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Churches in South Africa Reopen Under Revised COVID-19 Restrictions

Feb 5, 2021

Some Catholic Prelates in South Africa have announced the resumption of public worship in their respective jurisdictions following the readjustment of level three COVID-19 restrictions by the country’s President.

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Ahead of Ash Wednesday, Archdiocese in Ghana Issues Fresh Liturgical Guidelines

Feb 5, 2021

Ahead of the beginning of the Lenten Season, the leadership of Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese has issued fresh COVID-19 measures to guide liturgical celebrations.

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Nuns in Remote Parts of Nigeria Receive Boost from International Charity Organization

Feb 4, 2021

Members of the Congregation of Our Lady Star of the Sea serving in Nigeria’s Apostolic Vicariate of Bomadi situated South of the West African country have received a financial boost from the international charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International to continue their apostolate in the mission characterized with hardship.

Dorothy Atuhaire Ssonko, animating Children's liturgy on the Uganda Catholic Television / Uganda Catholic Television

Children’s Year of St. Joseph Initiative in Uganda Attracts Countrywide Participation

Feb 3, 2021

An initiative by children at Namugongo Catholic Parish of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese to mark the Year of St Joseph has spread to other Parishes across the East African country, attracting other children who are eager to learn about the Saint.

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Be Bearers of “light of hope” amid COVID-19, Zambian Bishops to Consecrated Persons

Feb 3, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Zambia have encouraged consecrated persons in the Southern African country to strive to be beacons of hope amid COVID-19-related challenges.

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Bishops in Nigeria’s Lagos Province Urge “fair, equitable” COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Feb 3, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province are advocating for “fair and equitable” distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the West African nation.

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Bishops in Congo Brazzaville Express “serious reservations” about March Elections

Feb 3, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) have, in a collective statement, expressed “serious reservations” about the presidential election slated for March 21.

Part of the original preparatory team posed for a group photo at the Apostles of Jesus Centre in Langata. The team is made up of staff from ACWECA and AOSK Secretariats. / Sr. Grace Candiru/ACWECA

Consecrated Women in Eastern-Central Africa to Maintain Theme of Postponed Assembly

Feb 2, 2021

The Plenary Assembly of the Association of Consecrated Women in Eastern and Central Africa (ACWECA), which had been slated for last August, is expected to take place in August this year under the same theme, officials involved in organizing the event have told ACI Africa.

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Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar Decry Shift in Attention from HIV and AIDS

Feb 2, 2021

The leadership of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) has noted with concern the shift of focus from HIV and AIDS that has seen other diseases prioritized.

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Stigma in Religious Communities amid COVID-19 “cause of great concern”: Nun in Zimbabwe

Feb 1, 2021

A Catholic Sister at the helm of a Religious Order in Zimbabwe has expressed concerns about COVID-19-associated stigma among members living together.

Pietro Cardinal Parolin with Cameroon's President, Paul Biya during an audience at the Unity Palace on 29 January 2021 / Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon (PRC)

Holy See Wants “peace, reconciliation” in Cameroon's Troubled Regions: Vatican Cardinal

Jan 31, 2021

The Holy See is closely following the conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions and wants the warring parties to seek the path of dialogue for peace and reconciliation in the Central African nation, the Vatican’s Secretary of State has said.

Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province after their July 13 to14 meeting held at Nigeria’s M&M centre, Ilorin, Kwara State. / Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.

Bishops in Nigeria Support “alternative” Security Outfits, Say Authorities Have Failed

Jan 31, 2021

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have decried the lack effectiveness of security forces in combating violence in the West African country and expressed their support for “alternative and lawful initiatives” that have emerged to restore peace in the country.

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COVID-19 “destroying our sisterly love and oneness”: Nun in Zimbabwe

Jan 30, 2021

The Nun at the helm of the Sisters of the Child Jesus (SJI) in Zimbabwe is decrying the negative effects of COVID-19 in convents saying the restrictions occasioned by the pandemic have compromised “love and oneness” among community members.

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Zambians Urged to Put Aside Differences in Fight against COVID-19

Jan 30, 2021

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) have, in a collective statement, urged the people of God in the Southern African nation to stand together in the fight against COVID-19 amid an increase in reported cases. 

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Church Officials in Djibouti Highlight Service to Street Children amid COVD-19 Challenges

Jan 30, 2021

Officials of the Catholic Church in Djibouti have, in a report, highlighted their service to street children in the Horn of Africa country with basic needs, amid the COVID-19 challenges.

Fr.Alwyn Zothansanga, MSFS who succumbed to COVID-19 on January 22 / Catholic Diocese of Manzini/ Facebook

First Priest in Swaziland to Succumb to COVID-19 “a good preacher, man of faith”: Bishop

Jan 29, 2021

The first Priest to succumb to the COVID-19-related complications in the Kingdom of Swaziland has been eulogized as a good preacher, a man of faith and a gentle Priest who led people to prayer through singing.

Fr. Lazar Arasu, the Director of Don Bosco Palabek Refugee Services with Pope Francis in Rome. / Fr. Lazar Arasu

COVID-19, Chance for Youth to Rise above Troubles, Desperation: Salesian Cleric in Uganda

Jan 29, 2021

The suffering brought about by several months of COVID-19 has pushed young people to desperation, a Catholic Cleric ministering among refugees in Uganda has observed and called upon the youth in the East African country to rise above their frustrations and to start caring for others who are equally living in devastation.

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Zimbabwean Cleric Highlights Impact of COVID-19 Restrictions on Society Members

Jan 29, 2021

A Priest ministering in Zimbabwe has, in report, highlighted the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on various members of the society.

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Allow Our Medical Experts to Test COVID-19 Vaccines Coming in, Prelates in Nigeria

Jan 28, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have asked that medical experts in the West African country be allowed to subject COVID-19 vaccines coming into the country to independent tests to allay fears among the public about the safety of the coronavirus jab.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka pictured at SECAM Golden Jubilee in Kampala, Uganda in 2019. / ACI Africa

Despite Devastation, COVID-19 “providential in some way”: South African Bishop

Jan 28, 2021

While COVID-19 is having devastating effects on the people of God in Southern Africa, the pandemic might have been “providential in some way,” the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.