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Fr. Andrew Campbell, SVD, founder of the Christ the King Soup Kitchen Project in Ghana in 2016 with some street children during a soup kitchen feting in Accra on April 1, 2020. / Soup Kitchen Team

Cleric’s Street Feeding Program in Ghana Struggling to Survive amid COVID-19 Restrictions

At least 60 street children converge at Christ the King Parish in Accra every morning under Soup Kitchen, a project initiated in 2016 by a Priest of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) working in Ghana to provide care for the poor and the homeless families living on the streets in the West African nation.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie with Patrick Darko Missah during donation exercise at the Ghana prisons headquarters, Tuesday, April 7 2020. /

Church in Ghana Lauded for Taking Fight against COVID -19 to Prisons

The Catholic Church in Ghana has been applauded for responding promptly to a special appeal from the Administration of the Ghana Prisons Service to donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help avert the spread of COVID-19 in the 44 Prisons in the West African country that has a total of 15,000 inmates.

Former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama, while addressing Hospital staff at donation of hospital equipment to fight the COVID-19, Saturday, April 4, 2020. /

With COVID-19, “political, religious, social differences evaporated”: Ghana’s Ex-President

The COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and its toll on Ghana where 214 reported cases of the disease have been confirmed has brought the country together in ways never witnessed before, according to former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama.

The Sacrament of Penance (also commonly called the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession) is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. /

“No sacraments on Internet”: Ghanaian Bishop on Confession amid COVID-19 Restrictions

As Catholics in many parts of the world keep away from gatherings including places of worship as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19, a Ghanaian Prelate has, in response to a question raised regarding Confession, explained why the Sacrament of Penance cannot be offered through electronic means.

Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), currently being treated for COVID-19. /

Church Leaders Express Solidarity with African Cardinal Being Treated for COVID-19

The news of the hospitalization of the President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo, with COVID-19 was received with shock across the continent, with Catholic Church leaders known to the Burkinabe Prelate expressing their solidarity in messages seen by ACI Africa.

The traditional Palm Sunday Procession will be omitted in most churches across the globe as a preventive measure prescribed by the Church to avoid the spread of COVID-19 /

Church in Ghana to Skip Palm Sunday Procession in New COVID-19 Directive

With rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the West African nation of Ghana, Catholic Bishops in the country have directed Parish Priests to skip key liturgical observances, including Palm Sunday procession that signifies the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, Episcopal Chairman of Health in Ghana (3rd from left) with Bishop Afrifah-Agyekum of Koforidua and other dignitaries at the launching of the 2020 World Day of the Sick and the opening of the St. Pauline Clinic at the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra on February 7, 2020. Extreme right is Fr. Lazarus Anondee, Secretary General of the National catholic Secretariat. / Damian Avevor.

Church in Ghana Appeals for Protective Gear to Aid Catholic Hospitals Battling COVID-19

As health facilities grapple with a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 and the increasing number of people infected with the disease, the Catholic Church in Ghana has launched an appeal inviting all Catholics to donate protective equipment and other medical supplies to support the 46 Hospitals and the 83 Clinics run by the Church under the National Catholic Health Service in the fight against the pandemic.

Logo Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCBC) /

Bishops in Zimbabwe “close all Catholic Churches for public services” Over COVID-19

With three confirmed COVID-19 cases and one related death in Zimbabwe, Catholic Bishops in the Southern African nation on Tuesday, March 24 resolved to close all Churches in the country, to facilitate “effective self-isolation for all.”

Fr. Andrew Campbell, 74-year-old Irish missionary in Ghana ministering among lepers. He founded the Lepers Aid Committee (LAC) in Ghana in 1993 / Damian Avevor

“They call me a lepers’ Priest,” Irish SVD Cleric Ministering among Neglected in Ghana

Eighty-year-old Gladys Adobea, a survivor of leprosy has found home at Weija Leprosarium, a facility for people who have been cured of leprosy that is located about five miles from Ghana’s capital city, Accra.

