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Some widows after receiving food items from Young Women Christian Association (YWCA). / ACI Africa

Christian Women in South Sudan Donate Food to Needy amid COVID-19 Lockdown

As the coronavirus lockdown continues to wreak havoc in South Sudan with various vulnerable groups being hit the most, the country’s Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) comprising over 5,000 registered members has distributed food items to women and persons with disabilities, orphans and gender-based violence (GBV) survivors.

Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Parish at 3-Town Denu in the Keta-Akatsi Diocese seated at Mass on June 7 after three months of restrictions. / Cephas Afornu

Excitement as Catholics in Ghana Celebrate First Public Mass after Lockdown

The reopening of churches in Ghana after three months of suspension of public worship was marked with excitement as worshippers took part in Eucharistic celebrations in their respective parishes and prayer centers, albeit low attendance.

Some residents in South Africa protests over lack of food and jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. / Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Church in South Africa Reaches Out to Poor Families Defying Lockdown to Beg

Hard pressed to evade starvation amid stringent COVID-19 restrictions, poor families in South Africa are risking contagion and moving from house to house to beg, a situation that has attracted the attention of Salesian missionaries working in the Southern African country.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of the Archdiocese of Juba, South Sudan. /

Church Leader Wants “total lockdown” as South Sudan’s Dignitaries Test COVID-19 Positive

The fight against COVID-19 in South Sudan requires an application of stringent measures especially implementing “a total lockdown,” Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of the Archdiocese of Juba has suggested following reports of infections in the family of the country’s first Vice President (VP), Dr. Riek Machar alongside other government dignitaries.

Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during the press conference in DR Congo's capital, Kinshasa, Saturday, March 28, 2020. /

"Let's not toy with lives of our people": Congolese Cardinal to Government over COVID-19

The decision to postpone a three-week lockdown of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which had been announced as one of the raft of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, has been criticized by the country’s senior Prelate who has faulted the government for taking chances with the lives of Congolese people in the face of the virus that has claimed the lives of at least 31,000 globally.