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Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan of Togo's Lomé Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Lomé

Accompany Prayer for Christian Unity with “concrete gestures”: Catholic Archbishop in Togo

Jan 18, 2022

A Catholic Archbishop in Togo has called on followers of Christ to use the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity not only to pray for unity but also to accompany the initiative with concrete gestures of love for one another.

Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan of Togo's Lomé Archdiocese. Credit: Archdiocese of Lomé

Avoid “playing comedy of omnipotence”: Catholic Archbishop in Togo to Diocesan Priests

Jan 15, 2022

The Archbishop of Togo’s Lomé Archdiocese has cautioned Diocesan Priests in the West African nation against the tendency to show off as all-powerful in the process of giving people assurance about God in what he termed “playing the comedy of omnipotence”.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Catholic Bishops in Togo Concerned about Recent “series of arrests” by Government

Dec 16, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, expressed concerns about the recent “series of arrests” by the government of the West African nation, and called for the release of those detained.

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On Human Rights Day, Salesians Highlight Programs Fostering Insight into Youth Rights

Dec 10, 2021

On the annual Human Rights Day marked December 10, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their programs with young people across the world, including Africa, focusing on initiatives that help the youth understand their rights. 

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Bishops in Togo Fault Government Directive on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate

Dec 7, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the West African nation of Togo have faulted the move by the government requiring that anyone accessing places of worship shows his or her COVID-19 vaccine certificate.

Don Bosco Technical and Vocational Training School in Rango, Rwanda, offers courses in construction, carpentry, welding and sewing to students including single mothers. Credit: Salesian Missions

On International Day for Poverty Eradication, Salesians Focus on Youth in Rwanda, Togo

Oct 18, 2021

On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty marked Sunday, October 17, members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) have highlighted their programs seeking to empower young people in needy situations, including Rwanda and Togo.

UCAP President, George Sunguh. Credit: George Sunguh

Catholic Journalists in Africa Urged to “consolidate resources to help in evangelization”

Oct 3, 2021

The leadership of the Union of the African Catholic Press (UCAP) is encouraging Catholic Journalists in Africa to “consolidate resources” that can foster the Church’s mission of evangelization.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Closure of Places of Worship “ignores psychological, spiritual realities”: Bishops in Togo

Oct 2, 2021

A recent decision to close places of worship amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in Togo did not take into consideration psychological, social and spiritual realities, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have said.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)/ Credit: Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Catholic Bishops in Togo Call for Hope amid Citizens’ Difficulty “to meet basic needs”

Jun 26, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, encouraged the faithful in the West African nation to “remain hopeful” amid suffering characterized with difficulty, on the part of ordinary citizens, “to meet their basic needs.”

Some youth being trained at the Foyer Jean XXIII Education and Formation Center in the Togolese city of Kara. Credit: Salesian Missions

Salesian Missionaries Offering Education to Togolese Youth at Risk of Social Exclusion

Jun 24, 2021

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) are offering education to at least 183 Togolese youth who are at risk of social exclusion. 

Bishop Eugène Cyrille Houndékon reading the message of members of the Episcopal Conference of Benin (CEB)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Benin Call for Respect of Human Dignity amid Surge in Ritual Crimes

May 22, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Benin are calling on the people of God in the West African nation to uphold human dignity amid an increase in reported cases of ritual crimes that have resulted in mob justice.

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New Nuncio to Benin, Togo Consecrated a Bishop

Apr 27, 2021

The episcopal consecration of Archbishop Mark Miles, who was appointed apostolic nuncio to Benin and Togo earlier this year, was held in Gibraltar on Sunday.

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Apostolic Nuncio in Benin to Represent Holy Father in Neighboring Togo

Mar 2, 2021

Pope Francis has appointed his representative in Benin, Archbishop Mark Gerard Miles, as his representative in the neighboring West African nation of Togo.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) during their ordinary session held in Lome from February 23-26 / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

To Address COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns in Togo, “give appropriate information”: Bishops

Mar 1, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Togo have, in a collective statement, asked the government to work toward dispelling concerns among citizens regarding COVID-19 vaccine.

A Priest receives the Literature Prize awarded to Archbishop Nicodème Barrigah of Togo’s Lomé Archdiocese.

Togolese Prelate Awarded Literature Prize, Says He Uses Art as “means of evangelization”

Oct 30, 2020

The Archbishop who was awarded the Togolese Grand Prize for Literature 2020 last weekend has, in an October 29 interview. Described art as “a way of being,” which he uses to share the good news of the Kingdom of God.

COVID-19 prevention materials offered to families in Togo. / Salesian Missions.

Hundreds in Togo’s Lomé Archdiocese Get COVID-19 Relief Items from Salesians’ Charity

Oct 27, 2020

Close to 500 residents of Togo’s Archdiocese of Lomé have received COVID-19 prevention materials and food kits whose purchase was facilitated by Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB).

Catholic Bishops in Togo during their 125th Plenary Session in Kara. / Episcopal Conference of Togo.

Togolese Bishops Urge Government to Authorize Public Worship Resumption in “all places”

Oct 23, 2020

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) have called on the government of the West African nation to authorize the resumption of public worship in the country amid COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Priests in the Archdiocese of Lomé renewing their vows during Chrism Mass at Cristo Risorto de Hedzranawoe Catholic Parish Church in Lomé, Tuesday, September 8. / Archdiocese of Lomé

Priests Called to “defend oppressed, re-establish justice”: Prelate in Togo at Chrism Mass

Sep 8, 2020

At the celebration of the previously postponed Chrism Mass in Togo's Archdiocese of Lomé Tuesday, September 8, the presiding Prelate has underscored the need for Clerics to rediscover the value of their ministerial Priesthood by paying attention to the plight of the deprived in society and working toward re-establishing social justice.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET).

Online Videos Featuring Students “a sad illustration of the moral crisis”: Bishops in Togo

Jul 31, 2020

Catholic Church leaders in Togo have, in a collective statement, expressed their concerns about the state of morality in their country, questioning the role of teachers and parents in the upbringing of children in the West African nation.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET).

Catholic Leaders in Togo Announce Resumption of Public Mass in Select Parishes

Jul 15, 2020

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) have, in a collective statement, announced the resumption of public worship in select parishes across the country in a bid to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections.