March 6, 2015

  • DRC

    DRC: Church Faults Local Authorities for Attack on Parish

    KINSHASA, MARCH 3, 2015(CISA) – Director of the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace , Father Justin Nkunzi  has condemned the local authorities for failing to conduct a thorough investigation on criminal gangs. “It is a great pity that the local authorities are failing to investigate thoroughly the clearly organised criminal gangs marauding in the area and prevent them from attacking innocent citizens,” said Fr  Nkunzi. Heavily armed men attacked Mater Dei parish in Bukavu on March 1. The intervention of the local parish population to rescue the church prevented further attacks. “This is not the first time the Mater Dei Parish has…

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    BURKINA FASO: Cardinal urges Film makers to Practice Media with true Ethical Values

    OUAGADOUGOU, MARCH 3, 2015 (CISA) – Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo has challenged African film makers to rise to penetrate the world of media with true ethical values ​​of the Gospel of Salvation brought by Jesus Christ. The Cardinal welcomed filmmakers, movie enthusiasts, producers, directors, technicians and actors to Ouagadougou and to the Eucharistic celebration after the Mass, a reflection on the day for Christian film was held. “The Church continues to play an important role in the promotion of film that defends human and spiritual values,” he said. He was speaking  when he presided over the opening Mass of the ongoing 2015…

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    KENYA: Future of the Congregation is in Africa, Consolata General Council says

    SAGANA, MARCH 3 2015 – The General Government of the Consolata Missionaries has noted that the future of the congregation is here in Kenya. “In about 15 years we will have a big bulk of Consolata missionaries from Africa. That means that our congregation is moving geographically from Italy to Africa and specifically Kenya. This calls on us as a congregation to invest in Africa, and I think it’s the right time to start pooling together our resources and to see how we can look at the future not depending anymore on Europe,” said Fr Marco Marini, the General councilor…

  • FR-BUNDI

    RWANDA: Church Deliberates on how to Feed the Hungry

    KIGALI MARCH 3, 2015(CISA) – Fr Celestino Bundi, Kenya National Director of the Pontifical Missions Societies (PMS) has said that the Catholic Church will use the idle land in the Archdioceses, congregations and major seminaries for food production. Speaking during the African National Directors of Pontifical Mission Societies meeting at St Vincent Pallotti Pastoral Centre in Kigali, Rwanda on February 25 to discuss “How to feed the world Hungry” in response to the call made by Pope Francis in November 2013 while addressing the 2nd International FAO Conference in Italy, Fr Bundi said the agricultural initiative is aimed at making…

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    VATICAN: North African Bishops Meet Pope Francis

    VATICAN CITY, MARCH 3, 2015(CISA) – Members of the Episcopal Conference of North African Bishops, CERNA on March 2 met with Pope Francis during their Ad Limina visit. CERNA brings together prelates from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. During the audience the bishops presented the Pope with a pastoral letter entitled “Servants of Hope” that addressed the reality of the Church’s presence in North Africa, reported Radio Vatican. In the letter the bishops said they had not given up hope that was roused by the “Arab Spring” adding that the quest for democracy in their troubled region would not be…

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DRC: Church Faults Local Authorities for Attack on Parish

KINSHASA, MARCH 3, 2015(CISA) – Director of the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace , Father Justin Nkunzi  has condemned the local authorities for failing to conduct a thorough investigation on criminal gangs. “It is a great pity that the local authorities are failing to investigate thoroughly the clearly organised criminal gangs marauding in the area and prevent them from attacking innocent citizens,” said Fr  Nkunzi. Heavily armed men attacked Mater Dei parish in Bukavu on March 1. The intervention of the local parish population to rescue the church prevented further attacks. “This is not the first time the Mater Dei Parish has…

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BURKINA FASO: Cardinal urges Film makers to Practice Media with true Ethical Values

OUAGADOUGOU, MARCH 3, 2015 (CISA) – Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo has challenged African film makers to rise to penetrate the world of media with true ethical values ​​of the Gospel of Salvation brought by Jesus Christ. The Cardinal welcomed filmmakers, movie enthusiasts, producers, directors, technicians and actors to Ouagadougou and to the Eucharistic celebration after the Mass, a reflection on the day for Christian film was held. “The Church continues to play an important role in the promotion of film that defends human and spiritual values,” he said. He was speaking  when he presided over the opening Mass of the ongoing 2015…

