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Jesuits in South Africa Provide Guide for Ash Wednesday Celebration “at home, in family”

Feb 16, 2021

Catholics who will not be going to Church for the celebration of Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of Lent have the option of marking the event at home with their family members using a guide that has been developed by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at the Jesuit Institute South Africa.

Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Zimbabwe's Harare Archdiocese / Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCBC)

Archbishop in Zimbabwe Urges Faithful to Facilitate Equipping Health Workers During Lent

Feb 16, 2021

During this year’s Lenten Season, an Archbishop in Zimbabwe is urging the people of God under his pastoral care to reach out to healthcare workers with essential equipment that can aid their efforts to fight COVID-19 pandemic.

Nurses check on a man's temperature as he walks into Muvonde Mission Hospital / Catholic Church news in Zimbabwe

Catholic Health Workers in Zimbabwe Concerned about Lengthy COVID-19 Processes

Feb 16, 2021

The leadership of Catholic-run Muvonde Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe’s Gweru Diocese has expressed concerns over the length of time it takes to obtain COVID-19 results from samples collected from the health facility.  

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Salesian Missionaries Reach Out to Hundreds of Refugees Living with Disabilities in Uganda

Feb 16, 2021

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have facilitated the provision of food aid and other humanitarian necessities to hundreds of refugees living with disabilities at the Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Resettlement Camp within Uganda’s Archdiocese of Gulu. 

Bishop Peter Holiday of South Africa's Kroonstad Diocese / Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

To Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Individual “to make that choice”: Bishop in South Africa

Feb 15, 2021

A Catholic Bishop has asked South Africans to make a personal decision on whether or not they want to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

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At Annual Conference, Youth in Africa Urged to Practice Chastity “at individual level”

Feb 15, 2021

The need for young people in Africa to practice chastity at “individual level” was emphasized at the annual conference that brought together youth from various African counties to share their respective experiences of living chaste lives amid COVID-19.

Bishop Joseph Kizito of the Catholic Diocese of Aliwal in South Africa. / The Southern Cross

Diocese in South Africa to Use Palm Branches “from other years” for Ash Wednesday

Feb 14, 2021

The Catholic Diocese of Aliwal in South Africa has a variety of options for this year’s Ash Wednesday, including getting ashes from unused previous years’ palm branches.

Logo of Cooperazione Internazionale whose officials are responding to COVID-19 in Malawi. / Cooperazione Internazionale

How Jesuit-Founded Organization is Responding to Malawi’s COVID-19-related Challenges

Feb 13, 2021

The leadership of Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) has, in a report, detailed how the non-governmental organization (NGO) founded by a Jesuit Cleric is responding to COVID-19-related challenges in Malawi.

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Zimbabwean Archbishop Endorses COVID-19 Vaccine, Says “it seems to be working”

Feb 13, 2021

The Archbishop of Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo Archdiocese has endorsed the planned coronavirus vaccination program in the Southern African nation amid a surge in reported cases of COVID-19.

Logo of the ecumenical prayer service scheduled for  Sunday, February 14 in the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lusaka. / Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ)

Christian Leaders in Zambia to Hold Ecumenical Session “to pray against the Coronavirus”

Feb 13, 2021

Christian leaders in Zambia are expected to hold a virtual ecumenical prayer service on Sunday, February 14 aimed at offering prayer “against the Coronavirus.”

Bishop Patrick Chisanga of the Catholic Diocese of Mansa, Zambia. / Courtesy Photo

Do Not Ignore Malaria, HIV, Noncommunicable Diseases amid COVID, Zambian Bishop Cautions

Feb 12, 2021

The Bishop of Zambia’s Mansa Diocese has, in an audio message, called on the authorities in the Southern African country not to lose sight of other diseases including malaria, HIV, and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) amid COVID-19 challenges.

21-year-old Divine Yusuf, a second-year nursing student at Mzuzu University in Malawi and a Naweza scholarship recipient. / JRS Southern Africa

Jesuit Entity in Malawi Highlights Success Story of Scholarship Program for Refugee Girls

Feb 11, 2021

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science marked Thursday, February 11, the leadership of the international refugee entity of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Malawi, has highlighted a success story of the scholarship program that supports female refugees in the Southeastern African nation. 

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Youth to Share Experiences of Living Chaste Lives amid COVID-19 at Conference in Kenya

Feb 11, 2021

At the upcoming Youth Chastity Conference in Kenya, young people are expected to share their experiences of living chaste lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the convener of the event has told ACI Africa.

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Catholic Teacher in South Sudan Worried Prolonged Lockdown May Lead to Early Marriages

Feb 11, 2021

As schools in South Sudan remain closed in adherence to a fresh lockdown in the East-Central African nation, a Catholic teacher in the country’s Yei Diocese is concerned that the situation exposes school going children to various challenges including early pregnancies and marriages.

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Clerics in Zimbabwe’s Gokwe Diocese Directed to “arrange how” to Avail Ashes to Faithful

Feb 10, 2021

Members of the Clergy in Zimbabwe’s Gokwe Diocese have been directed to “arrange how” to avail Ash Wednesday ashes to the faithful to bring them to their “respective homes” at the beginning of Lent, February 17.

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan. / Tombura-Yambio Diocese/Facebook

South Sudanese Bishop Urges Government “to reverse” Ban on Public Worship

Feb 9, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in South Sudan has appealed to the government to reverse a ban on public worship as the East Central African country battles the second wave of COVID-19, saying that people are already overwhelmed.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese / Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama

Affordability, Safety among Concerns about COVID-19 Vaccines in Nigeria: Archbishop

Feb 9, 2021

Even as Nigeria readies to receive COVID-19 vaccines this month, a Catholic Archbishop in the country is expressing concerns about their affordability, accessibility, as well as their safety.

Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Ghana's Cape Coast Archdiocese in hospital with COVID-19-related complications. / Courtesy Photo

Hospitalized Ghanaian Archbishop with COVID-19 Seeks Prayers for Patients, Health Workers

Feb 7, 2021

The Archbishop of Ghana’s Cape Coast Archdiocese who has confirmed that he is in hospital with COVID-19-related complications has asked for prayers for patients and health workers fighting the pandemic in the West African nation.

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Bishop in South Sudan Suspends Public Prayers Following Fresh Ban on Social Gatherings

Feb 7, 2021

Following South Sudan’s government circular ordering a one-month partial lockdown after a surge in COVID-19 reported cases, the Catholic Bishop of Wau Diocese has directed that all public liturgical celebrations be suspended.

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Church in Swaziland Seeking Intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes in Fight against COVID-19

Feb 6, 2021

The people of God in Swaziland’s only Catholic Diocese of Manzini have been invited to seek the intercession of our Lady of Lourdes in the fight against second wave and new variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.