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Bishop Evans Chinyama Chinyemba of the Catholic Diocese of Mongu in Zambia. Credit: Courtesy of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB)

Catholic Bishop in Zambia Calls for Examination of Conscience Ahead of General Elections

A Catholic Bishop in Zambia is urging his compatriots to probe their moral senses of right and wrong ahead of the country’s general elections scheduled for next week, Thursday, August 12.

The Logo of the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR). Credit: JCTR

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Urge Voters to Look Out for What Addresses Economic Hardships

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia have called on voters in the country to scrutinize all campaign messages offered by political aspirants ahead of the August 12 elections, looking out for what seeks to address the country’s economic challenges.  

Logo of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). Credit: ZCCB

“Refrain from acts of violence, hate speech”: Catholic Bishops in Zambia Urge Politicians

Catholic Bishops in Zambia have cautioned political actors against inciting members of the public to violence before, during and after general elections scheduled to take place on August 12.

The logo of the Zambian National Council for the Catholic Laity (ZNCCL). Credit: ZNCCL

Catholic Laity in Zambia Encouraged to Participate in Pre-election Democratic Processes

The Catholic Laity in Zambia under the Zambian National Council for the Catholic Laity (ZNCCL) have been encouraged take part in pre-election processes ahead of the country’s general elections slated to take place next month.

Members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA) in consultation before a meeting with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Bishops in Central African Republic Decry Insecurity, Appeal for "commitment to peace"

Catholic Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a collective statement, expressed concerns about violence in the country and called upon all parties in conflict and citizens to be committed to peace. 

An image showing vote casting in Ethiopia. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ahead of Ethiopia’s General Elections, Bishops Say Citizens “desire an upright leader”

Catholic Bishops in the Horn of Africa nation of Ethiopia have, in a collective statement days to the country’s general elections, outlined qualities of those to be elected to the House of People’s Representatives saying citizens desire leaders who are “upright.”

An image showing vote casting in Zambia. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Jesuit Scholars in Zambia Call for Fair Media Coverage of Ongoing Political Campaigns

Members of the Jesuit Conference of Theological Reflection (JCTR) have called on media players in Zambia to observe fairness in the coverage of the ongoing political campaigns ahead of the August 12 general elections.

An image showing vote casting in Zambia. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Political Aspirants in Zambia Need to Address Debt Crisis in Campaigns: Jesuit Scholars

As campaigns for the August 12 general election kickoff in Zambia, political aspirants in the Southern African nation have been called upon to inform the electorate on how they will address the country’s debt crisis should they be elected.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Congo Brazzaville / Courtesy Photo

Bishops in Congo Brazzaville Express “serious reservations” about March Elections

Catholic Bishops in the Republic of the Congo (Congo Brazzaville) have, in a collective statement, expressed “serious reservations” about the presidential election slated for March 21.

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast with administrative authorities during the official ceremony of their 117th plenary Assembly. / Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI)

Amid Search for Peace “we must not give in to discouragement”: Bishops in Ivory Coast

Against the backdrop of a socio-political tension in Ivory Coast, Catholic Bishops in the country are urging the people of God to not give up in the search of the much-needed peace.

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

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

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.

13 Issues of Concern Bishops in Uganda Want “addressed urgently” Ahead of Elections

Ahead of general elections in Uganda slated for January 14, Catholic Bishops in the country have, in their latest Pastoral Letter, highlighted 13 issues that “could taint the credibility of the electoral process and outcome of the polls if not addressed urgently.”

“Exercise restraint, avoid all forms of violence”, Bishops in Ghana Appeal amid Unrest

Following days of post-election unrest in some parts of Ghana, members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) have called on the leadership of political parties and their supporters to restrain from all forms of violence. 

Ahead of General Elections in Ghana, Bishops Appeal for Peace in Advent Message

Ahead of Ghana’s general elections scheduled for December 7, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have, in their Advent message, appealed to Ghanaians to maintain peace during the electioneering period.

Some members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) at the end of the closing Mass of their Annual Plenary Assembly in the Diocese of Keta–Akatsi. / Facebook Page Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC).

Seven Issues of Concern Bishops in Ghana Want Addressed for National Transformation

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have, in a collective statement at the end of their Annual Plenary Assembly, outlined seven issues affecting the West African nation, which they want addressed in view of achieving national transformation.

From left to right: Fr. Charles Onen, Mr Emmanuel Mwaka Lutukumoi, Ms Nancy Atimango and Mr Andrew Ogwetta Otto in the race for Gulu East MP seat.

Ugandan Cleric Not “allowed to exercise priestly ministry” after Joining Active Politics

A member of the Clergy of Uganda’s Gulu Archdiocese has been suspended from exercising his priestly ministry following his decision to join active politics even after his Local Ordinary “tried very much to dissuade him from taking such a step.”

Tanzania is expected to hold General Election on October 28 to elect the President, Members of Parliament and councillors.

Tanzanian Prelate Cautions Clerics against Partiality in Ongoing Political Campaigns

A Bishop in Tanzania has cautioned Clerics in the East African country against partiality in the ongoing political campaigns ahead of the general elections slated to take place October 28.

Voter Education Outreach Program in Uganda. / Electoral Commission of Uganda

Interreligious Body in Uganda among Dozens of Entities Accredited for Voter Education

The Inter Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) is among 46 civil society organizations (CSOs) accredited by the country’s electoral body to carry out voter education ahead of the general elections scheduled to take place in February 2021.

Headquarters of the National Election Authority in Central African Republic.

With “many weapons in circulation,” Bishops in CAR Concerned about Insecurity Before Polls

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a Pastoral Letter, expressed their concerns about insecurity amid armed civilians as eligible citizens of the Central African nation prepare to take part in the general elections slated to take place December 27.