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Faith Leaders in Africa among Signatories to Joint “response to pandemic, climate crisis”

Faith-based leaders in Africa are among hundreds of “the high-level religious and spiritual leaders who have signed onto the Sacred People, Sacred Heart Statement”, calling for a joint response to the COVID-19 pandemic and “the climate crisis.”

Logo of the Council of Swaziland Churches. Credit: Council of Swaziland Churches

Stop Using COVID-19 to Postpone Dialogue, Church Leaders in Eswatini Tell Government

The Council of Swaziland Churches in Eswatini has asked the government of the Southern African nation to stop using the COVID-19 situation to postpone dialogue that they say will restore peace in the country that is experiencing protracted protests.

Members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Religious in Ghana (CMSRGH) with the Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana, Archbishop Henryk Jagodzinski. Credit: Newswatchgh.com

Religious’ Vaccine Awareness Program in Ghana to Target “those on the margins of society”

The COVID-19 vaccine awareness program under the auspices of the Conference of Major Superiors of Religious in Ghana (CMSRGH) seeks to target the marginalized, a report following the official launch of the initiative last week indicates.  

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Claim “We have always done it that way” Poison for Church’s Life: South African Bishop

The tendency to be opposed to change through the claim that “we have always done it that way” is dangerous for the Church in modern times, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said.

Leah Sharibu at age 15. Credit: ACN

Christians in Nigeria Asked to “keep fingers crossed” amid Efforts to Rescue Leah Sharibu

A Christian peace and social justice advocate in Nigeria has called upon Christians in the country to remain hopeful that Leah Sharibu, a young Nigerian woman kidnapped in 2018, will regain her freedom soon.

A poster announcing the 27 September 2021 conference organized by the Rome-based Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. Credit: Harambee Africa International

Rome-based Catholic Entity Decries Low COVID-19 Uptake in Africa, Highlights Interventions

The leadership of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based international Catholic association established to enhance various realities in Sub-Saharan Africa, has decried the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among African countries, warning that the trend puts the whole world at risk of a protracted pandemic.

Fr. Dr. Benedict Mosiuoa Makhata, a specialist in Trauma counselling in Lesotho. Credit: Sisters of Calvary- Botswana/ Facebook

Priest in Lesotho Addresses Misconceptions about Clergy, Religious Who Further Studies

Catholic Priests and women and men Religious who go back to class to further their studies in various fields are often misunderstood by members of their respective communities, a Catholic Priest in Lesotho who was recently awarded a doctorate has said.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017./ Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Backs South Africa, India Proposal to Suspend COVID-19 Vaccine Production Barriers

The Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, has maintained the support of the Vatican entity of a call to waive barriers in the production of COVID-19 vaccines as proposed by South Africa and India.

Officials of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) and some of the awardees. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Four Catholic School Teachers in Kenya among Tutors Awarded for Exemplary Work

Four Catholic School teachers in Kenya are among 31 tutors who have been recognized by their employer, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), for their exemplary work in year 2020. 

A screenshot of part of the proceedings at the Subukia National Marian Shrine in Kenya's Ctholic Diocese of Nakuru on Saturday, October 2. Credit: Capuchin Tv

Catholic Bishop in Kenya Invites Prayer for “servant leaders” Ahead of Country’s Elections

The Catholic Bishop of Kenya’s Marsabit Diocese has urged the people of God in Kenya to start praying to get hardworking leaders who will have the people’s interests at heart as campaigns toward August 2022 general elections gain momentum.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Closure of Places of Worship “ignores psychological, spiritual realities”: Bishops in Togo

A recent decision to close places of worship amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Togo did not take into consideration psychological, social and spiritual realities, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have said.

Fr. Peter Konteh. Credit: ACN

Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone Faults Harsh COVID-19 Restrictions, Says Ebola Was Worse

The Director of Caritas Freetown in Sierra Leone has faulted the COVID-19 restrictions that were imposed on places of worship in the West African country, saying that most of the restrictions were unnecessary and denied the people the religious encounter at the time they needed it the most.

Members of the Interfaith Council in Kenya/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Religious Leaders Caution Kenyans against Political Gatherings amid COVID-19

Members of the Interfaith Council on COVID-19 in Kenya are urging citizens of the East African nation to keep off political gatherings which are potential spreaders of the coronavirus.

People wearing face coverings walk past St. Peter’s Basilica. Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Clarifies COVID-19 Vaccine Pass Rules for Employees, Visitors of City State

From Oct. 1, all visitors and personnel will be required to show proof of vaccination.

People with disabilities at the launch of the disability awareness handbook. Credit ACI Africa

Catholic Education Facility in Kenya Launches Manual to Foster Disability Awareness

A Catholic education facility in Kenya’s Ngong Diocese has launched a handbook aimed at fostering awareness about people living with disabilities in view of addressing cases of “unequal and discriminatory treatment” amid COVID-19 challenges.

Catholic Bishops in Tanzania facilitate training of special needs groups on COVID-19 prevention. Credit:

Catholic Bishops in Tanzania Reach Out to Persons with Disabilities on COVID-19 Prevention

Catholic Bishops in Tanzania are reaching out to persons with disabilities in a training that seeks to equip the blind and deaf with COVID-19 prevention strategies. 

Poster announcing an online workshop of the Commission for Clergy and Religious of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops. Credit: Pontifical Mission Societies Kenya

Religious in Kenya Urged to Limit Commitment to Families, Focus on Evangelization

Commitment of women and men Religious to their families is slowly killing the spirit of evangelization in Kenya, members of the Commission for Clergy and Religious of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) have said.

COVID-19 Vaccine. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Activists Condemn Move to Bar Unvaccinated Nigerians from Going to Church

Officials of CitizenGo Africa, the African branch of the International Catholic entity of social activists, are calling on the government of Nigeria’s Ondo State to stop an order that requires residents to get vaccinated before they are cleared to access essential services including going to places of worship.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Cape Town Archdiocese

South African Archdiocese Maintains Stance against Singing to Curb COVID-19 Infections

The Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has urged the people of God under his pastoral care to continue exercising restraint against singing during Holy Mass to curb COVID-19 infections.