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Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in The Gambia's Banjul Diocese. /

All Saints Day to Mark Resumption of Public Mass, Liturgies in The Gambia

All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1 is expected to mark the resumption of public Mass and other liturgical celebrations in The Gambia, the Bishop of the only Catholic Diocese in the West African nation announced.

Archbishop Henryk Mieczyslaw Jagodzinski with members of the
Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) before a Eucharistic Celebration at the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Accra on October 15, 2020 to officially welcome him as the 9 the Apostolic Nuncio in Ghana. / Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC)/Facebook Page.

Papal Envoy Lauds Church in Ghana for “great hospitality” at Maiden Public Mass

The new representative of the Holy Father in Ghana has, on the occasion of the first public Mass that was held on Thursday, October 15 to officially welcome him, thanked the people of God in the West African country for the “great hospitality” accorded him.

Ave Maria Parish Church, outside Mupoi, South Sudan. / Alejandro Bermudez/CNA

Public Mass in South Sudan Set to Resume in a Week’s Time amid Strict Measures

Catholic Bishops in South Sudan have announced the lifting of the suspension on the celebration of Mass in public effective September 20 and urged the faithful to strictly adhere to the safety guidelines put in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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 Buti Joseph Tlhagale of Johannesburg Archdiocese in South Africa. /

“Donate more than your normal amount to assist the needy”: South African Archbishop

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has appealed to the faithful in his jurisdiction to continue supporting the initiatives of the local church, going beyond their “normal amount” so that the growing list of needy parishioners can be catered for amid protracted COVID-19 restrictions.

Parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Parish at 3-Town Denu in the Keta-Akatsi Diocese seated at Mass on June 7 after three months of restrictions. / Cephas Afornu

Excitement as Catholics in Ghana Celebrate First Public Mass after Lockdown

The reopening of churches in Ghana after three months of suspension of public worship was marked with excitement as worshippers took part in Eucharistic celebrations in their respective parishes and prayer centers, albeit low attendance.

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

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.

Members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC). /

Bishops in Ghana Give Separate Dates for Resumption of Public Mass

Following the easing of the ban on public gatherings in Ghana, which the country’s President declared, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced the resumption of public Mass in their respective jurisdictions under strict safety guidelines, giving separate dates for inaugural liturgical gatherings.  

Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese, Nigeria. /

“Gradual restoration of public Mass” Announced for Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese

The leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos in Nigeria announced, last Sunday, a gradual resumption of public Mass in anticipation of the easing of COVID-19 related restrictions by the government early this week.

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) /

Individual Bishops in Zambia to Make “final decision” on Resuming Public Celebrations

Members of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) have resolved to have individual Local Ordinaries in the Southern African nation make “the final decision” on the resumption of liturgical celebrations in their respective dioceses, including the measures to curb the possible spread of COVID-19. 

Bishop George Nkuo of Kumbo Diocese in Cameroon. /

Cameroon’s Kumbo Diocese Lifts Suspension on Sunday Public Mass

The suspension on the celebration of Public Mass has been lifted for Sundays in Cameroon’s Kumbo diocese, the Bishop has announced.

Archbishop Valerian Okeke of Onitsha, Nigeria. /

Nigeria’s Onitsha Archdiocese “to slowly lift suspension” on Public Mass

In view of the envisaged easing of the COVID-19 lockdown imposed by Nigeria's Anambra State, home to the Metropolitan See of Onitsha, the Archbishop has announced the possibility of lifting the suspension of Public Mass, albeit slowly.