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Latest stories: Ivory Coast

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.

A poster announcing the closing Mass of the 125 years of Evangelization in Ivory Coast slated for January 24. / Radio Espoir Côte d'Ivoire.

Church in Ivory Coast to Spearhead “integral human development” Initiatives This Year

The Catholic Church in Ivory Coast has planned to spearhead initiatives that foster integral human development in view of mitigating the effects of COVID-19 among the people of God in the West African nation, the Secretary-General of the Bishops’ conference has said.

Bishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo appointed by Pope Francis as the Archbishop of Korhogo Archdiocese in Northern Ivory Coast. / Vatican Media

Ivorian Prelate Heading Catholic Bishops’ Conference Appointed Archbishop

The President of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI), Bishop Ignace Bessi Dogbo, has been appointed the Archbishop of Korhogo Archdiocese in Northern Ivory Coast.

Saint Paul Cathedral Abidjan. /

Victims of Election Violence in Ivory Coast the Focus of Holy Mass on Sunday

The leadership of the global confederation of Catholic relief agencies, Caritas Internationalis (CI), is offering help and comfort to migrants leaving Africa for Europe through Mali, housing them and providing them with “support and advice on their journey.”

Logo Caritas Ivory Coast /

Caritas Ivory Coast Launches Solidarity Fund for Vulnerable People amid COVID-19

The leadership of Caritas Ivory Coast, the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church in the West African nation, has launched a solidarity fund to assist vulnerable people amid COVID-19 challenges.

President Alassane Ouattara (right) and his main opponent, former head of state Henri Konan Bedie (left). /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Urge President, Opposition Leader to “continue, intensify dialogue”

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have called on the President and one of the opposition leaders in the West African country to “continue and intensify” the recently initiated dialogue and resolve the post-election standoff following the contested October 31 poll.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, (right) and former president and opposition leader Henri Konan Bedie (left) have their first meeting since the national election in Abidjan on November 11, 2020. /

Holy Father Appeals for “reconciliation, peaceful coexistence” in Ivory Coast amid Tension

Pope Francis on Sunday, November 15 appealed for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in Ivory Coast amid rising tension following the contested October 31 poll.

The Single Ballot ticket for the October 31 presidential election in Ivory Coast. /

Ivory Coast’s “pre-election situation worrying,” Cleric Says, Highlights Peace Initiatives

Ahead of Ivory Coast’s Presidential election scheduled for Saturday, October 31, a Cleric ministering in the West African nation says the pre-election mood is a cause for concern and highlights some initiatives Church leaders are undertaking to advocate for peace amid rising tensions.

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast during an ecumenical prayer service held Wednesday, October 14. / Alliance of Religions for Peace in Ivory Coast (ARPI)

Ahead of Presidential Polls in Ivory Coast, Religious Leaders Appeal for Dialogue, Peace

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the Presidential election scheduled for October 31 amid persistent tensions.

Bishop Jacques Assanvo Ahiwa, Auxiliary Bishop of Ivory Coast's Bouaké Archdiocese. / Archdiocese of Bouaké .

New Ivorian Bishop Asked to Prioritize Zeal, Responsibility in His Episcopate

The representative of the Holy Father in Ivory Coast has, on the occasion of the Episcopal Ordination of the Auxiliary Bishop of the country’s Bouaké Archdiocese, called on the new Bishop to practice his Episcopate “with zeal and responsibility.”

Archbishop Paolo Borgia and President Alassane Ouattara unveil the Postal stamp bearing the effigy of Pope Francis and  President Alassane Ouattara on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between betzeen the Holy See and Ivory Coast. / Website Presidency of the Republic of Ivory Coast

Holy See and Ivory Coast Mark 50 years of Relations, Unveil Postal Stamp Effigy

At a ceremony organized to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the West African nation of Ivory Coast Monday, September 21, a postal stamp bearing the effigy of Pope Francis and Ivory Coast’s President, Alassane Ouattara, was unveiled.

The Leadership of the Association of Catholic Lay Executives of Ivory Coast (ACC-CI)  during the September 14 press conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. /

Ivorian Catholic Lay Executives Express Solidarity with Cardinal Following Criticism

Members of the Association of Catholic Lay Executives of Ivory Coast (ACC-CI) have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity with Jean-Pierre Cardinal Kutwa who has come under attack from a section of Catholic politicians of the ruling party.

Fr. Jean Sinsin Bayo (left) of the Diocese of Man in Ivory Coast and Fr. Jude Tafon Nfor (right) of the Archdiocese of Douala, Cameroon who died last week in their respective countries. /

Identities of Two African Priests Who Died Last Week Mixed Up in Online Reports

The identities of two African Clerics who died last week in their respective countries of Ivory Coast and Cameroon have been mixed up in online media reports, the late Ivorian Priest being mistaken for the Cameroonian.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan during the August 31 press conference in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan. /

“Reconciliation is more important than elections”: Ivorian Cardinal Tells Politicians

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has, in a statement, expressed his concerns about the election-related violence in the West African country and has called on the parties behind the conflict to look beyond the election event and instead focus on reconciliation of the people of God.

A poster calling on Ivorians to embrace peace amid political tensions. / Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast

Lay Catholic Association in Ivory Coast Encourages Citizens to Be “sowers of peace”

The members of Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast, an organization that is part of the Rome-based Lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, have issued a statement on the rising political tensions in the West African nation of Ivory Coast ahead of the presidential election scheduled for October.

Fr. Emmanuel Wohi Nin (left) Secretary-General of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) presenting the Pastoral Letter of the Bishops on Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace, at a press conference Tuesday, July 21. /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Highlight Conditions for Achieving Reconciliation, Justice, Peace

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have, in their Pastoral Letter, highlighted the conditions necessary for achieving reconciliation, justice and peace in the West African nation amid rising political tensions ahead of the presidential election scheduled for October 2020.

Late Bishop Pierre-Marie Coty, Bishop Emeritus of Daloa Diocese in Ivory Coast who died Friday, July 17, 2020 /

Ivorian Clergy, Laity Pay Glowing Tribute to Bishop Who Wrote the National Anthem

Members of the Clergy and the Laity including government officials in Ivory Coast have paid glowing tribute to the Bishop Emeritus of Daloa, Pierre-Marie Coty, known for writing the lyrics to the West African country’s National Anthem.

The premises of the National Catholic Radio (NCR) in Ivory Coast. /

Ivorian Catholic Radio Management Takes “bitter option, suspends broadcasts” Indefinitely

The leadership of the National Catholic Radio (NCR) in Ivory Coast has decided to suspend “broadcasts and all radio related activities” indefinitely, a decision that has been occasioned by financial limitations amid COVID-19 crisis, an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) has said.

Cheick Aïma Boikary Fofana, President of the Superior Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM). /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Pay Tribute to Muslim Leader Known for Interreligious Dialogue

Following the death of the President of the Higher Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM) in Ivory Coast, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have, in a collective statement, expressed their condolences and spiritual closeness to the Muslim community, describing the late Ivorian religious leader as “a great figure of interreligious dialogue.”

Logo Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI). /

Celebration of Public Mass in Ivory Coast to Resume Sunday with 200-Person Congregation

Following the decision by the government of Ivory Coast to ease restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced the lifting of the suspension on the celebration of Mass in public effective May 17 and directed Priests to ensure those in attendance do not exceed 200.