May 24, 2017

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  • KENYA: Tangaza University College to Host Conference on Peace in Africa

    NAIROBI MAY 23, 2017(CISA) – Tangaza University College in Nairobi is set to host an International Conference on Sustainable Security and Peace in Africa on the theme, “Moving towards Sustainable Security and Peace.” According to Bernedetta Kariuki, the event coordinator, the conference that will run May 25-26 will bring together speakers and panelists from parts of Africa, Europe and North America to discuss peace practices and share experiences. “The conference is an effort to create synergy among peace building practitioners and share the successful best practices in peace and security that can be replicated in Africa,” Ms Kariuki toldCISA in a phone interview….

  • MALI: Pope Names Archbishop Zerbo New Cardinal

    VATICAN CITY MAY 23, 2017 (CISA) – Pope Francis has elevated Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako to the rank of Cardinal alongside five other prelates. “I wish to announce that on June 28, a consistory will be held to appoint five new Cardinals. Their origin from different parts of the world manifests the catholicity of the Church, which reaches all around the earth,” Vatican Radio quoted the Pope as saying May 21 during his weekly Regina Coeli prayer. Archbishop Zean Zerbo was born in Segou, Mali on December 27, 1943 and was ordained as a priest on July 10, 1971. He graduated from…

  • EGYPT: 48 to Face Military Trial Over Church Bombings

    CAIRO MAY 23, 2017(CISA)-Egypt has referred 48 people for military trial over suspected involvement in church bombings that killed close to 70 people. Bombings near Cairo’s Coptic Church December 2016 killed 25 people while two church bombings April 9 2017, in Alexandria and Tanta killed more than 45 people during Palm Sunday services. Islamic State claimed responsibility. In a statement dated May 21, Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek said that some of the suspects held leadership positions in Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group (ISIS) and that the leaders formed cells in Cairo and the southern province of Qena to carry…

  • DRC: Ebola Claims Fourth Life

    KINSHASA MAY 23, 2017 (CISA) – A fourth person has died in an Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on May 23. Since the WHO declared the outbreak on May 12 in north-eastern Bas-Uele province, 37 suspected cases are being monitored, WHO’s Congo spokesman Eugene Kabambi said. Of the 37 cases of hemorrhagic fever, two have been confirmed as Ebola, three are considered probable and 32 are suspected. Of these suspected cases, two were confirmed in the laboratory and three were regarded as probable Ebola cases, said Kabambi. According…

  • KENYA: Pray for me in my New Assignment, Bishop Muheria tells Faithful of Kitui

    KITUI MAY 19, 2017(CISA)- Bishop Anthony Muheria has urged Christians of the Catholic diocese of Kitui, where he worked for nine years, to pray for him as he prepares to take up his new role as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nyeri. “…I must confess how hard it was and still is, for me to leave my beloved Kitui. My daughters and sons, you have truly “stolen” my heart, with the great love you always showed me. My heart is very heavy, and it will be very difficult for me, as I am sure it will be for you,” said…

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KENYA: Tangaza University College to Host Conference on Peace in Africa

May 23, 2017

NAIROBI MAY 23, 2017(CISA) – Tangaza University College in Nairobi is set to host an International Conference on Sustainable Security and Peace in Africa on the theme, “Moving towards Sustainable Security and Peace.” According to Bernedetta Kariuki, the event coordinator, the conference that will run May 25-26 will bring together speakers and panelists from parts of Africa, Europe and North America to discuss peace practices and share experiences. “The conference is an effort to create synergy among peace building practitioners and share the successful best practices in peace and security that can be replicated in Africa,” Ms Kariuki toldCISA in a phone interview….

MALI: Pope Names Archbishop Zerbo New Cardinal

May 23, 2017

VATICAN CITY MAY 23, 2017 (CISA) – Pope Francis has elevated Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako to the rank of Cardinal alongside five other prelates. “I wish to announce that on June 28, a consistory will be held to appoint five new Cardinals. Their origin from different parts of the world manifests the catholicity of the Church, which reaches all around the earth,” Vatican Radio quoted the Pope as saying May 21 during his weekly Regina Coeli prayer. Archbishop Zean Zerbo was born in Segou, Mali on December 27, 1943 and was ordained as a priest on July 10, 1971. He graduated from…

EGYPT: 48 to Face Military Trial Over Church Bombings

May 23, 2017

CAIRO MAY 23, 2017(CISA)-Egypt has referred 48 people for military trial over suspected involvement in church bombings that killed close to 70 people. Bombings near Cairo’s Coptic Church December 2016 killed 25 people while two church bombings April 9 2017, in Alexandria and Tanta killed more than 45 people during Palm Sunday services. Islamic State claimed responsibility. In a statement dated May 21, Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek said that some of the suspects held leadership positions in Islamic State of Iraq and Levant group (ISIS) and that the leaders formed cells in Cairo and the southern province of Qena to carry…

DRC: Ebola Claims Fourth Life

May 23, 2017

KINSHASA MAY 23, 2017 (CISA) – A fourth person has died in an Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a spokesman from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on May 23. Since the WHO declared the outbreak on May 12 in north-eastern Bas-Uele province, 37 suspected cases are being monitored, WHO’s Congo spokesman Eugene Kabambi said. Of the 37 cases of hemorrhagic fever, two have been confirmed as Ebola, three are considered probable and 32 are suspected. Of these suspected cases, two were confirmed in the laboratory and three were regarded as probable Ebola cases, said Kabambi. According…

