Map showing Salesian Missionary presence across the globe.

Salesians’ Development Entity Highlights its COVID-19 Interventions in Africa

Sep 8, 2020

The leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has, in a report shared with ACI Africa, provided an overview of some of COVID-19 interventions undertaken in various parts of the world, including Africa.

Following Desecration of Convent Chapel in Malawi, Bishop Announces Novena Prayer

Sep 7, 2020

Following the desecration of chapel at the convent of Poverelle Sisters (PS) in Malawi’s Mangochi Diocese just over a week ago, the Local Ordinary of the Diocese has announced a novena to “pray for those involved to be found and for justice to flow like a river.”

The COVID-19 Isolation Centre at the Pirimiti Hospital of Malawi’s Zomba Diocese of Diocese inaugurated Thursday, September 3. / Zomba Diocese

Malawi’s Zomba Diocese Inaugurates COVID-19 Isolation Centre after Renovations

Sep 3, 2020

The COVID-19 Isolation Centre at the Pirimiti Hospital of Malawi’s Zomba Diocese of Diocese has been inaugurated after renovations realized through a partnership with Save the Children, the UK-based independent organization for children.

On World Humanitarian Day, Salesians Review Their Interventions in Burundi, Malawi

Aug 19, 2020

On the occasion of this year’s World Humanitarian Day marked Wednesday, August 19, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have, through a report by their U.S.-based development office, looked back at their various interventions around the world including two countries in Africa.

New COVID-19 Guidelines issued by Malawi's Government

Malawian Government Promises to Consult Religious Leaders on COVID-19 Measures

Aug 14, 2020

The Government of Malawi has responded to the concerns raised by the Catholic Bishops in the country that they had been excluded in the process of formulating and announcing new COVID-19 guidelines.

Our Lady of Wisdom Cathedral in Blantyre, Malawi.

“We were neither informed nor consulted,” Bishops in Malawi Over New COVID-19 Guidelines

Aug 10, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Malawi have lamented their exclusion from the process of formulating and announcing new COVID-19 guidelines in the Southeastern African nation despite their active participation at the grassroots, “lobbying for COVID-19 compliant behaviour.”

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM).

Bishops in Malawi Laud New Government’s “conspicuously positive” Fight Against Corruption

Aug 6, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Malawi have lauded the efforts by the country’s new government in the fight against corruption saying moves to curb the vice in the Southeastern African nation by previous regimes were “insincere.”

Logo Kuwala FM, Archdiocese of Blantyre in Malawi. / Kuwala FM

Newly Founded Radio in Malawi’s Blantyre Archdiocese “to focus on the pastoral challenges”

Jul 28, 2020

Kuwala FM, the Catholic Radio established last week in Malawi’s Archdiocese of Blantyre, is expected to serve as an instrument of evangelization with a particular “focus on the pastoral challenges” when it will go on air, the Communication Coordinator of the Archdiocese has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Bishop John Alphonsus Ryan of Malawi's Mzuzu Diocese.

“Serve the people with diligence and love”: Bishop to Malawi’s New Leadership

Jul 10, 2020

A Catholic Bishop in Malawi has urged the country’s new President Lazarus Chakwera and his Deputy Saulos Chilima to keep to their campaign promises and serve the people with “diligence and love.”

Lawrence Chakwera, Malawi's newly elected president.

Bishops in Malawi Congratulate Newly Elected President, Hail Electoral Process

Jun 28, 2020

Bishops in the southeastern African nation of Malawi have congratulated the country’s newly elected President, Lazarus Chakwera, following his victory in the presidential election rerun of June 23 and hailed various stakeholders in the electoral process for overseeing the poll.  

Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Malawi’s Karonga Diocese.

“Vote a leader who will narrow gap between rich and poor”: Malawian Bishop on Rerun

Jun 22, 2020

Ahead of the Presidential election rerun in Malawi scheduled to take place Tuesday, June 23, a Catholic Bishop in the Southeastern African nation has challenged voters to consider electing a candidate who will prioritize the socio-economic welfare of citizens, making narrow “the wide gap” between the rich and the poor.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). / Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM).

