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Zambia's newly elected president, Hakainde Hichilema. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Zambia Congratulate President-elect, Encourage Peaceful Power Transfer

Catholic Bishops in Zambia have congratulated the country’s President-elect following the August 12 general elections.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB) / Afrique Sur 7

Bishops in Benin Encourage “open dialogue” Ahead of Presidential Election

Ahead of the April 2021 Presidential poll in Benin, Catholic Bishops in the West African country are calling on politicians and the leadership of institutions organizing the election to engage in an open dialogue for a peaceful, inclusive, democratic and transparent election.

Bishops in Benin Urge Government to Abolish “sponsorship” Law for Presidential Candidates

The leadership of the Catholic Christian Observatory for Governance (OCCG), an organ of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB), has called on the government of the West African country to abolish the electoral law, which requires aspiring presidential candidates to have the sponsorship of Mayors.

Tanzania's President John Pombe Magufuli. / Reuters

Missionaries in Tanzania Express Mixed Reactions to President Magufuli’s Reelection

Missionaries serving in Tanzania have expressed both gratitude and fear following the October 28 reelection of President John Pombe Magufuli, a Catholic, for a second term.

President-elect Joe Biden. / CNA file photo.

Biden Projected Winner, Expected to Become Second Catholic President in U.S. History

Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election, media outlets reported Saturday morning, after five days of counting in several tight races across the country.

The Single Ballot ticket for the October 31 presidential election in Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast’s “pre-election situation worrying,” Cleric Says, Highlights Peace Initiatives

Ahead of Ivory Coast’s Presidential election scheduled for Saturday, October 31, a Cleric ministering in the West African nation says the pre-election mood is a cause for concern and highlights some initiatives Church leaders are undertaking to advocate for peace amid rising tensions.

Catholic Bishops in Benin with President Patrice Talon.

Benin’s Bishops Want “objective, critical, constructive assessment” of President’s Tenure

Catholic Church leaders in the West African nation of Benin have called on citizens to make an “objective, critical and constructive assessment” of President Patrice Talon’s mandate before presidential elections, which are slated to take place in April next year.

Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Fanoko Kpodzro hands over the Togolese flag to Messan Agbeyomé Kodjo, one of the presidential candidates on February 1, 2020. / Togo Breaking News

Togo’s Archbishop Emeritus Displaying Church’s “partisan political positions”: Reflection

An African missionary ministering in the West African nation of Togo has disapproved the recent endorsement of the opposition candidate in the country by the Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Fanoko Kpodzro and, considering the government’s claims that the Catholic Church is partisan, has described the Togolese Prelate as a “symbol of a politically partisan Church.”

Lazarus Chakwera (centre) and Saulos Chilima (right) to face incumbent President Peter Mutharika (left) in fresh elections within 151 days.

Court in Malawi Cancels Presidential Election, Orders New Vote within 5 Months

A few days after the Catholic Bishops in the Southeastern Africa nation of Malawi appealed for “peace and order” ahead of the long-awaited judicial ruling, the constitutional court of the country has annulled the last May 21 Presidential election that saw President Peter Mutharika re-elected with a narrow margin, the judge citing widespread irregularities.

Archbishop  Emeritus Philippe Fanoko Kossi Kpodzro addressing the press in Lomé, Togo, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Togolese Archbishop to Solicit Funds for Beneficiary Candidate “to win election”

As eligible citizens of the West African country of Togo prepare to participate in a poll slated to take place next February to elect their President, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Kpodzro has launched an operation to solicit funds to aid a single yet-to-be-identified Presidential candidate in view of ensuring a veritable democratic and competitive contest that would see the beneficiary contender “win this type of election.”