KENYA: Pray for me in my New Assignment, Bishop Muheria tells Faithful of Kitui

May 22, 2017

KITUI MAY 19, 2017(CISA)- Bishop Anthony Muheria has urged Christians of the Catholic diocese of Kitui, where he worked for nine years, to pray for him as he prepares to take up his new role as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nyeri. “…I must confess how hard it was and still is, for me to leave my beloved Kitui. My daughters and sons, you have truly “stolen” my heart, with the great love you always showed me. My heart is very heavy, and it will be very difficult for me, as I am sure it will be for you,” said…

KENYA: AMECEA Chairman Calls on Kenyans to Pray Ahead of Elections

May 22, 2017

NAIROBI MAY 19, 2017(CISA)- Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) and Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has called on all Kenyans to pray ahead of the General Elections. “I would request Kenyans citizens to continue to pray for peaceful elections. The people in Kenya are praying and that is a great way of preparing for elections. We assure you that the AMECEA countries are also praying for you,” the Cardinal said. He was speaking in an interview with CISA May 19 in Nairobi, on the sidelines of celebrations to…

TANZANIA: Priests Urged to Use New Regulations of the Roman Missal

May 22, 2017

DAR ES SALAAM, MAY 19, 2017(CISA) – Bishop Salutaris Libena,  chairman of the Liturgy department of TEC  has urged priests to use new regulations of the Roman Missal. Roman Missal is a liturgical book containing the prayers and responses needed when celebrating the Roman Catholic Mass throughout the year. Speaking during a diocesan liturgy coordinators meeting which involved coordinators from all Catholic dioceses in Dar es Salaam, the bishop expressed concern that some priests in some dioceses to continue using the old regulations while the department has already announced in a formal letter that the available translation is final. “Our department finished translation and…

CAR: UN Raises Alarm over Flares in Killings

May 22, 2017

BANGUI  MAY 19, 2017(CISA)-The United Nations has expressed concern over latest flare up of violence that has claimed over 100 people. “Violence and rising tensions are spreading to areas of the Central African Republic that had previously been spared the kinds of terrifying violence seen in some other parts of the country. This is highly worrying and should set off loud alarm bells,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement May 16. He warned that defenceless civilians would suffer the most in the face of violence that is at risk of spreading other areas…

SOUTH AFRICA: Country becoming ‘Mafia State,’ Council of Churches Warns

May 22, 2017

JOHANNESBURG MAY 19, 2017 (CISA) –South African Council of Churches (SACC) has warned that corruption is turning the country into a “mafia state.” “We have come to recognize that South Africa may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which there may be no return, a recipe for a failed state,” Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, Secretary General SACC said in a statement. SACC is an inter-denomination grouping that brings together about 36 member churches and organizations including the Anglican Church and Dutch Reformed Church. Bishop Mpumlwana was speaking May 18 during the release of the…

KENYA: Bishop Anthony Muheria’s letter to Christians of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui

May 19, 2017

Through the parish priests My dear Christians of Kitui, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh…” (Is 55, 8) The Lord’s ways are indeed different from your own. But His will is always right… by now you have all received the news of my transfer to the Archdiocese of Nyeri that was announced on Divine Mercy Sunday. The Holy Father, through the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Balvo, has asked me to go and take over from Archbishop Peter Kairo who has now retired. No doubt this is a big show of trust…

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KENYA: Archbishop Praises Role of Small Christian Communities in Church

KISUMU MAY 16, 2017(CISA)-Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu has acknowledged Small Christian Communities (SCCs) as a new way of life in the Archdiocese. The Archbishop was giving closing remarks on May 11 during the closing of a two-day SCCs workshop held in Kisumu. The Archbishop noted that the SCCs play an important part in the Archdiocese, introducing new ways in pastoral work. He also praised SCCs for being a source of vocations to the priesthood and religious life and nurturing these vocations. The  training, whose objective was to revitalize and re-energize SCCs as an instrument of…

LESOTHO: Church Leaders Call for Free and Fair Elections

MASERU MAY 16, 2017(CISA)-Christian Council of Lesotho has called on Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to speed up preparations to conduct free and fair General elections in June 3. “We are glad preparations for elections are underway. The Independent Electoral Commission must keep working around the clock to try to manage the process. What we demand come the election day is free, transparent and fair elections,” Archbishop Gerard Tlali Lerotholi,O.M.I, Chairperson of Heads of Churches of the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) said in a statement sent to CISA May 15. They called on the out-going government to implement all electoral reforms…

IVORY COAST: Soldiers End Mutiny Following Deal with State

ABIDJAN MAY 16, 2017 (CISA) – Soldiers in Ivory Coast have today accepted a government proposal on bonus payments and agreed to return to barracks, ending a five-day mutiny over pay. The proposal accepted by the soldiers’ means 8,400 mutineers will receive an immediate bonus payment of 5 million CFA francs ($8,400). Another 2 million CFA francs will then be paid at the end of next month, reported Reuters. The former rebels who are part of Ivory Coast’s 22,000-strong army have been shooting in the air and setting up road blocks paralyzing cities and towns across the country since May 12….

NIGERIA: Archbishop Okolo Appointed Apostolic Nuncio of Ireland

LAGOS MAY 16, 2017(CISA)-Pope Francis has appointed Nigerian Archbishop, Jude Thaddeus Okolo as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. Archbishop Okolo becomes the first African to represent the Holy See in the country. He previously served as nuncio to the Central African Republic and Chad in 2008, then as diplomatic representative to the Dominican Republic in 2013. Dr Okolo will take up the role during the summer, and replaces outgoing papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown who finished his term in March and is moving to Albania to take up a new diplomatic post. Archbishop Eamon Martin of the Catholic Archdiocese of Armagh welcomed his…