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The Secretary-General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Fr. Donatien Ntshole addressing journalists during a press conference in DRC's capital, Kinshasa on 21 June 2021. Credit: CENCO /

Four Issues of Concerns Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Want Addressed for National Cohesion

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their plenary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in the Central African nation are facing, which they want addressed for the achievement of national cohesion and development.

Among the victims in the aftermath of the bloodiest terrorist attack since Islamist violence began are also Christians/ Credit:  Aid to The Church in Need (ACN) /

Attacks on Villages Becoming Unpredictable, Burkinabe Bishop on Insecurity

A Catholic Bishop in Burkina Faso has said attacks on villages have multiplied and become increasingly unpredictable. 

Map showing the major towns within Nigeria's Imo State. Credit: Public Domain /

“God has not, will never abandon His people”: Nigerian Bishop amid Regional Insecurity

In the wake of security threats in Nigeria’s Imo State, the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu located within the region has sought to reassure the people in the affected areas of the West African nation of the presence of God amid “fear and anxiety.”

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of South Sudan's Yei Diocese who is celebrating 51 years in the Priesthood. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

At Priestly Anniversary, South Sudanese Bishop Appeals for Unity amid Country’s Challenges

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese has, on the occasion of his 51st Priestly anniversary, appealed for unity in the face of various national challenges, including insecurity and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Map of Nigeria where the Christian Association of the country has declared three days of prayer for an end to insecurity. Credit: Public domain / Public domain

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Declare Three-day National Prayer for End to Insecurity

Christian leaders in Nigeria have declared three days of national prayer for an end to the problems bedeviling the West African nation including killings and banditry.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto. Crédit : Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria /

Amid Insecurity, Government Needs to “cultivate a sense of empathy”: Nigerian Prelate

The Nigerian government needs to go beyond statements and “cultivate a sense of empathy” towards citizens who are victims of insecurity, a Catholic Bishop in the West African said at a recent virtual conference.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja /

Insecurity, Poverty, Corruption in Nigeria Forcing Youth Out of Country: Archbishop 

Young people in Nigeria are leaving the West African nation in large numbers in search for “ greener pastures ” elsewhere, a situation th e Archbishop of the country ’s Abuja Archdiocese blames on insecurity, poverty , and high levels of corruption by those in leadership positions .

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Amid Attacks, Mozambique’s Bishops Express Solidarity with All Yearning for Dignified life

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have expressed their solidarity with all those affected by the violence in the Province of Cabo Delgado within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba and “yearn for a dignified life.”

Archbishop Marcel Utembi, Metropolitan Archbishop of Kisangani, presenting his speech during the closing of the Meeting on 4 March 2021. / CENCO

Bishops in DRC’s Kisangani Ecclesiastical Province Decry Insecurity, Poor Road Network

Multiple insecurity cases and the bad state of roads are among the concerns of the Catholic Bishops in the Kisangani Ecclesiastical Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province after their July 13 to14 meeting held at Nigeria’s M&M centre, Ilorin, Kwara State. / Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.

Bishops in Nigeria Support “alternative” Security Outfits, Say Authorities Have Failed

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have decried the lack effectiveness of security forces in combating violence in the West African country and expressed their support for “alternative and lawful initiatives” that have emerged to restore peace in the country.

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.

Bishop Nestor-Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia of CAR’s Bossangoa Diocese. /

Insecurity in Central African Republic Behind “evangelical fragility, poverty”: Prelate

A Bishop in the Central African Republic (CAR) has, in a recent news report, highlighted the impact of insecurity in the country saying the people of God there have been left with a “sense of evangelical fragility and poverty.”  

Nigeria's Independence Anniversary. /

On Nigeria's Independence Day, Bishops Say, “It's difficult to ask Nigerians to celebrate"

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have, in a collective statement on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary, highlighted multiple challenges bedeviling the West African nation saying the country is “in great distress” and that there seems to be nothing to celebrate about.

Nigerian Prelate Faults Government for Disunity, Insecurity in Independence Message

Ahead of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day celebrations, an Archbishop in the country has faulted the government for failing to address insecurity and for the disunity in the west African country.  

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.

Participants during the maiden General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Abuja. / Archdiocese of Abuja

Nigeria’s Abuja Assembly Ends with Emphasis on Fostering “co-responsibility” in Ministry

The leadership of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has, in a pastoral letter issued at the end of the two-day Archdiocesan General Assembly, underscored the need for pastoral agents to foster “a sense of co-responsibility” in their apostolate.

Map of the Federal Republic of Nigeria showing Kaduna state where there has been an upsurge in violence recently. /

“Adopt a grassroots approach in handling” Insecurity: Nigerian Cleric Tells Government

In the wake of the recent spate of violence in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Kaduna, a Cleric in Africa’s most populous nation has called on the country’s Federal Government to embrace a “grassroots approach in handling” insecurity in the affected regions of the country.  

Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province after their July 13 to14 meeting held at Nigeria’s M&M centre, Ilorin, Kwara State. / Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Nigeria.

Nigeria’s Challenges “seem to be hydra-headed monsters”: Ibadan Province Bishops

Bishops in Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have expressed their concerns about the failure to deal with the challenges that have bedeviled their country over years including those related to insecurity, describing the challenges as “hydra-headed monsters, reappearing as often as they seem subdued.”

Security Officers at the entrance to the Mary Immaculate Hospital in Mapuordit, South Sudan. /

Comboni Mission Hospital in South Sudan Shuts Down Over Insecurity

Mary Immaculate Hospital in Mapuordit, a mission health facility belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan, has been shut down indefinitely over security threats to its staff and patients, the administration announced.

Bishop John Oballa Owaa, Chairman of KCCB's Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC). /

Persistent Insecurity in Two Kenyan Dioceses “unfortunate, regrettable”: Bishops

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have, in a collective statement, said they are “deeply concerned” about persistent violent conflicts in two areas covered by the dioceses of Ngong and Marsabit “due to ethnic, clan hatred, competition over resources and leadership wrangles” and described the situation as “barbaric, unfortunate, saddening and regrettable”.