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Latest stories: COVID-19

Rev. Dr. Kabonde Peggy Mulambya / AACC

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

Mar 14, 2021

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

Mar 14, 2021

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

Mar 13, 2021

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”

Mar 11, 2021

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

Mar 11, 2021

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

Mar 11, 2021

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

Mar 10, 2021

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

Mar 10, 2021

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

Mar 9, 2021

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”

Mar 9, 2021

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

Mar 7, 2021

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.

A poster of the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief (APPGFoRB) / APPFoRB/ Twitter

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

Mar 6, 2021

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.

Logo of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) / Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC)

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

Mar 4, 2021

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.

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Vaccines, “act of good neighborliness”, Bishops in Ghana Say, Encourage Getting Vaccinated

Mar 4, 2021

Days after the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation are encouraging the people of God in the country to get vaccinated.

Official Logo Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP). / UCAP

“Let us continue to be agents of hope, role models”, Catholic Journalists in Africa Urged

Mar 4, 2021

Catholic journalists in Africa have been urged to foster hope amid the protracted COVID-19 challenging situation.

Community workers at Don Bosco Refugee Services Palabek take refugees at Palabek Refugee Settlement through farming lessons in preparation for the 'Rebuilding Lives' agribusiness project / Fr. Lazar Arasu/ Don Bosco Refugee Services Palabek

Salesians’ Vast Agribusiness Project Expected to Impact Thousands of Refugees in Uganda

Mar 4, 2021

On a hot and dusty afternoon at Palabek Refugee Settlement in the Northern region of Uganda, a mother in her mid-thirties is seen in the company of other women almost her age who are soaked in sweat, hammering big boulders to prepare gravel for sale.

Logo of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) / Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA)

Catholic Doctors in Kenya Caution Public against Delivered COVID-19 Vaccine, Give Reasons

Mar 4, 2021

A day after the first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 arrived in Kenya, Catholic Doctors in the country have, in a collective advisory statement, cautioned the public against being vaccinated.

Christians in Egypt decry violence at a past protest / Asia News

Hope for Religious Equality in Egypt as President Decrees Formation of Church Bodies

Mar 3, 2021

The future is promising for the Catholic Church and the Evangelical community in Egypt following a decree by the country’s President that permits formation of bodies that are aimed to champion for Religious equality.

Caritas Guinea Programs Director, Siba Alexis Dopavogui

The Sick in Guinea Avoiding Hospitals for Fear of Ebola, Caritas Official Says

Mar 2, 2021

Sick people in Guinea are finding it difficult to go to health facilities for treatment since the new Ebola outbreak was declared some two weeks ago, a Caritas official in the West African nation has said.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) during their ordinary session held in Lome from February 23-26 / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

To Address COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns in Togo, “give appropriate information”: Bishops

Mar 1, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, asked the government to work toward dispelling concerns among citizens regarding COVID-19 vaccine.