November 21, 2014

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    VATICAN: Pope Urges Zambian Bishops to Support the Family

    VATICAN CITY, NOVEMBER 18, 2014(CISA) – Pope Francis has called on Zambian bishops to actively build the family saying that when family life is endangered, then the life of faith is also put at risk. The Pope was addressing Zambian bishops at the Vatican today on the occasion of their ad limina meetings, reported Zenit. According to the pontiff, “since the family is the fundamental cell of society” it is important for bishops to give them support, especially through catechizing. “For it is here that the Church’s well-being in Zambia must grow and be fostered.” He further said that if families understand and…


    NIGERIA: Selfishness Will Bring Anarchy, Catholic Bishops Warn

      ABUJA NOVEMBER 18, 2014(CISA)-As parochial interests fuel political tension and sectarian clashes in parts of Nigeria, there are strong indications that the forthcoming general elections will create an explosive political situation, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has warned. To avert the impending danger, therefore, the bishops are calling for national prayer for God’s mercy on the nation, lasting peace and security, and for leaders at various levels to exhibit high level of patriotism and selflessness in their service for the security all. Speaking at the National Prayer Pilgrimage for Nigeria in Abuja, CBCN President and Archbishop of…

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    KENYA: Extractive Companies Urged to Re-settle Communities

    KWALE, NOVEMBER, 18, 2014(CISA) – The governor of Kwale County, Hon Salim Mvurya has challenged extractive companies to invest in the resettlement of communities displaced by their industries. He said this in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the sixth Civil Society Week held at Leisure Lodge Resort, Ukunda South Coast. The weeklong event that run between November 10-14 was organized by Amkeni Wakenya – a UNDP led facility set up to promote decocratic governance in Kenya – had a participation of over 250 delegates from 43 counties in Kenya. This year’s theme was: Extractive Industries in Kenya: Safeguarding citizen’s…


    MALI: Nation Places 600 Under Ebola Surveillance

    BAMAKO, November 18 2014(CISA) – Mali said Monday it had placed nearly 600 people who may have been exposed to Ebola under surveillance as the country battles to contain the spread of the deadly virus. The West African nation has been struggling to prevent an outbreak from after the deaths of a Guinean imam and the Malian nurse in the capital Bamako. A friend who had visited the imam in the Pasteur clinic also died of probable Ebola, while a doctor at the clinic who contracted the disease was undergoing treatment. A two year old child died of Ebola in an unconnected case in…

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    KENYA: Church, State to Jointly Test Tetanus Vaccine

    NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 18, 2014(CISA) – The Catholic Church and the Ministry of Health will conduct joint tests to ascertain whether the controversial tetanus vaccine contains hcg beta unit. The decision was announced on Monday November 18, after a meeting between John Cardinal Njue and the Health officials at Cardinal Otunga Plaza in Nairobi, reported the Nation. “We agreed for a joint testing of the vaccine where the Catholic Church and the ministry will send three officials each,” Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri said. “We shall meet on Wednesday and decide where the testing will be done, identify the facility where…

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UGANDA: Church Scales up Campaign against Domestic Violence

KAMPALA, NOVEMBER 14, 2014(CISA)– The Catholic Church in Uganda has scaled-up its national campaign against domestic violence. “Starting November 30, 2014, which is the first Sunday of Advent, all Catholic parishes and sub-parishes in Uganda are being encouraged to organise liturgical services in such a way that the topic of domestic violence in all its forms becomes more pronounced during advent,” read a statement sent to Vatican Radio by the Uganda Episcopal Conference. Archbishop John Baptist Odama of the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu and Chairman of the Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) said the theme chosen for the campaign is, “shared decisions,…


KENYA: Devolution will contribute to Betterment of Humanity – Archbishop Okoth

NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 14, 2014(CISA) – Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth, Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has said that devolution will help improve lives. “The Church holds the view that devolution as presented in the constitution of Kenya 2010 would contribute to betterment of humanity and would help people to live their lives in the dimension of authentic living,” said Archbishop Okoth. He quoted the Social Teaching of the Church, which states that “The human person who fully lives his or her dignity gives glory to God who has given this dignity to men…


KENYA: Cardinal Turkson Urges Africa to Commit to Social Transformation

NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 14, 2014(CISA) – Peter Cardinal Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has called upon Africans to be sincere to each other so as to realize social transformation on the African continent. “When we formulate commitment to any social transformation and renaissance, we need to be sincere and really committed to it… It is time for Africa now to formulate visions, not which come and go, but which come and stay, stay to actually effect and promote the transformation of continent that we are looking for,” said Cardinal Turkson. He was addressing guests and participants at…


One on one with Dr Stephen K. Karanja, on why the government should come clean on the Tetanus Vaccination Campaign

  Who is Dr Stephen Karanja? I am a practicing consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, chairman of the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA) and also a member of the executive board of the Health commission of the Kenya Catholic Bishops Conference (KCCB). The Catholic Church has come out strongly against the tetanus campaign by the government.  What is your take? We have had vaccinations in this country previously; in fact we have had vaccine campaigns for polio all through.  There has been widespread public education on the need to do this. It has been done in the Catholic churches, it has…