Ivory Coast

Archbishop Paulo Borgia, the Apostolic Nuncio in Ivory Coast with Participants at the meeting on Land Grabbing in Africa organized by RECOWA.

West Africa Bishops Meeting to Seek Solutions to Massive Land Grabbing in Africa

Mar 13, 2020

After concerns of massive land grabbing in Africa were raised by the West African Bishops at the helm of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) during their February meeting, these Church leaders have convened a follow-up meeting with other stakeholders including experts in Ivory Coast’s economic capital, Abidjan to seek solutions to the challenge.  

Irene Kyamummi, 2020 Harambee Prize winner in a past interview in Kampala, Uganda. / Harambee Africa International

Ugandan Medic Clinches Prestigious 2020 Award of a Rome-based Institution

Mar 4, 2020

Irene Kyamummi, a Ugandan doctor who has had a career stint in neighboring Kenya is the winner of “the XI Harambee Prize 2020” for her selflessness in promoting health standards among vulnerable groups in the two East African countries, an official of Harambee Africa International, the Rome-based association that is giving the prize, told ACI Africa Wednesday, March 3.

Facilitators at the Four-day Training Session for Pastoral Agents in Ivory Coast. / CECCI

Pastoral Agents in Ivory Coast Trained to be “involved in the life of the society”

Mar 4, 2020

The Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace in the West African nation of Ivory Coast is organizing a training seminar for pastoral agents in a bid to broaden their understanding of the Social Doctrine of the Church so that they are “more involved in the life of the society to which they belong.”

A delegation of Catholic Bishops meeting President Alassane Ouattara to exchange on the reconciliation of all Ivorians.

“Reconciliation of all Ivorians” the Focus of Meeting Between Bishops and President

Feb 21, 2020

Following a series of statements by Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast calling for reconciliation and peaceful elections in the West African nation, a delegation of Prelates in the country was received Wednesday, February 19 by President Alassane Ouattara to discuss the “reconciliation of all Ivorians” as well as peace and stability in the country.

Bishops of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) / RECOWA

Massive Land Grabbing, Expropriation, Exploitation, Concern of West African Church Leaders

Feb 19, 2020

The grabbing of land in Africa by “multinational” corporates keen on maximizing their profits without paying attention to the livelihoods of natives on the continent has been a key highlight during the weeklong gathering of Catholic Church leaders at the helm of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) that concluded Monday, February 17.

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast

Peace is “far from being a tangible reality” in Ivory Coast, Cleric Reflects

Jan 29, 2020

Following the cancellation of the peace march by the Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan in Ivory Coast that had been slated to take place in mid-February over security concerns, a priest from the west African country has described the search for peace in his native country as “far from being a tangible reality.”

Bishop Gaspard Béby Gnéba of Man Diocese giving a press conference on the first-ever Congress of the Clergy in Ivory Coast on Tuesday, January 21. The Congress is scheduled for July 1-5.

First-Ever Congress of Clergy in Ivory Coast Planned for July, Donations Requested

Jan 24, 2020

The Episcopal Commission for Clergy, Seminaries and Pastoral Care of Vocations in the West African nation of Ivory Coast has announced an Extraordinary Congress on the life and ministry of priests, the first-ever, at the beginning of the second half of the year and called on well-wishers to donate toward the course viewed as “a new beginning in spiritual growth.”

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Ivory Coast (CECCI)

Reconciliation a Top Priority for Peaceful Elections in Ivory Coast, Bishops Say

Jan 21, 2020

As eligible voters in the West African nation of Ivory Coast prepare to go to the polls in October, Catholic Bishops in the country have, at the end of their Plenary Assembly, highlighted four issues that need to be addressed to avert a possible post-election crisis, top on their list, reconciliation. Other issues include dialogue, the independence of the electoral commission, and respect for the country’s Constitution.

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast

Bishops in Ivory Coast Resolve to Engage in “destroying barriers, building bridges”

Jan 16, 2020

Against the backdrop of a tense atmosphere in Ivory Coast ahead of presidential elections in October, the Catholic bishops in the West African nation have resolved to stand against “the sacrificing of human lives” and to engage in building bridges between the people.

Flag of Ivory Coast, where elections are expected in October 2020

“The misfortune of Ivory Coast is its politicians”: Ivorian Missionary Cleric

Jan 10, 2020

With elections in the West African nation of Ivory Coast slated to take place later this year amid heightened tensions following the arrest warrant issued for one of the presidential candidates, a missionary cleric, a native of the country, has blamed politicians for the challenges bedeviling citizens.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan in Ivory Coast

Ivorian Cardinal Reflects on Pope’s World Day of Peace Message, Recalls Decade-old “scars”

Jan 2, 2020

As Catholic across the globe reflected on Pope Francis’ message for the 53rd World day of Peace marked Wednesday, January 1, 2020, an African Cardinal applied the Holy Father’s text to the situation of his country, recalled a decade-old “wounds which are struggling to heal” and called on his compatriots to take note of the Pontiff’s description of peace as “a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family.”

