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Latest stories: Ivory Coast

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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.