Pope Francis on Sunday, November 15 appealed for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in Ivory Coast amid rising tension following the contested October 31 poll.
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 have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the Presidential election scheduled for October 31 amid persistent tensions.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Jacques Assanvo Ahiwa, a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg in France, as the Auxiliary Bishop of Bouake Archdiocese located in central Ivory Coast.
Bishops in Ivory Coast have called on the Catholic Education Secretariat to “maintain the jobs and salaries of employees” in the West African nation despite challenges occasioned by COVID-19.
The Catholic Church in the West African nation of Ivory Coast has started the distribution of face masks to members of society considered “less privileged and vulnerable” in an exercise meant to complement daily prayers, the Secretary General of the Bishops’ conference has said.
There is a necessity for governments around the world to join hands in the fight against COVID-19 if the disease that has infected at least one million people across the globe and claimed tens of thousands of lives is to be managed in good time, an Ivorian Bishop has said.
With 80 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Ivory Coast, a priest in the West African country has opened a call centre to offer psychological support to Ivorians weighed down by the emotional burden of the highly contagious global pandemic.
Following a series of statements by Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast calling for reconciliation and peaceful elections in the country, religious leaders in the West African nation have, in a panel discussion, explained the relationship between religion, politics and peace.