Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET). / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

With Lower Cases of COVID-19 in Togo, Bishops Express Gratitude, Solidarity, Caution

Jun 19, 2020

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.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) with former Apostolic Nuncio to Benin and Togo, Archbishop Brian Udaigwe.

Former Apostolic Nuncio in Benin, Togo Transferred, “not dismissed”: Bishops in Togo

Jun 18, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Togo have sought to dismiss as “malicious comments” claims that Nigerian-born Archbishop Brian Udaigwe who has been serving as Apostolic Nuncio in Togo and Benin has been sacked.

Archbishop Brian Archbishop Brian Udaigwe (left), appointed as the Apostolic Nuncio to Sri Lanka and Fr. Muricio Agostinho Camuto (right), appointed Bishop of the Diocese.

Spiritan Cleric Appointed Bishop in Angola, Apostolic Nuncio in Benin, Togo Transferred

Jun 15, 2020

A member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Fr. Maurício Agostinho Camuto, was Monday, June 15 appointed the new Bishop of the three-year old Diocese of Caxito in Angola.

Saving Africa's Witch Children, a documentary that featured shocking stories of torture inflicted on children in Nigeria. / Channel 4

Salesian Missionaries in Togo Caring for Children Accused of Witchcraft

Jun 10, 2020

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the West African nation of Togo are caring for children who, because of being slightly different from others, are accused of witchcraft and risk “deadly consequences.”

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET). / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Bishops in Togo Decry Forceful Arrest of Opposition Leader, Demand His Immediate Release

Apr 23, 2020

Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) have, in a collective statement, lamented the “brutality and violence” on the part of government security agencies in the arrest of the opposition leader, Agbéyomé Kodjo and demanded he be set free “immediately.”

Archbishop Nicodéme Anani Barrigah of Lome Archdiocese calling on Togolese to adopt new Habits to avoid the spread of COVID-19. / Radio Maria Togo

COVID-19 “an opportunity to reflect on the way we live, to convert”: Togolese Prelate

Mar 26, 2020

As countries around the world put in place measures to control the spread of COVID-19 including an appeal, sometimes enforced, for citizens to “stay at home,” a Catholic Prelate in the West African nation of Togo has taken a positive view of the situation, saying it offers the people of God an opportunity to reflect on their respective lives, seek conversion and draw closer to God.

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Togolese Bishops Say They Have “not abandoned their elder brother,” Archbishop Kpodzro

Mar 2, 2020

Days after the retired Archbishop of Togo’s Lomé Archdiocese, Philippe Fanoko Kpodzro denounced the preliminary results of the presidential election in the country and called for protests,  the Bishops in the West African nation have, in a collective statement, denied claims that they have abandoned their “elder brother.”

The Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Fanoko Kossi Kpodzro.

Togolese Prelate Denounces Election Results, Makes “solemn, vibrant appeal” for Protest

Feb 26, 2020

Following the announcement of the preliminary results of the February 22 presidential elections in the West African nation of Togo declaring the incumbent winner with a landslide, a Togolese Archbishop has called on citizens in Togo to reject the results, terming them a “tasteless joke.”

Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Fanoko Kpodzro hands over the Togolese flag to Messan Agbeyomé Kodjo, one of the presidential candidates on February 1, 2020. / Togo Breaking News

Togo’s Archbishop Emeritus Displaying Church’s “partisan political positions”: Reflection

Feb 7, 2020

An African missionary ministering in the West African nation of Togo has disapproved the recent endorsement of the opposition candidate in the country by the Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Fanoko Kpodzro and, considering the government’s claims that the Catholic Church is partisan, has described the Togolese Prelate as a “symbol of a politically partisan Church.”

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Togolese Bishops Deny Allegations of being Partisan, say Sources of funding are legitimate

Feb 6, 2020

Bishops in the West African nation of Togo have, in a collective statement, denied allegations of partiality in the country’s politics ahead of general elections made by the Togolese Minister of Territorial Administration.

An image depicting the intersection between Church and politics. The Church in Togo and Ivory Coast has been accused by the governments of being partial.

African Church Leaders’ Efforts for Electoral Truth, Justice “a noble fight”: A Reflection

Jan 27, 2020

A week after the Catholic Church in Togo was denied an observer role in the upcoming presidential elections by the government, an African missionary serving in the West African country has termed as “a noble fight” efforts by the Church on the continent to pursue truth and justice during elections.

