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Latest stories: Gambia

Bishop Gabriel Mendy of the Gambia's Diocese of Banjul. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Maintain hope in God even in times of doubt, uncertainty,”: Gambian Bishop Urges Faithful

Jan 8, 2022

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Banjul in Gambia has, in his New Year 2022 Message,  encouraged the people of God under his pastoral care to put their trust in God “even in times of doubt and uncertainty” including COVID-19 challenges.

Late Bishop Michael Joseph Cleary with Pope John Paul II when he visited the Gambia in 1992.

Gambia’s Longest Serving Bishop, Host of Only Papal Visit Dies at 95

Sep 3, 2020

The longest serving Bishop in The Gambia who played host to Pope John Paul II in 1992, the only Papal visit to the West African nation, died Wednesday, September 2, a day after marking his 95th day of birth.

Bishop Gabriel Mendy of the Gambia's Diocese of Banjul.

Church Leadership in Gambia Suspends Public Masses as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Aug 5, 2020

Following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in The Gambia in recent weeks, the Bishop of the lone Catholic Diocese in the West African nation has once again suspended the celebration of public Mass and other Church gatherings.

Logo on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. / United Nations

How Salesian Missionaries are Protecting Youths in West Africa from Human Trafficking

Jul 30, 2020

On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons marked July 30, the leadership of  Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), has joined other humanitarian organizations in reviewing initiatives toward curbing human trafficking around the world, including countries in West Africa.

African Leaders and Stakeholders in the Health Industry the Lome Summit to Counter the Trafficking of Fake Drugs, on January 17-18, 2020.

“Trafficking of fake drugs, hidden side of failing health system in Africa”: A Reflection

Jan 22, 2020

Some days after African leaders and stakeholders in the health industry met in Togo for a summit to counter the trafficking of fake drugs in the world’s second largest continent, an African missionary priest ministering in the West African country is of the opinion that for the initiative to succeed, reform of the health system in Africa is necessary.

Members of the Gambia Christian Council with President Adama Barrow.

Christian Leaders in Gambia Want their Country Declared a Secular State

Dec 20, 2019

Leaders of Christian denominations in The Gambia have, through their representative body, Gambia Christian Council, submitted a proposal to the Constitutional Review Commission to have the word “secular state” included in the preamble of the new Constitution that is being drafted.