July 22, 2014

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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…

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VATICAN: Benedict XVI’s Secretary Passes on Condolences to Pope After World Cup

VATICAN CITY, July 15, 2014 (CISA) -Benedict XVI did not watch the World Cup Final between Argentina and Germany on television but knew instantly what the final score was when he saw the expression on the face of his secretary, Archbishop George Gaenswein, the following morning. The prefect of the Pontifical Household said he watched the match with the Memores Domini – consecrated women who assist Benedict XVI – and all of them rooted for Germany, although he said he felt sorry for the Argentines. “They played well but I think in the end Germany won deservedly,” he told Vatican…

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NIGERIA: Malala, a Taliban Victim, Finds Sisterhood With Missing Girls

ABUJA, July 14, 2014 (CISA) –A Pakistani teen who survived certain death from a terrorist’s gunshot to her face has met with the mothers of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by elements of the group Boko Haram. On the first leg of a three day visit, Malala Yousafzai, now 17, and her father, Ziauddin, spoke with some of the mothers, telling them she saw the more than 200 kidnapped girls as her sisters and would stand up for them. Speaking with the Nigerian News Agency, she said: “On my 17th birthday, my wish is to see every child go to school and…

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KENYA: First Lady Lauds Church Role in Improving Lives of Kenyans

RUAKA, July 15, 2014 (CISA) -First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has applauded the role of the Catholic Church in improving the lives of millions of Kenyans across the country. Speaking during a fundraising ceremony at Blessed Joseph Allamano Catholic Church in Ruaka, about 15 Km from Nairobi City on July 14, the First Lady pledged her continued support to religious organizations as they go about complementing the government’s transformational agenda through education, health, environment and youth empowerment projects. The First Lady helped to raise over Kshs 3.2 million. She donated Kshs 500,000 with another Kshs 100,000 from former First Lady Mama…

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NIGERIA: Archbishop Kaigama Wants Gvt. to Rescue Kidnapped Girls

JOS, July 15, 2014 (CISA) -Following reports that about 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok by Nigeria’s militant group, Boko Haram, could be freed soon, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of the catholic Archdiocese of Jos, has called on the country’s leaders to quickly fast track the process. “At the conclusion of the National Council of States Meeting…there was news that it will just be a matter of time before the girls are released,” Archbishop Kaigama told CNA. “That is good news, we hope. But we will have to see how far it goes, how concrete that news will be. As I said…

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MALAWI: Cardinal Njue Encourages Faithful to Embrace Self-reliance Spirit

LILONGWE, July 15, 2014 (CISA) -John Cardinal Njue, Head of the Catholic Church in Kenya on Monday July 14 called upon Catholics in countries of the Eastern African region to embrace the spirit of self-reliance. Speaking on arrival ahead of the Plenary Assembly of the 18th Association of Member Episcopal Conference in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), Cardinal Njue said Catholics in the region should move away from the dependence syndrome and take up the responsibility of their churches. “I encourage you my brethren to move forward by taking up the responsibility of the church. The seed planted by the missionaries should…

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VATICAN: World Cup Final Watchers? Francis Maybe, Benedict Won’t

VATICAN CITY, July 11, 2014 (CISA) -Football-mad Pope Francis ‘might’ watch the World Cup final on Sunday July 13, between his native Argentina and Germany but is unlikely to do so alongside his German predecessor Benedict XVI, contrary to media speculation, the Vatican said. “He might want to watch the final,” Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, said of Pope Francis (formerly the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Bergoglio) – a fan and card-carrying member of the San Lorenzo de Almagro club in the Argentinian capital since childhood. But a Vatican source said he ‘excluded categorically’ the prospect of Pope…

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ETHIOPIA: Rights Group Call to an End to the Onslaught on Dissent as Arrests Continue

ADDIS ABABA, July, 11, 2014 (CISA) -The Ethiopian authorities must halt their continuing onslaught on dissent, Amnesty International has said, after the arrest of four more opposition party members this week, who are believed to be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. All four were arrested on July 8 in the capital Addis Ababa and the northern city of Mekele on “terror” accusations: a charge commonly used as a pretext to put dissenters behind bars in Ethiopia. “These latest detentions add to Ethiopia’s ever-increasing number of journalists, opposition members, activists and other dissenting voices locked up for alleged ‘terrorism’…

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S SUDAN: President Calls for Renewal of Peace Talks

JUBA, July 11, 2014 (CISA) -South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Wednesday July 9, called on rebels to resume peace talks in order to resolve the over six month long conflict that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced over a million people. “I still renew my call upon him [Riek Machar] to accept the logic of peaceful resolution to the conflict so that we resolve this issue,” President Kiir said in the capital Juba during a ceremony marking the 3rd anniversary of independence. “Put down your guns and come home.” South Sudan acquired independence from Sudan in 2011 making…

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KENYA: Fresh Attacks in Lamu Hours after Two Suspects are Arrested

NAIROBI, July 11, 2014 (CISA) -A fresh attack was reported in Lamu on Morning Friday July 11, barely hours after police arrested two suspects of Somali origin. The attack, according to Capital FM news, occurred Thursday night at Pandanguo village, where six people were killed and houses torched two weeks ago. Reports from Lamu indicate that Kenya Police Reservists were also robbed of their six firearms by the armed group that also torched several houses. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the latest attack that has renewed fears amongst residents who had been assured of maximum security after…

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SUDAN: Bishop says Christians in Nation Treated as ‘Second Class’ Citizens

KHARTOUM, July 11, 2014 (CISA) -The legal situation of Christians in Sudan is worrying. The Bishop of the South Sudanese diocese of Tambura-Yambio, Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, said when he visited the headquarters of the International Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need on the July 10. “In Sudan bishops and priests have been living de facto as illegals since South Sudan’s independence,” Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala told Church In Need. The cleric added that Sudan’s constitution did guarantee all citizens equal rights regardless of their religious affiliation, but the reality was different: “When we confront those in charge with…