Latest stories: Gabon

Archbishop Francisco Escalante Molina in procession during the Mass at Our lady of Assumption Cathedral of Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese/ Credit: Archdiocese of Libreville/Facebook /

Outgoing Nuncio in Gabon Urges Church to “urgently” Address Divisions amid Tribalism

The outgoing Apostolic Nuncio in Gabon has called upon the people of God in the Central African nation to “urgently” address the challenge of tribalism that seems to be behind divisions, blocking an authentic “exchange of charisms, faith experiences.”

Bishop Eusebius Chinekezi Ogbonna Managwu of Gabon’s Port-Gentil Diocese / Courtesy Photo

“Gabon needs Lenten prayers to overcome all trials”: Bishop in Message for Lent

A Bishop in Gabon has, in his message for Lent 2021, urged the people of God in the Central African nation to turn to God in prayer for the “eradication” of COVID-19 during the Lenten Season.

St. Joseph and the Christ child. / Fr. Donald Calloway

Leadership of Gabon’s Port-Gentil Diocese Issues Guidelines for Year of St. Joseph

The leadership of Gabon’s Diocese of Port-Gentil has issued pastoral orientations to guide the people of God in the Ecclesiastical See throughout the Year dedicated to St. Joseph.

Archbishop Jean Patrick Iba-Ba of Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese during an interview with journalists shortly after meeting with Gabon's Interior Minister. /

Churches in Gabon to Reopen Despite Government Opposition, Bishops Say

Churches in Gabon will reopen for public worship on Sunday, October 25, the Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation have said in a collective message, a decision that goes against the government’s October 16 announcement to defer the resumption of public worship by five more days.  

Saint Mary's Cathedral  in Libreville Gabon. /

“Rite of Opening Holy Door” in Cathedrals in Gabon to Mark Resumption of Public Worship

The resumption of public worship in Catholic churches in Gabon slated to take place on Sunday, October 25 will be marked by the “Rite of Opening the Holy Door” in all Cathedrals in the Central African nation, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon (CEG) have announced at the end of their Extraordinary Plenary Assembly.

A poster announcing the Perpetual Vows and Diaconate Ordinate of 22 Seminarians of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). / Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans).

Stories of Blood, Sweat & Tears Behind Africa’s Growing Vocations: Spiritans’ Testimonies

Statistics have indicated a steady increase in the number of people joining the Priesthood and Religious Life in Africa despite an overall global plunge in those choosing to dedicate their lives to service of God as Priests and Religious.

Fr. Benedict Dieme with Monstrance, Lunette Containing Body of Christ Returned to Rois Mages Parish, Akebe Ville of Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese. /

Monstrance, Lunette Containing Body of Christ Returned to Parish Church in Gabon

The man who desecrated a Parish Church in Gabon, making away with the monstrance and the lunette containing the Body of Christ took them back Tuesday, September 15, the Parish Priest has confirmed.

The Parish of Les Rois Mages, Akebe Ville in the Archdiocese of Libreville desecrated Saturday, September 12. /

“Our Parish has been stabbed in the heart”: Parish Priest of Gabon’s Desecrated Church

The Priest in charge of a parish in Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese has described the September 12 desecration of the Church in which the man involved made away with the monstrance and the lunette as being “stabbed in the heart.”

Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan of Gabon’s Mouila diocese who is at the helm of the Bishops’ Conference. /

Gabonese Bishop Likens COVID-19 to “sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary, Way of the Cross”

A Catholic Bishop in Gabon has likened the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary as well as the Way of the Cross, urging Christians to remain steadfast in their faith as there is hope for victory.

Some Gabonese protesting against the bill to decriminalize homosexuality in the country. /

Clerics in Gabon Want President to “renounce Bill” Seeking to Decriminalize Homosexuality

Catholic Priests serving in the Central African nation of Gabon have, in a collective statement,  reached out to the country’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba asking him to renounce the promulgation of the controversial bill that seeks to decriminalize homosexuality.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon. /

Bill to Decriminalize Homosexuality in Gabon a “danger for children, homosexuals”: Bishops

Catholic Church leaders in Gabon have reacted to the decision by members of the National Assembly to decriminalize homosexuality saying the vote represents “a danger for our children and for homosexuals themselves.”

