July 1, 2015

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    BURUNDI: Elections go on Despite Delicate Security Situation

    BUJUMBURA, JUNE 30 2015 – The Parliamentary Elections in Burundi went on, Monday June 29 despite international calls to postpone the controversial elections. The Electoral commission though expecting 3.8 million people to vote reported delays and low voter turnout, as many people feared eruption of violence. Many polling centres in the capital were relocated at the last minute for security reasons. Sporadic gunshots and blasts were reportedSunday night but elections went on amid heavy security presence especially in the capital, but polling stations closed early due to low voter turnout and fear of unrest. The Catholic Church had in the month…

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    DR CONGO: Bishops Condemn Insecurity in the Country

    KINSHASA JUNE 30, 2015 – The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have condemned the insecurity in the north, east and south of the country. In a statement at the end of their 52nd Plenary Assembly, which was held in Kinshasa June 22 to 26, the bishops said they “have heard the cry of alarm of the population of the Territory of Bondo, following the massacres and kidnappings perpetrated by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army),” reported Fides. The bishops added that they have also heard the touching message of the Episcopal Provincial Assembly of Bukavu “which denounces the silence in…

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    S SUDAN: Church to Open Schools for South Sudanese Refugees in Sudan

    JUBA, JUNE 30, 2015 – The Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference (SCBC) is to open schools for South Sudanese who fled to Sudan. Speaking on Sunday June 28 at St Joseph’s Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, the Secretary General of SCBC, Fr Jacob Odwa Paul observed that many South Sudanese have gone to Khartoum, Sudan in about four camps raising the concern of the Church, Radio Bakhita reported. Fr Jacob was speaking during a visit by a delegation of nine members of the Church in Need and Relief Fund from Europe. The team from Europe had visited Wau, Yambio, Rumbek…

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    S AFRICA: Bishops Call for Lessons to be Learnt From the Marikana Massacre

    JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 30 2015 – The Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has called for lessons to be learned from the Marikana massacre in which 34 miners were killed and many others injured. This followed the release last week of a report by a Commission of Inquiry that President Jacob Zuma appointed to look into the Marikana massacre. The massacre happened on August 16, 2012 where the world witnessed shocking television images of South African police firing live bullets at thousands of striking miners at South Africa’s Marikana platinum mine. In reaction to the report,…

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    KENYA: Kisumu Archdiocese Marks Silver Jubilee

    KISUMU, JUNE 30, 2015 – The Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu yesterday marked 25 years since it’s establishment. The event celebrated at the Uzima University College Grounds in Kisumu also marked 47 years of Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth’s service to diocese. The event was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and leader of opposition Raila Amolo Odinga among other leaders. In his speech Archbishop Okoth urged the government and the opposition to work together in serving the country and promoting peace. “In a multiparty democracy, the Opposition is part of government since it provides necessary checks. We must therefore…

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BURUNDI: Elections go on Despite Delicate Security Situation

BUJUMBURA, JUNE 30 2015 – The Parliamentary Elections in Burundi went on, Monday June 29 despite international calls to postpone the controversial elections. The Electoral commission though expecting 3.8 million people to vote reported delays and low voter turnout, as many people feared eruption of violence. Many polling centres in the capital were relocated at the last minute for security reasons. Sporadic gunshots and blasts were reportedSunday night but elections went on amid heavy security presence especially in the capital, but polling stations closed early due to low voter turnout and fear of unrest. The Catholic Church had in the month…

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DR CONGO: Bishops Condemn Insecurity in the Country

KINSHASA JUNE 30, 2015 – The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have condemned the insecurity in the north, east and south of the country. In a statement at the end of their 52nd Plenary Assembly, which was held in Kinshasa June 22 to 26, the bishops said they “have heard the cry of alarm of the population of the Territory of Bondo, following the massacres and kidnappings perpetrated by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army),” reported Fides. The bishops added that they have also heard the touching message of the Episcopal Provincial Assembly of Bukavu “which denounces the silence in…

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S SUDAN: Church to Open Schools for South Sudanese Refugees in Sudan

JUBA, JUNE 30, 2015 – The Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference (SCBC) is to open schools for South Sudanese who fled to Sudan. Speaking on Sunday June 28 at St Joseph’s Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, the Secretary General of SCBC, Fr Jacob Odwa Paul observed that many South Sudanese have gone to Khartoum, Sudan in about four camps raising the concern of the Church, Radio Bakhita reported. Fr Jacob was speaking during a visit by a delegation of nine members of the Church in Need and Relief Fund from Europe. The team from Europe had visited Wau, Yambio, Rumbek…

