February 26, 2017

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  • KENYA: Fr Benjamin Maswili Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Military Ordinariate

    NAIROBI FEBRUARY 24, 2017(CISA)-Pope Francis has appointed Fr Benjamin Kituto Maswili the Apostolic Administrator of the Military Ordinariate in Kenya. In a statement sent to CISA today signed by Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops General Secretary, Fr Daniel Rono, Fr Maswili was appointed on December 30, 2016 to oversee the military service. The position fell vacant after Bishop Alfred Rotich’s retirement in 2013 aged 55 years, the maximum period required to serve in the military service. Until his appointment Fr Maswili, a religious priest from the Congregation of the Apostle of Jesus was serving as the Principal Chaplain in the…

  • VATICAN: Pope Appeals for Aid for Famine-Gripped South Sudan

    VATICAN CITY FEBRUARY 24, 2017 (CISA)-Pope Francis has appealed for humanitarian assistance to South Sudan where famine threatens lives of millions. In his weekly general audience address at the Vatican on February 22, the Pope expressed concern on the fratricidal conflict in South Sudan compounded by severe food crisis. This, he said, has condemned to death millions of people by starvation including children. He added that a solid commitment from the international community to assist South Sudan is crucial now more than ever and urged the international community to commit fully and not to resort to making statements only. “At this…

  • KENYA: Catholic Bishops set to Launch Lenten Campaign 2017

    NAIROBI FEBRUARY 24, 2017 (CISA) – The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) will tomorrow February 25 launch the Lenten Campaign 2017 at the University of Nairobi grounds. The event themed Peaceful and Credible Elections…Leaders of Integrity will begin with two processions, one from the GPO in the city centre and the other one from Consolata Shrine, Westlands at 7:30 a.m. The processions will converge at the Nairobi University Chancellors Court (Graduation Square) where the Holy Mass will be celebrated starting at 10:00 a.m. The Mass will be celebrated by John Cardinal Njue of…

  • CONGO: Cardinal Raises Alarm on Religious Violence, Urges Restraint among Politicians

    KINSHASHA FEBRUARY 24, 2017 (CISA)-Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya has expressed concern over frequent attacks on Catholic Church premises in the country. According to Vatican Radio, the Cardinal believes the attacks are deliberate and links them to the Church’s role as a mediator between government and opposition parties. “I believe the Church is being targeted deliberately in order to sabotage her mission of peace and reconciliation,” he said in a message sent to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) posted on February 22. He described the situation in the country as marked by resurgence of fear, anger and insecurity among the…

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KENYA: Fr Benjamin Maswili Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Military Ordinariate

Feb 24, 2017

NAIROBI FEBRUARY 24, 2017(CISA)-Pope Francis has appointed Fr Benjamin Kituto Maswili the Apostolic Administrator of the Military Ordinariate in Kenya. In a statement sent to CISA today signed by Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops General Secretary, Fr Daniel Rono, Fr Maswili was appointed on December 30, 2016 to oversee the military service. The position fell vacant after Bishop Alfred Rotich’s retirement in 2013 aged 55 years, the maximum period required to serve in the military service. Until his appointment Fr Maswili, a religious priest from the Congregation of the Apostle of Jesus was serving as the Principal Chaplain in the…

VATICAN: Pope Appeals for Aid for Famine-Gripped South Sudan

Feb 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY FEBRUARY 24, 2017 (CISA)-Pope Francis has appealed for humanitarian assistance to South Sudan where famine threatens lives of millions. In his weekly general audience address at the Vatican on February 22, the Pope expressed concern on the fratricidal conflict in South Sudan compounded by severe food crisis. This, he said, has condemned to death millions of people by starvation including children. He added that a solid commitment from the international community to assist South Sudan is crucial now more than ever and urged the international community to commit fully and not to resort to making statements only. “At this…

KENYA: Catholic Bishops set to Launch Lenten Campaign 2017

Feb 24, 2017

NAIROBI FEBRUARY 24, 2017 (CISA) – The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) will tomorrow February 25 launch the Lenten Campaign 2017 at the University of Nairobi grounds. The event themed Peaceful and Credible Elections…Leaders of Integrity will begin with two processions, one from the GPO in the city centre and the other one from Consolata Shrine, Westlands at 7:30 a.m. The processions will converge at the Nairobi University Chancellors Court (Graduation Square) where the Holy Mass will be celebrated starting at 10:00 a.m. The Mass will be celebrated by John Cardinal Njue of…

CONGO: Cardinal Raises Alarm on Religious Violence, Urges Restraint among Politicians

Feb 24, 2017

KINSHASHA FEBRUARY 24, 2017 (CISA)-Cardinal Monsengwo Pasinya has expressed concern over frequent attacks on Catholic Church premises in the country. According to Vatican Radio, the Cardinal believes the attacks are deliberate and links them to the Church’s role as a mediator between government and opposition parties. “I believe the Church is being targeted deliberately in order to sabotage her mission of peace and reconciliation,” he said in a message sent to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) posted on February 22. He described the situation in the country as marked by resurgence of fear, anger and insecurity among the…

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GHANA: Church Organizes Novena in Preparation for Re-consecration to the Sacred Heart

ACCRA FEBRUARY 21, 2017 (CISA) – The Catholic Church in Ghana is organizing a Novena in spiritual preparations for the Re-Consecration of the Republic of Ghana to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebration of Ghana’s Independence. According to a Planning Committee, headed by Archbishop Charles G. Palmer- Buckle, Vice President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the Novena will run from February 23 to March 3, and will be followed by the re-consecration programme on March 4, as Ghana marks its Diamond Jubilee on March 6. According to the organizers the Novena will include…

EGYPT: St. Macarius Monastery Land still in Dispute

WADI AL RAYAN FEBRUARY 21, 2017 (CISA) – Dispute between church leaders and the Egyptian government over land belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of St. Macarius is yet to find an amicable solution. The dispute stems from the governments plan of building a road that passes through the church’s location, linking the town of Fayyum to an oasis area. Ihab Ramzy, the lawyer defending the Coptic Orthodox Church, had announced in June 2016 that an agreement between the two parties had been established,reported Fides. However the lawyer recently announced that the ad hoc committee that was put in place to…

SOUTH AFRICA: Justice and Peace Commission Calls for Improved Regulation of Banks

JOHANNESBURG FEBRUARY 21, 2017(CISA)- Bishop Abel Gabuza, chairman of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), Justice and Peace Commission has called on Parliament to consider further regulations of banks if found guilty of collusion by the competition tribunal. “If the tribunal confirms commission’s findings, we urge the treasury and the standing committee on finance to institute more effective regulation of banks, in furtherance of the common good, to prevent further market abuse,” said Bishop Gabuza in a statement dated February 20. According to Bishop Gabuza, this should include efforts to speed up the finalization of the Financial Regulation Bill….

VATICAN: Pope Calls on Congolese Leaders to end Violence

VATICAN CITY FEBRUARY 21, 2017 (CISA)-Pope Francis has urged leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo to act quickly to resolve its political crisis and curb violence. In his Angelus address at St. Peters Square on February 19, the Pope sympathized with the victims of violence in Congo and condemned the use of child soldiers. “We continue to hear news sadly of violent and brutal clashes in the Kansai-Central region of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Pope Francis said. “I strongly feel the pain of the victims, especially the many children ripped from their families and from schools to be…