July 5, 2015

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    LIBERIA: Country Confirms Re-emergence of Ebola

    MONROVIA JULY 03, 2015 (CISA) – Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case on July 2, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free. The new cases were registered in the same village of Nedowein, located 40 km south from the capital Monrovia with officials saying they were investigating whether the disease had spread through animals before resurfacing. World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia “Ebola-free” on May 9 but on 21 June 28 a 17-year-old boy fell ill and died after testing positive to the killer disease. On July 1, Deputy Health Minister, Tolbert Nyenswah confirmed a second case, reported Reuters. “The…

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    NEW YORK: Christians continue to be Persecuted in Africa, Nuncio to Kenya and S Sudan says

    ALBANY, JULY 03, 2015 (CISA) – “Recent events that have taken place in different parts of Africa show that there are still men and women who continue to bear witness to their faith in God by offering their very lives,” Archbishop Charles Balvo, Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan said June 29. He was speaking during a prayer service organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York’s Office of Black Ministry at Holy Family Church, the National Catholic Reporter reported. The event drew attention to the ongoing persecution and killing of Christians in Africa. Archbishop Balvo said that in the…

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    BURUNDI: Elections not free and Credible, UN says

    BUJUMBURA, JULY 03 2015 (CISA) – UN election observers yesterday termed the June 29 parliamentary elections in Burundi as “not free and credible.” Elections took place “in a tense political crisis, and a climate of widespread fear and intimidation in parts of the country, Episodes of violence and explosions preceded, and in some cases accompanied Election Day activities, mostly in Bujumbura,” said the UN observers in a nine-page report. The report came a day after fresh violence left six people dead in Capital Bujumbura, in the opposition stronghold of Citiboke district, an area that has witnessed protests against Nkurunziza’s bid. Parliamentary elections…

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    Kenya: Catholic Parliamentarian Defends School on Suspension of Students

    TAITA-TAVETA, JULY 03 2015 (CISA) – Hon Thomas Mwadeghu, Chairman of the Catholic Members of Parliament Association has defended Bura Girls High School against allegations of imposing Catholic faith on non- Catholic students. “All schools have traditions and regulations and the students signed in their admission letters that they will abide by the school rules… I maintain that any student admitted in a Catholic school must abide by the school regulations and traditions,” the Wundanyi Member of Parliament said. 37 students of Bura Girls High School were this week suspended for failing to attend last Sunday’s Mass as dictated in the school rules….

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    KENYA: Kitui Diocese Breaks Ground for Shrine

    KITUI JULY 03, 2015 (CISA) – The Catholic diocese of Kitui has held a ground breaking ceremony for the Our Lady of Protection Shrine in Museve. John Cardinal Njue led the ceremony that took place June 27, 2015. “Our Lady of Protection Shrine in Museve will upon its completion be “a place to encourage prayer and help build people’s faith,” Bishop Anthony Muheria of the Catholic diocese of Kitui said in an interview with CISA. “The shrine is central and very important to the Church in Kitui,” said the Bishop who is also the Apostolic Administrator of the Catholic Diocese of…

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BURUNDI: Elections go on Despite Delicate Security Situation

BUJUMBURA, JUNE 30 2015 – The Parliamentary Elections in Burundi went on, Monday June 29 despite international calls to postpone the controversial elections. The Electoral commission though expecting 3.8 million people to vote reported delays and low voter turnout, as many people feared eruption of violence. Many polling centres in the capital were relocated at the last minute for security reasons. Sporadic gunshots and blasts were reportedSunday night but elections went on amid heavy security presence especially in the capital, but polling stations closed early due to low voter turnout and fear of unrest. The Catholic Church had in the month…


DR CONGO: Bishops Condemn Insecurity in the Country

KINSHASA JUNE 30, 2015 – The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have condemned the insecurity in the north, east and south of the country. In a statement at the end of their 52nd Plenary Assembly, which was held in Kinshasa June 22 to 26, the bishops said they “have heard the cry of alarm of the population of the Territory of Bondo, following the massacres and kidnappings perpetrated by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army),” reported Fides. The bishops added that they have also heard the touching message of the Episcopal Provincial Assembly of Bukavu “which denounces the silence in…


S SUDAN: Church to Open Schools for South Sudanese Refugees in Sudan

JUBA, JUNE 30, 2015 – The Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference (SCBC) is to open schools for South Sudanese who fled to Sudan. Speaking on Sunday June 28 at St Joseph’s Church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, the Secretary General of SCBC, Fr Jacob Odwa Paul observed that many South Sudanese have gone to Khartoum, Sudan in about four camps raising the concern of the Church, Radio Bakhita reported. Fr Jacob was speaking during a visit by a delegation of nine members of the Church in Need and Relief Fund from Europe. The team from Europe had visited Wau, Yambio, Rumbek…


S AFRICA: Bishops Call for Lessons to be Learnt From the Marikana Massacre

JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 30 2015 – The Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has called for lessons to be learned from the Marikana massacre in which 34 miners were killed and many others injured. This followed the release last week of a report by a Commission of Inquiry that President Jacob Zuma appointed to look into the Marikana massacre. The massacre happened on August 16, 2012 where the world witnessed shocking television images of South African police firing live bullets at thousands of striking miners at South Africa’s Marikana platinum mine. In reaction to the report,…


KENYA: Kisumu Archdiocese Marks Silver Jubilee

KISUMU, JUNE 30, 2015 – The Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu yesterday marked 25 years since it’s establishment. The event celebrated at the Uzima University College Grounds in Kisumu also marked 47 years of Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth’s service to diocese. The event was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and leader of opposition Raila Amolo Odinga among other leaders. In his speech Archbishop Okoth urged the government and the opposition to work together in serving the country and promoting peace. “In a multiparty democracy, the Opposition is part of government since it provides necessary checks. We must therefore…