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St. Louis Cathedral in the Diocese of Port Louis, Mauritius / Public Domain

Public Liturgical Celebrations Suspended in Mauritius Following Spike in COVID-19 Cases

A day after the leadership of Mauritius announced a two-week national lockdown to control the spike in daily COVID-19 cases, liturgical celebrations in public have been suspended in the Indian Ocean Island nation.

Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria bringing life and hope in households through music. /

Singing Bishop Breathes Life, Hope in Nigerian Households amid Suspension of Public Mass

A high-pitched musical sound is heard over the mobile phone as Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria strums his guitar while receiving a call for an interview in his small study room at his residence.  

Our Lady of Victories Cathedral in Dakar Senegal set to resume public worship on November 1. /

Ahead of “progressive resumption” of Public Worship in Senegal, Bishops Urge Prudence

Catholic Bishops in Senegal have announced the lifting of the suspension on the celebration of Mass in public effective November 1.

Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Pretoria, South Africa. /

After Months of Closure, Churches in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese Set to Reopen

After close to six months of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, churches in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese are set to reopen for public worship on October 1, the Local Ordinary announced in his Thursday, September 17 statement obtained by ACI Africa.

Our Lady of Victories Cathedral in Dakar Senegal. /

Bishops in Senegal’s Dakar Ecclesiastical Province Extend Suspension of Public Mass

Catholic Bishops in Senegal's Dakar Ecclesiastical Province have extended the suspension of public Mass in the region due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the West African nation, a situation that has forced the government to reintroduce restrictive measures.

Bishop Gabriel Mendy of the Gambia's Diocese of Banjul. /

Church Leadership in Gambia Suspends Public Masses as COVID-19 Cases Increase

Following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in The Gambia in recent weeks, the Bishop of the lone Catholic Diocese in the West African nation has once again suspended the celebration of public Mass and other Church gatherings.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET). /

Catholic Leaders in Togo Announce Resumption of Public Mass in Select Parishes

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) have, in a collective statement, announced the resumption of public worship in select parishes across the country in a bid to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections.

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

Additional Safety Guidelines for Public Liturgical Celebrations in Ghana Outlined

Following the easing of restrictions on public gatherings in Ghana, Catholic Bishops in the West African of Ghana have issued additional directives to guide various liturgical celebrations in a bid to contain the possible spread of COVID-19.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of the Archdiocese of Abuja. /

Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese Outlines Safety Guidelines for Resumption of Public Masses

Days after the Federal Government of Nigeria lifted restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, the leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has announced the resumption of public Mass and outlined a raft of measures aimed at containing the possible spread of the coronavirus disease.

Logo Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI). /

Celebration of Public Mass in Ivory Coast to Resume Sunday with 200-Person Congregation

Following the decision by the government of Ivory Coast to ease restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced the lifting of the suspension on the celebration of Mass in public effective May 17 and directed Priests to ensure those in attendance do not exceed 200.  

St. Theresa's Cathedral Parish church, Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, South Sudan. /

South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese Suspends Public Mass over COVID-19 in Neighboring Nations

In a keen adherence to the directives of South Sudan government to stop social gatherings as a measure to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in the East African country, which is yet to record a case of the deadly virus, the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has announced the closure of all Catholic-run institutions in the country’s only Metropolitan See.

Live Broadcast of Private Mass Gaining Traction in Ghana amid COVID-19

The practice of live streaming private celebrations of the Holy Eucharist by members of the clergy in the West African nation of Ghana is gaining traction days after Church leaders announced the suspension of public Mass.

Catholic Christians in Kenya during the National Prayer Day at Subukia Shrine, October 5, 2019. / ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Kenya Officially Suspend Public Mass Over COVID-19

The Catholic Bishops in Kenya have, in a collective statement Monday, March 23, officially suspended the celebration of public Mass and other Church gatherings in line with the government’s directives to control the spread of COVID-19, including a ban on all forms of religious gatherings.

Bishops of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) who have suspended Public Masses amid half a dozen confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country. /

Ghana is First Nation in Sub-Saharan Africa to Suspend Public Mass Over COVID-19

The West African nation of Ghana has become the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to temporarily suspend the public celebration of the Holy Eucharist, a decision taken by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) amid half a dozen confirmed cases of COVID-19.