December 22, 2014

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    ZAMBIA: Remain Focused on Poverty Alleviation, Church urges President

    KITWE, DECEMBER, 19, 2014, (CISA) – The Catholic Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), Zambia, Copperbelt branch, has urged the country’s acting President Dr. Guy Scott to remain focused on poverty alleviation in the country. JCTR provincial media and information officer, Tendai Posiana, expressed fear that programmes aimed at poverty reduction could be distracted by political agenda as the country prepares for the January 20 2015 presidential by-election. “We would like to urge Dr Guy Scott to remain focused and resolute on poverty reduction in the country. He should not be distracted by political agenda,” Posiana said as reported by Vatican…

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    CAR: Catholics reach out to Muslim Ex-rebels

    BANGUI, DECEMBER 19, 2014(CISA) – Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Bangui, recently visited a camp where former members of the Seleka rebel militia, who are predominately Muslim, are housed. “Here in this camp there are men, women and children living. For me, as a man of God, they are children of God whom he has created in his image and to whom I am obliged to reach out,” Archbishop Nzapailanga said during his visit. The visit to displaced Muslims is part of a continued effort by the Catholic Church in the Central African Republic to work for…

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    KENYA: President Signs Controversial Security Bill into Law

    NAIROBI DECEMBER 19, 2014(CISA) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 into law. In a televised address to the nation on Friday December 19, President Kenyatta said that the law protected the human rights and “did not go against any provisions of the constitution” as alleged by opposition Mps. “I am confident that you will find that there is nothing in this law that goes against the bill of rights or any provision of the constitution… its intent is to protect the lives and property for all the citizens of this Republic,”…

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    KENYA: Church joins Turkana County Govt in Promoting Peace

    LODWAR, DECEMBER 19, 2014(CISA) – Bishop Dominic Kimengich of the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar has said that the diocese will continue working with the County government of Turkana to foster peace in the county and its environs. Bishop Kimengich said that the Church signed a memorandum of understanding with the county government on service delivery and provision of basic social amenities. “We have entered into a memorandum of understanding on service delivery on provision of basic amenities such as health services and water in the county,” Bishop Kimengich told CISA. He noted that the Church was working on the northern part…

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ZAMBIA: Remain Focused on Poverty Alleviation, Church urges President

KITWE, DECEMBER, 19, 2014, (CISA) – The Catholic Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR), Zambia, Copperbelt branch, has urged the country’s acting President Dr. Guy Scott to remain focused on poverty alleviation in the country. JCTR provincial media and information officer, Tendai Posiana, expressed fear that programmes aimed at poverty reduction could be distracted by political agenda as the country prepares for the January 20 2015 presidential by-election. “We would like to urge Dr Guy Scott to remain focused and resolute on poverty reduction in the country. He should not be distracted by political agenda,” Posiana said as reported by Vatican…

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CAR: Catholics reach out to Muslim Ex-rebels

BANGUI, DECEMBER 19, 2014(CISA) – Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Bangui, recently visited a camp where former members of the Seleka rebel militia, who are predominately Muslim, are housed. “Here in this camp there are men, women and children living. For me, as a man of God, they are children of God whom he has created in his image and to whom I am obliged to reach out,” Archbishop Nzapailanga said during his visit. The visit to displaced Muslims is part of a continued effort by the Catholic Church in the Central African Republic to work for…

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KENYA: President Signs Controversial Security Bill into Law

NAIROBI DECEMBER 19, 2014(CISA) – President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014 into law. In a televised address to the nation on Friday December 19, President Kenyatta said that the law protected the human rights and “did not go against any provisions of the constitution” as alleged by opposition Mps. “I am confident that you will find that there is nothing in this law that goes against the bill of rights or any provision of the constitution… its intent is to protect the lives and property for all the citizens of this Republic,”…

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KENYA: Church joins Turkana County Govt in Promoting Peace

LODWAR, DECEMBER 19, 2014(CISA) – Bishop Dominic Kimengich of the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar has said that the diocese will continue working with the County government of Turkana to foster peace in the county and its environs. Bishop Kimengich said that the Church signed a memorandum of understanding with the county government on service delivery and provision of basic social amenities. “We have entered into a memorandum of understanding on service delivery on provision of basic amenities such as health services and water in the county,” Bishop Kimengich told CISA. He noted that the Church was working on the northern part…

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SIERRA LEONE: Bishops Appeal for More Help for Hospital

