July 25, 2014

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    VATICAN: Pope Calls on Christians to Pray for World Conflicts

    VATICAN CITY, July 22, 2014 (CISA) -Pope Francis has encouraged the faithful around the world to pray for “the situations of tension and conflict that persist in different parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and in Ukraine.” The pontiff was speaking during his weekly Sunday Angelus address on July 20 at St Peter’s Square where he lamented the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were reportedly told by ISIS forces last week to either convert to Islam, pay the Jizya tax or leave, reported CNA. “They are persecuted; our brothers are…

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    THE GAMBIA: Activists Mark 20 Years of Iron Fisted Repression

    BANJUL, July 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations, Amnesty International said as it joined forces with other human rights groups for a global day of action marking 20 years since President Yahya AJJ Jammeh’s seizure of power. Activists across the world will hold protests and public events July 22  to raise awareness about the dire human rights situation in The Gambia, where many live in fear of arbitrary arrest, torture and enforced disappearance. In The Gambia, the anniversary is historically celebrated…

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    CAMEROON: Church Leads Prayer for Peace

    YAOUNDE July 22, 2014 (CISA) -Catholics in Cameroon gathered on Saturday July 19 in churches across the country to pray for peace in the African nation, whose northern region is subject to the violence of Boko Haram. The Islamist extremists, who for years have terrorized neighbouring Nigeria and have killed thousands of Christian civilians, are now committing violence across the border in Cameroon. They recently made international headlines with the kidnapping of two Italian priests and a Canadian religious sister. The three were eventually released but the bishops of Cameroon say these violent events and others are clear signs that…

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    SUDAN: Nation Bans Construction of New Churches

    KHARTOUM, July 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Religious Endowments announced that the government will not issue permits anymore for the construction of new churches in the country. Sudanese Christian leaders, according to Fides News Agency have criticized the statement. Minister Shalil Abdallah told the Khartoum based El Jareeda newspaper this month that the existing churches are enough for the Christians remaining in Sudan, after the secession of South Sudan in 2011. He also pointed out the fact that majority of the inhabitants of South Sudan are Christians, while the number of Christians in Sudan is small….

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    MALAWI: Modern Challenges of Faith Demands New Evangelization Strategies – Professor

    LILONGWE, July 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Director of School of Post Graduate Studies at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (UEA) Rev Professor Clement Majawa has urged the AMECEA Bishops to embrace the New Evangelization strategies in order to cope with the challenges of Faith the world is experiencing. Presenting his paper at the 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly in Lilongwe Malawi Prof Majawa said that the new evangelization is a timely opportunity to read and interpret correctly and righteously the signs of the times and then work with Catholic Church’s methodology towards true, deeper, and profound catechesis. “People’s faith lacks honesty,…

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VATICAN: Pope Calls on Christians to Pray for World Conflicts

VATICAN CITY, July 22, 2014 (CISA) -Pope Francis has encouraged the faithful around the world to pray for “the situations of tension and conflict that persist in different parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and in Ukraine.” The pontiff was speaking during his weekly Sunday Angelus address on July 20 at St Peter’s Square where he lamented the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were reportedly told by ISIS forces last week to either convert to Islam, pay the Jizya tax or leave, reported CNA. “They are persecuted; our brothers are…

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THE GAMBIA: Activists Mark 20 Years of Iron Fisted Repression

BANJUL, July 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Gambian government must abolish the laws and iron fisted practices that have resulted in two decades of widespread human rights violations, Amnesty International said as it joined forces with other human rights groups for a global day of action marking 20 years since President Yahya AJJ Jammeh’s seizure of power. Activists across the world will hold protests and public events July 22  to raise awareness about the dire human rights situation in The Gambia, where many live in fear of arbitrary arrest, torture and enforced disappearance. In The Gambia, the anniversary is historically celebrated…

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CAMEROON: Church Leads Prayer for Peace

YAOUNDE July 22, 2014 (CISA) -Catholics in Cameroon gathered on Saturday July 19 in churches across the country to pray for peace in the African nation, whose northern region is subject to the violence of Boko Haram. The Islamist extremists, who for years have terrorized neighbouring Nigeria and have killed thousands of Christian civilians, are now committing violence across the border in Cameroon. They recently made international headlines with the kidnapping of two Italian priests and a Canadian religious sister. The three were eventually released but the bishops of Cameroon say these violent events and others are clear signs that…

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SUDAN: Nation Bans Construction of New Churches

KHARTOUM, July 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Religious Endowments announced that the government will not issue permits anymore for the construction of new churches in the country. Sudanese Christian leaders, according to Fides News Agency have criticized the statement. Minister Shalil Abdallah told the Khartoum based El Jareeda newspaper this month that the existing churches are enough for the Christians remaining in Sudan, after the secession of South Sudan in 2011. He also pointed out the fact that majority of the inhabitants of South Sudan are Christians, while the number of Christians in Sudan is small….

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MALAWI: Modern Challenges of Faith Demands New Evangelization Strategies – Professor

LILONGWE, July 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Director of School of Post Graduate Studies at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (UEA) Rev Professor Clement Majawa has urged the AMECEA Bishops to embrace the New Evangelization strategies in order to cope with the challenges of Faith the world is experiencing. Presenting his paper at the 18th AMECEA Plenary Assembly in Lilongwe Malawi Prof Majawa said that the new evangelization is a timely opportunity to read and interpret correctly and righteously the signs of the times and then work with Catholic Church’s methodology towards true, deeper, and profound catechesis. “People’s faith lacks honesty,…

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VATICAN: Pope Receives Autographed Football Jersey

VATICAN CITY, July 18, 2014 (CISA) -The players of the Argentine national football team have given Pope Francis an “Albiceleste” shirt signed by all the members of the team. Although Argentina fell at the final hurdle during the final of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, losing 1:0 to Germany in extra time, the team said they were confident the Pope thought of them throughout the tournament. According to Vatican Radio, a large-scale wall photo of the team with the Pope was installed by the Asociacion de Futbol Argentino (AFA) at the Brazilian sports complex where the team trained during…

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KENYA: Mother Earth Network Participates in the Second PFM Conference

MUGUGA, July 18, 2014 (CISA) -Mother earth network actively participated in the second National Participatory Forest Management (PFM) conference held between July 15th – 16th, 2014 at Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI) Muguga. The conference organized by Kenya forest service in collaboration with Forestry society of Kenya, East Africa Wildlife Society, Nature Kenya, Kenya forest Working Group, Kenya forest research institute and UNDP drew participants from the 12 forest conservancies as well as relevant stakeholders from the forest conservation sector in Kenya. The first conference that took place in 2007, laid down the procedures and mechanisms of participatory Forest Management…

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SUDAN: Seven Million in Need of Humanitarian Aid says the UN

DARFUR, July 18, 2014 (CISA) -About seven million people in Sudan are in urgent need of aid as a result of aggravating conflict in Darfur and influx of refugees fleeing war in South Sudan, the UN has said. In a statement the UN said, “Aid agencies urgently need funding to assist 6.9 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (roughly 20 percent of Sudan’s population).” The figure is a jump from the UN’s previous estimate of 6.1 million, issued last year, reported AFP. “The Sudan humanitarian response plan has been revised to reflect the deteriorating situation in Darfur, the influx…

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MALAWI: President Mutharika Hails AMECEA Assembly, Terms it Timely

LILONGWE July 18, 2014 (CISA) -Malawi President Prof Peter Mutharika has commended the 18th Association of Member Episcopal Conference for Eastern Africa (AMECEA) as timely considering the hard times the African continent is undergoing which according to him require divine intervention. According to Malawi News Agency, the President made the remarks at Civo stadium in Lilongwe on Thursday July 17 during the Opening Mass of the 10 day plenary assembly which is under the theme, ‘New Evangelisation through True Conversion and Witnessing to Christian Faith.’ “The theme of this Plenary Assembly and especially under … evangelisation could not come at…

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MALAWI: AMECEA Conference Underway as Bishops Line Host of Activities

LILONGWE, July 18, 2014 (CISA) -Catholic Bishops from the Eastern Region of Africa started their meeting Wednesday July 16  with focus on issues that affect the lives of people within the region. Briefing journalists at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Association of Members Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) Secretary General, Fr Ferdinard Lugozo, said the plenary meeting is one of the greatest gatherings of Bishops which gives them an opportunity to reflect on various issues affecting the church as well as the people in different countries. Fr Lugozo said during the meeting in Lilongwe, Bishops will, apart from…