November 26, 2014

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    PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Church Urges State to Release Healthcare Funds

    PORT MORESBY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014(CISA) – Archbishop Stephen Reichert, Chairman of Catholic Church Health Services (CCHS), has called on the government to release salary and operational funds to the Churches to boost health services. He said that “health services in Papua New Guinea are suffering because the Government is not releasing funds promptly enough.” “We welcome the Government’s commitment to health care in the latest budget.  However, we urge the Government to release funds on time to Churches who run health facilities in partnership with the Government Department of Health,” said Archbishop Reichert in a statement sent to CISA November…

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    KENYA: Nuncio Urges Communities in Marsabit to live in Harmony

    MARSABIT, NOVEMBER 25, 2014(CISA) – Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Charles Balvo has called on the faithful to unite and accept one another since in the Church there are no strangers. Speaking during the celebration to mark the closing of the Golden Jubilee year of the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit on Sunday, November 23, Archbishop Balvo asked various communities in Marsabit to live in harmony despite their differences. “If you read the history here, there are different people; Samburu, Borana, Gabra, Rendile, Turkana, Burji, Konso, El Molo, Daasanach and others,” he said, adding. “We are all one as members of…

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    KENYA: Ebola can be handled if World Collaborates, WCC says

    NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 25, 2014(CISA) – “This is a disease that can be handled and this is a crisis we will overcome but only if we work together,” the General Secretary of World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has said. “Let us work together with all those who have good will, knowledge and competence that is needed,” Rev Olav urged participants at the opening of a regional forum on the role of faith communities on addressing Ebola. Speaking via a video link from Cyprus, he asked the world to collaborate in order to tackle the Ebola crisis….

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    KENYA: Franciscan Sisters of St Anna Holds Chapter in Kenya

    NAIROBI NOVEMBER 25, 2014(CISA) – The Franciscan Sisters of St Anna are set to start a Kenyan chapter, Superior General Sr Vita De Wild has said. “We have reached a point in the Holland that we only have 40 sisters at an average age of 85.The time has come definitely that the sisters here take the greatest responsibility of the congregation,” she said. Speaking during the start of a week-long meeting of the sisters at Rosa Mystica Spiritual Centre in Nairobi on Monday November 24, Sr Vita said the sisters were concerned over the continuity of the congregation. The meeting…

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Church Urges State to Release Healthcare Funds

PORT MORESBY, NOVEMBER 25, 2014(CISA) – Archbishop Stephen Reichert, Chairman of Catholic Church Health Services (CCHS), has called on the government to release salary and operational funds to the Churches to boost health services. He said that “health services in Papua New Guinea are suffering because the Government is not releasing funds promptly enough.” “We welcome the Government’s commitment to health care in the latest budget.  However, we urge the Government to release funds on time to Churches who run health facilities in partnership with the Government Department of Health,” said Archbishop Reichert in a statement sent to CISA November…

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KENYA: Nuncio Urges Communities in Marsabit to live in Harmony

MARSABIT, NOVEMBER 25, 2014(CISA) – Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, Archbishop Charles Balvo has called on the faithful to unite and accept one another since in the Church there are no strangers. Speaking during the celebration to mark the closing of the Golden Jubilee year of the Catholic Diocese of Marsabit on Sunday, November 23, Archbishop Balvo asked various communities in Marsabit to live in harmony despite their differences. “If you read the history here, there are different people; Samburu, Borana, Gabra, Rendile, Turkana, Burji, Konso, El Molo, Daasanach and others,” he said, adding. “We are all one as members of…

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KENYA: Ebola can be handled if World Collaborates, WCC says

NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 25, 2014(CISA) – “This is a disease that can be handled and this is a crisis we will overcome but only if we work together,” the General Secretary of World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has said. “Let us work together with all those who have good will, knowledge and competence that is needed,” Rev Olav urged participants at the opening of a regional forum on the role of faith communities on addressing Ebola. Speaking via a video link from Cyprus, he asked the world to collaborate in order to tackle the Ebola crisis….

