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Archbishop Philip Anyolo celebrating Mass at St Mary's Msongari grounds. Credit: ACI Africa

At Installation of Nairobi Archbishop, Church’s Role in Fighting Corruption Highlighted

The role of the Catholic Church in the fight against corruption in Kenya was one of the highlights during the installation of the new Archbishop of Nairobi Saturday, November 20.

Logo of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

Southern African Bishops Decry Corruption in Member Nations, Urge “solidarity with needy”

Theft of COVID-19 response funds in nine Southern African countries is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the region who are decrying the vice and urging solidarity with “weakest and needy members of society.”  

The Logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). Credit: JCTR

Address “shrinking economy,” Deliver on Promises, Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Urge President

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia have called upon the newly elected President to work toward reviving the country’s “shrinking economy” and delivering on the promises he made to Zambians.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Cameroon's Douala Archdiocese addressing young people during the Diocesan Youth Day on 19 June 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Build a world of peace devoid of violence, corruption”: Archbishop in Cameroon to Youth

The Archbishop of Cameroon’s Douala Archdiocese has called upon young people in the Central African nation to cultivate peace in their respective communities, and cautioned them against engaging in violence and corruption.

A poster of the Annual Youth Day in Zambia / Edgar Chagwa Lungu/Facebook

On Zambia’s Annual Youth Day, Bishop Calls for Unity in Fight against “endemic corruption”

On the annual event of Zambia’s Youth Day marked Friday, March 12, a Bishop in the Southern African nation has called on young people in the country to unite in the fight against corruption that he described as “endemic.”

The South Sudanese Pounds / Public Domain

Introducing New Bank Notes Points to Corruption, Failing Economy: Bishop in South Sudan

A Catholic Bishop has criticized the South Sudanese government for introducing into circulation a one-thousand-pound banknote intended to clear away large amounts of smaller notes for transaction and to facilitate easier cash use in a soaring inflation.

Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli. / Reuters

Missionaries in Tanzania Express Mixed Reactions to President Magufuli’s Reelection

Missionaries serving in Tanzania have expressed both gratitude and fear following the October 28 reelection of President John Pombe Magufuli, a Catholic, for a second term.

Representatives of IRCU with the Chief Justice, Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo (centre) during the Monday, November 9 meeting.

Uganda’s Religious Leaders Raise Concerns over Corruption in Judiciary, Call for Reforms

Religious leaders in the East African nation of Uganda have raised concerns over corruption bedeviling the country’s courts and called on the relevant administrative stakeholders to root out the vice.

South Africans protesting against the high rate of corruption in their country.

Clergy, Religious Bowing to Family Pressure to Misuse Church Funds: South African Prelate

Priests and religious who are misappropriating funds meant for Church projects are doing so because of pressure from their families and friends who want financial support from the Clergy and Religious men and women, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has said in his new month reflection shared with ACI Africa.

Heritage Day, celebrated every September 24 in South Africa.

Corruption “the number one threat to our heritage”: South African Prelate

Ahead of the annual Heritage Day celebration in South Africa, a Catholic Prelate in the country has reflected on the level of graft and expressed the fear that corruption was becoming the first threat to the nation’s heritage. 

Virtual Launch of the AACC Policy Brief On Debt And Corruption. / All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC).

Debt, Corruption Plunging African Countries in New Wave of Slavery, Church Leaders Lament

The leadership of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), an ecumenical fellowship with a presence in more than 40 African countries is calling on its members to put their governments to task in addressing the growing debt crisis in their respective countries, which the leaders say has plunged African nations in a new form of slavery and taken away their sovereignty.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese.

Youth Unemployment in Nigeria amid Corruption a Key Highlight of Prelate’s Sunday Homily

The challenge of unemployment among young people in Nigeria was a key highlight of the Sunday, September 20 homily of Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese who said “greed and corruption” in Africa’s most populous nation is behind the failure to address the challenge.

Holy Family Basilica Nairobi Kenya.

“This country needs prayers to fight COVID-19, corruption, tribalism”: Kenyan Archbishop

A Kenyan Archbishop has, in a video message, invited the people of God in the East African nation to continue seeking divine intervention as they did at the beginning of COVID-19 crisis.

Some Church leaders during the September 15 one-hour countrywide silent prayer session to protest against corruption involving COVID-19 funds in South Africa. / MK Promotions/South Africa

One-Hour Countrywide Silent Prayer Held in South Africa, a Protest against Corruption

Church leaders in South Africa on Tuesday, September 15 took part in a one-hour countrywide silent prayer session to protest against corruption involving COVID-19 funds, which has been described as “stealing money from people that cannot breathe.”

African Migrants trying to cross over to Europe in search of greener pastures.

African Governments Urged to “ensure equality, equity for all” to Stem Dangerous Migration

Corruption and inequalities in many African countries is leaving many people impoverished and forcing them outside their countries in search of better lives, the leadership of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) has said, warning that some of the means used by migrants leaving their countries are “perilous”.

Archbishop Philip Anyolo, Chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) reading the message of the Bishops at Episcopal Ordination of the new Bishop of Kenya’s Kitui diocese, Saturday, August 29.

Eight Issues of Concern for Bishops in Kenya Who Want “the good of everyone”

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have, in a collective message titled “Conscience: A Path to Life”, outlined eight issues affecting the East African nation, calling on Kenyans to be vigilant and “do what is right for the good of everyone.”

Members of the Dialogue Reference Group (DRG) in Kenya.

COVID-19 Funds: Kenya’s Religious Leaders Say “uncontrolled corruption witnessed immoral”

Religious leaders in Kenya have condemned the reported misappropriation of COVID-19 funds describing the practice as “the madness of uncontrolled corruption” and “immoral.”

Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Nigeria's Makurdi Diocese.

Corruption in Nigeria “will leave country tattered if not controlled,” Bishop Cautions

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Makurdi Diocese has condemned the high level of corruption in the country saying if not addressed, the West African nation will be left “tattered” by the vice.

The Apostolic Administrator of Makeni Diocese in Sierra Leone, Bishop Natale Paganelli.

To Fight COVID-19 in Africa, “stop the great virus of corruption”: Bishop in Sierra Leone

A Prelate in Sierra Leone has, in a reflection about COVID-19 in Africa, identified the “virus of corruption” as a major stumbling block in the fight against the pandemic on the continent.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

News of Corruption amid COVID-19 Crisis Not “a big surprise”: Bishops in Southern Africa

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their condemnation of alleged misappropriation of COVID-19 resources but indicated that this corruption was somewhat expected.