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Holy Family Cathedral in South Sudan's Diocese of Rumbek / Public Domain

South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese Trains Women on Peace and Reconciliation

South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in collaboration with peace organizations in the country is realizing a training aimed to equip women in the East-Central African country with reconciliation and mediation skills to enable them prevent conflicts and promote peace in their respective communities.

Pietro Cardinal Parolin with Cameroon's President, Paul Biya during an audience at the Unity Palace on 29 January 2021 / Presidency of the Republic of Cameroon (PRC)

Holy See Wants “peace, reconciliation” in Cameroon's Troubled Regions: Vatican Cardinal

The Holy See is closely following the conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions and wants the warring parties to seek the path of dialogue for peace and reconciliation in the Central African nation, the Vatican’s Secretary of State has said.

Advent Season 2020 /

Ahead of Advent Season, Bishops in Zimbabwe Call for Reconciliation, Unity

As Catholics across the world prepare to usher in the Season of Advent on Sunday, November 29, Bishops in Zimbabwe have, in their collective message about the period that leads up to Christmas and a hopeful anticipation of the second coming of Jesus Christ, called reconciliation and unity in the Southern African nation.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, (right) and former president and opposition leader Henri Konan Bedie (left) have their first meeting since the national election in Abidjan on November 11, 2020. /

Holy Father Appeals for “reconciliation, peaceful coexistence” in Ivory Coast amid Tension

Pope Francis on Sunday, November 15 appealed for reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in Ivory Coast amid rising tension following the contested October 31 poll.

Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia pray for an end to violence in the Horn of Africa nation. / Ethiopia Catholic Secretariat/Facebook Page.

Resolve “differences amicably, in spirit of respect, trust”: Bishops in Ethiopia

Following tensions between Ethiopia’s Federal government and the leadership of Tigray Regional State, Catholic Bishops in the Horn of Africa nation have appealed to both parties to resolve their differences amicably, in a spirit of mutual “respect and trust.”

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast during an ecumenical prayer service held Wednesday, October 14. / Alliance of Religions for Peace in Ivory Coast (ARPI)

Ahead of Presidential Polls in Ivory Coast, Religious Leaders Appeal for Dialogue, Peace

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the Presidential election scheduled for October 31 amid persistent tensions.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan during the August 31 press conference in Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan. /

“Reconciliation is more important than elections”: Ivorian Cardinal Tells Politicians

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has, in a statement, expressed his concerns about the election-related violence in the West African country and has called on the parties behind the conflict to look beyond the election event and instead focus on reconciliation of the people of God.

Fr. Emmanuel Wohi Nin (left) Secretary-General of the Episcopal Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) presenting the Pastoral Letter of the Bishops on Reconciliation, Justice, and Peace, at a press conference Tuesday, July 21. /

Bishops in Ivory Coast Highlight Conditions for Achieving Reconciliation, Justice, Peace

Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast have, in their Pastoral Letter, highlighted the conditions necessary for achieving reconciliation, justice and peace in the West African nation amid rising political tensions ahead of the presidential election scheduled for October 2020.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese. / Radio Bakhita, Juba

“Reconciliation the only remedy to this broken nation”: South Sudanese Prelate at Easter

The need for reconciliation in the world’s youngest nation where a government of national unity has recently been put in place was a key highlight of the Easter message of the Archbishop of the country’s only Metropolitan See, Juba Archdiocese. The South Sudanese Prelate described his country as “broken” and in need of “God’s intervention.” 

A delegation of Catholic Bishops meeting President Alassane Ouattara to exchange on the reconciliation of all Ivorians. /

“Reconciliation of all Ivorians” the Focus of Meeting Between Bishops and President

Following a series of statements by Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast calling for reconciliation and peaceful elections in the West African nation, a delegation of Prelates in the country was received Wednesday, February 19 by President Alassane Ouattara to discuss the “reconciliation of all Ivorians” as well as peace and stability in the country.

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of the Ivory Coast (CECCI) /

Reconciliation a Top Priority for Peaceful Elections in Ivory Coast, Bishops Say

As eligible voters in the West African nation of Ivory Coast prepare to go to the polls in October, Catholic Bishops in the country have, at the end of their Plenary Assembly, highlighted four issues that need to be addressed to avert a possible post-election crisis, top on their list, reconciliation. Other issues include dialogue, the independence of the electoral commission, and respect for the country’s Constitution.

Iranians gather around the caskets of Qasem Soleimani and others during a funeral procession after the bodies arrived in Qom, Jan. 6, 2020. / Mehdi Marizad/Fars News/AFP via Getty Images

Iranian Nuncio Appeals for Negotiation, Not Revenge

As tensions escalate between Iran and the United States following the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the pope’s diplomat in Tehran is appealing for dialogue.

Archbishop-Elect Stephen Ameyu of Juba, South Sudan /

“Forget past, go in for reconciliation,” South Sudanese Archbishop-Elect Tells Soldiers

As the combined armed forces of Government and Opposition group kick-start military training as envisaged in the September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), the Archbishop-elect of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, Stephen Ameyu has called on South Sudanese soldiers to put the past behind and invest in peaceful co-existence through reconciliation.

Poster for Peace, Freedom and Reconciliation Campaign in Ivory Coast /

8-Day National Prayer for Reconciliation in Ivory Coast Set for Advent Sunday, December 1

In line with the recommendations of Pope Benedict XVI's Post-synodal Exhortation Africae Munus in which he called on the Church in Africa to organize a day of prayer for reconciliation, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ivory Coast (CECCI) is organizing an eight-day prayer event in all the dioceses of the country to pray for peace and reconciliation in the West African nation, beginning Advent Sunday, December 1.

Sign Post of the Juba-based South Sudan Council of Churches, seven-member ecumenical body with a strong legacy of peacebuilding, reconciliation and advocacy / ACI Africa

Advocacy, Dialogue, Reconciliation Guide South Sudan Church-led Peace Process, Priest Says

Days after leaders of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) welcomed the second postponement of the formation of a unity government contemplated in the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), a Catholic official of the seven-member ecumenical body used the occasion of the General Assembly of Pentecostal Overseers to outline and explain three pillars guiding the efforts by the Christian churches toward peace in the East African nation.

Bishop Emeritus Paride Taban, Torit diocese, South Sudan taking part in the South Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Marathon in Juba on November 9, 2019 / Egily Hakim

South Sudan’s Peace Marathon Attracts 1,000 Participants, Including 84-Year Retired Bishop

A day after South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Vice-President designate Dr. Riek Machar agreed to postpone the formation of a unity government by 100 days, a move that has been welcomed by various groups including Christian leaders, the country’s capital hosted a marathon that attracted some 1,000 participants among them, the 84-year Bishop Emeritus of Torit diocese, Paride Taban.

Delegation of South Sudan political leaders at the Vatican with Pope Francis in April 2019 /

Holy Father Prays for Peace, Reconciliation in South Sudan, Hopes to Visit

Three days after the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Vice-President designate Dr. Riek Machar agreed, at a meeting in Uganda, to delay the formation of a unity government by one hundred days, Pope Francis has led the Catholic faithful in praying for peace and reconciliation in the world’s youngest nation and expressed the hope to visit the country

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Maputo, Mozambique Sept. 6, 2019. Credit: Edward Pentin/CNA. /

Pray for Your Enemies, Pope Francis Tells Mozambican Catholics

Jesus calls his followers to a high standard – to forgive their enemies, to pray for those who have hurt them, and to seek reconciliation, Pope Francis said at Mass in Mozambique Friday.