Lenten Message

Logo of the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC). Credit: GCBC

“Intensify prayers”: Lenten Appeal of Catholic Bishops in Ghana to End Violent Conflicts

Feb 25, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Ghana are appealing for divine intervention through intense prayers for an end to violent conflicts in the West African nation and internationally. 

Peter Ebere Cardinal Okpaleke of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Nigeria “tottering at the brinks, this election is decisive”: Cardinal in Lenten Message

Feb 24, 2023

A Nigerian Cardinal has, in his message for Lent 2023, reflected on the General elections in Nigeria scheduled for February 25, saying the West African country is “tottering at the brinks” and the polls are “decisive.”

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of South Sudan's Yei Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Prayer, Forgiveness “vital for our spiritual growth”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan

Feb 24, 2023

A life of prayer and reaching out to God for mercy and the grace to be forgiving are essential in a person's life, a Catholic Bishop in South Sudan has said.

Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Seize Moment to Vote in “fresh, less contaminated leaders”: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop

Feb 23, 2023

The Archbishop of Kaduna Archdiocese in Nigeria is calling upon eligible voters in the West African nation to make good use of the “God-given time” of the general elections to vote in new leaders who he says need to be “less contaminated”. 

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese. Credit: Oyo Diocese

Why Lent in 2023 is Important for Nigerians: Catholic Bishop

Feb 22, 2023

This year’s Lenten Season is a time that Nigerians are “knocking on heaven’s door”, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria has said, noting that the West African nation, especially, needs God’s mercy ahead of the country’s general elections.

Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso of Nigeria’s Kaduna Archdiocese. Credit: Kaduna Archdiocese/Facebook

Seek Divine Intervention to Insecurity Challenge During Lent: Nigerian Catholic Archbishop

Mar 12, 2022

A Catholic Archbishop in Nigeria has urged the people of God in the country to use the Lenten Season to seek divine intervention to the challenge of insecurity in the West African nation.

Bishop John Oballa Owaa places ashes on a Priest's forehead during Ash Wednesday Mass. Credit: Ngong Diocese

Catholic Bishop in Kenya Decries Discrimination, Urges Fostering of “unity in diversity”

Mar 5, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in Kenya has urged the people of God in the East African country to stop discriminating each other based on their various differences but instead to foster unity in their diversity.

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke of Nigeria's Ekwulobia Diocese. Credit: Ekwulobia Diocese

Catholic Bishop in Nigeria Says Intimidation Has Become a Survival Technique in Country

Mar 4, 2022

Violence in Nigeria is on the rise and the people are intimidating others for survival, the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese has said.  

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Ghana Urge Faithful to Strengthen Family Bonds During Lenten Season

Mar 4, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Ghana urge faithful to focus on strengthening family bonds during this year’s Lenten Season.

Some Bishops of the Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Recite Rosary in Lent to “collapse bloodletting cloud” in Nigeria: Bishops of Onitsha

Mar 3, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province are calling on the people of God under their pastoral care to pray the Holy Rosary “daily and faithfully” throughout the Lenten Season imploring for peace in the Southeastern part of the country. 

Bishop Duncan Theodore Tsoke, delivering the Lenten message of Bishops in Southern Africa. Credit: SACBC

Encourage Catholics to “give more” During Lent: Bishops in Southern Africa Tell Priests

Mar 3, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Eswatini, Botswana, and South Africa are calling on Priests in the three Southern African nations to encourage the people of God under their pastoral care to “give more freely” to the Bishops Lenten Appeal (BLA) initiative.   

Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Kakamega. Credit: Kakamega Diocese

Remain “committed to the Lord's gift of peace”: Kenyan Catholic Bishop in Lent Message

Mar 3, 2022

Bishop Joseph Obanyi Sagwe of Kenya’s Catholic Diocese of Kakamega has encouraged the people of God in his Episcopal See to remain dedicated to peace throughout the electioneering period in the East African nation.  

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria's Oyo Diocese. Credit: Diocese of Oyo

Not Observing Lent Empties Christianity of “authentic power, identity”: Nigerian Bishop

Feb 28, 2022

Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese has urged Christians to observe Lent, saying failure to take part in the 40-day period characterized by prayer, fasting and almsgiving undermines the “authentic power and identity” of Christianity.  

The front cover of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops' (KCCB). 2021 Lenten Campaign booklet. / Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Catholics in Kenya Invited to Foster “inclusive, accountable governance” During Lent 2021

Jan 31, 2021

Bishops in Kenya are inviting Catholics in the East African country to seek to foster “inclusive and accountable governance” as a way of rebuilding the nation during this year’s Lenten Season.

Bishop Mathieu Madega Lebouakehan of Gabon’s Mouila diocese who is at the helm of the Bishops’ Conference.

Bishops in Gabon Respond to Accusations of Silence Over “kidnappings, ritual killings”

Mar 2, 2020

Against the backdrop of accusations against the Catholic Bishops in Gabon for remaining silent over kidnappings and ritual killings in the Central African nation, the President of the Bishops' Conference of Gabon has, in a Lenten Message, come to the defense of the Church leaders, reaffirming the Church’s commitment in denouncing evil in society.

Bishops of  the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB)

People of God in Benin Urged to “walk in the footsteps of democracy” in Lent Message

Feb 26, 2020

A call to conversion is the key highlight of this year’s lent season in Benin, as the country celebrates 30 years since the establishment of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) and the birth of democracy in the West African country.