Public Worship

Some members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius . Credit: Catholic Diocese of Port Louis/Facebook

Religious Leaders in Mauritius Urge Government to Revise Public Worship Restrictions

Nov 16, 2021

Members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius are calling on the country’s government to revise upwards the number of worshippers who can take part in public celebrations at a go.

Corpus Christi Cathedral in Zimbabwe's Chinhoyi Diocese. Credit: Chinhoyi Diocese/Facebook

Worshipers “to be fully vaccinated” as Church Attendance Resumes in Zimbabwe: Bishop

Aug 18, 2021

Those to participate in public worship will have received COVID-19 vaccination, the Bishop of Zimbabwe’s Chinhoyi Diocese has announced amid the easing of coronavirus restrictions in the Southern African nation.

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Faith Leaders in Uganda Sue Government for COVID-19 Ban on Public Worship

Aug 7, 2021

Representatives of a Christian church and Muslim community in Uganda have filed a law suit against the country over the suspension of in-person worship as part of the COVID-19 restrictions.

The Apostolic Administrator of Kenya's Nairobi Archdiocese, Bishop David Kamau / Archdiocese of Nairobi/Facebook

Amid Public Worship Suspension in Kenya, Bishop Urges Clerics to Foster “message of hope”

Mar 30, 2021

The Apostolic Administrator of Kenya’s Nairobi Archdiocese has encouraged members of the Clergy serving in the Metropolitan see to remains sources of encouragement and hope amid public worship suspension in sections of the East African nation.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the nation from State House Nairobi on Friday, March 26. / State House/ Facebook

Public Worship in Multiple Dioceses in Kenya Suspended amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases

Mar 26, 2021

Public worship in some four Kenyan Dioceses has been suspended indefinitely amid a spike in reported cases of COVID-19 in the East African nation.

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan. / Tombura-Yambio Diocese/Facebook

South Sudanese Bishop Urges Government “to reverse” Ban on Public Worship

Feb 9, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in South Sudan has appealed to the government to reverse a ban on public worship as the East Central African country battles the second wave of COVID-19, saying that people are already overwhelmed.

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Leadership of Zambia’s Ndola Diocese Contemplates Suspending Public Worship

Jan 27, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Ndola in Zambia is considering the suspension of Liturgical celebrations in public amid an increase in reported cases of COVID-19 and laxity in observing preventive measures.

Age Limit for Public Worship Revised in Kenya amid Surge in Reported COVID-19 Cases

Nov 27, 2020

The leadership of the Catholic Archbishop-led Interfaith Council in Kenya has, among other guidelines, revised the ages of congregants allowed to participate in public worship in the East African nation.

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

Oct 25, 2020

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

Catholic Bishops in Togo during their 125th Plenary Session in Kara. / Episcopal Conference of Togo.

Togolese Bishops Urge Government to Authorize Public Worship Resumption in “all places”

Oct 23, 2020

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) have called on the government of the West African nation to authorize the resumption of public worship in the country amid COVID-19 precautionary measures.

St. Mary's Basilica in the Archdiocese of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.

In Further Guidelines on Public Worship, Bishops in Zimbabwe “discourage” Televised Mass

Oct 17, 2020

In a collective statement announcing new directives to guide the resumption of public worship in Zimbabwe, Catholic Bishops have encouraged the people of God in the Southern African nation to take part in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in person.

Saint Mary's Cathedral  in Libreville Gabon.

“Rite of Opening Holy Door” in Cathedrals in Gabon to Mark Resumption of Public Worship

Oct 8, 2020

The resumption of public worship in Catholic churches in Gabon slated to take place on Sunday, October 25 will be marked by the “Rite of Opening the Holy Door” in all Cathedrals in the Central African nation, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Gabon (CEG) have announced at the end of their Extraordinary Plenary Assembly.

Cathedral of St. Emmanuel, Diocese of Yei South Sudan.

South Sudanese Diocese Resumes Public Worship, to Close Should COVID-19 Cases Increase

Sep 7, 2020

For the first time in four months, a Catholic Diocese in South Sudan opened doors to eager Christians who thronged their respective places of worship for their first public Mass since the closure of places of worship in the East-Central African country as a strategy to tame the spread of COVID-19.

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

Aug 11, 2020

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.  

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo during his 14th address to the nation on Sunday, July 26.

Ghana’s President Extends Public Worship Duration to Two Hours

Jul 28, 2020

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has extended the duration of public worship from one hour to two hours effective August 1, in response to a petition that was made by religious leaders in the west African country.

Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral, Nampula Mozambique.

Clerics in Mozambique Respond to Extended Restrictions on Public Worship

Jul 19, 2020

Clerics in Mozambique have spoken in response to the announcement to extend the closure of places of worship, which the country’s President made, terming the presidential directive as necessary in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the Southern African nation.

Handbook on measures to guide the faithful during worship in South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese. / ACI Africa

Measures to Guide Public Worship Released for South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese

Jul 17, 2020

The leadership of South Sudan’s only Metropolitan See, Juba, has announced measures to guide public liturgical celebrations in anticipation of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the Government.

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses the Nation on the new COVID-19 guidelines at Harambee House, Nairobi, Kenya.

Kenyan President Excludes Sunday Schools, Madrassas in Phased Reopening of Public Worship

Jul 6, 2020

Children attending Sunday School and those who go for Madrassas in Mosques are among the groups of congregants who will not be allowed to attend public worship in a new set of directives given by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta who announced the resumption of public worship in the East African country.

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

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

Jun 30, 2020

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 Inter-faith Council of Kenya / Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

Kenya's Inter-faith Council Relying on "wisdom of science" in Planning for Public Worship

Jun 28, 2020

Members of Kenya’s Inter-faith Council, constituted to develop protocols for the resumption of public worship are being guided by their faith in the Almighty, advice from relevant experts, and the wishes of the people of God in East African nation as they go about planning the resumption of public worship and related ceremonies, they have said in a statement.