African Leaders and Stakeholders in the Health Industry the Lome Summit to Counter the Trafficking of Fake Drugs, on January 17-18, 2020.

“Trafficking of fake drugs, hidden side of failing health system in Africa”: A Reflection

Jan 22, 2020

Some days after African leaders and stakeholders in the health industry met in Togo for a summit to counter the trafficking of fake drugs in the world’s second largest continent, an African missionary priest ministering in the West African country is of the opinion that for the initiative to succeed, reform of the health system in Africa is necessary.

Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Bénissan Blessing the Faithful at  Installation Mass, Saturday January 11, 2020. / Radio Maria Togo

“Demonstrate fairness, honesty, calm” During Elections, Lomé Archbishop Appeals

Jan 14, 2020

As eligible voters in the West African nation of Togo prepare to take part in the Presidential polls scheduled for next month, the new Lomé-based Archbishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Bénissan used the occasion of his installation to call on those involved in organizing the election to ensure a credible process and on his compatriots to remain calm throughout the period of elections.

Flag of Ivory Coast, where elections are expected in October 2020

“The misfortune of Ivory Coast is its politicians”: Ivorian Missionary Cleric

Jan 10, 2020

With elections in the West African nation of Ivory Coast slated to take place later this year amid heightened tensions following the arrest warrant issued for one of the presidential candidates, a missionary cleric, a native of the country, has blamed politicians for the challenges bedeviling citizens.

Bishops in Togo at the Opening ceremony of Celebrations marking the Golden Jubilee of The Fraternity of Diocesan Priest in Togo (FPDT). / Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET)

Togo’s Diocesan Clergy Mark 50 Years of Their Association, Acknowledge Value of Fraternity

Jan 7, 2020

The value of togetherness has been acknowledged as the clergy in the West African country of Togo gathered in a six-day General Assembly to celebrate 50 years since their association, the Fraternity of Diocesan Priest in Togo (FPDT), was established.

Archbishop  Emeritus Philippe Fanoko Kossi Kpodzro addressing the press in Lomé, Togo, Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Togolese Archbishop to Solicit Funds for Beneficiary Candidate “to win election”

Dec 13, 2019

As eligible citizens of the West African country of Togo prepare to participate in a poll slated to take place next February to elect their President, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lome, Philippe Kpodzro has launched an operation to solicit funds to aid a single yet-to-be-identified Presidential candidate in view of ensuring a veritable democratic and competitive contest that would see the beneficiary contender “win this type of election.”

UCAP Members at the end of their Annual Recollection that held at the Don Bosco Centre in Akosséwa (Lomé), Sunday December 1, 2019. / UCAP-Togo

Catholic Journalists in Togo Pray for Murdered Priests and Victims of Terrorism

Dec 3, 2019

Following the murder of two Salesian Missionary priests working in Burkina Faso earlier this year, members of the Catholic Press Union in the west African nation of Togo (UCAP-Togo) have, on the occasion of their annual recollection day Sunday, December 1, offered special prayers for Fr. César Antonio Ferdnandez and Fr. Fernando Hernàndez as well as other victims of terrorism across the globe.

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Bishops in Togo Want Electoral Reforms Before 2020 Presidential Poll, Date Unknown

Nov 27, 2019

As the West African country of Togo looks gears up for Presidential Election scheduled for early next year, the country’s Catholic Bishops have invited the government to initiate reforms in the electoral process to guarantee a free, fair and transparent poll even as the exact date of the elections is yet to be announced.

Newly appointed Archbishop-elect for Togo's Lome Archdiocese, Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan

Togo’s Lome and DR Congo’s Mbandaka-Bikoro Archdioceses Get New Shepherds

Nov 26, 2019

In two separate appointments released Saturday, November 23, Pope Francis named Togolese Bishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan the new Archbishop of Lomé, Togo and Bishop Ernest Ngboko Ngombe, the new Archbishop of Mbandaka-Bikoro in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo).

Bishop Nicodème Anani Barrigah-Benissan of Atakpamé diocese, Togo,delegate to the 4th Pan-African Congress on Divine Mercy in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso: November 21, 2019 / ACI Africa

“Africa trapped in its suffering justice,” Needs Justice “transformed by mercy”: Bishop

Nov 22, 2019

A Bishop from the West African country of Togo has faulted the justice system institutionalized by many nations in Africa describing it as “suffering justice” and proposed a legal system that is oriented toward social cohesion, “transformed by mercy.”