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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

Oct 20, 2020

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

Oct 9, 2020

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

Sep 10, 2020

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

Sep 10, 2020

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

Sep 9, 2020

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

Sep 4, 2020

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

Aug 31, 2020

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

Aug 25, 2020

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.

Oil leaking from a Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio, that ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius on July 25.

Mauritian Cardinal Bemoans Ecological Disaster, Appreciates Efforts Toward Biodiversity

Aug 16, 2020

The head of the Catholic Church Mauritius, the Indian Ocean island nation, has bemoaned the ecological disaster that befell the country a couple of weeks ago after a fuel spill in its waters.

Bishop's House in the Diocese of Port-Louis Mauritius. / Diocese of Port-Louis

Mauritius’ Port Louis Diocese Speaks to Sexual Assault Allegations of Minor by Cleric

Aug 13, 2020

The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Port Louis in Mauritius has, in a statement, reacted to the allegations of sexual assault of a minor by a Missionary Cleric, pledging to fully support the investigations.

Bishop of Mauritius' Port Louis Diocese, Maurice Cardinal Piat during Holy Mass marking the diocesan Feast of Vocations, August 2. / Port Louis Diocese/ Facebook

On Mauritius’ “feast of vocations,” Cardinal Likens Priests, Religious, Laity to Musicians

Aug 3, 2020

On the day set aside for the celebration of the gift of various vocations in Mauritius (feast of vocations) marked on Sunday, August 2, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean island nation likened followers of Jesus Christ including Priests, Religious and Laity to musicians who have answered the call to dance to the music of the Gospel, advocating for a collaborative ministry akin to that of an orchestra.

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

Mauritian Cardinal to Preside Over Postponed Chrism Mass on Sunday

Jun 24, 2020

Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in Mauritius including the stay-at-home directives, the leadership of the Diocese of Port-Louis in the Indian Ocean island nation has announced the celebration of Chrism Mass on Sunday, June 28.

Tomb of Blessed Fr Jacob Désiré Laval, the Apostle of Mauritius.

Book in Memory of Renowned Spiritan Missionary in Mauritius “an opportunity to give hope”

Jun 11, 2020

The newly-published book containing testimonies on the life of Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval, a renowned French Spiritan Priest, also referred to as the “Apostle of Mauritius” following his missionary work in the Indian Ocean island nation, aims at giving hope during moments of despair, the author has said.

Fr. Yudesch Arnachellum who ministers in the parish of Saint-Esprit, Bel Air, Port-Louis diocese. / Port-Louis diocese

“I was delighted to find the parishioners”: Mauritian Cleric at Resumption of Public Mass

Jun 9, 2020

A Priest serving in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has expressed joy interacting with the faithful of his Parish on Holy Trinity Sunday, June 7, the first Eucharistic celebration since the resumption of public Mass in the country after more than two months of a nationwide lockdown.

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

“I fully understand your disappointment,” Mauritian Cardinal to Muslims on Eid Celebration

May 22, 2020

As Muslims around the world prepare to mark Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of the dawn-to-sunset month-long fasting of Ramadan, the head of the Catholic Church in the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius has expressed his solidarity with the Muslim faithful in the country, regretting COVID-19 related restrictions that will limit gatherings.

Logo Justice and Peace Commission Mauritius.

Church Leaders in Mauritius Concerned about COVID-19 Bill, Appeal for Dialogue

May 16, 2020

Members of the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace (CJP) in Mauritius have expressed concern over two bills on the fight against COVID-19 presented in parliament and called on authorities in the Island nation to establish a forum for dialogue with all stakeholders.  

Patricia Adèle Félicité, Secretary General of Caritas Mauritius.

Caritas Mauritius Collaborating with Other Agencies to Support Families Amid COVID-19

May 9, 2020

To alleviate the suffering of people amid COVID-19 restrictions in Mauritius, Caritas Mauritius, the social arm of the Catholic Church in the island nation, is collaborating with various agencies to offer humanitarian relief.

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

“I appeal to the generosity, solidarity of parishioners”: Mauritian Cardinal

Apr 28, 2020

A Cardinal in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius has appealed to parishioners in his country to help meet the needs of their respective parishes as their Priests struggle financially amid COVID-19 challenges that have seen reduced support toward the needy.

Board Members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius.

“The war to be fought is against COVID-19,” Religious Leaders in Mauritius United

Mar 28, 2020

Religious leaders in Mauritius have come together to demonstrate their unity of purpose in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in their country and invited citizens in the Island nation to stand together in the battle.

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

“Resist panic, keep calm”, Cardinal Piat Tells Mauritians amid First COVID-19 Death

Mar 23, 2020

The Bishop of Port Louis diocese in Mauritius, Maurice Cardinal Piat has, in a message addressed to the faithful, appealed for calm in order to avoid the spread of the disease.