August 1, 2014

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    CAMEROON: Govt. Deploys Troops after Boko Haram Raid

    YAOUNDE, July 28, 2014 (CISA) -Cameroon has deployed troops to its northern region, joining international efforts to combat militants after the Nigerian Boko Haram kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister and killed at least three people on Sunday  July 27 in a cross-border attack  in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials said. “I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants,” government spokesman Issa Tchiroma, who is also communications minister, told Reuters by telephone. “They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked…

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    SWAZILAND: Deplorable Sentences against Journalist and Lawyer Stifle Free Speech

    MBABANE, July 28, 2014 (CISA) -The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of court after a grossly unfair trial in Swaziland is an outrageous attempt to silence dissenting voices, said Amnesty International. “With this sentence, Swaziland is sending the message that raising any concerns about judicial independence is out of bounds. It is a deplorable attack on freedom of expression in the country,” said Deprose Muchena, Regional Director for Southern Africa. Bhekithemba Makhubu, editor of Swaziland’s monthly news magazine, The Nation, and human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko,…

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    LIBERIA: Country Forced to Close Border Crossings over Ebola

    MONROVIA, July 28, 2014 (CISA) -The Liberian government has closed most of its border crossings and put into place strict health measures following the continued spread of the deadly Ebola virus. According to Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the government was doing everything to fight the virus; including inspecting and testing all outgoing and incoming airline passengers in order to curb the spread of the virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region. “All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points. At these entry points, preventive and testing centres will be…

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    S AFRICA: Violence Won’t Solve Holy Land’s Problems, says Archbishop

    CAPE TOWN, July 28, 2014 (CISA) -The Archbishop of Cape Town, Stephen Brislin has called for an end to the offensive against Gaza saying violence in not the answer. “Violence will never be a solution to the problems of the Holy Land, whether it is violence by Palestinians or Israelis,” Archbishop Brislin said in statement sent to CISA. The Archbishop stated the bombing of Gaza is “disproportionate” and has resulted to “horrifying” loss of life. “The people have nowhere to go to escape the violence and continue to be terrorized and traumatized by the ongoing shelling of the area. They…

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    NIGERIA: Cleric Urges Christians to Protect Family Institutions

    ONITSHA, JULY 28, 2014 (CISA) -The Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Most Rev Valerian Okeke, has challenged Christians to endeavour to protect marriage and family institutions within their communities. Speaking while presiding over an investiture for the elevation to 3rd and 4th degrees of Knights and Ladies of the Order of Saint Mulumba (KSM), Onitsha Metropolitan Council in Onitsha, Anambra on Saturday July 26, Arch bishop Okeke said that the two institutions meant to build a better society were under threat due to various challenges facing the country. “You should focus your satellite on marriages and families and ensure…

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CAMEROON: Govt. Deploys Troops after Boko Haram Raid

YAOUNDE, July 28, 2014 (CISA) -Cameroon has deployed troops to its northern region, joining international efforts to combat militants after the Nigerian Boko Haram kidnapped the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister and killed at least three people on Sunday  July 27 in a cross-border attack  in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials said. “I can confirm that the home of Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali in Kolofata came under a savage attack from Boko Haram militants,” government spokesman Issa Tchiroma, who is also communications minister, told Reuters by telephone. “They unfortunately took away his wife. They also attacked…

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SWAZILAND: Deplorable Sentences against Journalist and Lawyer Stifle Free Speech

MBABANE, July 28, 2014 (CISA) -The sentencing of a newspaper editor and a human rights lawyer to two years in prison on charges of contempt of court after a grossly unfair trial in Swaziland is an outrageous attempt to silence dissenting voices, said Amnesty International. “With this sentence, Swaziland is sending the message that raising any concerns about judicial independence is out of bounds. It is a deplorable attack on freedom of expression in the country,” said Deprose Muchena, Regional Director for Southern Africa. Bhekithemba Makhubu, editor of Swaziland’s monthly news magazine, The Nation, and human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko,…

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LIBERIA: Country Forced to Close Border Crossings over Ebola

MONROVIA, July 28, 2014 (CISA) -The Liberian government has closed most of its border crossings and put into place strict health measures following the continued spread of the deadly Ebola virus. According to Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the government was doing everything to fight the virus; including inspecting and testing all outgoing and incoming airline passengers in order to curb the spread of the virus that has killed at least 660 people across the region. “All borders of Liberia will be closed with the exception of major entry points. At these entry points, preventive and testing centres will be…

