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Latest stories: Ivory Coast

Logo of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI). Credit: CECCI

Peace, “responsibility of every citizen of every social condition”: Bishops in Ivory Coast

Dec 28, 2021

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) have, in a collective statement, underscored the role of citizens in sustaining peace.

Fr. Norbert-Eric Abekan. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ivorian Catholic Priest Joins “wave of outrage” Condemning Televised Rape Demonstration

Sep 3, 2021

A Catholic Priest serving in Ivory Coast has joined his compatriots who are expressing their condemnation of a televised rape demonstration aired in the West African nation on Monday, August 30, at prime time.

President Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo during the July 27 meeting in Abidjan. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Alassane Ouattara, Laurent Gbagbo Meeting “timely for reconciliation”: Ivorian Archbishop

Aug 3, 2021

The Archbishop of Ivory Coast’s Korhogo Archdiocese has described the July 27 meeting between President Alassane Ouattara and former President Laurent Gbagbo as timely for the reconciliation process in the West African nation.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa during the Thanksgiving Mass to mark his 50th anniversary in the Priesthood at St. Paul’s Cathedral of Abidjan Archdiocese. Credit: CECCI

Ivorian Cardinal Cautions Politicians against Internal Disputes, Urges Reconciliation

Jul 19, 2021

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has, on the occasion of his 50th anniversary in the Priesthood, cautioned politicians in the West African nation against internal quarrels and instead become part of initiatives toward national reconciliation.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa addressing former President Laurent Gbagbo during Mass at the St. Paul Cathedral in Ivory Coast's Abidjan Archdiocese. Credit: CECCI/Facebook

Ivorian Cardinal Gifts Former President Rosary, Asks Him to Join “train of reconciliation”

Jun 22, 2021

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has gifted a Rosary to the country’s former President, Laurent Gbagbo, who returned to the West African nation after close to a decade in exile.

Fr. Norbert-Éric Abekan/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ivorian Priest Calls for Collaboration in Tackling Terrorism after Burkina Faso Killings

Jun 13, 2021

A Catholic Priest in Ivory Coast is advocating for collaborative strategies in the fight against terrorism following last weekend’s attack on Solham village in Burkina Faso during which at least 160 people lost their lives.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa granting his blessings to Mariatou Koné who was recently appointed Minister for Education and Literacy in Ivory Coast. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ivorian Cardinal Tells New Minister to Integrate Science and Faith, Seek God’s Blessings

Jun 12, 2021

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has called upon the country’s recently appointed Minister for Education and Literacy to integrate her scientific knowledge and faith and to seek out for “God’s blessings and graces.”

Fr. Norbert-Éric Abekan/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ivorian Catholic Priest Condemns Xenophobia, Calls for Promotion of Positive Messages

May 29, 2021

In the wake of last week’s attack on Niger nationals living in Abidjan, the capital city of Ivory Coast, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation has condemned xenophobia and called on his compatriots to foster positive messages including encounters through social media.

Creation of Jobs at Family, Private Levels Can Curb Youth Migration: Priest in Ivory Coast

May 8, 2021

A member of the Clergy in Ivory Coast has urged the establishment of employment opportunities at family and private levels, saying such initiatives have the potentiality of curbing youth migration.

Ivory Coast's Prime Minister Patrick Achi, and Ministers Anne Ouloto, Danho Paulin and Bruno Koné during the audience with Jean-Pierre  Cardinal Kutwa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Newly Appointed Ivorian Prime Minister Visits Country’s Cardinal for Blessings

Apr 27, 2021

The newly appointed Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, Patrick Achi, paid a courtesy visit to the country’s Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa to receive the Church leader’s blessings, the Premier said in a report following the meeting held at the end of last week.

Entrance to the Central Prison in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan. Courtesy Photo

Overcrowded Prisons in Ivory Coast a Cause for Concern, Bishops Say, Appeal for Clemency

Apr 18, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have expressed concern about overcrowded prisons in the West African nation.

Late Sheikh Aima Mamadou Traore Boikary who died April 13 reportedly after a long illness. He was 77 years old. Credit : Courtesy Photo

Clergy in Ivory Coast Eulogizes Muslim Leader as Interreligious Dialogue “ardent artisan”

Apr 14, 2021

Following the death of the President of the Higher Council of Imams, Mosques and Islamic Affairs (COSIM) in Ivory Coast, members of the Clergy in the West African country have expressed their condolences to the Muslim community, describing the late religious leader as an “ardent artisan” interreligious dialogues, particularly between Muslims and Christians.

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

Jan 25, 2021

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

Jan 15, 2021

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

Jan 4, 2021

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

Dec 19, 2020

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

Dec 12, 2020

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”

Nov 21, 2020

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

Nov 16, 2020

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

Oct 29, 2020

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.