April 23, 2014

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    S SUDAN: Rebels Kill Hundreds in Massacre, says UN

    BENTIU, April 22, 2014 (CISA) -Rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sought refuge in a hospital, mosque and Catholic Church, the United Nations told Reuters on Tuesday April 22. Rebel troops overran Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity State, where more than one million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted in December between troops backing President Salva Kiir and soldiers loyal to his sacked vice-president, Riek Machar. The fighting has exacerbated ethnic tensions between Mr Kiir’s Dinka people and…

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    ZIMBABWE: Church and its DFPs Challenged to be More Aggressive

    HARARE, April 22, 2014 (CISA) -Professor Ranga Zinyemba Vice Chancellor of Catholic University in Zimbabwe has advised the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference ZCBC and its Developmental Funding partners held recently at Africa Synod House that “…Both the Church and its funding partners need to learn new skills, and develop new capacities, new attitudes and have the adaptability to work differently in order to maximize development aid.” Proffesor Ranga Zinyemba was speaking during one of the roundtable sessions at a gathering of 50 participants which included all the bishops together with funding partners which for the first time included non-church partners…

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    S SUDAN: Bishop Tombe Criticizes Christians Doubting Resurrection of Christ

    YEI, April 22, 2014 (CISA) –Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Yei Rt Rev Erkulano Lodu Tombe has criticized Christians who continuously doubt the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, marking the Easter Sunday. Bishop Tombe appealed to Christians to believe through the biblical witnesses including the apostles and women who ventured to see the tomb of the risen Christ, Easter Radio reported on Monday April 21. “Those still hesitating in believing Christ’s resurrection, demanding evidences are not true Christians,” said Bishop Tombe. Bishop Tombe told Christians how the loving Christ went through tortures and crucifixion for the sake…

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    NIGERIA: Cleric Calls on Delegates to put Nation’s Interest over Tribalism

    LAGOS, APRIL 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins has called on delegates at the ongoing National Conference in the country to put the interest of the nation above tribal, ethnic and religious sentiments. Bishop Martins in his Easter message on Sunday April 20 said it would be unfortunate if at the end of the deliberations, the delegates fail to move the nation forward. According to the Catholic News Agency of Nigeria (CNAN), the cleric said the conference offers a good platform for all segments of the country to dialogue on the way forward to address…

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S SUDAN: Rebels Kill Hundreds in Massacre, says UN

BENTIU, April 22, 2014 (CISA) -Rebels slaughtered hundreds of civilians when they seized the South Sudan oil hub of Bentiu, hunting down men, women and children who had sought refuge in a hospital, mosque and Catholic Church, the United Nations told Reuters on Tuesday April 22. Rebel troops overran Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity State, where more than one million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted in December between troops backing President Salva Kiir and soldiers loyal to his sacked vice-president, Riek Machar. The fighting has exacerbated ethnic tensions between Mr Kiir’s Dinka people and…

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ZIMBABWE: Church and its DFPs Challenged to be More Aggressive

HARARE, April 22, 2014 (CISA) -Professor Ranga Zinyemba Vice Chancellor of Catholic University in Zimbabwe has advised the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference ZCBC and its Developmental Funding partners held recently at Africa Synod House that “…Both the Church and its funding partners need to learn new skills, and develop new capacities, new attitudes and have the adaptability to work differently in order to maximize development aid.” Proffesor Ranga Zinyemba was speaking during one of the roundtable sessions at a gathering of 50 participants which included all the bishops together with funding partners which for the first time included non-church partners…

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S SUDAN: Bishop Tombe Criticizes Christians Doubting Resurrection of Christ

YEI, April 22, 2014 (CISA) –Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Yei Rt Rev Erkulano Lodu Tombe has criticized Christians who continuously doubt the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, marking the Easter Sunday. Bishop Tombe appealed to Christians to believe through the biblical witnesses including the apostles and women who ventured to see the tomb of the risen Christ, Easter Radio reported on Monday April 21. “Those still hesitating in believing Christ’s resurrection, demanding evidences are not true Christians,” said Bishop Tombe. Bishop Tombe told Christians how the loving Christ went through tortures and crucifixion for the sake…

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NIGERIA: Cleric Calls on Delegates to put Nation’s Interest over Tribalism

LAGOS, APRIL 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins has called on delegates at the ongoing National Conference in the country to put the interest of the nation above tribal, ethnic and religious sentiments. Bishop Martins in his Easter message on Sunday April 20 said it would be unfortunate if at the end of the deliberations, the delegates fail to move the nation forward. According to the Catholic News Agency of Nigeria (CNAN), the cleric said the conference offers a good platform for all segments of the country to dialogue on the way forward to address…

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RWANDA: EAJA Expresses Concern over the Arrest of Journalist

KIGALI, April 17, 2014 (CISA) -The Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA) has expressed concern over the arrest of a journalist over alleged links to opposition groups. Journalist Cassien Ntamuhanga, who has been the director of a Christian radio station, was arrested on Monday, April 14 in Kigali, the capital city. Ntamuhanga was arrested at the same time with two others, a genocide survivor and prominent singer, and a former soldier, over accusations of working for an opposition political group, the Rwanda National Congress, and the FDLR, an opposition rebel in Congo. The police issued a statement alleging that they were…

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KENYA: Nation Leads Continent in Fight against Worms