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S AFRICA: Violence Won’t Solve Holy Land’s Problems, says Archbishop

CAPE TOWN, July 28, 2014 (CISA) -The Archbishop of Cape Town, Stephen Brislin has called for an end to the offensive against Gaza saying violence in not the answer. “Violence will never be a solution to the problems of the Holy Land, whether it is violence by Palestinians or Israelis,” Archbishop Brislin said in statement sent to CISA. The Archbishop stated the bombing of Gaza is “disproportionate” and has resulted to “horrifying” loss of life. “The people have nowhere to go to escape the violence and continue to be terrorized and traumatized by the ongoing shelling of the area. They…

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NIGERIA: Cleric Urges Christians to Protect Family Institutions

ONITSHA, JULY 28, 2014 (CISA) -The Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, Most Rev Valerian Okeke, has challenged Christians to endeavour to protect marriage and family institutions within their communities. Speaking while presiding over an investiture for the elevation to 3rd and 4th degrees of Knights and Ladies of the Order of Saint Mulumba (KSM), Onitsha Metropolitan Council in Onitsha, Anambra on Saturday July 26, Arch bishop Okeke said that the two institutions meant to build a better society were under threat due to various challenges facing the country. “You should focus your satellite on marriages and families and ensure…

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KENYA: Change of Guard as Consolata Missionaries Usher in New Leadership

NAIROBI, July 25, 2014 (CISA) -On July 22, newly elected regional leaders of Consolata Missionaries (Kenya, Uganda Region) took oath of office to among other things “uphold confidentiality, work for the will of God, strive to move and work for the common good, and ensure what is right is protected…” The Eucharistic Celebration of the oath of office took place at the Consolata Fathers Regional House  chapel in Westlands, Nairobi. Rev Fr Hieronymus Joya was sworn in as the Regional Superior of the Consolata Missionaries for a second successive term while Fr Joseph Waithaka was sworn in as the Vice…

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VATICAN: Soccer Players to Participate in “Match for Peace” in September in Rome

VATICAN CITY, July 25, 2014 (CISA) -The Vatican has announced that some of the world’s most famous soccer players will participate in a sporting event in September aimed at uniting people of different religions. The proceeds of the event will go to charity. The “Interreligious Match for Peace” will be held on September 1 at 8.45 p.m. at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. With proceeds to be donated to charity, the event will involve the participation of world level players and coaches such as Lionel Messi, Gianluigi Buffon, Zinedine Zidane, Javier Zanetti, Roberto Baggio, Andrea Pirlo, Yuto Nagatomo and Samuel…

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SUDAN: Global Effort Needed to Save Lives in Nuba Mountains, says Bishop

EL OBEID, JULY 25, 2014 (CISA) -Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of El Obeid, Rt Rev Macram Gassis has said that governments, international organizations, and the Catholic Church can save many lives in the troubled Nuba region if they give it serious attention. During a visit to the United States, Bishop Gassis said bombings by Sudan’s armed forces disrupt the agricultural cycle and the people are unable to grow their own food, Catholic News Service reported July 21. Bishop Gassis said, “God will change the attitude of those who can help, but don’t, either willfully, or through neglect or…

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VATICAN: Meriam Ibrahim Lands in Rome, Meets Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, July 25, 2014 (CISA) -A Sudanese woman, Meriam Ibrahim,spared of a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith arrived in Rome with her family on Thursday July 24, where they met with Pope Francis a few hours after landing. “Pope Francis was very tender with her, who was in prison, and thanked her for her courageous witness to perseverance in the Faith,”  Catholic News Agency(CNA) quoted Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi as saying of the encounter in a July 24 statement. Describing the meeting between the young family and the Roman Pontiff as “very serene and…

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MALAWI: Archbishop of Addis Ababa Elected New Chairman of AMECEA

LILONGWE, July 25, 2014 (CISA) -The Catholic Bishops of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have elected Most Rev Berhaneyesus D Souraphiel, Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as chairman on July 24, 2014 during business session of the 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly. Archbishop Berhaneyesus, as he is known by most AMECEA members, takes over from Most Rev Tarcisio G Ziyaye of Lilongwe Archdiocese whose mandate as Chairman of AMECEA has expired. Archbishop Ziyaye has served AMECEA as Chairman for six years. Most Rev Berhaneyesus is the 10th Chairman of AMECEA and the first Bishop from Ethiopia…