January 31, 2015

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    S SUDAN: Rival Factions Sign Re-unification Agreement

    ARUSHA, JANUARY 23, 2015 (CISA)-The three factions of South Sudan’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) have signed an agreement to re-unifying the party. The deal was signed at Ngurdoto Hotel in Arusha, Tanzanian on Wednesday January 21 by President Salva Kiir, rebel leader Riek Machar, representatives of former SPLM detainees and former cabinet minister Deng Alor in the presence of Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. The accord addresses the root causes of the intra-party conflict, which plunged the country into crisis on December 15 2013. Other regional leaders who witnessed the signing including Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, Uganda’s President Yoweri…

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    DRC: Catholic Church Condemns Police Brutality, Urges for Peaceful Protests

    KINSHASA, JANUARY 23, 2015 (CISA) –The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has urged people to peacefully oppose President Kabila move to delay presidential elections until a census is held and further condemned police brutality against protesters, reported BBC. The Catholic Church has backed protests against President Joseph Kabila extending his rule. Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya Archbishop of Kinshasa called on the public to challenge by all “legal and peaceful means any attempt to change laws that are essential to the electoral process.” “Stop killing your people,” he told the police in a press statement. Officials in DRC said…


    KENYA: No Need to Fear Proposed Regulations on Religious leaders, Catholic Bishop says

    NAIROBI JANUARY 23, 2015(CISA)–The Catholic Church in Kenya has no reason to fear the proposed regulations that would regulate and monitor religious leaders working in the country. In a phone interview with CISA, the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Commission for Clergy and Religious (Liaison Committee) Bishop Anthony Ireri Mukobo, said the Catholic Church in Kenya already has regulations which are known by the government. “We have our regulations which are known by the government and they know that we are very organized and well behaved. In fact, every diocese submits its returns every year,” Bishop…

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    KENYA: Catholic Church Expresses Concern over Increased Grabbing of Public Land

    NAIROBI JANUARY 23, 2015(CISA) – The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has expressed concern over the increasing incidences of grabbing of public utility land by the so called ‘private developers’. In a statement signed by Bishop Anthony Crowley, on the grabbing of Lang’ata Primary School playground and the brutal action of the police on protesting pupils, vice chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Commission for Education and  Religious Education  has called upon the Kenya government to  “bring to book” those behind land grabbing in the country. “… There was another confrontation over the grabbing of land belonging to…

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KENYA: Bishop Calls for Reconciliation in Refugees Camps

NAIROBI JANUARY 20, 2015(CISA) – Bishop Virgilio Pante, the chairman of the KCCB Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Sea farers has called for reconciliation initiatives to help curb violence within refugee camps. Speaking during the World Refugee Day at the Kakuma Refugee camp in the Catholic diocese of Lodwar on Sunday January 18, Bishop Pante called for peace building processes to bring the refugees together. “We should continue peace building and encouraging the communities to live in harmony even after they have left their countries. When we have refugees from both sides of a conflict within one camp, more effort…


KENYA: Renew the bond of Ecumenism, Archbishop Urges Christians

NAIROBI, JANUARY 20, 2015 (CISA) – Archbishop Peter Kairo of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri has invited Christians to renew their bond of communion in service to the Church. In a statement sent to CISA, to mark the opening of the annual week of prayer for Christian unity, Archbishop Kairo urged Christians to “live with legitimate differences while crying out for solidarity and fellowship among them.” “The theme for the occasion is ‘give me to drink’ so the Lord is inviting us (Christians) to offer water to whoever arrives and to embrace one another in order to live our Church’s…


ETHIOPIA: New Diocese for Ethiopia and Metropolitan for Eritrea

BAHIR DAR, JANUARY 20, 2015(CISA) – Pope Francis has erected a new Diocese in Ethiopia which will be known as the Diocese of Bahir Dar – Dessie. The new diocese in Ethiopia has joined together the two districts of Bahir Dar and Dessie.   The new diocese or eparchy will have as its new Bishop, Lisane-Christos Matheos. Until his appointment on Monday January 19,  Bishop Matheos was the Auxiliary Bishop of Addis Ababa. The new Bishop of Bahir Dar – Dessie, Lisane-Christos Matheos was born in 1959 in Addis Ababa. He was ordained priest in 1988 and holds a degree in…


KENYA: President Faults Land Officials on School Playground Dispute

NAIROBI, JANUARY 20, 2015(CISA) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today faulted the Ministry of Lands and the National Land Commission for failing to resolve the Lang’ata Road Primary School land dispute. “We will begin to take action against Government officials who fail in their mandates,” said President Kenyatta following the tear-gassing of pupils protesting the grabbing of their school playground on Monday January 19. He said the act was unacceptable and that police should not have been involved in the first place. The President also questioned the role of the head teacher, saying that school children should not have been allowed…