Thankful Mozambican children expressing gratitude to the international community for support after Cyclone Idai

Catholic Children in Ivory Coast to Reach Out to Counterparts in Cyclone-hit Mozambique

Nov 30, 2019

Following two violent cyclones that hit Mozambique early this year causing severe levels of food insecurity among the population including children, Catholic Children in Ivory Coast under the guidance of the National Directorate of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) have been encouraged to raise funds and reach out to their counterparts in the Southeastern African nation as a concrete sign of solidarity.

Poster for Peace, Freedom and Reconciliation Campaign in Ivory Coast

8-Day National Prayer for Reconciliation in Ivory Coast Set for Advent Sunday, December 1

Nov 28, 2019

In line with the recommendations of Pope Benedict XVI's Post-synodal Exhortation Africae Munus in which he called on the Church in Africa to organize a day of prayer for reconciliation, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) is organizing an eight-day prayer event in all the dioceses of the country to pray for peace and reconciliation in the West African nation, beginning Advent Sunday, December 1.

Representation of bureaucracy in organizations

Bureaucratic “pastoral dynamics” a Threat to Church’s Mission in Africa, A Reflection

Nov 17, 2019

As the Church in Africa continues to be missionary to itself by having clergy and religious men and women crossing diocesan and national ecclesiastical borders to evangelize following the 1969 encouragement of Pope Saint Paul VI to the people of God in Africa, a missionary serving on the continent has cautioned that the tendency of pastoral agents to enjoy a system of administration that obliges the laity to find them in offices rather than mutual interactions seems to hinder effective evangelization.

Representation of the "prophetic path" proper for Church leaders including in Africa

Peace in Africa a Political Challenge, Church Leaders Need be Prophetic: A Reflection

Nov 16, 2019

Days after the second edition of the Paris Peace Forum (PPF), which focused on governance solutions with emphasis on peace and security with some African countries represented came to an end in Paris, France on November 13, an African missionary priest has hailed the event as a “great initiative” but however expressed reservations on the success of such a move in Africa due to the lack of goodwill from powerful political players.

Fr. Jean Noel Gossou alongside other priests, religious and faithful at the end of Holy Mass to conclude the Extraordinary Missionary Month in Ivory Coast on October 27, 2019

“Missionary awakening must not Stop with October 2019”: Ivorian Church Leader Says

Oct 30, 2019

As the Extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 (EMMOCT2019) commissioned by Pope Francis under the theme “baptized and sent” ends this Thursday, a Church leader in the West African nation of Ivory Coast has encouraged a continued life of witnessing the values of the gospel beyond this month so that the mission of Jesus Christ is made “part of our daily lives.”

Orionists at the Opening Mass for their 5th General Assembly in Ivory Coast

Religious Order’s Work Appreciated as Members Hold First Ever General Assembly in Africa

Oct 18, 2019

The contribution of the Little Work of Divine Providence (Orionists) in the evangelization ministry has been acknowledged with appreciation as members of the international religious congregation with presence in eight African countries are holding their first ever General Assembly on the African soil.

Young Christian Workers

First-ever Meeting of Young Christian Workers West Africa Underway in Ivory Coast

Oct 17, 2019

The movement of Young Christian Workers (YCW) within the region of West Africa has realized its first ever convention in the Ivorian economic capital, Abidjan in which participants are discussing the impact of social justice on decent work.

Panelists at Conference on Peace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast / Sant'Edigio Ivory Coast

From Madrid to Abidjan, Sant'Egidio to Deliver Peace Message to Ivory Coast

Oct 5, 2019

In the spirit of the 33rd International Meeting for Peace held from September 15 to 17 in Madrid, Spain, the Community of Sant'Egidio in collaboration with the religious leaders of Ivory Coast, is organizing an inter-religious meeting for peace in the country’s economic capital, Abidjan, an official has told ACI Africa.

Archbishop Paolo Borgia, newly appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast Gets Apostolic Nuncio, A Second Appointment This Year

Sep 26, 2019

Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Paolo Borgia Apostolic Nuncio to Ivory Coast with residence in Abidjan, the second appointment he is making this year after Archbishop Anté Jozić failed to take up his functions as a result of an accident.