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KENYA: Franciscan Sisters of St Anna Holds Chapter in Kenya

NAIROBI NOVEMBER 25, 2014(CISA) – The Franciscan Sisters of St Anna are set to start a Kenyan chapter, Superior General Sr Vita De Wild has said. “We have reached a point in the Holland that we only have 40 sisters at an average age of 85.The time has come definitely that the sisters here take the greatest responsibility of the congregation,” she said. Speaking during the start of a week-long meeting of the sisters at Rosa Mystica Spiritual Centre in Nairobi on Monday November 24, Sr Vita said the sisters were concerned over the continuity of the congregation. The meeting…

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ITALY: Feed the Hungry to Save the Planet, Pope tells UN

ROME, November 21 2014(CISA)-Pope Francis on Thursday November 20 condemned the excessive consumption and misuse of food, saying that often the statistics surrounding the topic of hunger are twisted for the sake of national security. “There are few subjects about which we find as many fallacies as those related to hunger; few topics as likely to be manipulated by data, statistics, the demands of national security, corruption, or futile lamentation about the economic crisis,” the CNA quoted Pope Francis as saying November 20. It is “painful,” he said, to see that the struggle against hunger and malnutrition “is hindered by…

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NIGERIA: Constructive Criticism is for Common Good, Archbishop says

ABUJA, NOVEMBER, 21, 2014(CISA) – “Constructive criticism is a necessary aspect of life in the modern day world to enhance good governance, equity and justice in the society for the common good of all,” Archbishop Kaigama has said. Archbishop Kaigama, The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria made this remark in his homily at the Rosary Prayer Pilgrimage, held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, by Catholic faithful from all parts of the country. Archbishop Kaigama also used the occasion to warn on the danger signals in respect of the 2015 General elections. “Apart from sectarian clashes here…

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ZAMBIA: Pope Urges Bishops to work with Politicians

LUSAKA, NOVEMBER 21, 2014(CISA)- Pope Francis has urged Catholic bishops in Zambia to work with political leaders for the common good of the nation. “I invite you to continue working with political leaders for the common good. You should also deepen your prophetic witness in defence of the poor in order to uplift the lives of the weak,” Pope Francis told the 11 Zambian bishops on during their Ad Limina visit to the Vatican Monday November 17, said Times of Zambia. Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) communications officer Mwenya Mukuka said in a statement that the Pope told the bishops that,…

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MALI: Church Postpones Annual Pilgrimage due to Ebola

BAMAKO, NOVEMBER 21, 2014(CISA) – The annual pilgrimage to Kita by the Catholic Church in Mali has been postponed in order to curb the spread of Ebola virus. The event was to take place from November 20 to 23 in Kita, the oldest parish in the country. According to His Exc Mgr Jean Zerbo, Archbishop of Bamako they postponed the pilgrimage because they could not handle the situation at sanitary level as well as the travel of 10,000 people for three days. “It is not possible, we cannot do it. For this reason we have decided to postpone it. By praying and…

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KENYA: Religious Forum to Hold Regional Consultations on Ebola

NAIROBI NOVEMBER 21, 2014(CISA)-Religious leaders through the All Africa Conference of Churches will on November 24- 26 hold regional consultations on the role of faith communities in response to address the Ebola crisis. The consultation to be held at the AACC Conference Centre, Nairobi,  aims to draw together 70 participants representing health professionals and Church health associations, Councils of Churches, religious leaders, theologians, representatives from the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP), Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network,(EPN) All Africa Conference of Churches, the World Council of Churches, Theological Institutions, UN agencies, ACT Alliance, Faith communions , Caritas Internationalis, and other critical stakeholders….

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KENYA: Nurses Campaign Against Controversial Tetanus Jab

NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 21, 2014(CISA)-The Kenya National Union of Nurses has joined the campaign to stop the controversial tetanus vaccination until an independent body certifies its safety. The union’s Secretary General Seth Panyako said that “the storm generated by the tetanus jab must be resolved.” Panyako pointed out that an independent body is best suited to conduct the safety and not the government, in order to bring the matter to a halt. “We are saying that the tetanus immunisation process should be stopped forthwith until tests are done with an independent body which is not part of the government so that…