October 21, 2014

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    DR CONGO: Bishops Strongly Condemn Religious Attack in Lodja

    KINSHASA, OCTOBER, 17, 2014 (CISA) – Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (CENCO) has condemned the attack on two catholic priests. “It is unacceptable to blame the church personnel who, faithful to the hierarchy, exercise their pastoral ministry,” said a statement from CENCO. The two priests were attacked on Sunday October 12 in Lodja, 750 km north of Mbuji-Mayi capital of Kasai oriental, the same day a convent was damaged. The attack came after the priests reportedly read a Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference during Sunday Mass which criticized the proposed constitutional amendment that would…

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    SOMALIA: Al Shabaab Civilian Attacks Response to Military Defeats, says Bishop

    MOGADISHU OCTOBER 17, 2014(CISA) – Bishop Giorgio Bertin of the Catholic diocese of Djibouti and Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu has said that Al-shabaab attacks on the civilian population are a response to military defeats. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the bishop said that the militants have withdrawn to rural areas while others have mingled among civilian population to avoid fighting the army directly. “Attacks against the civilian population are a response to military defeats .The different opponents to the present government, of federal union – Al-Shabaab and perhaps also others – of course they cannot fight directly against an army, and…

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    LIBERIA: Bishop says Liberians ill-treated during Ebola Crisis

    MONROVIA, OCTOBER 17, 2014(CISA) – Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah of the Catholic diocese of Gbarnga has said that his people of Liberia are being treated like “scum” during the Ebola crisis. “As Bishop of my people I carry within my heart their wounds and pains every moment of life here,” he told The Time adding that “Liberians are also facing polygamy, unemployment, domestic violence and child trafficking.” Bishop Borwah said he had lost his spiritual director, Fr Miguel, of Spain, mentor and Dr Abraham Borbor, and prayer partner Tidi Dogba because of the Ebola virus. He said that because of the crisis in…

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    KENYA: KNEC says all is Set for National Exams

    NAIROBI, OCTOBER 16, 2014(CISA) – The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has said that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the national examinations run smoothly. KNEC Chief Executive Officer Joseph Kivilu said that the 2014 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will go on as planned and urged candidates to desist from malpractice. “Tough measures including a five-year jail term or a Sh2 million fine will be slapped on those found to have engaged in any malpractice,” Capital FM quoted Mr Kivilu as saying during a press briefing in…

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    KENYA: Doctors Demand more Govt Response in Tackling Risk of Ebola

    NAIROBI, OCTOBER 17, 2014(CISA) – Kenyan doctors have called on the government to put more effort to minimise the increasing risk of transmission of the Ebola disease. “We have to start preparing our healthcare system to be able to handle in case the first case arises,” said Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Dr Sultani Matendechero during a press briefing on Thursday October 17. Dr Matendechero lamented that despite the government forming a task force to handle the issue, none of their representatives have been included thus leaving them ‘in the dark’ over the goings on, reported…

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DR CONGO: Bishops Strongly Condemn Religious Attack in Lodja

KINSHASA, OCTOBER, 17, 2014 (CISA) – Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (CENCO) has condemned the attack on two catholic priests. “It is unacceptable to blame the church personnel who, faithful to the hierarchy, exercise their pastoral ministry,” said a statement from CENCO. The two priests were attacked on Sunday October 12 in Lodja, 750 km north of Mbuji-Mayi capital of Kasai oriental, the same day a convent was damaged. The attack came after the priests reportedly read a Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference during Sunday Mass which criticized the proposed constitutional amendment that would…

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SOMALIA: Al Shabaab Civilian Attacks Response to Military Defeats, says Bishop

MOGADISHU OCTOBER 17, 2014(CISA) – Bishop Giorgio Bertin of the Catholic diocese of Djibouti and Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu has said that Al-shabaab attacks on the civilian population are a response to military defeats. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the bishop said that the militants have withdrawn to rural areas while others have mingled among civilian population to avoid fighting the army directly. “Attacks against the civilian population are a response to military defeats .The different opponents to the present government, of federal union – Al-Shabaab and perhaps also others – of course they cannot fight directly against an army, and…

