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Late Fr. Christopher Wanyonyi who oversaw the construction of the new Christ the King Cathedral of Kenya’s Bungoma Diocese. Credit: Governor's Press Service-County Government of Bungoma Facebook

Cleric Who Oversaw Construction of Kenya’s Latest Cathedral Eulogized as Committed Priest

The Catholic Priest who oversaw the construction of the new Christ the King Cathedral of Kenya’s Bungoma Diocese that was Consecrated in May is being eulogized as a hardworking, committed, dedicated servant of God.

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

South African Bishop Says People Struggling to Survive, Announces Consecration of Diocese

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has announced the consecration of his Episcopal See to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on separate days during which the people of God who the Bishop says are struggling to survive will pray for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Faith Leaders in Uganda Sue Government for COVID-19 Ban on Public Worship

Representatives of a Christian church and Muslim community in Uganda have filed a law suit against the country over the suspension of in-person worship as part of the COVID-19 restrictions.

The logo of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) in South Africa. Credit: Catholic Institute of Education (CIE)

Be Partners in Education, Catholic Entity in South Africa to Parents amid School Dropouts

The leadership of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) in South Africa has called on parents in the country to show their partnership in the education program by ensuring that their children attend school amid a reported increase in the number of dropouts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The logos of the Association of Sisterhoods of Kenya (AOSK) and the Hilton Foundation. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Sisters in Kenya Launch Six-month COVID-19 Prevention, Vaccine Awareness Campaign

Catholic Sisters in Kenya have launched a six-month COVID-19 prevention and vaccine awareness campaign in view of encouraging community members to “get vaccinated and embrace other preventive measures” against the pandemic.

Mary Ashibi Gonsum, President of the Catholic Women Organization Nigeria (CWON). Credit: Agenzia Fides

Catholic Women in Nigeria Embark on Programs to Combat Deadly COVID-19 Pandemic

The leadership of the Catholic Women Organization Nigeria (CWON) is mobilizing leaders of the entity to help Nigerian authorities contain the third wave of COVID-19 in the country.

Msgr. Raphael Wokorach of Uganda's Nebbi Diocese whose Episcopal Ordination has been rescheduled to next week, Saturday, August 14. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Postponed Episcopal Ordination of New Bishop for Uganda’s Nebbi Diocese Rescheduled

The Episcopal Ordination of Msgr. Raphael Wokorach that had been postponed owing to COVID-19 restrictions in Uganda has been rescheduled to next week, Saturday, August 14.

Participants in the conversation on the Oxfam Australia report dubbed 'Buried Treasure' in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: Fr. Peter Konteh/ Caritas Sierra Leone

Caritas Sierra Leone Calls for Transparent Tax System to Block Foreign Evaders

The Catholic Church in Sierra Leone, through her charity arm, is demanding accountability in the way the West African country collects and spends taxes on its vast minerals.

Some beneficiaries of seeds and tools offered by Caritas South Sudan. Credit: ACI AFRICA

Caritas South Sudan Provides Seeds to Thousands of Households, Plans for Training

The leadership of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in South Sudan, Caritas South Sudan, has provided a variety of seeds to at least 3,000 households in the East-Central African nation and plans to train beneficiaries of the initiative on subsistent farming.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, in October 2019. Credit: SECAM

On SECAM Day, Catholic Bishops in Africa Appeal for “inclusive culture, rooted in Christ”

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa have “passionately” appealed to the people of God on the continent to avoid divisions, striving to embrace an inclusive culture that is rooted in Christ.

The late Cleopas Ray Vilakazi who, alongside his wife, helped more than 2,000 couples with difficulties in their relationship in the Southern African region. He succumbed to COVID-19-related complications on 24 July 2021. Credit: Fr. Paul Tatu

South African Award-winning Marriage Counselor Eulogized for Dedication to Ministry

Cleopas Ray Vilakazi who, alongside his wife, helped initiate more than 2,000 couples into the institution of marriage, has been eulogized as a dedicated marriage counselor.

A poster announcing the July 28 webinar organized by by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Credit: AMECEA

African Laity Encouraged to “be in touch with” Clergy, Religious amid COVID-19 Challenges

The need for the Laity in Africa to connect with members of the Clergy and women and men Religious at a time when people across the globe are struggling with COVID-19 challenges has been emphasized at a virtual conference organized by the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA).

Bishop Peter Holiday of South Africa's Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Kroonstad Diocese

In Revised Guidelines, Bishop in South Africa Urges Adherence to COVID-19 Protocols

In revised guidelines following the relax restrictions on public worship in South Africa, a Catholic Bishop in the country has urged the faithful to strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.

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

Situation in South Africa Similar to “Israelite’s time in the desert”: Catholic Archbishop

A Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has favorably compared the situation in the country amid violent protests and COVID-19 pandemic with the experience of the people of Israel in the wilderness.

A woman in Uganda receiving food donations from members of Salesians of Don Bosco. Credit: Salesian Missions

Cost of Treating COVID-19 Patients “incredibly high”: Salesian Missionaries in Uganda

Members of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in Uganda’s Archdiocese of Kampala have noted with concern the “incredibly high” cost of treating COVID-19 patients in the East African country.

KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council logo. Credit: KZNCC

Christian Leaders “deeply disappointed” by Closure of Places of Worship in South Africa

The leadership of Kwazulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) in South Africa has, in a statement, faulted the South African government for ordering closure of places of worship saying churches have all along been observing strict COVID-19 containment measures in their services.

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Zimbabwean Youth Urged to Participate in Policy Making Process, to Represent “their needs”

A Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe has encouraged the youth in the Southern African nation to take part in the country’s “policy making processes,” noting that their reluctance in participating in governance matters has compromised their future endeavors.

The Official logo of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM). Credit: JCAM

Persuade Germany to Waive Exclusive COVID-19 Vaccine Production: African Jesuit to U.S.

A member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa has called on President of the U.S., Joe Biden, to use the July 15 meeting with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to persuade her to support the waiver of patent rights on the production of COVID-19 vaccines. 

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Faith Leaders Condemn South Africa’s Violence, Say “this is totally unacceptable”

The leadership of KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) has, in a statement, condemned the ongoing violence in the South African Province saying the destruction of property witnessed during protests is “totally unacceptable.”

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Ugandan Youth Urged to Engage Digital Media to Share Encouraging Messages amid COVID-19

A youth leader in Uganda has called on young people in the East African nation to engage digital media to share “messages of hope and encouragement” among themselves in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.