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Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Kisangani. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in DR Congo’s Kisangani Province Decry Violence, Urge “frank dialogue”

Mar 21, 2022

The Catholic Bishops in the Kisangani Ecclesiastical Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have bemoaned heightened insecurity in their respective Episcopal Sees and call on parties in conflict to engage in “frank dialogue”. 

Msgr. Mambé Jean-Sylvain Emien, the new Apostolic Nuncio to the West African nation of Mali. Credit: Vatican Media

New Apostolic Nuncio to Mali Says Country to Realize True Peace “only through dialogue”

Feb 11, 2022

The West African nation of Mali can “achieve true peace” and development only if the leadership and citizens embrace dialogue, the newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to the country has said.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mali (CEM). Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Bishops in Mali Appeal for Dialogue amid Sanctions by Regional Economic Bloc

Jan 27, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Mali have appealed for dialogue to find solutions acceptable to all citizens of the West African nation amid sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) with President Faustin Archange Touadera. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in CAR Highlight Country’s Challenges, Lament Negative Media Reports

Jan 17, 2022

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a collective statement, highlighted challenges the country is facing and lamented negative media reports, which they say tarnish the reputation of the country and cause “great economic damage”.

Pope Francis received the credential letters of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See on Dec. 17, 2021. Vatican Media

Vaccine Access a Matter of Justice: Pope Francis

Dec 17, 2021

The pope told new ambassadors that the ongoing pandemic is a reminder that “we are a global community where one person’s problems are the problems of all.”

Bishop Joachim Kouraleyo Tarounga reading the Christmas message of Catholic Bishops in Chad. Credit: Archdiocese of N'Djamena

“Conditions for a credible, sincere dialogue have not been met”: Catholic Bishops in Chad

Dec 14, 2021

All the conditions necessary for “a credible and sincere” dialogue in the North-Central African nation of Chad have not been met, Catholic Bishops have said in their collective Christmas message.

Logo of the National Peace Council (NPC) in Ghana. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Dialogue to Resolve Budget Impasse, Peace Council Officials in Ghana Urge Lawmakers

Dec 6, 2021

Officials of the National Peace Council (NPC) in Ghana are calling on Members of Parliament (MPs) in the West African nation to resolve the impasse surrounding the approval of the 2022 budget.

Logo of the Council of Swaziland Churches. Credit: Council of Swaziland Churches

Stop Using COVID-19 to Postpone Dialogue, Church Leaders in Eswatini Tell Government

Oct 22, 2021

The Council of Swaziland Churches in Eswatini has asked the government of the Southern African nation to stop using the COVID-19 situation to postpone dialogue that they say will restore peace in the country that is experiencing protracted protests.

Participants at the Rome meeting for peace in the Central African Republic (CAR). Credit: Sant’Egidio Community

Rome-based Lay Catholic Association Facilitating “ceasefire, dialogue” in CAR

Oct 3, 2021

The Rome-based lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, has facilitated an agreement to end hostilities and pave the way for dialogue in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Pope Francis meets with members of Leaders Pour la Paix at the Vatican on Sept. 4, 2021. Vatican News/CNA

Promote a Culture That Prioritizes Human Dignity: Pope Francis

Sep 4, 2021

“It is important to promote a ‘culture of faces,’ which places the dignity of the person at the center," Pope Francis said.

KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council logo. Credit: KZNCC

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

Jul 18, 2021

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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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Call for Shift from Violence Mindset to Dialogue

Jul 14, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed concern over the growing tendency of South Africans to resort to violence whenever they need any social, political or economic issue addressed by those in leadership.

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Catholic Peace Organization Calls for Dialogue to End Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

Jun 23, 2021

Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), is appealing to the Cameroonian government to try dialogue with other parties involved in the ongoing civil crisis in Anglophone regions of Cameroon, saying that the military method that the government has been insisting upon has failed.

Logo of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

After Parish in Malawi Asked to Vacate “Muslim territory”, Church Leaders Urge Dialogue

May 20, 2021

Catholic Church leaders in Malawi are urging dialogue after St. Louis IX the King Mpiri Parish of Mangochi Diocese received an ultimatum to vacate what was described as “Muslim territory”, the Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) has told ACI Africa.

Bishop Benjamin Ndiaye Addressing the Press at a Previous Event / Courtesy Photo

“Foster dialogue, stop spiral of violence”: Bishops in Senegal’s Dakar Metropolitan

Mar 11, 2021

The ongoing violence in Senegal that started last week is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the Ecclesiastical Province of Dakar who are calling on parties in conflict to “foster dialogue” and end the skirmishes.

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To Resolve Anglophone Crisis, “stand by truth, embrace dialogue”: Cameroonian Bishop

Feb 24, 2021

The warring parties involved in the protracted crisis in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon need to stand by the truth and give dialogue a chance for a lasting solution to the conflict, a Bishop serving in the region has told ACI Africa.

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) with Constitutional Court confirmed President Faustin Archange Touadera.

Bishops in CAR Appeal for “sincere, fraternal, constructive dialogue” amid Election Crisis

Jan 18, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a message addressed to the people of God in the country, appealed for a “sincere and frank, fraternal and constructive dialogue” in resolving the current crisis following the December 27 general elections.

MINUSCA peacekeepers securing the Headquarter of the National Elections Authority, the Central African institution in charge of the organization of the 2020-2021 elections. / MINUSCA

Pope Francis Calls for “fraternal, respectful dialogue” in CAR amid Disputed Election

Jan 6, 2021

Pope Francis has called on the warring parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) to seek a “fraternal” and “respectful dialogue” to resolve disputes arising from the disputed December 27 general elections.

Fr. Ludovic Lado marching for Dialogue, Peace in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon. / Fr. Ludovic Lado/Facebook Page.

Jesuit Cleric in Cameroon Dedicates Pilgrimage to Dialogue, Peace in Anglophone Regions

Oct 17, 2020

A member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Cameroon who has embarked on a 245-kilometre pilgrimage says he has dedicated the spiritual initiative to efforts toward dialogue, peace and reconciliation in the Anglophone regions of the Central African nation, which have experienced violent conflict since 2016.

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast during an ecumenical prayer service held Wednesday, October 14. / Alliance of Religions for Peace in Ivory Coast (ARPI)

Ahead of Presidential Polls in Ivory Coast, Religious Leaders Appeal for Dialogue, Peace

Oct 15, 2020

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the Presidential election scheduled for October 31 amid persistent tensions.