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S AFRICA: Bishops Call for Lessons to be Learnt From the Marikana Massacre

JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 30 2015 – The Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has called for lessons to be learned from the Marikana massacre in which 34 miners were killed and many others injured. This followed the release last week of a report by a Commission of Inquiry that President Jacob Zuma appointed to look into the Marikana massacre. The massacre happened on August 16, 2012 where the world witnessed shocking television images of South African police firing live bullets at thousands of striking miners at South Africa’s Marikana platinum mine. In reaction to the report,…

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KENYA: Kisumu Archdiocese Marks Silver Jubilee

KISUMU, JUNE 30, 2015 – The Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu yesterday marked 25 years since it’s establishment. The event celebrated at the Uzima University College Grounds in Kisumu also marked 47 years of Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth’s service to diocese. The event was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and leader of opposition Raila Amolo Odinga among other leaders. In his speech Archbishop Okoth urged the government and the opposition to work together in serving the country and promoting peace. “In a multiparty democracy, the Opposition is part of government since it provides necessary checks. We must therefore…

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BURUNDI: Elections go on Despite Delicate Security Situation

BUJUMBURA, JUNE 30 2015 – The Parliamentary Elections in Burundi went on, Monday June 29 despite international calls to postpone the controversial elections. The Electoral commission though expecting 3.8 million people to vote reported delays and low voter turnout, as many people feared eruption of violence. Many polling centres in the capital were relocated at the last minute for security reasons. Sporadic gunshots and blasts were reportedSunday night but elections went on amid heavy security presence especially in the capital, but polling stations closed early due to low voter turnout and fear of unrest. The Catholic Church had in the month…

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KENYA: President Kenyatta Welcomes Pope to Kenya

NAIROBI, JUNE 26, 2015 (CISA) – “The Vatican has formally contacted the government about a visit to Kenya in November. The government has responded in the affirmative. We look forward to this historic visit by the Holy Father,” President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu said June 20. “You heard that the Pope is to come …It has now been confirmed that Pope Francis is going to pass here on his way to Uganda,” Archbishop Peter Kairo of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri said June 23. Archbishop Kairo was speaking in his homily, during Mass to mark the annual Consolata feast day in Sagana…

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KENYA: Do not Lose Hope Despite Difficulties, Bishop Tells Refugees

NAIROBI JUNE 23, 2015(CISA) – Bishop Virgilio Pante, on June 21 urged refugees in Kenya not to lose hope despite the difficulties they face every day. The bishop who is also the Vice chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Seafarers was speaking at St. John the Baptist Riruta Catholic Church in Nairobi on the occasion of the World refugee day. The Mass was organised by the KCCB- Commission for Refugee, Migrants and Sea Farers and Jesuit Refugee Services. “Be strong in faith and believe in God. Remember that even Jesus Christ sought refuge…

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NIGERIA: Re-introduce Religious Education in Schools, Archbishop Martins Urges

LAGOS, JUNE 23 2015 (CISA) – Archbishop Alfred Martins of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, has called for the re-introduction of moral and religious education in Nigeria’s education curriculum. In a press statement, Archbishop Martins said religious education is important to help stem the, “alarming rate of moral decadence in educational institutions and in Nigerian society,” as a whole, reported Catholic News Service. The Archbishop called on the administration of President, Muhammadu Buhari to place emphasis on the religious and moral development of the country’s children in order to raise honest and God-fearing future leaders. Commenting on the recent, Day of the…

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KENYA: Cardinal Njue Urges Christians to Respect the Family Unit

NAIROBI JUNE 23, 2015(CISA)-Cardinal John Njue has called upon Christians to respect the institution of the family as the basic platform for social well being. He observed that emerging errant characters among the youth can be greatly attributed to shaky family set ups in which the children are not given the attention they crave. The cardinal was speaking during a church celebration at St. Joseph Mukassa Catholic Parish in Kahawa West. Cardinal Njue said radicalization of the youth and same sex marriages which are silently creeping into the Kenyan society were as a result poor parenting. “The youth need to focus on their…

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S SUDAN: Do Not Abandon the Displaced, Priest Urges NGO’s

TORIT JUNE 23 2015 (CISA) – Fr Mark Opere Omol, spokesman for the Catholic diocese of Torit in South Sudan has made an appeal to the few humanitarian organizations that have remained in the country not to leave. “The UN estimates that about 4 million and 600 thousand people are at risk of starvation. There is need for emergency aid to help the displaced people in various parts of the Country,” he said. “It is necessary that the international community intervenes forcefully to stop the fratricidal war between the supporters of President Salava Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar,” said…