NAIROBI, APRIL 17, 2014 (CISA) –Kenya’s effort at combating worm infestations among school going children was recognized at the Soil Transmitted Helminthes (STH) Community Day in Paris, France. According to Capital FM news, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia gave the keynote address on Kenya’s National School-Based Deworming Programme (NSBDP),  the first large scale effort of its kind on the African continent. “We are intrigued by the previously unthought-of possibility of attempting to eliminate worms completely and are eager to use our experience to test that possibility,” Macharia said in his address. In 2012, through the NSBDP, 5.9 million children aged…

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NIGERIA: Church Condemns Bombing that Killed 71

LAGOS, April 17, 2014 (CISA) -The Catholic Church in Nigeria has condemned the morning rush hour bombing of a bus station near the capital Abuja that killed at least 71 people and injured dozens more on April 14. “The killing of innocent Nigerians once again makes us ask how many more innocent people must die before a solution is found to the brutality and insecurity of lives and property in our country,” Fr Christian Anyanwu, National Director of Social Communications for the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, told the Catholic Sentinel. “We commiserate with the families of those who have lost…

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RWANDA: Religious Leaders Appeal to Warring Factions in the CAR to Enter Dialogue

KIGALI, April 17, 2014 (CISA) -Christian and Moslem religious leaders in Rwanda in collaboration with a non-governmental organisation that manages the Kigali Genocide Memorial, have appealed to warring factions in the Central African Republic to resolve their differences peacefully. A state of chaos began in the Central African Republic in March last year when the Moslem-dominated Seleka rebels overthrew the government and started unleashing terror on the civilian population, killing people, looting property, burning villages and raping women and children. A militia group known as the anti-Baraka was formed to fight against the rebels troops. However, after the fall of…

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KENYA: Bishop Kihara Calls on Christians to Share Joy of Christ during Easter

NAIROBI, April 17, 2014 (CISA) -Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Marsabit, Rt Rev Peter Kihara has called on Christians to come together during the Easter season in sharing the joy of Christ. “Easter joy is shared, anybody who encounters the risen Lord will not keep the joy within themselves, they will go and share,” said Bishop Kihara who is the chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops commission for missions. The prelate said that Christians need to identify with their parishes and small Christians communities during this festive season. He further reminded Christians: “Easter is enriching to the…

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KENYA: Late Archbishop Emeritus Lele to be Laid to Rest after Easter

MOMBASA, April 15, 2014 (CISA) -The late Archbishop Emeritus Boniface Lele who passed on Wednesday April 09 at Mombasa hospital will be laid to rest at the Holy Ghost Cathedral grounds, Mombasa on Tuesday, April 22, Rev Fr Wilybard Lagho, Vicar General of Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa has said. “Following the death of Archbishop Emeritus Boniface Lele of Mombasa Archdiocese, on Wednesday April 9th 2014 in Mombasa Hospital, the requiem mass will take place on Tuesday April 22nd, 2014 at the Loreto Primary School Mombasa at 10 am, followed by the burial ceremony at the Holy Ghost Cathedral grounds, Mombasa,”…

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CAR: African Council of Religious Leaders—Religions for Peace Supports the Peace Process

BANGUI, April 15, 2014 (CISA) -The African Council of Religious Leaders—Religions for Peace (ACRL—RfP) has hailed the peace process in the Central African Republic (CAR), in particular the efforts of its religious leaders through the Platform of Religious Leaders of CAR to bring peace in the country. Speaking at a ceremony in Bangui during which the Platform brought together the main protagonists to the on-going violence in CAR to sign a historic agreement of principles, the ACRL—RfP Secretary General Dr Francis Kuria noted that Africa’s religious leaders have deep and valuable experience in conflict resolution that could be harnessed to…

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LIBERIA: Archbishop Zeigler says Greed, Corruption ‘Eating Society’

MONROVIA, April 15, 2014 (CISA) -On a day commemorating Fast and Prayer day in Liberia, Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of the Catholic Archdiocese of Monrovia has said that corruption has eaten up the Liberian society, where others have deprived their fellow citizens of livelihood and other evil vices have taken over the country, Liberia’s FrontPage Africa online Newspaper reported. Archbishop Lewis Zeigler while delivering the Fast and Prayer Day sermon told a congregation, including President Ellen Johnson Sir leaf and other senior government officials on April 13 that thousands of Liberians are compelled to fast because they do not have food…

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S SUDAN: Negotiate in Good Faith, Bishop Bol tells Kiir and Machar

WAU, APRIL 15, 2014 (CISA) -Bishop of the Episcopal  church of Sudan of the diocese of Wau Rt Rev Moses Deng Bol in his Easter message has advised President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former vice president- turned -rebel leader Riek Machar to negotiate in good faith for the sake of the people of South Sudan. “I want to give advice to both President Salva Kiir and former Vice President now Rebel Leader Dr Riek Machar Teny to negotiate in good faith and reach a peace agreement before Easter. This would be a great gift to South Sudan during this Easter…

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KENYA: Handle Operation Humanly, Christian Leaders tell Govnt.

NAIROBI, April 15, 2014 (CISA) -Christian Leaders of mainstream Churches in Kenya on Monday, March 14 urged the government to carry out the current crackdown on illegal immigrants in a humane way. “Although we acknowledge the determination on the part of government in the fight against terrorism, we call upon the security agencies to handle the ongoing operation in a humane manner; the dignity of life should at all times remain a priority,” the leaders said in a joint statement after meeting at the All Saints Cathedral-Nairobi. The leaders drawn from several Christian denominations including; The Catholic Church, Anglican Church…