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Map showing the major towns within Nigeria's Imo State. Credit: Public Domain

“Shed no more blood, work toward unity, peaceful co-existence”: Catholic Bishop in Nigeria

Following persistent cases of insecurity recorded in Nigeria’s Orlu Diocese, the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese located within Imo State has appealed to the warring parties to end the bloodshed and seek dialogue.

Sr. Jacinta Habiba Dagbaaboro, Mother Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Peace in South Sudan's Tombura-Yambio Diocese. Credit: Anisa Radio/Tombura-Yambio Diocese

Formation Programs of Catholic Sisters in South Sudanese Diocese Halted amid Violence

Two formation programs of the Sisters of Our Lady of Peace in South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese have been halted amid violence and insecurity, the leadership of the Diocesan Congregation has said.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Mouths Speak Peace, “but activities full of atrocities”: South Sudanese Catholic Bishop

The warring parties in South Sudan’s conflict need to go beyond talking about peace, and walk the talk, a South Sudanese Catholic Bishop has said.

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB). Credit: KCCB

Catholic Bishops in Kenya “deeply concerned” about Violence in Three Dioceses

Catholic Bishops in Kenya have voiced their concern about the ongoing violence in Laikipia, Kerio Valley and Marsabit, areas that fall within the Kenyan Dioceses of Nyahururu, Kitale and Marsabit, respectively. 

Catholic Bishops in South Sudan. Credit: CRN

“Our citizens face violence daily”: Bishops in South Sudan Decry, Urge Nonviolent Solution

Catholic Bishops in South Sudan are alarmed by violent conflicts and killings in various parts of the country and challenge the government to take the responsibility of providing “security to the population.”  

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese/Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Cautions Country’s Poor against Being Used in Violence

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has acknowledged the calm in the country that followed a series of violent attacks and cautioned the country’s poor people against accepting to be used by those in power to fuel violence.

Bishops of the Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province (BAPEC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Stop Violence “with immediate effect”: Bishops of Cameroon’s Bamenda Province

Catholic Bishops in Cameroon’s Bamenda Ecclesiastical Province have, in a collective message, renewed their appeal for an end to the protracted conflict in the country’s Anglophone regions.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Mthatha Diocese and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

“We should add our voice on call for accountability for violence”: South African Bishop

Catholic Church leaders in Southern Africa should call on the South Africa’s government to hold accountable the perpetrators of last month’s riots that started after former President Jacob Zuma handed himself over to police, the Bishop at the helm of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference  (SACBC) has said. 

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Church in Eswatini Dedicates Feast of Assumption, August 15, to “prayer, healing”

The leadership of Eswatini’s lone Catholic Diocese is dedicating August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to “prayer and healing.”

Archbishop Ignatius Chama of Zambia's Kasama Archdiocese. Credit: Kasama Archdiocese/Facebook

Refrain from Violence, Use of Force to Achieve Political Objectives: Zambian Archbishop

A Catholic Archbishop in Zambia has called on all politicians and their supporters to desist from any form of violence to showcase their political might before, during or after the general elections slated for next week. 

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Nigeria's Abuja Archdiocese. Credit: Abuja Archdiocese/Facebook

Nigerian Archbishop Urges Calm amid Hardships, Calls on People to Shun Violence

The Archbishop of Nigeria’s Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has discouraged “criminal or violent actions”, noting that there are better ways for the suffering millions in the West African country to express their frustrations.

Members of SECAM Standing Committee in Accra, Ghana, in October 2019. Credit: SECAM

On SECAM Day, Catholic Bishops in Africa Appeal for “inclusive culture, rooted in Christ”

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) that brings together Catholic Bishops in Africa have “passionately” appealed to the people of God on the continent to avoid divisions, striving to embrace an inclusive culture that is rooted in Christ.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Cape Town Archdiocese

Situation in South Africa Similar to “Israelite’s time in the desert”: Catholic Archbishop

A Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has favorably compared the situation in the country amid violent protests and COVID-19 pandemic with the experience of the people of Israel in the wilderness.

Flag of South Sudan. Credit: Public Domain

South Sudan’s Interfaith Council Concerned about Rising Violence, Says Cause for Distress

Faith groups in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria State have expressed concerns over the escalating violence in the region, a situation they say is causing a lot of distress among the people and called for an end to suffering.

Logo of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB). Credit: ZCCB

“Refrain from acts of violence, hate speech”: Catholic Bishops in Zambia Urge Politicians

Catholic Bishops in Zambia have cautioned political actors against inciting members of the public to violence before, during and after general elections scheduled to take place on August 12.

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If South Africa’s Violence “masterminded”, It is for “own self-preservation”: Archbishop

If the recent violent protests and attacks in South Africa were masterminded, the motivation was driven by selfishness and efforts toward “self-preservation”, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council logo. Credit: KZNCC

Christian Leaders “deeply disappointed” by Closure of Places of Worship in South Africa

The leadership of Kwazulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) in South Africa has, in a statement, faulted the South African government for ordering closure of places of worship saying churches have all along been observing strict COVID-19 containment measures in their services.

The logo of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE). Credit: Catholic Institute of Education (CIE)

Catholic Entity in South Africa Decries Destruction of Schools amid Violent Protests

The destruction of over 30 schools in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province amid ongoing protests is an issue of concern to the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE), whose leadership has called on the communities to protect learning institutions for the sake of the children. 

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Call for Shift from Violence Mindset to Dialogue

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed concern over the growing tendency of South Africans to resort to violence whenever they need any social, political or economic issue addressed by those in leadership.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop in Eswatini Calls for Prayers to Break Ongoing “cycle of violence”

The Bishop for Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini, José Luis Ponce de León, has called on the people of God in the Southern African country to pray for the gift of wisdom and courage to break the ongoing wave of violence and protests.