FREETOWN, DECEMBER, 11, 2014 (CISA) – Bishops in West Africa have appealed for more help for a hospital in a region suffering many Ebola infections. “The Ebola situation is still very grim. Our health workers are at great risk and some have lost their lives,” said Father Paul Sandi, secretary general of the Catholic Conference of the Gambia and Sierra Leone. The Catholic hospital in Serabu has 80 beds and serves 3,000 patients a year. It is located about 140 miles from the national capital, and serves six villages and other areas in the region. According to Alexandria, Virginia-based La…

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LIBERIA: Cardinal Peter Turkson on Solidarity Visit to Ebola Stricken Countries

FREETOWN, DECEMBER, 16, 2014, (CISA) – Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is set for a trip to Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the three countries most affected with the Ebola Virus Disease. Cardinal Turkson will depart for Sierra Leone on December, 16 and then proceed to Liberia on December18 to bring “a message of solidarity and hope to the Church, health workers and the general populations,” reported CAN. Cardinal Turkson who will be accompanied by Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Special Advisor on Health for Caritas Internationalis said observed that the impact of…

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NIGERIA: Bishops Reverse Order Banning Handshakes in Churches

LAGOS, DECEMBER 16, 2014(CISA) – The Nigerian Catholic Bishops Conference has ordered all priests and lay faithful to revert to normal practices of receiving Holy Communion through the tongue and resume observance of handshake as a sign of peace during Mass. This follows the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) in October that Nigeria is an Ebola-free nation. In a circular to all Catholic Churches in the country and signed by the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, the bishops said the reversal was to be effected immediately. “I refer to our special circular of…

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S SUDAN: Church holds Prayers for War Victims

JUBA DECEMBER 16, 2014(CISA) –  On December 15, the Catholic Church in South Sudan held prayers for the victims of the civil war at the Cathedral in Juba, one year after the outbreak of the civil war in the country. While presiding over the event, Archbishop Paolina Lukudu Loro of the Archdiocese of Juba called for peace and stability. According to UN figures, there are 1.4 million displaced people within the country, and another half a million taking refuge in neighbouring countries. More than 97,000 people remain in compounds of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in very difficult conditions. The…

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UGANDA: Be Good Example to Fellow Youth, Archbishop Tells Conference

KAMPALA DECEMBER 16, 2014(CISA) – Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala has urged youth to “always be exemplary and relevant to fellow youth as missionaries of behavioral change against immoral tendencies that are eating away our value in society.” Addressing a national youth conference at The National Catholic youth Conference under the Theme, “Blessed are the poor in the spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” on Saturday December 13 at Youth Encounter the Savior Center Nsambya, Archbishop  Lwanga urged the youth to take what they learnt as serious in their lives. He added that the…

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KENYA: Government De-registers over 500 NGO’s

NAIROBI DECEMBER 16, 2014(CISA)The Kenyan government has de-registered over 500 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for failing to file their audited reports as required by law. 15 NGOs have been accused of funding terrorism activities in the country and the region with possible prosecution of their officials. NGOs Co-ordination Board executive director Fazul Mohamed said the accounts of the NGOs suspected of aiding terrorism have been frozen and their assets seized. “It has come to the attention of the board that some NGOs have been used in criminal activities including as conduits of terrorism financing in Kenya and in the Horn of…

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LIBERIA: Catholic Hospital Closed over Ebola Re-opens

MONROVIA, DECEMBER, 11, 2014, (CISA) – St. Joseph’s Catholic hospital of Monrovia, which stopped operations in August after the death of many of its staff due to Ebola, has re-opened. The hospital is re-opening at a time when the epidemic appears to be slowing down. According to the Italian online magazine, Servizio Informazione Religiosa, the announcement to reopen St. Joseph’s hospital was made by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) which has helped the hospital restart services, Vatican Radio reported. Eight members of staff at St. Joseph’s hospital died in August this year, after they attended to Ebola patients. At the time, the hospital was unprepared for the disease hence the…

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KENYA: Bishop Martin Kivuva Appointed Archbishop of Mombasa

NAIROBI DECEMBER 9, 2014(CISA) – Bishop Martin Kivuva Musonde has been named the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa. Pope Francis elevated the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Machakos to head the Archdiocese of Mombasa on Tuesday December 9. According to the Archbishop Charles Balvo, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya bishop Kivuva will be officially introduced to the Archdiocese of Mombasa on December 19 2014. The archdiocese of Mombasa became vacant following the resignation of the late Archbishop Boniface Lele in November 2013. Bishop Emmanuel Barbara of the Catholic Diocese of Malindi has been serving as Apostolic Administrator…