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The Secretary-General of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), Fr. Donatien Ntshole addressing journalists during a press conference in DRC's capital, Kinshasa on 21 June 2021. Credit: CENCO /

Four Issues of Concerns Catholic Bishops in DR Congo Want Addressed for National Cohesion

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, at the end of their plenary assembly, highlighted four challenges the people of God in the Central African nation are facing, which they want addressed for the achievement of national cohesion and development.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Cameroon's Douala Archdiocese addressing young people during the Diocesan Youth Day on 19 June 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

“Build a world of peace devoid of violence, corruption”: Archbishop in Cameroon to Youth

The Archbishop of Cameroon’s Douala Archdiocese has called upon young people in the Central African nation to cultivate peace in their respective communities, and cautioned them against engaging in violence and corruption.

Archbishop Anthony Obinna of Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

“Stop killings, convoke a Ceasefire Meeting”: Nigerian Archbishop to Imo State Governor

The Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese, which covers Imo State, has expressed concerns about killings of innocent citizens by “known and unknown gunmen” and called on the Governor of the Nigerian State to “convoke a Ceasefire Meeting.”

Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku ordaining a Priest. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need /

“We are in a state of utter misery”: Catholic Bishop on Human Right Violations in DR Congo

The Bishop of Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Butembo-Beni Diocese has denounced terror attacks and far-reaching human rights violations that seem to target Christians in the East of the country, a region covered by his episcopal see. 

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Recent Violence in Niger “a blow to the heart of fragile Church”: Missionary Cleric

Last week’s attack on a village in the Tillaberi region within Niger’s Archdiocese of Niamey that led to the fleeing of Christians from the region is a blow to a local church that is considered “fragile”, a Missionary Cleric ministering in the affected areas has said.

Seminarians carry the coffin of their colleague Michael Nnadi during his burial on 11 February 2020/ Aid to the Church in Need /

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The Religious Extremism Fueling Violence in Nigeria

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.

Fr. Mike Nsikak Umoh, National Director of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN). Credit: Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria /

Youth in Nigeria Cautioned against Sharing Social Media Content to Stir up Violence

Young people in Nigeria have been urged to use social media for the development of the country and to desist from engaging such platforms to cause animosity and violence in the West African country.

The former Coordinator of Rumbek Diocese, Fr. John Mathiang, welcoming Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare in Rumbek Diocese on 15 April 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Bishop-elect in South Sudan Concerned about Growing Inter-Communal Violence, Deaths

The Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has expressed concerns over growing inter-communal violence that has left more than twenty young people dead in Lakes State, a region covered by the episcopal see he is expected to administer.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM). Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Amid Attacks, Mozambique’s Bishops Express Solidarity with All Yearning for Dignified life

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have expressed their solidarity with all those affected by the violence in the Province of Cabo Delgado within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba and “yearn for a dignified life.”

A Carmelite Sister at a Convent in the Ecclesiastical province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need /

Catholic Charity Supports Nuns at Convent Destroyed in DR Congo Violence

For nearly five years, Carmelite Sisters in the Ecclesiastical Province of Kananga of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have stayed at premises that were looted and partly destroyed in violence that wreaked havoc in the Central African country between 2016 and 2017.

Women, men, and children crowded on a canter in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado / Aid to the Church in Need

International Catholic Charity Facilitating Counselling of Mozambique’s Violence Victims

The Pontifical charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, has reached out to the victims of violence in Mozambique who have been traumatized by the various kinds of atrocities they are facing owing to the ongoing insurgency in their country.

Bishop Benjamin Ndiaye Addressing the Press at a Previous Event / Courtesy Photo

“Foster dialogue, stop spiral of violence”: Bishops in Senegal’s Dakar Metropolitan

The ongoing violence in Senegal that started last week is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the Ecclesiastical Province of Dakar who are calling on parties in conflict to “foster dialogue” and end the skirmishes.

“Exercise restraint, avoid all forms of violence”, Bishops in Ghana Appeal amid Unrest

Following days of post-election unrest in some parts of Ghana, members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) have called on the leadership of political parties and their supporters to restrain from all forms of violence. 

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of Diocese of Pemba, in Cabo Delgado in the north of Mozambique. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International.

“Church has lent its voice to be voice of the poor”: Bishop in Mozambique amid Attacks

A Bishop in Mozambique says the Catholic Church in the Southern African nation has become the voice of the country’s poor people who are suffering “the most” amid armed conflict in the region of Cabo Delgado that is part of Pemba Diocese.

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. / Archdiocese of Abuja Facebook Page.

Amid Interethnic Violence in Nigeria, Prelate Encourages Mutual Understanding of Diversity

Amid persistent interethnic violence between Nigeria’s Tiv and Jukun ethnic groups, the Archbishop of Abuja has encouraged members of both tribes to understand cultural diversities and to “appreciate what each has.”

Logo All African Council of Churches (AACC) /

Faith Actors in Africa Recommend Gender Justice, Child Protection Laws to Curb Violence

The All African Council of Churches (AACC) and other faith-based actors have recommended the formulation of legislations that support safety of women and children as their way forward in reinforcing gender justice and child safeguarding.

Global Catholic Peace Movement Alarmed by Violence in Ethiopia, Calls for Peace

The leadership of Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace movement, has expressed “great” concerns about the ongoing violent conflict in Ethiopia pitting the Federal government against the local authorities of the country’s Northernmost Tigray region.

“War is anti-life, it kills, maims, destroys”: Eritrea’s Bishops over Violence in Ethiopia

Catholic Bishops in Eritrea have expressed sadness over the ongoing civil conflict in Ethiopia highlighting the negative effects of war, including loss of lives, displacements, destructions, among others.

The Regional Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Eastern Africa, Andre Atsu. / Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Eastern Africa.

Catholic Refugee Agency Appeals for Humanitarian Access amid Ethiopia’s Tigray Violence

The leadership of a Catholic refugee agency with operations in 56 countries worldwide is appealing for humanitarian access to Ethiopia’s Tigray region, which is experiencing violent conflict between the Federal government forces and the paramilitary in the Northern region of the Horn of Africa country.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN). /

Burkina Faso’s Bishops Outline Four Conditions for Peaceful November Elections

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have outlined four conditions that could guarantee peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections in the West African nation slated to take place on November 22.