April 17, 2014

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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…

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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…

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WEST AFRICA: Health Workers Respond to Ebola Outbreak

WEST AFRICA, APRIL 11, 2014 (CISA) -Health care workers are joining forces with Catholic charities and local communities in response to a deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. “I have been here 37 years as a missionary and through five wars, and I say to myself, ‘I never thought we’d have Ebola now to look at.’ But it’s what happened and we have to fix it,” said Sister Barbara Brilliant, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. Sr Barbara serves in Monrovia, Liberia, as the national health coordinator for the National Catholic Health Council. In an interview with CNA, she detailed…

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POPE: Narrow Thinking Destroys Freedom of Conscience

VATICAN, APRIL 11, 2014 (CISA) -Today there is a dictatorship of narrow-mindedness that kills people’s freedom and that of their conscience. This was the Pope’s central message to his audience at his morning mass celebration in St. Martha’s House on Thursday. The Pope reflected on the attitude of the Pharisees and how closed they were to Jesus’ message. Pope Francis pointed out that their mistake was detaching the commandments from the heart of God. They thought everything could be resolved by respecting the commandments. But these commandments are not just a cold law, because they are born from a relationship…

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GUINEA BISSAU: Presidential and Parliamentary Elections to be held on Sunday

BISSAU, April 11, 2014 (CISA) – As many as 775,500 voters out of a population of 1.6 million will cast ballots in an election that was delayed twice, according to the United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea Bissau. There are 13 presidential candidates, while 15 parties are vying for 102 seats in parliament. The two candidates are former Finance Minister Jose Mario Vaz, considered the frontrunner in the presidential vote. Vaz is the candidate for Partido Africano da Independencia da Guine e Cabo Verde, or PAIGC, which fought a guerrilla war against the Portuguese and took power at independence…

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NIGERIA – Catholic Media Urged to Help End Violence

ABUJA, April 11, 2014 (CISA) – The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Imo State, Dr. T.O.E. Elechi has urged Diocesan Directors of Communication to be in the forefront in advocating for peace. “I pray you come out with the best approach of using communication in different and diverse cultures to curb the very spate of communal clashes and violence in Nigeria,” he said this  in his welcome address to the first Plenary meeting held at the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, Owerri, Imo State. According to a note sent to Fides Agency, the theme of the meeting was “Communication at the…

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KENYA: Archbishop Emeritus Boniface Lele is Dead

MOMBASA, April 09, 2014 (CISA) -Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa, Rt Rev Boniface Lele has passed away Today, April 09 at a Mombasa hospital. Archbishop Lele was admitted to hospital on Friday April 04 after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest. Fr John Correa, the priest in- charge of the Mombasa Holy Ghost Catholic church on Sunday April 05 informed worshippers about Archbishop Emeritus Lele’s admission at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Saturday April 06. Archbishop Lele who resigned in November 01 last year due to ill health has since been out of the public limelight. He…

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ITALY: Two Priests, Nun Kidnapped in Cameroon

ROME, April 08, 2014 (CISA) -Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun working as missionaries in northern Cameroon were abducted before dawn on Saturday April 05 in their residences by two armed groups in the western African country, Italian government and Catholic Church officials said according to Associated Press (AP). Italy’s Foreign Ministry identified the priests as Fr Giampaolo Marta and Fr Gianantonio Allegri, but declined to give other details, including the Canadian’s identity, to avoid compromising efforts for the missionaries’ release. It noted that its website cautions against travel in the area, 30 kilometers from the border with Nigeria…

CAR: UN Chief Urges World to Help Avert another Rwanda Genocide

BANGUI, April 08, 2014 (CISA) -UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned officials in Central African Republic (CAR) not to repeat the mistakes that led to the Rwanda genocide 20 years ago and called on the international community not to “look away” from the turmoil. Mr Ban who gave a speech to CAR National Transitional Council on Saturday April 06 in the capital Bangui, further asked the world to act, warning that the African nation is “at risk of partition.” “The international community failed the people of Rwanda 20 years ago. And we are at risk of not doing enough for the…

RWANDA: UN Ashamed of Genocide, says Ban Ki-moon

KIGALI, April 08, 2014 (CISA) -The UN is still ashamed over its failure to prevent the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has said. He was addressing thousands of people in the capital, Kigali, as Rwanda began a week of official mourning to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide. Many people were overcome by emotion during the ceremony, with some suffering fits. At least 800,000 people – mostly ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus – died at the hands of Hutu extremists. The killings ended in July 1994 when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a Tutsi-led rebel movement,…

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CAMEROON: Fr Bruno Named New Bishop of Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo

MAROUA-MOKOLO, April 08, 2014 (CISA) -The Holy Father named Rev Fr Bruno Ateba Edo on Saturday April 05 as the new bishop of the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo. According to the Vatican Radio, the appointment follows the resignation of Bishop Philippe Albert Joseph Stevens, of the Young Brothers of the Gospel (dei Piccoli Fratelli del Vangelo) who has reached the recommended retirement age of 75 years. At the time of his appointment, the bishop-elect, Rev Fr Bruno Ateba Edo, was the Regional Superior of the Pallottine Fathers for Cameroon and Nigeria. He was born on November 20, 1964 at Zoetelé, in…

VATICAN: Pope Reaffirms Importance of Church’s Work in Africa to Tanzanian Bishops

VATICAN CITY, April 08, 2014 (CISA) -Pope Francis has reaffirmed the importance of the Church’s work of evangelization in Africa, saying that lay and religious must “foster this missionary imperative” that has roots in the past but continues “every day in the Church’s pastoral work.” In a discourse to Bishops of Tanzania whom he received on Monday April 07, in audience in the Vatican, the Pope spoke of the evangelical nature of the Church’s work in parishes, the liturgy, the sacraments, education, health care, catechesis and “in the lives of ordinary Christians.” Pope Francis said “the great challenge” facing the…