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Latest stories: COVID-19

Fr. Lazar Arasu saying Mass at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda/ Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Catholic Missionary Priest Reports Agony of Refugees in Uganda as COVID-19 Bites

Uganda has continued to implement stringent measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 amid a spike in infections and related deaths, a situation that has terribly impacted the wellbeing of refugees who were already struggling to survive in the East African country.

A poster of St. Bakhita Catholic Community, a platform for South Sudanese Catholics in Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Nakuru/ Credit: St. Bakhita Catholic Community

Kenyan Catholic Diocese Builds South Sudanese Community to Improve Refugees Pastoral Care

A number of South Sudanese Catholics who are seeking refuge around Nakuru town in Kenya’s Rift Valley Province have been gathering in groups for prayers in the absence of a Priest.

A Catholic Nun getting a COVID-19 inoculation at a medical center in Zimbabwe. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Catholic Charity Facilitates PPE Supplies in Zimbabwe amid Coronavirus Challenges

Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has facilitated the provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to more than 1200 pastoral workers in Zimbabwe.

Officials at Stella Maris in the Kenya's Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa led by their Director, Fr. John Webotsa (second from left) pose with fishers at Vanga, a fishing village located at the country's border with Tanzania. A government official from the country's fisheries department (right) looks on. Credit: Fr. John Webotsa/ Stella Maris Mombasa

Plans Underway to Develop Online Communication Tool for Seafarers in Kenyan Archdiocese

The Apostleship of the Sea in Kenya’s Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa plans to develop, in collaboration with other stakeholders, an online communication tool in the country’s maritime sector to keep those who work at sea in touch with their families.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama with members of the Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ACMPN)/ Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja/Facebook

Catholic Doctors in Nigeria Encouraged to “be part of the solution to the problem of pain”

The Catholic Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese has encouraged members of the Association of Catholic Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (ACMPN) to take their profession as a vocation and be part of the solution to pain in society by being at humanity’s service.

The Apostolic Administrator of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese, Bishop Paul Ssemogerere/ Credit: Ugandan Catholics Online/Facebook

Ugandan Bishop Criticizes Price Inflation amid Pandemic, Urges Love for Affected, Infected

The Apostolic Administrator of Uganda’s Kampala Archdiocese, Bishop Paul Ssemogerere has faulted people taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to hike prices of basic commodities and healthcare services.

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

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Faults Critics of COVID-19 Vaccine

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has reprimanded critics of COVID-19 vaccines for discouraging others from taking the jab, saying that dissuading others from the inoculation is doing them injustice.

Children and young people living with disabilities at Orione Community Training Centre in Kenya's Catholic Diocese of Ngong
Credit: Orione Community Training Centre

Catholic Priests’ Farm Where Dreams of Kenyan Children Living with Disability are Born

Tales of Kenyan children born with disabilities who are chained away from society sometimes sound too graphic to be true. This, however, was the story of David (not his real name) who was raised by his father at a village outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

The Front page of the book titled "The Pope and the Pandemic: Lessons in Leadership in a Time of Crisis by Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator. Credit: Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator

Pope Francis’ Response to Pandemic Behind African Jesuit’s Book on Leadership amid Crisis

Early last year, millions of people across the world followed closely as Pope Francis walked unaccompanied towards the Altar of Casa Santa Marta chapel next to St. Peter’s Basilica where he celebrated Holy Mass alone. The Holy Father had made a special appeal to the Faithful to follow Holy Mass virtually as governments across the world ordered closure of places of worship following the outbreak of COVID-19.

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA) in consultation before a meeting with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Bishops in Central African Republic Decry Insecurity, Appeal for "commitment to peace"

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a collective statement, expressed concerns about violence in the country and called upon all parties in conflict and citizens to be committed to peace. 

St. Louis Cathedral in the Diocese of Port Louis, Mauritius/ Credit: Diocese of Port Louis/Facebook

Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese Outlines Safety Guidelines for Resumption of Public Worship

Days after the Government of Mauritius lifted restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Port Louis has announced the resumption of public worship with a limited number of faithful.

President Samia Suluhu Hassan addresses Religious leaders in Dar es Salaam. Credit: TEC

Sensitize Tanzanians about COVID-19, President Urges Catholic Bishops, Religious Leaders

Tanzanian President has called upon Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders in the East African country to be part of COVID-19 sensitization initiatives, reminding the people of God under their care “of the need to protect ourselves.”

The Secretary-General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Fr. Donatien Ntshole addressing journalists during a press conference in DRC's capital, Kinshasa on 21 June 2021. Credit: CENCO

Four Issues of Concern Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Want Addressed for National Cohesion

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their plenary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in the Central African nation are facing, which they want addressed for the achievement of national cohesion and development.

Msgr. Raphael Wokorach of Uganda's Nebbi Diocese whose Episcopal Ordination has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Episcopal Ordination in Uganda Postponed as Country's Lockdown Intensifies

The Episcopal Ordination of Msgr. Raphael Wokorach that had been planned for Saturday, June 26 has been postponed until further notice.

Some refugees at the Palabek Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Credit: Fr. Lazar Arasu

Catholic Missionary Priest in Uganda Lauds Country for Being “a haven for refugees”

A Catholic Missionary Priest heading a refugee settlement in Uganda has lauded the East African nation for providing a safe haven for refugees and urged other countries to follow suit.

Chart showing Aid allocated per region in 2020 by Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)

Africa Receives Bulk of Funding as More Donate Towards Catholic Charity Despite Pandemic

Roughly one third of the total project aid that was supplied by Catholic Charity Foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International in the year 2020, went to Africa, the leadership of the organization has reported.

Bishop Joseph Mbatia (right) receiving a donation of  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from Equity bank, a Kenya-based financial institution/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Kenyan Catholic Mission Hospitals “straining” to Contain Pandemic amid Government Neglect

Catholic Mission Hospitals are over-stretching their resources while attending to COVID-19 cases in the country, the Bishop at the helm of the Health Commission of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has said.  

World Refugee Day T-shirts and food hampers provided by the SACBC Migrants and Refugee Office in collaboration with UNHCR for participants in the event held at Christ the King Cathedral of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese on 20 June 2021/ Credit: Sheila Pires/Radio Veritas South Africa

Southern Africa Bishops Decry Continued Exclusion of Refugees in COVID-19 Programs

Refugees in various African countries continue to be excluded in COVID-19 programs such as provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and even vaccination against the coronavirus, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said.

Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe during the Priestly Ordination of Priestly ordination of Deacon Reuben Kemei in Kenya's Bungoma Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Kenyan Catholic Bishop Faults Government for Suspending Public Worship in Parts of Country

The Bishop of Kenya’s Kakamega Diocese has faulted the government for suspending public worship in parts of the country, a move that seems to undermine, the Bishop says, the role of the Inter-faith Council.

Holy Land. Alexander Lande/Shutterstock

Senegal’s Inter-Diocesan Entity Suspends Pilgrimage to Holy Land amid COVID-19 Challenges

The leadership of Senegal’s National Inter-Diocesan Committee for Catholic Pilgrimages (CINPEC) has announced the cancellation of the 2021 pilgrimage to the Holy land amid “persistence” of COVID-19 pandemic in the West African nation.