On the occasion of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons marked July 30, the leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), has joined other humanitarian organizations in reviewing initiatives toward curbing human trafficking around the world, including countries in West Africa.
An Archbishop in Senegal has, in an interview on the challenges facing the local Church amid COVID-19 restrictions, said that the faith of the people of God in the West African nation “has been strengthened” through family prayer.
Catholic Bishops in Senegal have announced their collective decision to keep churches closed even after the government eased COVID-19 restrictions and urged the faithful “to be patient in faith and in hope.”
The Catholic Church in Senegal through its charity arm, Caritas Senegal, has announced the interruption of a fundraising initiative launched in March to alleviate effects of climate change and asked for permission to redirect the funds collected towards the battle against COVID-19 in the west African country.
Senegal’s President Macky Sall has recounted his discussion with Pope Francis at the beginning of this week, terming it as “constructive” and mutually enriching.
The Saint Germaine Parish in the Diocese of Kolda located in Senegal’s Ziguinchor Region was recently broken into and consecrated hosts in the tabernacle stolen, the Parish Priest reported, Tuesday, April 21, calling for prayers for the conversion of those behind the theft at his parish church.
With 162 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the West African nation of Senegal, the Archdiocese of Dakar has adjusted schedules for burials at in the two Catholic cemeteries to take place “only in the morning” to allow the staff enough time to meet a curfew deadline, one of the measures put in place to avoid the spread of the virus that has claimed at least 37,815 lives across the globe.
In order to address the various crises facing Senegal as part of the “effects of climate change,” the Catholic Church in the West African nation, through its humanitarian arm Caritas Senegal, has launched the Senegal Emergency Fund (SEF) that seeks to help vulnerable persons in crisis situations.
As the Church in the West African nation of Senegal prepares to officially inaugurate the new headquarters of the National Office of Catholic Education of Senegal (Onecs) in January in 2020, the Catholic Education Secretary in the country, Br. Charles Biagui, has outlined some of the challenges, perceptions and opportunities around Catholic education and called on the state to support the Church’s mission to evangelize through education.
Months after banning the wearing of head scarves at St. Joan of Arc school, a Catholic-sponsored school in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, the administration of the institution has given in to pressure and lifted the ban, allowing the expelled students to return to the school.