Members of the Consolata Missionaries ministering in Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Ethiopia amid the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa nation’s Tigray region.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have negative effects on the people of God across the globe, is an avenue that God is using to call His people to solidarity, regardless of socio-cultural, economic and other distinguishing characteristics, a South African Bishop has said.
On the occasion of World AIDS Day marked December 1 since 1988, members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Africa have, in a collective statement, expressed solidarity “with all the people living with HIV” amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishops in Eastern Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Ethiopia amid reportedly escalating violence pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.
The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has acknowledged with appreciation the solidarity of the people of God in the Indian Ocean Island nation amid COVID-19 challenges, expressing the desire for a “sober and fraternal Christmas” later this year.
Pope Francis on Sunday, October 18 expressed his solidarity with the 18 fishermen who, for over one and a half months, have been held in Libya.
A Bishop in Cape Verde has underscored the central place the family has in the process of recovering from COVID-19 challenges.
Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa and Religious Superiors in Zimbabwe have, in separate statements, expressed solidarity with the Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe who have come under attack from political leaders over their recent Pastoral Letter that denounces reported “situation of repression” by President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government.
The Archbishop of Burkina Faso’s Ouagadougou Archdiocese has expressed his appreciation for the partnership that his Episcopal See has fostered with the Archdiocese of Seoul in South Korea saying the “friendship and solidarity” is having a positive impact on the people of God in the West African country.
The Clergy of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity to their Local Ordinary, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo after his message during the country’s Independence Day anniversary drew criticism from a section of religious leaders.
With less than 200 people yet to recover from COVID-19 in the West African nation of Togo, Catholic Bishops have, at the end of their four-day meeting this week, expressed gratitude to the people of God in the country for acting responsibly, called for solidarity with the vulnerable in society, and cautioned against complacency.
The Archbishop of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Phillip Cardinal Ouédraogo who was hospitalized at the end of last month for COVID-19 has, in his message on the occasion of Palm Sunday celebrated April 5, called for solidarity in the care for patients diagnosed with the virus that has claimed at least 82,000 lives globally.
As South Africans continue to observe the 21-day nation-wide lockdown declared to control the spread of COVID-19, the Bishop of Mthatha diocese has called on the clergy and religious in his diocese to consider making sacrifices that would include giving from their own food reserves to help those adversely affected by the stay-at-home directive.
In his annual address to diplomats Thursday, Pope Francis stressed that solidarity is needed in 2020 to overcome polarization for the sake of the poor, who suffer when the common good is disregarded.