November 1, 2014

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    SUDAN: Bishop Plea End to ‘Bombing Campaign’

    KHARTOUM,OCTOBER,28, 2014 (CISA)– Bishop Emeritus Macram Max Gassis, of the diocese of El Obeid, Sudan, has appealed to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to end a months-long bombing campaign in the Nuba Mountains. Bishop Max made the appeal on October 25 nine days after seven people, including six children, were killed and dozens more injured in a raid on a crowded market and a home in Heiban in South Kordofan state. “The gun will solve no problem and violence generates violence,” he said in condemning the Sudanese government’s attacks in the region. Reports from the region indicate that more than 800…

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    VATICAN: Pope Meets Uganda’s President Museveni

    VATICAN CITY, OCTOBER, 28, 2014 (CISA) – Pope Francis received President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the Republic of Uganda in the Vatican apostolic palace on Tuesday October 28. According to a statement by the Vatican, “certain aspects of life in the country and the good relations existing between the Holy See and the Republic of Uganda were highlighted” during the “cordial discussions” reported CNA. “Particular reference” the statement added, was placed on the “fundamental contribution of the Catholic Church and her collaboration with institutions in the educational, social and healthcare sectors.” The Vatican also said that the importance of “peaceful…

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    EGYPT: Religious Leaders Draft Bill on Construction of Churches

    CAIRO, OCTOBER 28, 2014 (CISA)– Representatives of the major Churches and Christian communities in Egypt have prepared and sent a draft bill on the construction of churches to the Egyptian government. It is expected that the draft law is discussed at a parliamentary level during the first session of the new parliament. “In all probability we will have to wait until the next election (scheduled for 2015) and the establishment of the new Parliament to see whether a new legislation on the construction of buildings for Christian worship on Egyptian territory is discussed and adopted,” said Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina,…

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    NIGERIA: Church Decry Boko Haram Attacks

    MAIDUGURI, OCTOBER 28, 2014((CISA)-The Catholic Church in Nigeria has said that over 90, 000 of its members remained displaced amid terror in the country. “As a church we are really going through a severe moment of persecution. Our ecclesiastical circumscription has faced a sharp disintegration. For now situation is still as before, no improvement whatsoever since our people are still displaced and have no much hope of getting home,”    Fr Gideon Obasogie, Director of Catholic Social Communication Information of Maiduguri Diocese. The church said 14 parishes had been ransacked while about 20 priests displaced and some members are still searching…

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SUDAN: Bishop Plea End to ‘Bombing Campaign’

KHARTOUM,OCTOBER,28, 2014 (CISA)– Bishop Emeritus Macram Max Gassis, of the diocese of El Obeid, Sudan, has appealed to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to end a months-long bombing campaign in the Nuba Mountains. Bishop Max made the appeal on October 25 nine days after seven people, including six children, were killed and dozens more injured in a raid on a crowded market and a home in Heiban in South Kordofan state. “The gun will solve no problem and violence generates violence,” he said in condemning the Sudanese government’s attacks in the region. Reports from the region indicate that more than 800…

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VATICAN: Pope Meets Uganda’s President Museveni

VATICAN CITY, OCTOBER, 28, 2014 (CISA) – Pope Francis received President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of the Republic of Uganda in the Vatican apostolic palace on Tuesday October 28. According to a statement by the Vatican, “certain aspects of life in the country and the good relations existing between the Holy See and the Republic of Uganda were highlighted” during the “cordial discussions” reported CNA. “Particular reference” the statement added, was placed on the “fundamental contribution of the Catholic Church and her collaboration with institutions in the educational, social and healthcare sectors.” The Vatican also said that the importance of “peaceful…

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EGYPT: Religious Leaders Draft Bill on Construction of Churches