Archbishop Jean Patrick Iba-ba signing the Bull of nomination, on April 12, 2020, in Libreville. /

Fighting for “a more just and fraternal Gabon” an Ambition of Newly Installed Archbishop

Fighting for a society that is governed by justice and fraternity is one of the of primary “ambitions” of the recently installed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Libreville in Gabon, Jean-Patrick Iba-Ba.  

Late Sr. Lydie Oyane Nzoughe /

Suspect in Murder of a Gabonese Nun Confesses Crime

A man suspected of physically assaulting, raping and murdering a Gabonese nun whose body was found on Friday, March 20 has confessed his crime, amid a public call for justice for the nun who dedicated her life to the service of the poor in the West African country.

Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan of Gabon’s Mouila diocese who is at the helm of the Bishops’ Conference. /

Bishops in Gabon Respond to Accusations of Silence Over “kidnappings, ritual killings”

Against the backdrop of accusations against the Catholic Bishops in Gabon for remaining silent over kidnappings and ritual killings in the Central African nation, the President of the Bishops' Conference of Gabon has, in a Lenten Message, come to the defense of the Church leaders, reaffirming the Church’s commitment in denouncing evil in society.

Members of the Women's Union of Indigenous Congregations of Central Africa (UFCAAC) at the conclusion of their 33rd General Assembly in Douala, Cameroon. / UFCAAC

Leaders of Indigenous Female Religious Orders in Central Africa to Foster Reconciliation

At the conclusion of the 33rd General Assembly of the Women's Union of Indigenous Congregations of Central Africa (UFCAAC), that brought together Major Superiors of indigenous religious congregations in central Africa, participants resolved to foster reconciliation in the region.

Religious Leaders in Gabon after taking part in Ecumenical Service for Peace in the country, Sunday January 5, 2020. /

At Gabon’s National Day of Peace Prayer, Religious Leaders Urge “repentance, conversion”

Against the backdrop of sociopolitical challenges the Central African nation of Gabon has been facing since the re-election of President Ali Bongo Ondimba in 2016, religious leaders in the country have, on the occasion of the National Day of Prayer for peace, called for repentance and conversion of Gabonese in order to maintain peace in their diverse communities.

Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan of Gabon’s Mouila diocese /

“Mortgage of motherland worse than slavery,” Gabonese Bishop Cautions Political Class

As Catholics around the world entered into the second week of the new liturgical year, preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and for his second coming, a Bishop in Gabon has, in a message of the Advent Season, made a distress call expressing concerns about the political and economic situation of the West African nation and urged citizens including the political leaders not to sell their motherland for selfish interests.

Logo for 175 years jubilee celebrations in Gabon 2018-2019 /

Gabon Church to Continue “spiritual, pastoral” Passion experienced during yearlong Jubilee

The people of God in Gabon who just concluded the yearlong celebrations to mark 175 years of Catholicism in their country have been encouraged to maintain the pastoral and spiritual passion that they experienced throughout the year, the Papal delegate to the concluding ceremony, Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso said Sunday, September 29.

Part of logo for 175th Anniversary of Catholicism in Gabon /

175 years of Evangelization in Gabon, A Moment of Thanksgiving

The Church in Gabon is marking 175 years of Catholicism in the country with thanksgiving to God for the accomplishments made since the first missionary, Fr Jean- Rémi Bessieux arrived in 1844.

Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan with members of the Community of the Sisters of the Rosary of Gabon /

New Religious Congregation in Gabon Receives Blessings from Local Ordinary

A newly formed congregation of religious women in Gabon has received blessings from the Bishop of Mouila diocese, Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan who has encouraged spiritual and material support for the nuns.