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Latest stories: COVID-19

Members of the Interfaith Council in Kenya at a previous event / Courtesy Photo

Kenya’s Elderly, Sick to Continue Worshipping in Private amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

The elderly and the sick in Kenya have been urged to continue worshiping in private as the country reports a steady increase in the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Catholic Health Provider in Africa Responds to Vatican Call for Improved Water, Hygiene

The Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, an Order of the Catholic Church that provides health services in African countries and all over the world, is on the forefront of responding to the Vatican call on Catholic health facilities to improve hygienic measures especially during COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Mozambique's Archdiocese of Maputo / Courtesy Photo

Ban on Public Worship in Mozambique amid COVID-19 Causing “much greater” Damage: Prelate

An Archbishop in Mozambique has, in a statement, expressed concerns about the ban placed on public worship in the Southern African nation saying the measure taken against the prevention of COVID-19 is causing “much greater” damage to society. 

La Salle School in South Suda's Catholic Diocese of Rumbek / Vatican Media

Why South Sudanese Children are Safer in School Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Closure of schools in South Sudan owing to COVID-19 has exposed children in the East-Central African nation to numerous societal dangers, the head of a Catholic school in the country has said, noting that the children are safer in schools, coronavirus pandemic notwithstanding.

Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) Chairman Dr. Stephen Kimotho Karanja / Dr. Stephen Kimotho Karanja

Kenya’s Catholic Doctors Maintain Stance against COVID Vaccine, Say Mean Well for Africa

Members of the Kenya Catholic Doctors’ Association (KCDA) have maintained their strong opposition to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination in the East African nation, saying their caution against the coronavirus vaccine means well for the people in the country and in other African countries seeking to administer the vaccine.

A woman at an IDP camp in Cabo Delgado / Vatican Media

Increased Minors’ Beheadings in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Raises Fear of Childhood Trauma

Children as young as 11 years old are being murdered in Mozambique’s embattled Province of Cabo Delgado, an international charity organization that deals with minors has said, expressing fear that the ongoing tragedy will leave a permanent mark on the children in the country.

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“Endangering lives by gathering not an act of worship”: Religious Leaders in Mauritius

In the wake of a surge in reported cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius, religious leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation have underscored the need to adhere to government guidelines prohibiting gatherings.

Rev. Dr. Kabonde Peggy Mulambya / AACC

I Was Strongly Opposed as a Woman in Church Leadership, Former Official in Zambia Recounts

The former Secretary General of the United Church of Zambia, a union of Churches in the Southern African nation has narrated her experience at the helm of Church leadership in the country, recalling that she always faced opposition on the basis of her gender.

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Catholic Agencies in Europe, North America Urge “equal global access” to COVID-19 Vaccines

Ahead of the March 10-11 meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Council), the leadership of an international alliance of Catholic development agencies in Europe and North America is advocating for “equal global access” to COVID-19 vaccines. 

Some COVID-19 guidelines for parents, guardians and caregivers / Kenya's Ministry of Health

Politicians’ Non-compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines Appalling: Kenya's Interfaith Council

The attitude of non-compliance with COVID-19 guidelines on the part of politicians in Kenya is disappointing and appalling, members of the Interfaith Council in Kenya have said in a statement over the weekend.

Archbishop Thomas Msusa of Malawi's Blantyre Archdiocese receiving the COVID-19 vaccine / Archdiocese of Blantyre/Facebook

Malawi’s Catholic Bishops Say COVID-19 Vaccine “an act of love of our neighbor”

Catholic Bishops in Malawi have, in a collective message, described COVID-19 vaccine as “an act of love of our neighbor”, endorsing the administration of the batch that arrived in the country March 5.

President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania / Courtesy Photo

Absence of Tanzania’s President from Public Raises Questions Over His Health Situation

The reported absence of Tanzania’s President John Pombe Magufuli from the public eye has raised questions about his health situation, speculation being rife that he was hospitalized earlier in the week in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi for COVID-19-related complications.

St. Louis Cathedral in the Diocese of Port Louis, Mauritius / Public Domain

Public Liturgical Celebrations Suspended in Mauritius Following Spike in COVID-19 Cases

A day after the leadership of Mauritius announced a two-week national lockdown to control the spike in daily COVID-19 cases, liturgical celebrations in public have been suspended in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

Late Sr. Janice McLaughlin who died Sunday, March 7 aged 79 / Courtesy Photo

Zimbabwe’s President Mourns American Maryknoll Nun Who Supported Independence Struggle

The President of Zimbabwe has eulogized Sr. Janice McLaughlin, a native of the USA and member of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, as one who supported the struggle for the independence of the Southern African nation.

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

Feeding the Hungry “an ethical imperative, powerful form of prayer”: Nigerian Archbishop

Putting into practice the first of the seven corporal works of mercy that calls upon the people of God to feed the hungry is an “ethical imperative” and a “powerful form of prayer,” a Nigerian Archbishop has said.

A poster announcing the March 8 webinar organized by the All African Council of Churches (AACC) / All African Council of Churches (AACC)

Church Leaders in Africa Call for Strengthening of Gains Women Made Before COVID-19 Advent

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent socio-economic plunge has undone the gains that were made to empower women, Church leaders at the Monday, March 8 All African Council of Churches (AACC) event have observed.

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Catholic Bishops in Kenya Endorse COVID-19 Vaccine as “licit, ethically acceptable”

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have endorsed the COVID-19 vaccine that arrived in the country on March 3, saying the inoculation is “licit, ethically acceptable and an act of charity.”

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Jesuit Refugee Agency Calls on Countries to Include Refugees in COVID-19 Vaccination

The international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), is calling on countries across the globe to include refugees and other forcibly displaced persons in COVID-19 vaccination.

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Uganda among Countries with Religious Discrimination During COVID-19: Recent Report

Uganda is one of the several countries in Africa where religious minorities have been excluded in key strategies to fight COVID-19, a recent report on the state of religious freedom, which also highlights various forms of religious discrimination and persecution across the world indicates.

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Over 25 Priests, 60 Nuns Have Succumbed to COVID-19-related Illnesses in Tanzania: Cleric

At least 25 Catholic Priests and 60 members of Religious Orders have succumbed to COVID-related complications in Tanzania, the Secretary General of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) has said.