February 8, 2016

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  • MAOMBI

    KENYA: President Bows to Pressure, Rejects Proposed Religious Societies Rules

    NAIROBI JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday January 28 ordered the immediate withdrawal of the proposed Religious Societies Rules 2015. “This will pave way for a process driven by the religious stakeholders with the participation of the government and the general public in structured consultation,” a statement from State House said. President Kenyatta reached the decision following a meeting with religious leaders on the proposed regulations that had met protest and condemnation from a cross section of religious leaders. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) had in early January decried the proposed Societies (religious societies) rules 2015 saying…

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    ETHIOPIA: Hunger Looms as Drought Hits Country

    ADDIS ABABA January 29, 2016(CISA)- Millions of people in Ethiopia are facing intense food shortage after UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued a warning on January 14, 2016 of a break in food aid deliveries. “Without additional resources the food sector projects a full-pipeline break in a couple of months,” said a report from OCHA. According to Vatican Radio, the situation especially in Ethiopia has been made worse by the El Nino weather phenomenon which creates a cycle of drought and flooding. According to Michel Roy, the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, the drought in Ethiopia…

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    MORROCO: Muslim Leaders Adopt Report Supporting Minority Rights

    MARRAKESH, JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-Muslim leaders from around the world have adopted a declaration to defend the rights of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries. Hundreds of both Sunni and Shiite scholars from 120 countries gathered in Marrakesh to consider the plight of non-Muslim minorities in largely Muslim nations. Speaking during the conference, King Mohammed VI of Morocco said that the kingdom would never tolerate violation of the rights of religious minorities. “We in the Kingdom of Morocco will not tolerate the violation of the rights of religious minorities in the name of Islam,” King Mohammed VI stated at the January…

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    VATICAN: Pope Meets Togo President, Calls for Peace and Security

    VATICAN CITY JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-Pope Francis on January 28 met the president of the Republic of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé During the meeting, reported Vatican Information Service, Pope Francis acknowledged the good existing relations between the Holy See and Togo, and the prospects for their further consolidation and stressed on “the need for joint commitment to the promotion of security and peace in the region.” President Gnassingbé lauded the contribution of the Catholic Church to the development of the country and the integral progress of the Togolese population, especially in the field of education. During the meeting, Pope Francis gave…

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    PHILIPINES: It is wrong to spiritualize Poverty, says Cardinal Onaiyekan

    CEBU JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA) – Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said that it is wrong “to spiritualize poverty.” In his address to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), currently taking place in Cebu, Philippines, on the theme “The Eucharist and the Dialogue with the Poor and Suffering,” Cardinal Onaiyekan said that “poverty mean many things” and therefore must never be spiritualized. “Actually, in the Church poverty can be a virtue. We speak of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience. The word poverty itself could be positive,” he told Vatican Radio. “We cannot…

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KENYA: President Bows to Pressure, Rejects Proposed Religious Societies Rules

Jan 29, 2016

NAIROBI JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday January 28 ordered the immediate withdrawal of the proposed Religious Societies Rules 2015. “This will pave way for a process driven by the religious stakeholders with the participation of the government and the general public in structured consultation,” a statement from State House said. President Kenyatta reached the decision following a meeting with religious leaders on the proposed regulations that had met protest and condemnation from a cross section of religious leaders. The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) had in early January decried the proposed Societies (religious societies) rules 2015 saying…

hUNGER IN ETHIOPIA

ETHIOPIA: Hunger Looms as Drought Hits Country

Jan 29, 2016

ADDIS ABABA January 29, 2016(CISA)- Millions of people in Ethiopia are facing intense food shortage after UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued a warning on January 14, 2016 of a break in food aid deliveries. “Without additional resources the food sector projects a full-pipeline break in a couple of months,” said a report from OCHA. According to Vatican Radio, the situation especially in Ethiopia has been made worse by the El Nino weather phenomenon which creates a cycle of drought and flooding. According to Michel Roy, the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, the drought in Ethiopia…

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MORROCO: Muslim Leaders Adopt Report Supporting Minority Rights

