Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama addressing participants during the plenary assembly of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA). Credit: CSN

Leaders in West Africa “must use political power” for Good Governance: RECOWA President

May 4, 2022

The President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), the common forum of the Catholic Bishops from 16 West African countries, has called on political leaders in the African region to use their authority to foster good governance, and for the “common good”.

Fr. Zacharia Nyantiso Samjumi (center), the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), the National Director of Social Communications (right), CSN, Fr. Dr. Michael Nsikak Umoh and Director, Pastoral Affairs, Fr. Michael Banjo (left) during the April 6 press conference. Credit: Nigeria Catholic Network

Fratelli Tutti, Regional Challenges Focus of Planned Plenary of Bishops in West Africa

Apr 6, 2022

Catholic Bishops in West Africa are expected to deliberate on Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter on human fraternity and social friendship, Fratelli Tutti and challenges facing the region during their Plenary Assembly scheduled for May in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

A poster announcing the virtual pilgrimage of members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA). Credit: Archdiocese of Abuja

Launched Virtual Pilgrimage in West Africa to Showcase Testimonies of “justice issues”

Nov 4, 2021

The online pilgrimage, which members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) launched is expected to feature people’s “contributions to the struggle for justice”, the Catholic Church leaders have said in a statement. 

Bishop Jacques Assanvo Ahiwa, Auxiliary Bishop of Ivory Coast's Bouaké Archdiocese. / Archdiocese of Bouaké .

New Ivorian Bishop Asked to Prioritize Zeal, Responsibility in His Episcopate

Oct 5, 2020

The representative of the Holy Father in Ivory Coast has, on the occasion of the Episcopal Ordination of the Auxiliary Bishop of the country’s Bouaké Archdiocese, called on the new Bishop to practice his Episcopate “with zeal and responsibility.”

Bishop José Câmnate na Bissign, the first native Bishop in Guinea-Bissau whose resignation became official on Saturday, July 11.

The Resignation of the First Native Bishop in Guinea-Bissau

Jul 14, 2020

Bishop José Câmnate na Bissign whose resignation became official on Saturday, July 11 was the first native Bishop in Guinea-Bissau.

Archbishop Paulo Borgia, the Apostolic Nuncio in Ivory Coast with Participants at the meeting on Land Grabbing in Africa organized by RECOWA.

West Africa Bishops Meeting to Seek Solutions to Massive Land Grabbing in Africa

Mar 13, 2020

After concerns of massive land grabbing in Africa were raised by the West African Bishops at the helm of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) during their February meeting, these Church leaders have convened a follow-up meeting with other stakeholders including experts in Ivory Coast’s economic capital, Abidjan to seek solutions to the challenge.  

Bishops of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) / RECOWA

Massive Land Grabbing, Expropriation, Exploitation, Concern of West African Church Leaders

Feb 19, 2020

The grabbing of land in Africa by “multinational” corporates keen on maximizing their profits without paying attention to the livelihoods of natives on the continent has been a key highlight during the weeklong gathering of Catholic Church leaders at the helm of the Regional Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA) that concluded Monday, February 17.

Seminarians carry the coffin of their colleague Michael Nnadi during his burial on February 11

Buhari’s Presidency Has Pushed Nigeria “to the brink”: Bishop at Seminarian’s Burial

Feb 13, 2020

At the burial ceremony of 18-year-old Michael Nnadi, the Nigerian seminarian abducted from the Good Shepherd Major Seminary and murdered last month, the Local Ordinary of his native diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto has decried insecurity situation in the West African country, faulted the country’s President, and expressed the hope that Michael’s death becomes a turning point for Christian persecution in Africa’s most populous nation.