the coronavirus pandemic has been exaggerated to foster widespread social panic and undercut freedom, as a preparation for the establishment of a one-world government.

Archbishop Valerian Okeke distributing relief materials to the less privileged in a ceremony at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Onitsha, Nigeria. / Archdiocese of Onitsha

“Without people, there would be no Church”: Nigerian Prelate over Care for Less Privileged

The need to care for the people of God in society amid COVID-19 restrictions is significant for the very existence of church because these people, including the less privileged, constitute the church institution, a Nigerian Archbishop has said.

Bishop James Maria Wainaina of Kenya’s Murang’a Diocese. / Mr Kenya TV

Why a Kenyan Bishop is Concerned about Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine on Kenyans

Reports that potential COVID-19 drugs and vaccine could be tried on Kenyans have attracted criticism from citizens of the East African nation, including a Catholic Bishop who, in a statement, has explained why such alleged trials would undermine the dignity of Kenyans and amount to a breach of the country’s constitution.

The Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Bishop Anthony Zziwa and  Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda> / Courtesy

Myths about COVID-19 “put lives of Ugandans at risk,” Bishops in Uganda Caution

Bishops in Uganda have cautioned citizens against mythical narratives about COVID-19, saying the assumptions endanger the lives of many in the East African nation.