CAIRO, OCTOBER 28, 2014 (CISA)– Representatives of the major Churches and Christian communities in Egypt have prepared and sent a draft bill on the construction of churches to the Egyptian government. It is expected that the draft law is discussed at a parliamentary level during the first session of the new parliament. “In all probability we will have to wait until the next election (scheduled for 2015) and the establishment of the new Parliament to see whether a new legislation on the construction of buildings for Christian worship on Egyptian territory is discussed and adopted,” said Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina,…

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NIGERIA: Church Decry Boko Haram Attacks

MAIDUGURI, OCTOBER 28, 2014((CISA)-The Catholic Church in Nigeria has said that over 90, 000 of its members remained displaced amid terror in the country. “As a church we are really going through a severe moment of persecution. Our ecclesiastical circumscription has faced a sharp disintegration. For now situation is still as before, no improvement whatsoever since our people are still displaced and have no much hope of getting home,”    Fr Gideon Obasogie, Director of Catholic Social Communication Information of Maiduguri Diocese. The church said 14 parishes had been ransacked while about 20 priests displaced and some members are still searching…

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EGYPT: Christians Feel Safer, Catholic Official says

CAIRO, OCTOBER, 24, 2014(CISA) – Christians in Egypt feel “much safer” under the presidency of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, much as problems still exist, a Catholic official has said. “Christians feel a lot safer. They are going to church without feeling threatened as they did under President Morsi… In all, a more peaceful atmosphere is being created,” Fr Rafik Greiche, press officer for the Egyptian Bishops’ Conference, told Aid to the Church in October 21, CNA reported. “The mood has improved considerably. The security situation is getting better. There is greater stability,” he added. President Fattah played a key role in…

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MALI: WHO Sending More Experts to Contain Ebola

BAMAKO, OCTOBER 24, 2014(CISA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was sending more experts to Mali to help contain the outbreak after the country confirmed its first case of Ebola. Mali became the sixth West African country to be affected by the outbreak after a two-year-old girl, who recently arrived from Guinea was diagnosed with Ebola on Thursday October 23. The girl’s mother died in Guinea a few weeks ago and the child was then brought by relatives to Mali. According to a statement from Mali’s health ministry the girl is being treated in the western town of Kayes…

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DRC: US Prelate Supports Bishops on Presidential Term

KINSHASA, OCTOBER 24, 2014(CISA)– Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, United has asked the US state department to support efforts of the Congolese bishops who are opposing the suggested end to presidential term limits in the country. “As we are both painfully aware, Constitutions have been changed previously in other countries as a means to monopolize political power and a nation’s natural wealth,” Bishop Pates said in a letter to Ambassador Russ Feingold, the US Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on October 16. “This political manoeuvre excludes political opposition and destroys…

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KENYA: Prisons Chaplaincy Launches Life Skills Program for Youth

NAIROBI OCTOBER, 24, 2014 (CISA) – Kamiti Maximum Security Prison through the catholic chaplaincy office has launched ‘Life skills’ training program targeting youth in prisons. Speaking during the launch, Mrs Lillian Waweru, the Catholic chaplaincy prisons coordinator in Nairobi County said that the programme under the theme ‘A Transformed Life (ATL)’ would see the marginalized, less privileged, physically and mentally challenged youth in prisons train on basic life skills. “The objective of this program is to help offenders gain the skills they need in life in order to live a law-abiding lifestyle once their sentence is complete,” said Mrs Waweru. She…

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KENYA: Destitute Children leaving Institutions Need Life Skills, Conference says

NAIROBI OCTOBER, 24, 2014 (CISA) – A two day conference on reintegration of young people leaving care institution has resolved that impacting life skills in vulnerable children  has  more long term effect as compared to offering them capital. The conference was organized by Koinonia Advisory Research and Development Service (KARDS) at Shalom house in Nairobi and brought together stakeholders involved in child protection from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. “Experience has taught us that people easily integrate or associate by using different talents,” said Fr Paul Temu, director, Apostles of Jesus Technical Institute Lang’ata, Nairobi. “The same case we can’t talk of…