March 2, 2015

  • GOMA

    DRC: Bishop Decries Insecurity in Goma

    KINSHASA, FEBRUARY 27, 2015(CISA) – Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of the Catholic Diocese Bishop of Goma has condemned the state of insecurity in the area following the recent killing of a priest. Fr Jean-Paul Kakule Kyalembera, of the parish of Mweso (in North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo) was killed in an apparent robbery attempt on the evening of 25 February, reported Fides. According to Bishop Kaboy the incident appeared to be an act of banditry and the current situation in the area “remains very dangerous.” “The priest was closing the doors of the church when he discovered one or…

  • IMBISA

    LESOTHO: Delegation of Bishops of Southern Africa to Observe National Elections

    MASERU, FEBRUARY 27, 2015(CISA) – A delegation of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) is in Lesotho as observer in the national elections to be held on February 28. The group sent to Lesotho consists of the Bishops of Angola, Mozambique and Swaziland and two lay people from Mozambique and Zimbabwe, as well as Fr Dos Reis who coordinates the IMBISA office for Justice and Peace, reported Fides. IMBISA is a liaison and pastoral collaboration body among the Episcopal Conferences of Angola and Sao Tome (CEAST); Lesotho (LCBC); Mozambique (CEM); Namibia (NCBC); Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland…

  • AU-Summit

    ETHIOPIA: Bishops Aim for observer status at AU

    ADDIS ABABA, FEBRUARY 27, 201(CISA)-African Catholic bishops have made a major step towards representation at the African Union with the appointment of a liaison between the AU and the symposium of African bishop’s conferences. Bernhanu Tamene Woldeyohannes was on February 23 appointed head of the office for relations between the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and the African Union. Woldeyaohannes’ Addis Ababa office “will facilitate the signing of a memorandum of understanding for SECAM observer status at the African Union,” the bishops announced. “This is in line with the goals of the Catholic Church in Africa in…

  • NIGERIA-BISHOPS

    NIGERIA: Bishops Call for Unity ahead of Polls

    ABUJA, FEBRUARY 27, 2015(CISA) – Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has appealed for unity ahead of the forthcoming general elections in March 28. “We have been witnessing an electioneering campaign largely devoid of issues of national interest but full of threats of violence, falsehood, rumour mongering, mudslinging and suspicion. These events make millions of Nigerians apprehensive and show that we are yet to see Nigeria as a family to which we all belong irrespective of our diverse ethnic, religious and political affiliations,” the bishops said in a Communiqué at the End of the First Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’…

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VATICAN: Lent is a time of Spiritual Combat, Pope says

over temptation, Zenit news Agency reported. “The Church reminds us of that mystery at the beginning of Lent, so that it may give us the perspective and the meaning of this time, which is a time of combat,” he said. “A spiritual combat against the spirit of evil; and while we cross the Lenten “desert”, we have our gazed fixed upon Easter, which is the definitive victory of Jesus against the Evil One, against sin and against death.” Pope Francis went on to say that the meaning of the First Sunday of Lent is to place ourselves on the path…

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ZIMBABWE: Lenten Collection to Support Diocesan healthcare system, Archbishop says

HARARE FEBRUARY 24, 2015(CISA)-Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of the Catholic Archdiocese of Harare has said that this year’s Lenten collection will be channeled to support diocesan healthcare system. “The situation of the sick in our country is well known, and their plight is personally felt by all of us,” Archbishop Ndlovu said in a Lenten Pastoral Letter sent to Fides on February 21. “Let us not spare an effort to look after the sick; to pray for them, to offer our sufferings together with the suffering of Jesus for their healing, and to direct our alms to the noble work of…

Archbishop-Kivuva

KENYA: Archdiocese of Mombasa Installs New Shepherd

MOMBASA, FEBRUARY 24, 2015 (CISA) – Archbishop Martin Kivuva Musonde was on February 21 installed as the archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa. The installation ceremony took place at Mombasa Municipal Stadium presided over by John Cardinal Njue. It brought together civic and church leaders including bishops and priests as well as thousands of faithful from the 52 different parishes of the archdiocese of Mombasa and beyond. “Our dear Christians of Mombasa today is an historical day. That new page has been opened,” said Cardinal Njue during his remarks, adding. “It will be wonderful if you can be involved in…

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KENYA: Machakos diocese Hands over Prelate to the Archdiocese of Mombasa

MOMBASA, FEBRUARY 24, 2015 (CISA) – Hundreds of faithful from the catholic diocese of Machakos on February 20 thronged St Mary’s Catholic Church, Changamwe for the handing over ceremony of Archbishop Martin Kivuva to the archdiocese of Mombasa. “…this is the man we are giving to you as Machakos diocese. May God bless him and make his work better in the Mombasa,” Fr Alfonse Mundio, the Vicar General of the catholic diocese of Machakos told the faithful from Mombasa. The event also saw archbishop elect take his oath of office before a day before officially being installed archbishop of Mombasa. According…