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A poster announcing the three-day national prayer for Mauritius/Credit: Diocese of Port-Louis /

A Group of Lay Catholics in Mauritius Spearhead Three-day National Prayer for Country

A group of Catholics in the Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius are spearheading three days of national prayer for the country’s challenges, including COVID-19 pandemic and issues at personal level.

Logo of the Council of Religions (CoR) in Mauritius. /

Mauritius’ Religious Leaders Commit to Help People Adversely Affected by COVID-19 Lockdown

Members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius have pledged to continue reaching out to the people of God who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

Jennifer Constantin, Administrative Assistant for the Diocesan Tourism Commission of Mauritius' Port Louis Diocese. Credit: Port Louis Diocese /

Church in Mauritius Accompanying Tourism Stakeholders amid COVID-19 Restrictions

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has, in a report, highlighted the Church’s initiatives to reach out to those in the country’s tourism sector whose livelihoods have been negatively affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

The official logo of Caritas Mauritius. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Caritas Mauritius Targets Thousands of Families in COVID-19 Food Aid Program

At least 3,500 families reported to be severely affected by the effects of COVID-19 in Mauritius are expected to receive food aid from the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation. 

Maurice Cardinal Piat of Port-Louis Diocese in Mauritius. Credit : Courtesy Photo /

Mauritian Cardinal Expresses “closeness, solidarity” with Muslims Ahead of Ramadan

The Local Ordinary of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat, has expressed solidarity with the Muslims in the Indian Ocean Island nation ahead of the holy month of Ramadan scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 13 evening.

St. Louis Cathedral of Port Louis Diocese in Mauritius / Port Louis Diocese

Churches in Mauritius to Remain Closed During Holy Week amid COVID-19 Restrictions

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has directed that churches in the country remain closed during Holy Week in line with restrictions, which the government of the Indian Ocean Island nation put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Logo of the Council of Religions (CoR) in Mauritius. / Port Louis Diocese

“Endangering lives by gathering not an act of worship”: Religious Leaders in Mauritius

In the wake of a surge in reported cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius, religious leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation have underscored the need to adhere to government guidelines prohibiting gatherings.

St. Louis Cathedral in the Diocese of Port Louis, Mauritius / Public Domain

Public Liturgical Celebrations Suspended in Mauritius Following Spike in COVID-19 Cases

A day after the leadership of Mauritius announced a two-week national lockdown to control the spike in daily COVID-19 cases, liturgical celebrations in public have been suspended in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

The Bishop of Mauritius' Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat / Port Louis Diocese

“Church cannot remain indifferent to political question”: Mauritian Cardinal

The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has defended church leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation against accusations of interfering with the running of the country noting that they cannot “remain indifferent.”

Maurice Cardinal Piat. / Diocese of Port-Louis.

Consultations Towards Mauritius’ Recovery “dearest wish” of Country’s Cardinal

The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has, in an interview with a local daily, identified consultations among various stakeholders on how to help the Indian Ocean nation recover as his New Year “dearest wish”.

Fr. Luc René Young Chen Yin, a member of the  Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of the Vicariate Apostolic of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius by Pope Francis Monday, January 4. / Diocese of Port-Louis

Catholic Vicariate of Rodrigues in Mauritius Has a New Apostolic Administrator

The Catholic Vicariate of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius has a new Apostolic Administrator, Fr. Luc René Young Chen Yin.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Mauritius' Port-Louis Diocese. /

Cardinal Recognizes Mauritians’ Solidarity, Prays for “a more sober, fraternal Christmas”

The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has acknowledged with appreciation the solidarity of the people of God in the Indian Ocean Island nation amid COVID-19 challenges, expressing the desire for a “sober and fraternal Christmas” later this year.

Fr. Jean Maurice Labour appointed “delegate with full powers” to administer the Apostolic Vicariate of Rodrigues in Mauritius. / Website Port Louis Diocese

Vicar General of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese to Administer Rodrigues Vicariate

The Vicar General of Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese has been appointed as a “delegate with full powers” to administer the Apostolic Vicariate of Rodrigues in the same country, until an Apostolic Administrator is appointed.

Lorette College of Curepipe in Mauritius. / Lorette College of Curepipe/Facebook Page

Loreto Sisters in Mauritius Hailed for Overseeing 150 Years of Quality, Holistic Education

Members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM), commonly known as Loreto Sisters, in Mauritius have been hailed for their dedication in offering quality and holistic education to students in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

Pope Francis and Fr. Pedro Opeka in Akamasoa, the "City of Friendship," in Madagascar 08 September 2019. /

Pope Francis’ Visit to Madagascar “an unforgettable human, spiritual event”: Cleric

One Year since Pope Francis visited Madagascar, a missionary Cleric whose apostolate involves reaching out to the deprived in the Island nation off the coast of East Africa, has shared memories of the 6-8 September 2019 Papal pastoral trip describing it as “an unforgettable human and spiritual event.”

Bishop Alain Harel appointed by Pope Francis to succeed Bishop-emeritus Denis Wiehe as the Bishop Denis Local Ordinary of the Diocese of Port Victoria in Seychelles. /

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop in Seychelles, Appoints Successor

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Denis Wiehe from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Port Victoria in Seychelles, the one-diocese Indian Ocean islands nation, off East Africa.

Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval. / Diocese of Port-Louis

On Memorial of “Apostle of Mauritius”, Blessed Laval, Cardinal Urges Closeness to the Poor

On the occasion of the 179th anniversary of the arrival of renowned French Spiritan Priest, Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval in Mauritius and the 156th anniversary of his death, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation has encouraged attentiveness to the plight of the poor in society.  

A poster of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius from  September 4-10, 2019. /

One Year after Pope Francis’ Second Visit, Church in Africa Renews Commitment to Peace

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Africa has, in a statement shared with ACI Africa, announced a week-long commemoration of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ second three-nation visit to sub-Saharan Africa, recalling the 4 – 10 September 2019 Papal trip to Mozambique, Madagascar and the Mauritian Islands as having been a joy to the people of God in Africa.

A clean-up crew confronting the oil spill in Riviere des Creoles in Mauritius. Thick muck has inundated Mauritius' unspoiled lagoons, marine habitats and beaches. /

“It will take 45 years for the land to regenerate”:Mauritian Cardinal on Ecological Crisis

The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has highlighted the impact of the recent ecological crisis occasioned by an oil spill in the Indian Ocean island nation’s waters, noting that the affected land may take over four decades to regenerate.

The Bishop of Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat. /

On St. Louis Memorial, Mauritian Cardinal Calls for Prayers amid Ecological, Health Crisis

On the annual memorial of St. Louis marked August 25, the head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has called for prayers for the island nation, which is grappling with a health and ecological crisis caused by the recent oil spill in its waters.