Jan 29, 2016

MARRAKESH, JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-Muslim leaders from around the world have adopted a declaration to defend the rights of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries. Hundreds of both Sunni and Shiite scholars from 120 countries gathered in Marrakesh to consider the plight of non-Muslim minorities in largely Muslim nations. Speaking during the conference, King Mohammed VI of Morocco said that the kingdom would never tolerate violation of the rights of religious minorities. “We in the Kingdom of Morocco will not tolerate the violation of the rights of religious minorities in the name of Islam,” King Mohammed VI stated at the January…

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VATICAN: Pope Meets Togo President, Calls for Peace and Security

Jan 29, 2016

VATICAN CITY JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA)-Pope Francis on January 28 met the president of the Republic of Togo, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé During the meeting, reported Vatican Information Service, Pope Francis acknowledged the good existing relations between the Holy See and Togo, and the prospects for their further consolidation and stressed on “the need for joint commitment to the promotion of security and peace in the region.” President Gnassingbé lauded the contribution of the Catholic Church to the development of the country and the integral progress of the Togolese population, especially in the field of education. During the meeting, Pope Francis gave…

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PHILIPINES: It is wrong to spiritualize Poverty, says Cardinal Onaiyekan

Jan 29, 2016

CEBU JANUARY 29, 2016(CISA) – Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has said that it is wrong “to spiritualize poverty.” In his address to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), currently taking place in Cebu, Philippines, on the theme “The Eucharist and the Dialogue with the Poor and Suffering,” Cardinal Onaiyekan said that “poverty mean many things” and therefore must never be spiritualized. “Actually, in the Church poverty can be a virtue. We speak of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience. The word poverty itself could be positive,” he told Vatican Radio. “We cannot…

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KENYA: Stakeholders want Government Crackdown on Schools Commercializing Education

NAIROBI JANUARY 26, 2016(CISA)-Education stakeholders are calling on the government to crack down on schools commercializing education rather than bringing in quality in the sector. In a joint statement by Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU), Transparency International (TI) and Action Aid Kenya, they indicated that many private schools focus more on profit making as opposed to teaching in Kenya today. They indicated that many institutions employ teachers who have not been registered by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) thus lowering the standard of education….

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ZAMBIA: Bishops Denounce Political Intolerance, Urge Church Leaders to be Non-Partisan

LUSAKA JANUARY 26, 2016(CISA)-The Catholic Bishops of Zambia have called upon fellow church leaders to remain non-partisan, yet vigilant in the forthcoming elections. The country will be holding tripartite elections in August 11, 2016 and the church has urged all Christians to promote unity in the country. The August 2016 tripartite elections will be the fifth major election. “We urge them to refuse any politician to use their churches and liturgical functions as campaign forums. It is the duty of all Christians to use their prophetic voice to denounce all forms of fraud in the electoral process,” the bishops said…

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SUDAN: Church Leaders Express Hope for Peace

JUBA JANUARY 26, 2016(CISA)-Catholic Church leaders from Sudan and South Sudan have expressed hope for a lasting peace in S Sudan after decades of civil war. In a communiqué at the end of their ten-day Extraordinary Plenary Session in Rome released January 25, 2016, the Church leaders called “for a more rigorous implementation of the Peace Agreement” and “concerted efforts for dialogue and peace in Sudan.” “We welcome with great joy the August 2015 peace agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan – (ARCISS). It is ushering in signs of hope that a new beginning is still possible,”…

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TANZANIA: Help Zanzibar Find Peace, Archbishop Ruwa’ichi tells State

MTWARA JANUARY 26, 2016(CISA)-Archbishop Jude Thadaeus Ruwa’ichi of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mwanza has called on the government to act quickly in order to save Zanzibar from plunging into chaos. “We need to keep praying for peace to reign and Zanzibar’s deadlock should not end up dividing us. If Zanzibar is drawn into unrest, the mainland will not be safe; let’s pray to God to save us from all divisions that may spoil our peace,” Tanzania’s the citizen Newspaper quoted Archbishop Ruwa’ichi saying. He counseled people to consolidate unity, co-operation, love, and honesty. Speaking during the consecration of the new…