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South Africa Declares COVID-19 National Disaster, Church Limits Mass to 100

Following the declaration by South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa that COVID-19 is a national disaster in the country, the first declaration of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa with 61 cases confirmed, the Catholic Bishops there have directed clergy, religious and the lay faithful to observe preventive measures including a not-more-than 100-person congregation at Holy Mass.

Bishop Stephen Nyodho of Malakal diocese at Good Shepherd Peace Center, Juba, South Sudan on 25 October 2019. He had just spoken to ACI Africa about the challenge of flooding in his diocese. / ACI Africa

Declare Flooding in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese “a national disaster”, Bishop Concerned

South Sudan’s Malakal diocese, the most geographically vast of the seven dioceses of South Sudan, has been devastated by heavy flooding with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants affected and their lives at great risk, the Local Ordinary, Bishop Stephen Nyodho has confirmed in an interview with ACI Africa. He is calling on the government to declare the unprecedented phenomenon “a national disaster” and the international community to intervene to save lives.