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Latest stories: COVID-19

Caritas Guinea Programs Director, Siba Alexis Dopavogui

The Sick in Guinea Avoiding Hospitals for Fear of Ebola, Caritas Official Says

Mar 2, 2021

Sick people in Guinea are finding it difficult to go to health facilities for treatment since the new Ebola outbreak was declared some two weeks ago, a Caritas official in the West African nation has said.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) during their ordinary session held in Lome from February 23-26 / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

To Address COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns in Togo, “give appropriate information”: Bishops

Mar 1, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, asked the government to work toward dispelling concerns among citizens regarding COVID-19 vaccine.

Habiba Mohamed, checks the temperature of Mohamed Abdi Ali at Luuq hospital in the Gedo region of Somalia. / Rahma Abdullah / Trócaire

Discrimination in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution “shocking injustice”: Catholic Charity

Mar 1, 2021

On the occasion of Zero Discrimination Day marked March 1, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trocaire, has decried the discrimination of poor countries in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, describing it a “shocking injustice.”

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese / Courtesy Photo

“Poverty menacingly threatening our rights, values, entire existence”: Nigerian Archbishop

Mar 1, 2021

A Nigerian Archbishop has, in a homily, decried the high levels of poverty among the people of God in the West African nation, likening its impact to that of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Samples of the COVID-19 vaccine / Courtesy Photo

Jesuits in Africa Join over 100 countries to Petition Waiver of Patent Rights on COVID-19

Feb 28, 2021

Members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa and Madagascar have, through their leadership, joined over 100 countries across the globe to petition the G20 countries to support the waiver of the patent rights on coronavirus vaccines submitted to the World Trade Organization (WTO) last year. 

The Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Aloysius John. / Caritas Internationalis

Caritas Internationalis Wants COVID-19 Vaccine Production in Poor Countries Fostered

Feb 28, 2021

As the 46th Regular session of the UN Human Rights Council gets underway, the leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI) is calling on the international community to promote the local production of COVID-19 vaccine in poor countries, including those in Africa.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. / Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook

Like COVID-19, Devil is “prowling around,” Nigerian Prelate Cautions, Urges Repentance

Feb 27, 2021

The devil today is manifested in the greed for material riches and love for power as demonstrated by political, religious and traditional leaders, the Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has said, cautioning Christians against the danger of falling into temptations.

Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nigeria's Nsukka Diocese / Courtesy Photo

Nigerian Bishop Decries Government's Misplaced Priorities amid COVID-19 Challenges

Feb 26, 2021

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Nsukka Diocese has faulted the government for what seems to be a back-and-forth engagement with bandits in the West African country at a time that other countries are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Augustine Akubueze Obiora / Courtesy Photo

Amid Crises, Nigeria “on brink of looming collapse”, Bishops Caution, Urge Urgent Action

Feb 25, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have, in a collective statement earlier this week, highlighted multiple crises that are bedeviling the West African nation and called for urgent action lest the country collapses.

A procession marking the launch of the Year of St. Joseph in Kenya's Malindi Diocese. / Catholic Diocese of Malindi

Kenyan Diocese Seeking Intercession of St. Joseph to Tame Rampant Gender-Based Violence

Feb 24, 2021

The Catholic Diocese of Malindi in Kenya has embarked on a year-long celebration of St. Joseph with a special focus on seeking the intercession of the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary in addressing gender-based violence, which has been on the rise in various parts of the Diocese.

Logo of CIDSE, the umbrella organization for Catholic development agencies from Europe and North America / CIDSE

Catholic Agencies in Europe, North America Call for Debt Cancellation, Financial Support

Feb 23, 2021

Ahead of the planned meeting of the Group of twenty (G20) Finance Ministers later this week, the leadership of an international alliance of Catholics development agencies in Europe and North America is calling “for debt cancellation and financial support to poorest countries” that have borne the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop Emmanuel Kofi Fianu, SVD, the Episcopal Chairman for Health of the Ghana catholic Bishops’ Conference and Bishop of Ho in Ghana’s Volta Region who is calling on government to listen to the advice of Medical Experts on COVID-19. / Ho Diocesan Communication Office

Ghanaian Bishop Calls for Professional Support, Stakeholder Engagement in COVID-19 Fight

Feb 23, 2021

As the cases of COVID-19 hike in Ghana, a Catholic Bishop in the West African country says for the country to make progress in the fight against the pandemic, it is necessary that authorities seek professional advice and stakeholder engagement in making key decisions.

Fr. Cleophas Lungu delivering a homily at Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka. / Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ)/ Facebook

Cleric in Zambia Urges Standing Together, “unity of purpose” in Fight against COVID-19

Feb 20, 2021

A Cleric ministering in Zambia has, during an ecumenical prayer service against COVID-19, called on the people of God in the Southern African nation to “stand together” in the fight against the pandemic.

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Catholic Clinic in South Sudan Closed Down After All Doctors Test Positive for COVID-19

Feb 18, 2021

A Catholic Health Centre of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese has temporarily shut down after the three only doctors at the facility tested positive for COVID-19 and have been isolated to monitor their respective health conditions.

Archbishop Gervais Nyaisonga of Tanzania’s Mbeya Archdiocese / Courtesy

Tanzanian Archbishop Urges Factual, Expert COVID-19 Information, Cautions against Fear

Feb 18, 2021

The Archbishop of Tanzania's Mbeya Archdiocese is advocating for factual information about COVID-19 in the East African nation.

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Bishop in Botswana Recounts Ash Wednesday Experience amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Feb 18, 2021

The Bishop of Botswana’s Gaborone Diocese has recounted his experience of Ash Wednesday amid COVID-19 restrictions in the Southern African nation where public worship remains suspended.

Bishop Joseph Kizito of South Africa's Aliwal North Diocese, Ugandan-born Bishop Joseph Kizito blessing the people of God at a past event / The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

South African Diocese Launches Initiative to Bring People Back to Church after Lockdown

Feb 18, 2021

South Africa’s Aliwal Diocese is planning a five-week program on reflections that are aimed at bringing people back to Church after a protracted COVID-19 lockdown in the country.

Bishop Benjamin Phiri of Zambia's Ndola Diocese during Ash Wednesday Mass on 17 February 2021 / Diocese of Ndola/Facebook Page

Parishes of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese with “high” COVID-19 Cases to Close, Bishop Directs

Feb 18, 2021

Parishes of Ndola Diocese that record “high” infections of COVID-19 among parishioners “shall close,” the Local Ordinary of the Zambian Diocese has directed.

Beneficiaries of a Caritas Freetown project aimed to rehabilitate Ebola survivors in the country. / Fr. Peter Konteh/ Caritas Freetown

We Can’t Afford to Deal with Ebola Again, Cleric in Sierra Leone Says, Expresses Fear

Feb 17, 2021

A Catholic Priest in Sierra Leone’s Archdiocese of Freetown who was at the forefront of the fight against Ebola during the world’s worst outbreak of the disease in 2013 says the West African country does not have the capacity to fight the disease, which has already been reported in neighboring Guinea.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese / Oyo Diocese/Facebook Page

COVID-19 Isn’t Only Pandemic Assailing Nigeria, Bishop Says on Ash Wednesday

Feb 17, 2021

At the beginning of Lent, a Bishop in Nigeria has outlined other “pandemics”, which the West African country has to fight against besides COVID-19.