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LIBERIA: Bishop says Liberians ill-treated during Ebola Crisis

MONROVIA, OCTOBER 17, 2014(CISA) – Bishop Anthony Fallah Borwah of the Catholic diocese of Gbarnga has said that his people of Liberia are being treated like “scum” during the Ebola crisis. “As Bishop of my people I carry within my heart their wounds and pains every moment of life here,” he told The Time adding that “Liberians are also facing polygamy, unemployment, domestic violence and child trafficking.” Bishop Borwah said he had lost his spiritual director, Fr Miguel, of Spain, mentor and Dr Abraham Borbor, and prayer partner Tidi Dogba because of the Ebola virus. He said that because of the crisis in…

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KENYA: KNEC says all is Set for National Exams

NAIROBI, OCTOBER 16, 2014(CISA) – The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has said that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure the national examinations run smoothly. KNEC Chief Executive Officer Joseph Kivilu said that the 2014 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will go on as planned and urged candidates to desist from malpractice. “Tough measures including a five-year jail term or a Sh2 million fine will be slapped on those found to have engaged in any malpractice,” Capital FM quoted Mr Kivilu as saying during a press briefing in…

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KENYA: Doctors Demand more Govt Response in Tackling Risk of Ebola

NAIROBI, OCTOBER 17, 2014(CISA) – Kenyan doctors have called on the government to put more effort to minimise the increasing risk of transmission of the Ebola disease. “We have to start preparing our healthcare system to be able to handle in case the first case arises,” said Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union (KMPDU) Secretary General Dr Sultani Matendechero during a press briefing on Thursday October 17. Dr Matendechero lamented that despite the government forming a task force to handle the issue, none of their representatives have been included thus leaving them ‘in the dark’ over the goings on, reported…

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KENYA: Catholic Bishops Urge Ministry of Health to Come Clean on Tetanus Vaccine

NAIROBI, OCTOBER 16, 2014 (CISA) – Catholic Bishops have called on the government to come clean on the ongoing tetanus vaccine campaign by ensuring that the vials are tested and credible results released to Kenyans. Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Catholic Health Commission of Kenya questioned why, “there was lack of public information and education about the Tetanus vaccine whereas other vaccination programmes such as Polio are always preceded by public awareness.” The bishop was addressing journalists at Waumini House in Westlands, Nairobi on Thursday October 16. “There is no clear rationale for the…

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ZAMBIA: Civil Societies Demand to Know the well Being of President Sata

LUSAKA, OCTOBER 14, 2014(CISA)– Several society organisations in Zambia, including the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection have expressed their concern over the wellbeing of President Micheal Sata who has not been seen in public for some time. “We are greatly concerned about the wellbeing of President Michael Sata,” they said in a statement sent to Fides Agency. They added that they were not happy with coverage accorded to the Presidents’ absence by the media. “We have been saddened by the callous nature with which his absence from public life has been handled. This has resulted in public ridicule of our President with…

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VATICAN: Dates Set for Second Phase of Synod on Family

VATICAN CITY, OCTOBER 14, 2014 (CISA)– The second phase of the Synod on the Family will be held October 4-25, 2015, under theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the church and the modern world,” Vatican has announced. The proclamation came as discussion at the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family got underway Monday October 13, reported Vatican Radio. Following the announcement the mid-term report outlining the main questions highlighted over the past week of General Congregations was presented by General Rapporteur, Cardinal Peter Erdő. The report shall now be examined by the bishops, fraternal delegates, auditors and…

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S SUDAN: Archbishop Blesses New Centre for Human and Spiritual Formation

JUBA, OCTOBER 14, 2014(CISA)– On Saturday October 11 Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro blessed the ground for the construction of a new Centre for Human and Spiritual Formation at Kit, Juba South Sudan. In a statement sent to CISA Fr Daniele Moschetti, Chairperson Religious Superiors’ Association of South Sudan (RSASS) said the centre will become a centre for peace, reconciliation and trauma healing for the people of South Sudan, with a religious community living there to embody these values, offering retreats, workshops and training. “RSASS has decided to build and run a full time National center for Human, pastoral and spiritual formation, peace…

