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Latest stories: Places of Worship

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Respect Sacred Places, Dress Properly for Church, South African Catholic Bishop Says

The Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has cautioned the people of God in the Archdiocese against disrespecting sacred places in their manner of dressing and inability to maintain silence while participating in religious functions.

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UK-based Human Rights Body Demands Sudan’s Transparency in Legalizing Places of Worship

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, which specializes in religious freedom all over the world, is calling for transparency in the legal procedures involved in the construction of places of worship in Sudan. 

Archbishop Jean Patrick Iba-Ba of Gabon’s Libreville Archdiocese during an interview with journalists shortly after meeting with Gabon's Interior Minister.

Churches in Gabon to Reopen Despite Government Opposition, Bishops Say

Churches in Gabon will reopen for public worship on Sunday, October 25, the Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation have said in a collective message, a decision that goes against the government’s October 16 announcement to defer the resumption of public worship by five more days.  

Archbishop Anthony Muheria, Chairman of Kenya’s Interfaith Council.

Age Limit, Numbers at Public Worship Revised in Kenya’s Phased Reopening

Children under the age of six and the those above 65 years have been allowed to participate in public worship in Kenya in the latest phased reopening that has also revised upwards the number of people allowed in places of worship at once.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese.

South Sudanese Prelate Calls for Patience as Places of Worship, Schools Remain Closed

As frustration mounts in South Sudan owing to closure of schools and the protracted suspension of public worship, the Archbishop of Juba has called for patience as stakeholders plan the safe way to allow for liturgical celebrations in public and resumption of schooling.

Visual representation of the phased reopening of places of worship in Kenya. / Interfaith Council on the National Response to the Corona Pandemic

Public Worship Duration and Age Limit Extended in Kenya's New Phased Reopening

Extended duration of public worship and the age limit for participation are among the new guidelines in Kenya announced Tuesday, August 11 by the Catholic Archbishop-led Interfaith Council.  

Catholic Bishops in Senegal during a press conference in Dakar in March 2019.

Bishops in Senegal Urge Patience as Churches Remain Closed after Government Eased Measures

Catholic Bishops in Senegal have announced their collective decision to keep churches closed even after the government eased COVID-19 restrictions and urged the faithful “to be patient in faith and in hope.”

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Maputo, Mozambique.

Mixed Reactions as Mozambique Extends Ban on Church Gatherings for the Third Time

Places of worship in Mozambique will remain closed for another 30 days in a new set of measures by the President of the Southern African nation, Filipe Jaicinto Nyusi who extended a ban on social gatherings in the country starting Monday, June 29.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Chad (CET).

Bishops in Chad “reflect, pray before deciding on a realistic date” for Public Worship

The people of God in Chad will have to wait for a little while before they can take part in public Mass as Bishops in the Central African nation are engaging relevant stakeholders in consultation and in prayer before they can announce “a realistic date.”

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese.

Suspension of “planned reopening of churches” in Nigeria’s Lagos State Disappoints Prelate

The decision by the leadership of Nigeria’s State of Lagos to put on hold the reopening of places of worship “till further notice” has disappointed the Catholic Archbishop in the country’s largest city who says that precautionary measures had already been put in place and that worshipers would be safer in “Church premises than in other public places such as markets and motor parks.”

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Nyeri Archdiocese to appointed head of the newly constituted Inter-faith Council with the mandate to guide the resumption of public worship in Kenya.

Catholic Prelate to Head Kenya’s Interfaith Council to Guide Resumption of Public Worship

The newly constituted Inter-faith Council with the mandate to guide the resumption of public worship in Kenya will be headed by Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese, the Kenyan government announced in a Gazette notice Friday, June 12.

CitizenGo Campaigns Director in Africa, Ann Kioko spearheading a campaign for the reopening of places of worship in Kenya

Kenyan Catholic Activist Spearheading Campaign to Reopen Places of Worship

A Kenyan Catholic activist is spearheading an online campaign for the resumption of public worship in the East African nation while adhering to “necessary measures.”

John Cardinal Njue (right), Archbishop Philip Anyolo (Center) and CS Mutahi Kagwe (left) during Tuesday's meeting at the Holy Family Basilica in Nairobi, Kenya. / KCCB

Kenyan Government Engages Catholic Church Leaders on Resuming Public Worship

Catholic Bishops in Kenya will be meeting in “coming days” to define a way that will see the lifting of the ban on public worship in the East African country after a successful engagement with the government that took place early this week, ACI Africa has been told in an interview.

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama during Holy Mass at Sacred Heart Parish Abuja Sunday, May 17, 2020.

“Allow our people to congregate” on Pentecost Sunday: Nigerian Prelate to Government

As places of worship remain closed in Nigeria as one of the measures in Africa’s most populous country to curb the possible spread of COVID-19, the Archbishop of Abuja, Ignatius Kaigama has appealed to the Federal government to allow Christians to participate in public Mass on Pentecost Sunday, May 31 while observing specific guidelines.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media at Afya House in Nairobi on the coronavirus update on March 23, 2020.

Kenya Orders Closure of Places of Worship over COVID-19, Tanzania for Public Worship

The immediate closure of all places of worship in Kenya was among the raft of measures the government announced Sunday, March 22 in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 after the confirmed cases of the deadly virus increased more than twofold from 7 to 15, while in neighboring Tanzania, the country’s President was reported encouraging public worship.