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Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone, the Apostolic Nuncio in Zambia and Malawi. Credit: ECM

Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi Calls for COVID-19 Vaccination as New Variant is Discovered

The representative of the Holy Father in Malawi has urged the people of God in the Southeastern African country to take vaccination against COVID-19 seriously following the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus.

Our Lady of the Nativity Sanctuary, Cacheu, Guinea-Bissau. Credit: Public Domain

Annual National Marian Pilgrimage in Guinea-Bissau Canceled, Pilgrims to Pray in Parishes

The annual national Marian pilgrimage in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau that had been scheduled to take place next month has been canceled, Catholic Church officials in the country have announced, citing a surge in reported cases of COVID-19.

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

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.

Displaced people at Mukuru kwa Njenga, slum served by St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kenya's Archdiocese of Nairobi. Credit: Fr. John Munjuri

Kenyan Parish Counting Losses as Eight Small Christian Communities Vanish in Demolitions

The October 11 government demolitions at Nairobi’s Mukuru kwa Njenga slum, which is served by St. Mary’s Mukuru Parish of the Archdiocese of Nairobi (ADN) found Grace (not her real name) singing at a spiritual recollection that the Catholic Parish was conducting.

The Vicar General of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese, Fr. Jean Maurice Labour. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

“Our priority is to help, comfort the vulnerable”: Mauritian Cleric amid COVID-19 Surge

A Catholic Cleric ministering in Mauritius is urging the people of God in the Indian Ocean Island nation to prioritize helping, comforting, and accompanying the vulnerable in society amid a reported surge in COVID-19 cases.

Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of South Africa's Klerksdorp Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Being vaccinated puts your neighbor’s life first, for public good”: South African Bishop

Protecting one's neighbor from sickness through getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an act of charity, the Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has said.

Some members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius . Credit: Catholic Diocese of Port Louis/Facebook

Religious Leaders in Mauritius Urge Government to Revise Public Worship Restrictions

Members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius are calling on the country’s government to revise upwards the number of worshippers who can take part in public celebrations at a go.

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

Catholic Church in Ghana Suffers Losses in Education, Health Projects owing to COVID-19

The Catholic Church in Ghana has not been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic that has threatened to sink the country’s health and education sectors.

Members of the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) at a press conference in Harare in 2019. Credit: ZHOCD

Lift “all sanctions on Zimbabwe”, Christian Leaders Say, Urge “citizen-centered process”

There is need to lift “all sanctions on Zimbabwe” and to adopt a process that is “citizen-centered”, Christian leaders under the auspices of  Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) have said in a statement.  

Poster announcing the 9th Harambee Africa International Award that will focus on stories of resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Harambee Africa International

Deadline for Rome-Based Best African Storytellers Contest “Communicating Africa”, Extended

Young African storytellers who missed the deadline for the ninth Harambee International Award have been given an opportunity to make their submissions for the coveted prize.

At health facilities in DR Congo, Malteser International has supported local structures to vaccinate 10,000 doses against the coronavirus to people most in need. Credit: Nyokabi Kahura/Malteser International

Seek to Understand Factors Behind Low COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Africa: Catholic Agency

There is need to understand the factors and circumstances behind low COVID-19 vaccine uptake in Africa, the leadership of the Rome-based Catholic lay Religious Sovereign Order of Malta, Malteser International (MI), has said. 

Credit: South African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI)

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 Swaziland's Catholic Diocese of Manzini. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Foundation Expresses Concerns about Growing Instability in Eswatini

The leadership of the Catholic charity and peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has expressed concerns about the protracted political instability characterized by demonstrations and violence in Eswatini. 

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.