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A poster for the Marriage awareness week with a focus on Reconciliation in marriage. Credit: SACBC

Need for Spouses to Take “personal responsibility” Emphasized at Marriage Awareness Event

The need for spouses to take “personal responsibility” in their marriage relationship amid situations of misunderstanding has been underscored at the ongoing marriage awareness campaign.  

President Alassane Ouattara and Laurent Gbagbo during the July 27 meeting in Abidjan. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Alassane Ouattara, Laurent Gbagbo Meeting “timely for reconciliation”: Ivorian Archbishop

The Archbishop of Ivory Coast’s Korhogo Archdiocese has described the July 27 meeting between President Alassane Ouattara and former President Laurent Gbagbo as timely for the reconciliation process in the West African nation.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa during the Thanksgiving Mass to mark his 50th anniversary in the Priesthood at St. Paul’s Cathedral of Abidjan Archdiocese. Credit: CECCI

Ivorian Cardinal Cautions Politicians against Internal Disputes, Urges Reconciliation

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has, on the occasion of his 50th anniversary in the Priesthood, cautioned politicians in the West African nation against internal quarrels and instead become part of initiatives toward national reconciliation.

Catholic Bishops in Chad/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Chad Urge “inclusive national dialogue”, Say Reconciliation Necessary

Catholic Bishops in Chad are, in a collective statement, advocating for “inclusive national dialogue” that can bring together stakeholders in the country’s socio-political life.

Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa addressing former President Laurent Gbagbo during Mass at the St. Paul Cathedral in Ivory Coast's Abidjan Archdiocese. Credit: CECCI/Facebook

Ivorian Cardinal Gifts Former President Rosary, Asks Him to Join “train of reconciliation”

The Cardinal in Ivory Coast has gifted a Rosary to the country’s former President, Laurent Gbagbo, who returned to the West African nation after close to a decade in exile.

Antoine Cardinal Kambanda during an interview with EWTN News on 28 November 2020. Credit: EWTN News

Rwanda’s Cardinal Says Eucharist Key to Unity, Reconciliation amid History of Genocide

As the Church in Rwanda celebrates the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, Antoine Cardinal Kambanda has underscored the value of the Eucharist in the landlocked Great Rift Valley East African nation, saying it is key to unity and reconciliation as Rwandans recover from “our history of Genocide.”

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.