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Government Officials in Ghana Say No to Planned LGBTQ Meeting After Protests

Days after Religious leaders in Ghana raised concerns over a Pan Africa International Lesbian, Gay, Trans and Intersex Association meeting that was planned to be held in the West African country in July this year, a section of government leaders in the country have said that the meeting will not happen.

Archbishop Emeritus Peter Kwasi Sarpong during his Episcopal Golden Jubilee Mass at the St. Peter’s Minor Basilica at Kumasi on Sunday, march 8, 2020. / Communications Office, Sekondi-Takoradi Diocese.

Church in Ghana Celebrates Longest Serving Archbishop-turned-Author

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have, in a collective goodwill message, lauded Archbishop Peter Kwasi Sarpong, Emeritus of Kumasi in Southern Ghana for his contribution to the growth of the Church in the West African country during the Cleric’s close-to 40 years in office.

Women of the Young Christian Workers Movement at the 2020 International Women’s Day Celebration at the Christ the King Parish on Sunday March 8, 2020. 3rd right is Nana Oye Lithur, Gender Activists and Human Rights Lawyer. / Damian Avevor

Gender Empowerment is Answer to End Corruption in Ghana, Human Rights Lawyer Says

As Ghana joined the rest of the world to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, a Catholic gender activist argued that the only solution to the eradication of corruption in the West African Country is pushing for gender equality and allowing women to take up leadership positions.

Resource Persons and Participants at the first ever international Church Management Training Workshop for Ghanaian Financial Administrators from various Archdioceses and Dioceses, Representatives of Religious Congregations and some Lay Leaders from February 25 to 28, 2020. / DEPSOCOM, NCS, ACCRA

Ghana Clerics Urged to be “open, transparent, accountable” in Managing Church Resources

Financial Administrators from various Church institutions in the West African nation of Ghana have, in a four-day recent workshop, been trained in managing Church resources, with members of the clergy being urged to embrace “openness, transparency and accountability” in dealing with Church money in their various capacities.

Fr. Charles Chilufya, the Director of Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa (JENA) based in Kenya and Ghanaian Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah at the launch of the “silence the guns by 2020” Campaign at the Christ the King Parish in Accra, Ghana. / Arrupe Jesuit Institute

Jesuits Laud Ghana for “relative peace” At Launch of “silencing the guns” Campaign

Ghana is one of the most peaceful and stable countries in Africa that has kept true the spirit of its heroes, Pan-Africanist Kwame Nkurumah and peace ambassador, Koffi Annan, members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have observed while launching the Africa Union’s (AU) 2020 “Silencing the Guns” campaign in the West African country.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Ghana's Accra Archdiocese. /

“Why Ghana”, Prelate Queries Concerning Planned Gay and Lesbian Conference

Following the wide circulation of a poster publicizing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community conference in Ghana’s capital, Accra, Ghana, an Archbishop in the West African country has decried the choice of Ghana as the host country to the conference and urged Ghanaians to uphold their religious values as the society becomes "more difficult."

Map showing confirmed cases of Corona Virus around the world; an issue of concern to Bishops in Ghana. /

Bishops in Ghana Advocate for Preventive Measures against Coronavirus

Informed by reports of the rapid spread of coronavirus around the world including Africa, the Catholic Bishops in Ghana have, in a collective statement, called on Catholics in the West African country to take preventive measures that would save them from contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Sheikh Armiyawo Shaibu, the spokesperson of the Office of the National Chief Imam launching the ETHICS Against Vigilantism projects at the Christ the King Parish, Accra February 28, 2020. / Kelvin Agboagye

Religious Groups in Ghana Champion for Youth Employment in Fight against Vigilantism

As eligible voters in Ghana prepare for the December 7 polls, an alliance of various religious groups in the West African nation has launched a campaign project that will see unemployed youth get jobs to eradicate political vigilantism, a vice that has been blamed on jobless youth in the country.

Fr. Andrew Campbell, Irish Divine Word Missionary Priest working in Ghana and helping cured Lepers with some volunteers distributing items to some cured lepers in Nkachina in the Yendi Diocese. At the Background is Archbishop Emeritus Gregory Ebo Kpiebaya of Tamale Archdiocese. /

Missionary Priest in Ghana Praised as Unsung Hero in Fight Against Leprosy

Irish Divine Word Missionary Priest working in the West African nation of Ghana, Fr. Andrew Campbell, has been extolled as one of the unsung heroes in the fight against stigmatization of persons with leprosy and support for their treatment and rehabilitation.

Logo Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) /

Shelve “swords of hatred, bitterness,” Bishops in Ghana Appeal in Lenten Pastoral Letter

The nurturing of peace and the shunning of “hatred, anger, bitterness, quarrels and killings” are key highlights in the Lenten Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops in Ghana, written in the context of the country’s general elections slated to take place on December 7.

