February 21, 2017

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  • KENYA: Archdiocese of Nyeri Unveils Shrine in Memory of Blessed Irene Stefani

    NYERI FEBRUARY 17, 2017 (CISA) – The Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri on February 17 opened Irene Stefani Nyaatha Shrine in Gikondi where the Consolata Missionary Sister lived and worked for 10 years. The opening ceremony of the shrine was presided over by John Cardinal Njue of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi who conducted the blessing rite in the presence of Archbishop Peter Kairo of Nyeri and Bishop Anthony Mukobo of Isiolo Vicariate. “Let the blessing of this shrine not be a formality,” said Cardinal Njue adding: “Let it be a house of prayer where you will go when you have joy, difficulties…

  • EGYPT: Coptic Bishops Deliver Invitation to Pope Francis

    VATICAN FEBRUARY 16, 2017 (CISA) – Coptic Catholic bishops from Egypt on February 6, delivered an invitation letter to the Pope Francis. The bishops were on their ad limina visit to the Vatican where they discussed the state of the Church in their country. This invitation follows other two invitations that were sent from the president and the other from the Grand Imam of Ahzah, Ahmed el-Tayeb, a prestigious figure in the Sunni Muslim world. “It was a formal invitation in written form, that followed other invitations to Egypt,” Bishop Emmanuel Bishay of told CNA. Unlike the usual ad-limina where…

  • DRC: World Health Organisation Declares Country Free of Yellow Fever

    KINSHASA FEBRUARY 17 (CISA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared an end to  yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “We are able to declare the end of one of the largest and most challenging yellow fever outbreak in recent years through the strong and coordinated response by national authorities, local health workers and partners,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. The news comes months after neighbouring Angola was declared free of the virus bringing an end to an epidemic that has killed more than 400 people. No new confirmed cases have been reported…

  • MALAWI: Adopt to Changing Times, Bishop Urges Women Religious Advices

    LILONGWE FEBRUARY 17, 2017 (CISA) – Bishop George Desmond Tambala of the Catholic Diocese of Zomba has challenged women religious to adapt to the social, economic and political changes the world is experiencing. The Bishop said Malawi and the world at large are undergoing profile changes that religious women need to be aware of and adapt to in order to implement their duties effectively. “These social changes are affecting the way we think about God and moral values. They are founded on the denial of God from public life, stress on personal rights and freedom, over-emphasis on pleasure and the…

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KENYA: Archdiocese of Nyeri Unveils Shrine in Memory of Blessed Irene Stefani

Feb 20, 2017

NYERI FEBRUARY 17, 2017 (CISA) – The Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri on February 17 opened Irene Stefani Nyaatha Shrine in Gikondi where the Consolata Missionary Sister lived and worked for 10 years. The opening ceremony of the shrine was presided over by John Cardinal Njue of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi who conducted the blessing rite in the presence of Archbishop Peter Kairo of Nyeri and Bishop Anthony Mukobo of Isiolo Vicariate. “Let the blessing of this shrine not be a formality,” said Cardinal Njue adding: “Let it be a house of prayer where you will go when you have joy, difficulties…

EGYPT: Coptic Bishops Deliver Invitation to Pope Francis

Feb 20, 2017

VATICAN FEBRUARY 16, 2017 (CISA) – Coptic Catholic bishops from Egypt on February 6, delivered an invitation letter to the Pope Francis. The bishops were on their ad limina visit to the Vatican where they discussed the state of the Church in their country. This invitation follows other two invitations that were sent from the president and the other from the Grand Imam of Ahzah, Ahmed el-Tayeb, a prestigious figure in the Sunni Muslim world. “It was a formal invitation in written form, that followed other invitations to Egypt,” Bishop Emmanuel Bishay of told CNA. Unlike the usual ad-limina where…

DRC: World Health Organisation Declares Country Free of Yellow Fever

Feb 20, 2017

KINSHASA FEBRUARY 17 (CISA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared an end to  yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “We are able to declare the end of one of the largest and most challenging yellow fever outbreak in recent years through the strong and coordinated response by national authorities, local health workers and partners,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. The news comes months after neighbouring Angola was declared free of the virus bringing an end to an epidemic that has killed more than 400 people. No new confirmed cases have been reported…

MALAWI: Adopt to Changing Times, Bishop Urges Women Religious Advices

Feb 20, 2017

LILONGWE FEBRUARY 17, 2017 (CISA) – Bishop George Desmond Tambala of the Catholic Diocese of Zomba has challenged women religious to adapt to the social, economic and political changes the world is experiencing. The Bishop said Malawi and the world at large are undergoing profile changes that religious women need to be aware of and adapt to in order to implement their duties effectively. “These social changes are affecting the way we think about God and moral values. They are founded on the denial of God from public life, stress on personal rights and freedom, over-emphasis on pleasure and the…

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CAMEROON: UN calls on Government to Restore Internet Services

YAOUNDÉ FEBRUARY 14, 2017 (CISA) – UN expert has called on the Cameroonian government to restore internet access to English-speaking parts of the country. “I am particularly concerned at the tightening of the space for free speech at a time when its promotion and protection should be of the utmost importance,” said Mr Kaye, an independent expert who advises the UN about attacks on free speech. “A network shutdown of this scale violates international law – it not only suppresses public debate, but also deprives Cameroonians of access to essential services and basic resources,” he said adding that he and the…

KENYA: Doctors Threaten to Paralyse Activities in Private Hospitals over Jailed Colleagues

MOMBASA FEBRUARY 14, 2017 (CISA) – Private doctors in Mombasa have vowed to paralyse activities in private hospitals for 48 hours starting February 15 in solidarity with their jailed colleagues. The consultant doctors are calling for the immediate and unconditional release of their colleagues who were yesterday February 13 sentenced to a one month jail imprisonment for contempt of court. They also want senior officials at Afya house to resign or be sacked for failure to resolve the health crisis in the country. They further called upon stakeholders at national and county government to address the health crisis, and said there will…

SOUTH SUDAN: Release Information on Sr Rackova’s Death, Bishop tells Government

YEI REBRUARY 14, 2017 (CISA) – Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei has called on the Sudanese government to release information on the late Sr Veronica Rackova’s death. “We demand for justice,” said the bishop Tombe adding that “the investigation on her murder had been started by the government but after making few arrests the government went quiet.” He said that the family members of the sister’s were now restless and worried whether justice will ever take its course, reported Fides February 13. Sister Rackova who was a Slovak nun from the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Spirit Missionaries (SSPS) and…

CONGO: Bishops Cancel Europe Tour as Violence Flares back Home

KINSHASHA FEBRUARY 14, 2017(CISA) – Catholic Bishops of Congo have cancelled a tour to Europe due to Clashes between militia loyal to deceased tribal leader Kamwina Nsapu and the military. Bishop Felicien Mwanama Galumbulula of the Catholic Diocese of Luiza who was leading the delegation interrupted the journey and returned immediately to his diocese. “Violence and unimaginable atrocities have been committed against peaceful citizens. I was told that in the clashes there were deaths, mainly in Ngwema and Mubinza. The exact toll is difficult to determine at the moment,” Fides quoted the bishop as saying. The Bishop added that the population is…