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Latest stories: Religious leaders

The interior of the Holy Family Cathedral in Kenya's Nairobi Archdiocese. / Public Domain

Kenyan Catholic Activists, Religious Leaders Want Churches Opened for Easter Celebrations

Hope for this year’s Easter celebrations for a section of Kenyans crashed on Sunday, March 28 when their respective places of worship remained closed for a second time in adherence to the presidential directives of last Friday.

Archbishop Roger Houngbédji greets Benin's president of the constitutional council Joseph Djogbenou during the prayer service at Our Lady of Mercy Cathedral in Cotonou Archdiocese. / Courtesy Photo

Benin’s Religious Leaders Seek “peace that comes from God” Ahead of Presidential Election

Religious leaders in the West African nation of Benin are praying for peace ahead of the presidential election scheduled to take place on April 11.

Logo of the Council of Religions (CoR) in Mauritius. / Port Louis Diocese

“Endangering lives by gathering not an act of worship”: Religious Leaders in Mauritius

In the wake of a surge in reported cases of COVID-19 in Mauritius, religious leaders in the Indian Ocean Island nation have underscored the need to adhere to government guidelines prohibiting gatherings.

Uganda’s Religious Leaders Condemn “brutal arrest of political candidates”

Religious leaders in Uganda have expressed concerns about the latest violent activities in the country, condemning the arrest of two presidential candidates.

Ghana’s Religious, Civil Leaders Petition President over Plant Variety Protection Bill

Religious leaders and heads of civil societies in Ghana have launched an online petition seeking to block the legislation of the Plant Variety Protection Bill, 2020.

Representatives of IRCU with the Chief Justice, Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo (centre) during the Monday, November 9 meeting. /

Uganda’s Religious Leaders Raise Concerns over Corruption in Judiciary, Call for Reforms

Religious leaders in the East African nation of Uganda have raised concerns over corruption bedeviling the country’s courts and called on the relevant administrative stakeholders to root out the vice.

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed by Islamic State terrorists as he offered Mass July 26, 2016. /

After Teacher Beheaded, Some in France Turn to Fr. Jacques Hamel

Religious leaders gathered at a memorial to slain French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel Sunday, following the beheading of a Paris school teacher in an Islamist terror attack.

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.

Religious Leaders, dignitaries, and other invited guests raise their hands in a gesture of worship during the National Prayer Day held at State House Nairobi on March 21, 2020. / State House, Nairobi Kenya.

Religious Leaders Encourage Kenyans to Pray for “national healing, restoration”

Members of Kenya’s Interfaith Council have, in a statement through their Chairman, called on citizens of the East African nation to pray for the country’s healing and restoration during the National Prayer Weekend that commenced Friday, October 9. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta during meeting with representatives of religious leaders in Kenya Friday, September 25. / Kenya’s State House in Nairobi.

"Speak boldly against vices holding Kenya Back”: President Kenyatta to Religious Leaders

The President of Kenya has challenged religious leaders in the country to “speak boldly” against practices that stand in the way of progress and growth in the East African nation, noting that nation building is a shared responsibility.

Logo Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP). /

Faith Communities to Prioritize “lifting hope of our people”: Religious Leaders in Nigeria

Religious leaders in Nigeria have, at the virtual Faith Leaders’ Dialogue Forum organized by Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace (COFP) in partnership with Faith for Peace Initiative (FPI), underscored the need for “Faith and Inter-faith communities” to collaborate and give hope to citizens of the West African nation amid COVID-19 challenges.

A section of religious leaders meeting with President Phillipe Nyusi to discuss the reopening of Churches. /

Hope for Reopening of Churches in Mozambique as Religious Leaders Meet President

Talks are underway between religious leaders in Mozambique and the country’s President Phillipe Nyusi to lift the lockdown on public worship, days after the President relaxed restrictions on select social activities in the Southern African country.

Jean Cardinal Zerbo, Archbishop of Bamako, Mali. /

Religious Leaders in Mali Challenged to be “sentinels, mediators of Peace”

A Cardinal in Mali has challenged religious leaders to take up the role of safeguarding peace in the example of sentinels and foster dialogue to end the protracted armed conflict in the West African nation.

A Poster for the National Prayer and Fasting from April 24 to 26, 2020 in Ghana. / Christian Council of Ghana.

Pray Not to Question God’s Existence during COVID-19, Religious Leaders in Ghana Implore

Christians in Ghana ended their three-day National prayer and fasting to seek God’s intervention and direction in the fight against COVID-19, with religious leaders cautioning against the temptation to question God’s existence in the difficult pandemic times.

Board Members of the Council of Religions in Mauritius. /

“The war to be fought is against COVID-19,” Religious Leaders in Mauritius United

Religious leaders in Mauritius have come together to demonstrate their unity of purpose in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in their country and invited citizens in the Island nation to stand together in the battle.

Panelists at the meeting of Religious Leaders in Ivory Coast. /

Link Between Religion, Politics, Peace Discussed at Ivorian Religious Leaders’ Meeting

Following a series of statements by Catholic Bishops in Ivory Coast calling for reconciliation and peaceful elections in the country, religious leaders in the West African nation have, in a panel discussion, explained the relationship between religion, politics and peace.

KCCB's Archbishop Martin KIvuva (centre) reads the statement on behalf of the Dialogue Reference Group (DRG). He is flanked by other religious leaders. / Samuel Waweru/ KCCB

Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative “polarizing the nation,” Religious Leaders Concerned

As politicians in Kenya continue with regional rallies to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a document with recommendations on ending post-election conflicts in Kenya, religious leaders in the East African nation have raised concerns over the divisive discourse that the initiative seems to be taking and recommended an end to the rallies, concerns shared by the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Religious Leaders in Gabon after taking part in Ecumenical Service for Peace in the country, Sunday January 5, 2020. /

At Gabon’s National Day of Peace Prayer, Religious Leaders Urge “repentance, conversion”

Against the backdrop of sociopolitical challenges the Central African nation of Gabon has been facing since the re-election of President Ali Bongo Ondimba in 2016, religious leaders in the country have, on the occasion of the National Day of Prayer for peace, called for repentance and conversion of Gabonese in order to maintain peace in their diverse communities.

Kenya's Religious leaders during the two-day forum in Nairobi / Caritas Kenya

Kenya’s Religious Leaders Endorse “Building Bridges Initiative,” Propose “refinement”

A week after the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, a much-awaited document with recommendations on ending post-election conflicts in Kenya, representatives of religious leaders in the East Africa country have, during their two-day meeting in Nairobi, endorsed the 156-page report, making some proposals for “further consultations and refinement.”

Cover of policy document for the safeguarding of children launched and adopted by representatives of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK) / Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK)

Inter-Faith Leaders in Kenya Adopt Collective Child Safeguarding Policy

At a recent interfaith meeting that brought together representative from various Christians denominations, Muslims and Hindus in Kenya under their umbrella body, the Inter- Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK), a common child safeguarding policy document was officially launched, with the leaders adopting a collective manual toward enhancing the safety and protection of children.