The Eight Issues of Concern for Bishops in Malawi Who Want “a new era”

May 25, 2020

Catholic Bishops in the Southeastern Africa nation of Malawi have, in a collective message, outlined eight issues they describe as “current concerns and challenges that need urgent attention.”

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM). / Courtesy

Liturgical Celebrations “resume forthwith” in Malawi, Bishops Outline Safety Measures

May 15, 2020

Bishops in the southeastern Africa nation of Malawi have resolved to "resume forthwith" public liturgical celebrations and outlined safety measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 during the meetings.

Logo Radio Maria.

How COVID-19 Has Affected a Network of Catholic Radios in Africa

May 9, 2020

As organizations continue adjusting to cope with COVID-19-related restrictions, the regional coordinator of Radio Maria Africa, a network of Catholic radios across Africa, has shared with ACI Africa about the impact of the pandemic on the stations and how they are coping.

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Catholic Media “must not only disseminate information about COVID-19”: Bishops in Malawi

Apr 19, 2020

In a bid to cater for the spiritual needs of the people of God in Malawi during the 21-day lockdown period envisaged by the government, Bishops in the Southern Africa nation have, in a collective statement, directed the Catholic media to include religious and pastoral content alongside relevant information about COVID-19.

Candidates, including 10 Africans who graduated at the Pontifical Gregorian University on February 14, 2020 after a five-month training in Child Protection. / Centre for Child Protection (CCP), Pontifical Gregorian University

African Clergy, Religious, Laity Complete Child Protection Training at a Rome University

Feb 18, 2020

As a response to the challenge of sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults that has affected the Church globally, 10 Africans, among them four priests, four nuns, and two lay people were among the 25 candidates who completed a five-month training in child protection at the Rome-based Pontifical Gregorian University and graduated with a diploma Friday, February 14.

Group photo of National Conferences and AMECEA Secretariat staff of Promotion of Integral Human Development and Social Communications departments, with Bishop Moses Hamungole (Front row centre). / AMECEA secretariat/ Facebook

“Maintain optimism, try new ways of doing things”: Zambian Prelate to Conferences’ Staff

Feb 15, 2020

At a meeting bringing together a section of Church personnel serving in Bishops’ conferences that constitute the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Eastern Africa (AMECEA), a Zambian Prelate has called for the sense of novelty and creativity in the day to day tasks characterized with “inevitable challenges.”

Bishops of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe at the consultative meeting in Zambia's capital Lusaka / Catholic Church News Zimbabwe

In the Long-term, Bishops Envisage Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Sub-regional Conference

Feb 8, 2020

In a collective statement issued at the conclusion of their three-day maiden consultative meeting, the Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe have outlined their short-term intention to remain within their respective regional Bishops’ conferences and the long-term one of delinking their national conferences to form a sub-regional Bishops’ Conference comprising the three Southern Africa nations.

President of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB), Bishop George Lungu welcoming Zambia's President Edgar Lungu at the consultative meeting in Lusaka, Zambia / Edgar Chagwa Lungu FB

Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Bishops Lauded by President Lungu for Showing “unity of purpose”

Feb 5, 2020

At the opening of the ongoing Sub-regional consultative meeting, the first-ever, that has brought together Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Zambian President Edgar Lungu who officially opened the gathering lauded the initiative of the Church leaders saying the convention is in line with the desire to unite the three countries, which have a lot in common.

Lazarus Chakwera (centre) and Saulos Chilima (right) to face incumbent President Peter Mutharika (left) in fresh elections within 151 days.

Court in Malawi Cancels Presidential Election, Orders New Vote within 5 Months

Feb 4, 2020

A few days after the Catholic Bishops in the Southeastern Africa nation of Malawi appealed for “peace and order” ahead of the long-awaited judicial ruling, the constitutional court of the country has annulled the last May 21 Presidential election that saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected with a narrow margin, the judge citing widespread irregularities.