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UGANDA: Church Bans Handshakes during Mass

KAMPALA, OCTOBER 14, 2014(CISA)– Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala has issued a directive banning the faithful from shaking hands as a sign of peace. Archbishop Lwanga, The New Vision reported, made the directive following the reported cases of Marburg that has so far claimed one. President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday October 9, during the 52 years Independence celebration at Kololo Airstrip, warned Ugandans not to shake hands or eat game meat in light of the breakout. “We are all Ugandans. I urge all Christians to follow what our President has said,” Archbishop Lwanga said during the beginning…

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KENYA: We Must Uphold the Dignity of Human life, Bishop Says

NAIROBI, OCTOBER 14, 2014(CISA)– Bishop Salesius Mugambi, Chairman National family Life Programme of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has said that the Catholic Church in Kenya is committed to defend the dignity of human life. Bishop Mugambi said that the church would strive towards “creating awareness that human beings are part of God’s creation. As such, we have the responsibility to care for the environment, but foremost, we are called to protect human life.” “On this day, as we walk for life, the Catholic Church in Kenya wishes to reaffirm the sanctity and dignity of human life from…

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GHANA: Christians Urged to Care for Nature

CAPE COAST OCTOBER 10, 2014(CISA) – A catechist has appealed to Christians to help create awareness about the “irresponsible use of the environment to prevent further depletion.” Mr Gregory Arthur, catechist at St Joseph’s Catholic Church at Amanful said that it was imperative for a change of hearts towards responsible management of the environment, since “in destroying the environment we are destroying ourselves.” Mr Arthur was speaking when he launched this year’s “National Week of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace” on October 8 on behalf of the Episcopal Chairman for Justice and Peace and Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Wa, Most…

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LIBERIA: Christians not Attending Mass Due to Ebola

MONROVIA, OCTOBER 10, 2014(CISA) – Most Liberians no longer attend masses due to Ebola outbreak in the country, Fr McDonald Nah, a priest of the Archdiocese of Monrovia has said. He said that people in Liberia have been isolated because of the severity of the virus, especially those who have been in close proximity to someone who has died from the illness and are as resilient with the outbreak as they were following the country’s civil war more than a decade ago. People “can’t even go to church,” he told the St Louis Review newspaper of the St Louis Archdiocese. “Usually in…

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VATICAN: Africa does not need Aid tied to Contraception, Archbishop tells Synod

VATICAN CITY OCTOBER 10, 2014 ((CISA)  – Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria has condemned international organizations using financial aid to champion for population control in Africa. The prelate was speaking at the third press conference on the Synod on the family on Wednesday October 8 at the Vatican where he spoke on some of the biggest challenges and misinterpretations facing the Church in Africa. He stressed that what is being offered to the Africans – condoms and artificial contraception – is not what they want, reported ZENIT. “We want food, education, good roads, good health and so on…” he said,…

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KENYA: Teachers’ Commission Commends Consolata School

NAIROBI OCTOBER 10, 2014 (CISA) – Teachers service commission (TSC) Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Lengoiboni has commended Consolata School Nairobi for its excellent performance both academically and in extra curriculum activities. The CEO was speaking during the school’s annual price giving day held on October 9 at the schools ground. “It is a matter of appreciation that this school has grown steadily from a humble beginning of one class in 1967 to 711 learners today. Within a span of 47 years, Consolata schools have turned out to be among the best academically and in co curriculum activities, state of the art…

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KENYA: Bishops Express Concern over Planned National Tetanus Vaccination

NAIROBI OCTOBER 10, 2014 (CISA) – The Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the October 13-19 national tetanus campaign that will target women of 14 – 49 years. In a statement sent to CISA through the Catholic Commission of Health – Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), the bishops said the tetanus campaign bears the hallmarks of programmes that were carried out in Philippines, Mexico and Nicaragua by the same partners sponsoring the campaign in Kenya. “We are not convinced that the government has taken adequate responsibility to ensure that Tetanus Toxoid vaccine (TT) laced with Beta human chorionic gonadotropin (b-HCG)…