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Bishop Richard Kuuia Baawobr with Pope Francis in the Vatican. /

Ghanaian Bishop Known for Service to Mentally Handicapped Appointed to Pontifical Council

A Ghanaian Bishop known for his love for people suffering from mental illness in the West African country has been recognized by the Holy Father who has appointed him to the position of member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) in one of the latest Papal appointments.

Representatives of Faith-Based Groups at a Stakeholders’ Meeting on COVID-19 Response in the Greater Accra Region at the Christ the Kind Parish, Accra on July 2, 2020. / Global Newswatch Media and Communications

Faith-Based Groups in Ghana to Work with State Agencies in Fighting COVID-19 Stigma

With the rise in cases of the coronavirus and reports of stigmatization against people who have tested positive for the virus, faith-based groups in Ghana have expressed their commitment to collaborating with state agencies to fight against the pandemic through massive public education and sensitization on the dangers of COVID-19.

Archbishop Philip Naameh, Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference. /

Church Leaders in Ghana Petition for Increase of Public Mass Duration after Lockdown

Leaders of various Christian groups in Ghana have petitioned the President of the West Africa country, Nana Akufo-Addo to reconsider the government directive that church services be conducted within one hour.

Some Ghanaians going through formalities during the Electoral Commission’s Pilot Voters Registration Exercise which took place on June 2 and 3, 2020 in all 16 Regions across the Country. / Ghana's Electoral Commission

Ghanaian Bishop Issues Guidelines for Church Facilities in Ongoing Voters’ Registration

As members of the Ghana Electoral Commission continue with the compilation of a new register of voters in anticipation of the December election, the Bishop of Konongo-Mampong Diocese has issued a number of guidelines to be observed where church facilities within his jurisdiction are used in the exercise.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra receiving Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE) from Major-General Peter Sangber-Dery, the Supreme Subordinate President of the Knights of St. John International in Ghana at a ceremony at the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra on June 23, 2020. / Department of Social Communications, NCS, Accra

Catholic Service Organization in Ghana Boost Bishops’ Fight against COVID-19

Members of a Catholic service organization have, on the occasion of the feast of their patron saint, donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Bishops in Ghana, to distributed to Catholic Health facilities around the country as part of the ongoing efforts in curbing COVID-19.

Sr. Monica Yahaya receives a cheque from BasicNeeds-Ghana Executive Director,  Pater Badimak Yaro. / Courtesy

Ghana-based Order of Nuns in a Partnership to Support “women accused of witchcraft”

A Ghana-based Religious Order of nuns has realized a partnership with a local advocacy entity with a view to reaching out to ostracized women accused of practicing witchcraft.

President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo with some members of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference during the 125th Anniversary climax Mass of Catholicism in Accra held at the Black Star Square in November 2018. /

Ghana’s President Appreciates Church for Offering COVID-19 Isolation Centers

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed his appreciation for members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) and other Church institutions for offering their facilities to be used as COVID-19 isolation and treatment centers across the West African country.

Sister Stan Mumuni, founder of the Marian Sisters of Eucharistic Love. / Courtesy of the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

Religious Sisters Risk Lives to Rescue the Vulnerable Amid Pandemic

Sister Stan Mumuni dedicates her life to caring for abandoned children with birth defects in Ghana. When the coronavirus pandemic spread to West Africa, she said that she ran to the market to buy soap and supplies, but the prices had already tripled.

Caption: Members of the National Sacred Heart Confraternity during their 9th National Congress in the Konongo-Mampong Diocese in 2016. / National Sacred Heart Enthronement Centre, Accra

Make Devotion to Sacred Heart a Family Affair, Laity in Ghana Urge

On the occasion of Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus marked amid the heat of COVID-19, devotees across Ghana have been called to rededicate their lives to God through prayers and to make their devotion a family affair.

Bishop Frank Nubuasah of Botswana’s Diocese of Gaborone. /

Bishop in Botswana Concerned about “lavish celebrations” that Defy COVID-19 Measures

A Ghanaian-born Bishop ministering in Botswana has expressed concern that Ghanaians are risking COVID-19 contagion to organize expensive weddings and burial ceremonies in complete oblivion of the poor people that need help in the West African country.

