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Fraud, Violence Undermined Voter Confidence: Bishops in DR Congo on General Elections

Jan 19, 2024

Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have identified fraud and violence as incidents that undermined voter confidence in the country’s 20 December 2023 general elections.

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: It’s Our Duty to Give a Voice to Women Who are Victims of Abuse

Nov 9, 2023

The pope said that violence against women must be “eliminated from its roots” — namely prejudiced ideas that see people as “objects.”

Archbishop Faustino Armendáriz Jiménez at a press conference on May 21, 2023. | Credit: Video capture/Archdiocese of Durango

80-year-old Man Tries to Kill Catholic Archbishop after Sunday Mass in Mexican Cathedral

May 23, 2023

An 80-year-old man wielding a knife tried to kill Archbishop Faustino Armendáriz of Durango, Mexico, on May 21. The attack took place in the cathedral sacristy after the Sunday noon Mass.

Maurice Cardinal Piat, Bishop of Port Louis in Mauritius who unveiled his Pastoral Letter on the Lenten Season titled “Walking together is opening a path of hope” on 22 February 2023. Credit: Port Louis Diocese

“Path of hope must be found”, Cardinal in Mauritius Urges amid Multiple Challenges

Feb 28, 2023

The people of God in Mauritius and other parts of the world are facing multiple challenges, the Bishop of Port Louis Diocese in the in the Indian Ocean Island nation, Maurice Cardinal Piat, has said, and cautioning against giving up, underscored the need to set on the “path of hope” for solutions.

Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Zimbabwe Christian Leaders Lament “surge in systematic political violence, repression”

Jan 28, 2023

A surge in what is described as “systematic political violence, repression” and “arbitrary arrests” are among concerns that Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are raising. 

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. | Vatican Media

"Violence kills the future": Pope Francis on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict after 2 Boys Die

Nov 27, 2022

Pope Francis has spoken out against violence in the Holy Land, after one teenager died in a blast in Jerusalem and another teenager died in armed clashes in Palestine last week.

Members of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) during their plenary assembly in Kinshasa. Credit: CENCO

Catholic Bishops in Burundi, DRC, Rwanda “deeply concerned” about Violence, Urge Dialogue

Jul 11, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda have, in a collective statement, expressed concern about violence in the African Great Lakes region of Central-Eastern Africa and urged parties in conflict to dialogue.

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Christian, Muslim Leaders in Mozambique Commit to Fight Extremism in New Declaration

Jan 10, 2022

Religious leaders who met in Mozambique’s city of Pemba have distanced themselves from extremists who kill in the name of religion in the country’s Cabo Delgado Province and vowed to unite in the fight against radicalism and violence in the embattled region.

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Special Prayers for Peace in Nigeria’s Taraba State “our missionary duty”: Catholic Bishop

Nov 23, 2021

The prayer sessions organized in Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese for peace in Taraba State is part of the missionary responsibility of the faithful, the Local Ordinary of the Episcopal See has said.

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Catholic Priest Fleeing Violence in Ethiopia Pleads for Peace in Heart-wrenching Message

Nov 2, 2021

A Catholic Missionary has written to Catholic Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, appealing for peace in areas surrounding Ethiopia’s Tigray region that have experienced violence for nearly a year, plunging the region into a deep humanitarian crisis.

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

Oct 9, 2021

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

Sep 24, 2021

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

Sep 22, 2021

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

Sep 18, 2021

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

Sep 17, 2021

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.”  

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

Aug 31, 2021

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

Aug 23, 2021

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

Aug 5, 2021

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”

Aug 5, 2021

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

Aug 3, 2021

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.