December 18, 2014

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    SIERRA LEONE: Bishops Appeal for More Help for Hospital

    FREETOWN, DECEMBER, 11, 2014 (CISA) – Bishops in West Africa have appealed for more help for a hospital in a region suffering many Ebola infections. “The Ebola situation is still very grim. Our health workers are at great risk and some have lost their lives,” said Father Paul Sandi, secretary general of the Catholic Conference of the Gambia and Sierra Leone. The Catholic hospital in Serabu has 80 beds and serves 3,000 patients a year. It is located about 140 miles from the national capital, and serves six villages and other areas in the region. According to Alexandria, Virginia-based La…

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    LIBERIA: Cardinal Peter Turkson on Solidarity Visit to Ebola Stricken Countries

    FREETOWN, DECEMBER, 16, 2014, (CISA) – Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is set for a trip to Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the three countries most affected with the Ebola Virus Disease. Cardinal Turkson will depart for Sierra Leone on December, 16 and then proceed to Liberia on December18 to bring “a message of solidarity and hope to the Church, health workers and the general populations,” reported CAN. Cardinal Turkson who will be accompanied by Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Special Advisor on Health for Caritas Internationalis said observed that the impact of…

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    NIGERIA: Bishops Reverse Order Banning Handshakes in Churches

    LAGOS, DECEMBER 16, 2014(CISA) – The Nigerian Catholic Bishops Conference has ordered all priests and lay faithful to revert to normal practices of receiving Holy Communion through the tongue and resume observance of handshake as a sign of peace during Mass. This follows the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) in October that Nigeria is an Ebola-free nation. In a circular to all Catholic Churches in the country and signed by the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins, the bishops said the reversal was to be effected immediately. “I refer to our special circular of…

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    S SUDAN: Church holds Prayers for War Victims

    JUBA DECEMBER 16, 2014(CISA) –  On December 15, the Catholic Church in South Sudan held prayers for the victims of the civil war at the Cathedral in Juba, one year after the outbreak of the civil war in the country. While presiding over the event, Archbishop Paolina Lukudu Loro of the Archdiocese of Juba called for peace and stability. According to UN figures, there are 1.4 million displaced people within the country, and another half a million taking refuge in neighbouring countries. More than 97,000 people remain in compounds of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in very difficult conditions. The…

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    UGANDA: Be Good Example to Fellow Youth, Archbishop Tells Conference

    KAMPALA DECEMBER 16, 2014(CISA) – Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala has urged youth to “always be exemplary and relevant to fellow youth as missionaries of behavioral change against immoral tendencies that are eating away our value in society.” Addressing a national youth conference at The National Catholic youth Conference under the Theme, “Blessed are the poor in the spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven” on Saturday December 13 at Youth Encounter the Savior Center Nsambya, Archbishop  Lwanga urged the youth to take what they learnt as serious in their lives. He added that the…

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LIBERIA: Catholic Hospital Closed over Ebola Re-opens

MONROVIA, DECEMBER, 11, 2014, (CISA) – St. Joseph’s Catholic hospital of Monrovia, which stopped operations in August after the death of many of its staff due to Ebola, has re-opened. The hospital is re-opening at a time when the epidemic appears to be slowing down. According to the Italian online magazine, Servizio Informazione Religiosa, the announcement to reopen St. Joseph’s hospital was made by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) which has helped the hospital restart services, Vatican Radio reported. Eight members of staff at St. Joseph’s hospital died in August this year, after they attended to Ebola patients. At the time, the hospital was unprepared for the disease hence the…

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NIGERIA: Churches Beef Security Against Boko Haram Attacks

KANO, DECEMBER 11, 2014(CISA) – Churches in Nigeria have increased security after a bomb attack on a mosque in Kano, northern Nigeria that left more than 100 people dead. Bishop John Namaza Niyiring of the Catholic Diocese of Kano said the measures include erecting barricades, using metal detectors to check people entering churches, and a special police unit “carrying out surveillance in areas where we intend to hold special functions”. More than 100 people were killed and 135 wounded in multiple suicide bomb blasts at Kano’s central mosque on November 29 by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram. The people of Kano…

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KENYA: Promote Religious Tolerance, Christian Leaders Urge Muslims

NAIROBI, DECEMBER 11, 2014(CISA) – Leaders of Mainstream Christian Churches in Kenya have called on Muslims promote religious tolerance and help curb radicalization of youth in the country. The leaders drawn from the Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist and African Inland Church said this during a press conference on The State of The Nation at the All Saint Cathedral Nairobi, on Wednesday December 10. “We want to see a deliberate and concerted effort by our Muslim brothers and sisters… They must move merely beyond condemning the spate of attacks targeting non-Muslims to initiating practical steps to the sympathisers of terror and helping us to build bridges…

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KENYA: Bishop Martin Kivuva Appointed Archbishop of Mombasa

NAIROBI DECEMBER 9, 2014(CISA) – Bishop Martin Kivuva Musonde has been named the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa. Pope Francis elevated the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Machakos to head the Archdiocese of Mombasa on Tuesday December 9. According to the Archbishop Charles Balvo, the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya bishop Kivuva will be officially introduced to the Archdiocese of Mombasa on December 19 2014. The archdiocese of Mombasa became vacant following the resignation of the late Archbishop Boniface Lele in November 2013. Bishop Emmanuel Barbara of the Catholic Diocese of Malindi has been serving as Apostolic Administrator…