Some Ghanaians donating Blood to save lives. /

Ghanaian Prelate Launches Blood Donation Campaign amid Continental Deficit

The outbreak of COVID-19 has seen a major plunge in blood reserves in many African countries with the numbers of donors decreasing by the day, a situation that has led a Catholic Bishop in Ghana to appeal to individuals to make blood donation part of their lifestyle.

Bishop Frank Nubuasah of Botswana’s Gaborone Diocese. /

Prelate in Botswana Explains Meaning of His Letter to George Floyd

A bishop in Botswana who wrote an emotional letter to George Floyd, citing a strong bond of friendship with the black man who was killed by police in Minnesota, U.S., says the widely protested violence continues to play out in African countries that are characterized by police brutalities.

Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle of cape Coast
Archdiocese in the Central Region of Ghana delivering an address  at a virtual Forum on COVID-19 and the March Towards Ghana
Beyond Aid: Turning Adversity into opportunity on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in Accra. / Ministry of Information.

Ghanaian Prelate Advocates for “transformed minds” to Keep Country off Foreign Aid

Following Ghana government’s policy to assess how the country can still pursue the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, a Prelate in the West African country says the renewal and transformation of the minds of Ghanaians will be essential to achieve this vision.

Handmaids of Divine Redeemer (HDR) Sisters of Accra during the sewing of face masks at Agomanya in the Koforidua Diocese. / HDR Generalate, Accra.

“Sewing of face masks for needy part of our Charism”: Ghana-based Order of Nuns

Members of the Congregation of the Handmaids of Divine Redeemer (HDR) in Accra, Ghana who are engaged in producing face masks that they give to needy members of society amid COVID-19 pandemic are saying the initiative is part of their Charism as a Religious Order of nuns.

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC). /

Additional Safety Guidelines for Public Liturgical Celebrations in Ghana Outlined

Following the easing of restrictions on public gatherings in Ghana, Catholic Bishops in the West African of Ghana have issued additional directives to guide various liturgical celebrations in a bid to contain the possible spread of COVID-19.

Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Parish at 3-Town Denu in the Keta-Akatsi Diocese seated at Mass on June 7 after three months of restrictions. / Cephas Afornu

Excitement as Catholics in Ghana Celebrate First Public Mass after Lockdown

The reopening of churches in Ghana after three months of suspension of public worship was marked with excitement as worshippers took part in Eucharistic celebrations in their respective parishes and prayer centers, albeit low attendance.

Bishop Joseph Osei-Bonsu of Konongo-Mampong Diocese in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. /

“Prepackaged communion bread” Directive Defies Liturgical Norms, Ghanaian Prelate Explains

Following the recent controversial directive by Ghana’s Minister for Religious Affairs that bread and wine be given to worshipers as they enter their respective places of worship, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said the directive is at variance with “liturgical norms” and offered an explanation.

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC). /

Bishops in Ghana Give Separate Dates for Resumption of Public Mass

Following the easing of the ban on public gatherings in Ghana, which the country’s President declared, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced the resumption of public Mass in their respective jurisdictions under strict safety guidelines, giving separate dates for inaugural liturgical gatherings.  

Religious Leaders at an annual Ecumenical Service in May 2018 at
the St. Theresa Catholic Church, Kaneshie, Accra. /

Ghanaian President Calls for Prayers Ahead of Resumption of Public Worship

With Ghanaian institutions including schools and places of worship set to resume their public activities starting Friday, June 5, the country’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has appealed to religious leaders in the West African country to use their first day of worship to pray for the nation.

The flyer for the 2020 Marian Rally organized by the 14th District Commandery and District 3 Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of St. John International, Accra East Grand on May 30, 2020 at the St. Francis of Assisi parish, Ashaley Botwe, Accra to conclude the Rosary Month of May. / St. Francis of Assisi parish, Ghana.

“We need to run to Mary for Protection” amid COVID-19: Ghanaian Cleric at Marian Rally

As Catholics across the globe joined Pope Francis Saturday, May 30 to pray the holy rosary to conclude the liturgical month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Cleric in Ghana has urged Catholics to pray for Mary’s intercession for an end to COVID-19 pandemic in the West African nation and in the whole world.