Pastoral Letter

Bishop Jean Michaël Durhône of the Catholic Diocese of Port Louis in Mauritius. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Port Louis

In Voting, “you write history”: Mauritian Bishop Cautions Youths against Voter Apathy, Urges Responsible Participation

Apr 18, 2024

Bishop Jean Michaël Durhône of the Catholic Diocese of Port Louis in Mauritius has urged young people to participate responsibly in the country’s general elections scheduled for November 30.

Bishop Christian Carlassare applying ashes on the youngest baby in the church. Credit: Fr. Wanyonyi Eric Simiyu, S.J.

“Powerful event”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan on Ecumenical Visit in Lenten Message

Feb 28, 2023

The ecumenical visit to South Sudan that was undertaken by Pope Francis alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields was “powerful event”, the Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese has said in his Lenten Pastoral Letter.

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Sudan Lacks Specialists in “humility” to Move Country Forward: Catholic Bishop

Aug 31, 2022

South Sudan has political leaders lacking in humility, the Catholic Bishop of Wau Diocese in the East-Central African nation has said, regretting the fact that the lack of humble leaders does not move the country forward.  

Credit: Mindelo Diocese

Catholic Bishop in Cape Verde Urges Communion in Diversity at Ongoing Diocesan Jubilee

Aug 29, 2022

As the Catholic Diocese of Mindelo in Cape Verde continues with the three-year preparation for the 20th anniversary since it was established, the Local Ordinary of the Cape Verdean Episcopal See has called for communion amid “diversity of charisms”.

Members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC) with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Synodal Path “only way" to Address “common global challenges”: Bishops in Zimbabwe

Jul 23, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe have, in their latest Pastoral Letter, described the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality as the “only way” the people of God have to resolve the crises they face in life, including “common global challenges”.

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Faith Not a Mere Program, South Sudanese Bishop Says, Urges “new evangelization”

Jan 24, 2022

On his first anniversary of Episcopal Ordinary, the Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese has urged the people of God under his pastoral care to think about new ways of evangelization and to refrain from perceiving faith as a mere program.

Maurice Cardinal Piat of Port Louis Diocese in Mauritius. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

Church Vitality “depends on your participation”: Mauritian Cardinal in Message for Synod

Oct 8, 2021

The need for the people of God in Mauritius to fully participate in the upcoming Synod on Synodality has been emphasized by the Bishop of Mauritius’ Port-Louis Diocese.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Put Borrowed Funds to “judicious, effective use”: Archbishop to Nigerian Government

Sep 27, 2021

Government officials in Nigeria have been cautioned against diverting externally borrowed funds and public resources to sustain their lavish lifestyles and instead use the money to develop the nation.

Bishop Ildo Augusto dos Santos Lopes Fortes  of Cape Verde's Mindelo Diocese. Credit: Mindelo Diocese

Cape Verde’s Mindelo Diocese to Celebrate Three-year Jubilee Fostering Solidarity, Charity

Sep 4, 2021

The Diocese of Mindelo in Cape Verde is set to begin a three-year jubilee celebration to culminate on the 20th anniversary of the Cape Verdean Episcopal See.

The Apostolic South Africa's Diocese of Mariannhill and Archbishop Emeritus of Pretoria, William Slattery. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Take action now” against Environmental Degradation: South African Archbishop

Aug 27, 2021

A South African Archbishop has expressed concern over the destruction of the environment and called on the people of God in the country to take urgent action to mitigate the effects of degradation.

Archbishop Benjamin Ndiaye of Senegal's Dakar Archdiocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

At Anniversary in Senegal, Archbishop Advocates for “development that integrates youth”

Jun 10, 2021

At the Silver Jubilee celebration of the Pastoral Letter published by Catholic Bishops in Senegal during the 1994 crisis, an Archbishop in the West African nation has sought to have the youth empowered through the development initiatives that the country undertakes.

Some members of the Standing Committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) / National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO)

Bishops in DR Congo Announce Intention to Boost Pastoral Care to Elderly Persons

Mar 7, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in their latest Pastoral Letter, announced their intention to enhance pastoral care to elderly persons.

The front cover of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops' (KCCB). 2021 Lenten Campaign booklet. / Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Catholics in Kenya Invited to Foster “inclusive, accountable governance” During Lent 2021

Jan 31, 2021

Bishops in Kenya are inviting Catholics in the East African country to seek to foster “inclusive and accountable governance” as a way of rebuilding the nation during this year’s Lenten Season.

Singer-turned-politician Bobi Wine (left) is standing against long-term leader Yoweri Museveni (right) in Uganda's General elections slated for January 14. / Reuters

Episcopal Commission, UK-based Catholic Agency Appeal for Peaceful Elections in Uganda

Jan 12, 2021

The leadership of the Uganda National Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CJPC) and the humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) are appealing for peace in Uganda ahead of general elections slated for Thursday, January 14.

13 Issues of Concern Bishops in Uganda Want “addressed urgently” Ahead of Elections

Jan 6, 2021

Ahead of general elections in Uganda slated for January 14, Catholic Bishops in the country have, in their latest Pastoral Letter, highlighted 13 issues that “could taint the credibility of the electoral process and outcome of the polls if not addressed urgently.”

Headquarters of the National Election Authority in Central African Republic.

With “many weapons in circulation,” Bishops in CAR Concerned about Insecurity Before Polls

Sep 8, 2020

Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a Pastoral Letter, expressed their concerns about insecurity amid armed civilians as eligible citizens of the Central African nation prepare to take part in the general elections slated to take place December 27.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) with Pope Francis during Apostolic visit in September 2019.

In Latest Pastoral Letter, Bishops in Mozambique Recall Pope Francis' Visit Last Year

Aug 24, 2020

Catholic Bishops in the Southern African nation of Mozambique have, in their latest Pastoral Letter circulated August 23, recalled the pastoral visit of Pope Francis to their country last year.

Nine-nation Bishops Rally Behind Zimbabwean Church Leadership amid Government Criticism

Aug 20, 2020

Catholic Bishops in nine Southern African countries have rallied behind their counterparts in Zimbabwe who have come under attack from the country’s political leadership over their recent Pastoral Letter in which they called on the government to address economic and political challenges bedeviling the country.

Logo Catholic Professional Network of Zimbabwe (CPNZ). / Catholic Professional Network of Zimbabwe (CPNZ)

After Bishops’ Letter in Zimbabwe Draws Criticism, Catholic Professionals Show Solidarity

Aug 17, 2020

Members of the Catholic Professional Network of Zimbabwe (CPNZ) have expressed their solidarity with the Catholic Bishops in the country after their recent Pastoral Letter drew criticism from the Southern African nation’s leadership.

Bishops in Zambia who have just issued a Pastoral Letter on the need to share the word of God.

“The sharing of the Word of God” Key Focus of Pastoral Letter of Bishops in Zambia

Feb 4, 2020

Having dedicated the year 2020 to the reflection of the Word of God with the aim “to venerate, celebrate, study, disseminate and live” the message in the Sacred Scriptures, the Bishops in the Southern African nation of Zambia have emphasized the need to share the word of God, reaching out to various groups in their country with specific recommendations.