Samuel Zan Akologo, Co-ordinator of the FAITH in Ghana Alliance with Wilson Raphael Arthur, the Ashanti Regional Director for the National Commission for Civic Education and Hajia Ayishetu Abdul-Kadiri, Chairperson of the FAITH in Ghana Alliance launching the Report on Lessons Learnt from I-SHAME Corruption project at the National Catholic Secretariat on February 20, 2020. / Caritas Ghana

Church Leaders in Ghana Spearhead Implementation of Anti-Graft Clubs in Schools

Catholics Bishops in Ghana have, in a bid to root out corruption in the West African country, spearheaded the implementation of a two-year anti-corruption project that will see school-going children get empowered to fight against graft in the country that has, however, been labelled one of the least corrupt countries in Africa.

Catholic Groups in Ghana Condemn U.S.-based Journalist’s Insults against Bishops

Two Catholic lay groups in Ghana have, in separate statements, expressed displeasure in the contents of a viral video by Kevin Ekow Baidoo Taylor, a Ghanaian journalist and social media commentator based in the United States, directed at Catholic Bishops in the West African nation of Ghana.

Candidates, including 10 Africans who graduated at the Pontifical Gregorian University on February 14, 2020 after a five-month training in Child Protection. / Centre for Child Protection (CCP), Pontifical Gregorian University

African Clergy, Religious, Laity Complete Child Protection Training at a Rome University

As a response to the challenge of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults that has affected the Church globally, 10 Africans, among them four priests, four nuns, and two lay people were among the 25 candidates who completed a five-month training in child protection at the Rome-based Pontifical Gregorian University and graduated with a diploma Friday, February 14.

Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra thanking  former Ghanaian President Jerry John Rawlings for attending the 75th Anniversary celebration of the St. Paul parish at Kpehe in Accra on February 9, 2020. / Damian Avevor

“Back your prayer of words with actions,” Ghana’s Former President at Diamond Jubilee

At the climax celebration to mark 75 years since the establishment of a Church in Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese, the former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings urged followers of Christ in the West African country to “back their prayer of thoughts and words with actions to achieve desired responses and results, as prayer alone was insufficient to solve their problems.”

Bishop Emmanuel Fianu, Episcopal Chairman of Health in Ghana (2nd from right) being supported by Tove Dengbol, Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Ibrahim Bakayoko, the Regional Manager, West and Central Africa of Novo Nordisk and Bishop Joseph Afrifah-Agyekum of Koforidua Diocese to cut the tape to commission the St. Pauline Clinic at the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra on February 7, 2020. / Damian Avevor.

Catholic-sponsored Clinic “dedicated to diabetic care” Launched in Ghana

As the universal Church marked the 28th World Day of the Sick February 11, the Catholic Church in Ghana through the National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) launched the St Pauline Clinic, dedicated to diabetic care.

Ghanaian Catholic Schools Hold Contest to Boost Performance in Science Subjects

With statistics from the Ghana Education Service (GES) indicating poor performance in Science and Mathematics subjects in the country, 21 Catholic Basic Schools in Ghana converged in the country’s capital city, Accra, to battle in a National Science and Mathematics quiz aimed to boost their performance in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Fr. Lazarus Anondee, the  Secretary General of the Accra-based National Catholic Secretariat (NCS), the Executive Arm of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) /

Church in Ghana Threatens to Campaign against Parties not Committed to Ending Vigilantism

As the West African nation of Ghana prepares for general elections in December, the Secretary General of the Accra-based National Catholic Secretariat (NCS), the Executive Arm of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC), has made known the intention of Church to use her resources to foster democracy by actively campaigning against political parties that do not show enough commitment to ending political violence and vigilantism that has crippled the country for decades.

Members of Catholic Association of Media Practitioners, Ghana (CAMP-G) who were inaugurated as members of various Committees of the Ghana Journalists Association on February 5, 2020. /

Ghanaian Top Catholic Journalists Appointed to National Body Ahead of December Poll

Veteran Catholic journalists with different communication expertise in Ghana are among members of the press selected to serve on various committees of the West African country’s association for journalists as Ghanaians head to the poll slated to take place in December.

Participants in a Health Walk And Blood Donation Exercise Organized by the Catholic Archdiocese Of Accra. /

Ghanaian Catholics Donate Blood Amid Looming Shortage

With alarming statistics indicating that one out of three Ghanaians will need blood to save their lives, a campaign that targeted Catholics in the West African nation to donate the “gift of life” was started in 2019, with six out of the 20 dioceses involved in the voluntary exercise, a Coordinator of the campaign told ACI Africa correspondent in an interview Tuesday, February 4.

Some Catholic Health Professionals at the St. Maurice Parish, La, Accra during the commemoration of World Day of the Sick in 2019. / Damian Avevor

Catholic Health Professionals in Ghana: “ready to promote human dignity and Life”

As the universal Church prepares to mark the 28th World Day of the Sick on February 11, the Catholic Health Professionals Guild in Ghana’s Accra Archdiocese has outlined a series of activities to commemorate the day, geared towards the promotion of human dignity and life.