CONSOLATA-FRS

KENYA: Future of the Congregation is in Africa, Consolata General Council says

SAGANA, MARCH 3 2015 – The General Government of the Consolata Missionaries has noted that the future of the congregation is here in Kenya. “In about 15 years we will have a big bulk of Consolata missionaries from Africa. That means that our congregation is moving geographically from Italy to Africa and specifically Kenya. This calls on us as a congregation to invest in Africa, and I think it’s the right time to start pooling together our resources and to see how we can look at the future not depending anymore on Europe,” said Fr Marco Marini, the General councilor…

FR-BUNDI

RWANDA: Church Deliberates on how to Feed the Hungry

KIGALI MARCH 3, 2015(CISA) – Fr Celestino Bundi, Kenya National Director of the Pontifical Missions Societies (PMS) has said that the Catholic Church will use the idle land in the Archdioceses, congregations and major seminaries for food production. Speaking during the African National Directors of Pontifical Mission Societies meeting at St Vincent Pallotti Pastoral Centre in Kigali, Rwanda on February 25 to discuss “How to feed the world Hungry” in response to the call made by Pope Francis in November 2013 while addressing the 2nd International FAO Conference in Italy, Fr Bundi said the agricultural initiative is aimed at making…

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VATICAN: North African Bishops Meet Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 3, 2015(CISA) – Members of the Episcopal Conference of North African Bishops, CERNA on March 2 met with Pope Francis during their Ad Limina visit. CERNA brings together prelates from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. During the audience the bishops presented the Pope with a pastoral letter entitled “Servants of Hope” that addressed the reality of the Church’s presence in North Africa, reported Radio Vatican. In the letter the bishops said they had not given up hope that was roused by the “Arab Spring” adding that the quest for democracy in their troubled region would not be…

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DRC: Bishop Decries Insecurity in Goma

KINSHASA, FEBRUARY 27, 2015(CISA) – Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of the Catholic Diocese Bishop of Goma has condemned the state of insecurity in the area following the recent killing of a priest. Fr Jean-Paul Kakule Kyalembera, of the parish of Mweso (in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo) was killed in an apparent robbery attempt on the evening of 25 February, reported Fides. According to Bishop Kaboy the incident appeared to be an act of banditry and the current situation in the area “remains very dangerous.” “The priest was closing the doors of the church when he discovered one or…

IMBISA

LESOTHO: Delegation of Bishops of Southern Africa to Observe National Elections

MASERU, FEBRUARY 27, 2015(CISA) – A delegation of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) is in Lesotho as observer in the national elections to be held on February 28. The group sent to Lesotho consists of the Bishops of Angola, Mozambique and Swaziland and two lay people from Mozambique and Zimbabwe, as well as Fr Dos Reis who coordinates the IMBISA office for Justice and Peace, reported Fides. IMBISA is a liaison and pastoral collaboration body among the Episcopal Conferences of Angola and Sao Tome (CEAST); Lesotho (LCBC); Mozambique (CEM); Namibia (NCBC); Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland…

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ETHIOPIA: Bishops Aim for observer status at AU

ADDIS ABABA, FEBRUARY 27, 201(CISA)-African Catholic bishops have made a major step towards representation at the African Union with the appointment of a liaison between the AU and the symposium of African bishop’s conferences. Bernhanu Tamene Woldeyohannes was on February 23 appointed head of the office for relations between the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the African Union. Woldeyaohannes’ Addis Ababa office “will facilitate the signing of a memorandum of understanding for SECAM observer status at the African Union,” the bishops announced. “This is in line with the goals of the Catholic Church in Africa in…

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NIGERIA: Bishops Call for Unity ahead of Polls

ABUJA, FEBRUARY 27, 2015(CISA) – Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has appealed for unity ahead of the forthcoming general elections in March 28. “We have been witnessing an electioneering campaign largely devoid of issues of national interest but full of threats of violence, falsehood, rumour mongering, mudslinging and suspicion. These events make millions of Nigerians apprehensive and show that we are yet to see Nigeria as a family to which we all belong irrespective of our diverse ethnic, religious and political affiliations,” the bishops said in a Communiqué at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’…