A Poster announcing the National Day of Prayer and Fasting in Ghana. /

Ghanaians Anchor National Prayer and Fasting Day on Thanksgiving and Repentance

Christians and Muslims in the West African nation of Ghana observed a day of prayer and fasting Wednesday, March 25 using a ten-point prayer guide that detailed specific prayers against the spread of COVID-19.

: Peter Cardinal Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery of Promoting Integral Hunan Development with some members of the Ghana Catholic Ecclesiastical Union. / GCEU

Ghanaian Clergy, Religious, Seminarians in Rome Take “precautionary measures to stay safe”

With Italy ranked the world’s worst-hit country by COVID-19, the clergy, religious and seminarians who are natives of Ghana and based in the country’s capital, Rome have, in an interview with ACI Africa correspondent, said that they are taking seriously directives from the Italian government as precautionary measures to stay safe.

Live Broadcast of Private Mass Gaining Traction in Ghana amid COVID-19

The practice of live streaming private celebrations of the Holy Eucharist by members of the clergy in the West African nation of Ghana is gaining traction days after Church leaders announced the suspension of public Mass.

Ghanaians will, on Wednesday, March 25, being the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, observe a National Day of Prayer and fasting, seeking God’s intervention over COVID-19. /

Ghana Declares Solemnity of Annunciation National Day of Prayer over COVID-19

Ghanaians will, on Wednesday, March 25, observe a National Day of Prayer and fasting, seeking God’s intervention over COVID-19 following a directive from Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo after the country announced on Saturday, March 21 that the number of people infected with the disease had reached 21.

In the wake of the closure of schools in Ghana, an e-learning platform has been rolled out to facilitate remote teaching and learning of students in the West African country. /

Ghana Rolls out E-learning Platform for High School Students amid Closure of Schools

In a bid to ensure that junior and senior high school students do not stay idle at home in the wake of the closure of schools in Ghana, an e-learning platform has been rolled out to facilitate remote teaching and learning of students in the West African country.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo with Religious Leaders at Breakfast Prayer Meeting, Accra, Thursday, March 19. / Presidency of the Republic of Ghana

Ghana Seeks Divine Intervention amid COVID-19, President Hosts Breakfast Prayer Meeting

As the world struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19 with at least 34 countries in Africa declaring cases of the disease, the President of the West African nation of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has convened a breakfast prayer meeting with all Religious Leaders in the country to seek God’s intervention.

The Entrance to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. /

Catholic Universities in Africa Embracing Virtual Learning after Closure over COVID-19

Catholic-run institutions of higher learning in Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon and in other African countries have taken to technology-based virtual learning to help students interact with their lecturers in the safety of their homes as various governments on the continent take precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19, the new disease caused by coronavirus.

Rev. Dr.  Kwabena Opuni Frimpong /

Ghanaian Cleric Suggests Change of Easter Date amid Calls for Online Church Services

Following a presidential directive to suspend all public religious activities in Ghana for four weeks in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, a religious leader in the west African country has called for the setting of a new date for Easter celebration, expressing concerns that the suspension extends beyond the current date Easter Sunday, April 12.

Logo Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) /

Vincentians in Africa Challenged to Value “effective communication” as Leaders

National leaders of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) from English speaking African countries have been challenged to see the value of “effective communication” in their practice of leadership at various National Conferences.

The three Grand Finale contestants with Archbishop Kwofie, Episcopal Chairman of Education in Ghana, Priests and dignitaries at the maiden Science and Maths Brain Battle Quiz for Catholic Schools in Accra on March 15, 2020. / Damian Avevor

Striking Innovations Steal Show at Ghana’s Catholic Schools Competition

The maiden edition of the Brain Battle Mathematics and Science Quiz for Catholic Basic and Junior High Schools (JHS) in Ghana, organized by the Catholic Education Directorate and Cocktail Media, an NGO under the auspices of the Archbishop of Accra, ended Sunday, March 15, with schools that showcased the most striking scientific innovations walking away with coveted prizes.

Bishops of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) who have suspended Public Masses amid half a dozen confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. /

Ghana is First Nation in Sub-Saharan Africa to Suspend Public Mass Over COVID-19

The West African nation of Ghana has become the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to temporarily suspend the public celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a decision taken by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) amid half a dozen confirmed cases of COVID-19.