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    KENYA: Fr Joseph Waithaka Sworn in new Regional Superior of Consolata Missionaries in Kenya/Uganda

    NAIROBI JULY 22, 2016(CISA)- Fr Joseph Waithaka, the new Regional Superior of the Consolata Missionaries Kenya/Uganda, and his four-member council took oath of office on Wednesday July 20 at the Consolata Provincial House in Westlands, Nairobi. “I am delighted and grateful to you all my dearest confreres in Kenya and Uganda for the trust and confidence you have bestowed upon me as your regional superior,” said Fr Waithaka in his maiden speech. Acknowledging the great work done by the outgoing superior Fr Hieronymus Joya, Fr Waithaka promised to give continuity to the good work already done. “There are positive trends,…

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    ANGOLA: Government Calls for Closer Church-State Collaboration

    LUANDA JULY 22, 2016(CISA)-The government of Angola has called for closer collaboration and cooperation between the Church and state to realize, “a more just and morally upright society.” Addressing the opening ceremony of the 17th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) July 20, Vice-President of Angola, Manuel Vicente said that there was need for the two bodies to condemn violence, the abuse of children, immorality and other vices in society and the family. “We live in world of complexities and ideologies so much so that what happens in one part of the world…

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    KENYA: Church Calls for Tough Measures to End Arson in Schools

    NAKURU JULY 22, 2016(CISA)-The Catholic Church in Kenya has called for tough measures to end the increased burning of schools in the country. Addressing the media in Nakuru July 20, Bishop Maurice Muhatia, Chairman of The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Commission for Education and Religious Education said that the Church was concerned that “there was a third hand outside of the school community that is facilitating and inciting the burning of school facilities.” “We appeal to the relevant government organs to thoroughly investigate and anyone found responsible to be held fully accountable,” said Bishop Muhatia of the…

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    ZAMBIA: Bishops Warn Politicians Against Violence Ahead of Elections

    LUSAKA JULY 22, 2016(CISA)-Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) has warned politicians against instigating violence ahead of next month’s General Elections. In a pastoral letter read by Kasama Diocese Archbishop Ignatius Chama on July 17, at the end of the celebrations of 125 years of Catholicism in Zambia held at St Annes Cathedral Parish, the prelates said Zambians were expecting the politicians to focus on key governance and developmental issues that would help the electorate make informed decisions. “Democracy requires in the first place that all citizens exercise their right to vote in a free and peaceful environment. Much as…

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    KENYA: Religious Leaders, Civil society Want Electoral Reforms Concluded before Elections

    NAIROBI JULY 22, 2016(CISA)-Religious leaders drawn from different faiths, members of the civil society and trade unions have called for urgent reforms at the Electoral and Boundaries Commission before next year’s general elections. In a press statement read in turns by Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth, Vice chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops-Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC), Latif Shaban, Representative of Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) and Churchill Suba, Representative of Civil Society Organizations, the leaders called for the vetting of senior and county staff of the electoral body after the exit of its commissioners. The leaders under…

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KENYA: Fr Joseph Waithaka Sworn in new Regional Superior of Consolata Missionaries in Kenya/Uganda

Jul 22, 2016

NAIROBI JULY 22, 2016(CISA)- Fr Joseph Waithaka, the new Regional Superior of the Consolata Missionaries Kenya/Uganda, and his four-member council took oath of office on Wednesday July 20 at the Consolata Provincial House in Westlands, Nairobi. “I am delighted and grateful to you all my dearest confreres in Kenya and Uganda for the trust and confidence you have bestowed upon me as your regional superior,” said Fr Waithaka in his maiden speech. Acknowledging the great work done by the outgoing superior Fr Hieronymus Joya, Fr Waithaka promised to give continuity to the good work already done. “There are positive trends,…

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ANGOLA: Government Calls for Closer Church-State Collaboration

Jul 22, 2016

LUANDA JULY 22, 2016(CISA)-The government of Angola has called for closer collaboration and cooperation between the Church and state to realize, “a more just and morally upright society.” Addressing the opening ceremony of the 17th Plenary Assembly of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) July 20, Vice-President of Angola, Manuel Vicente said that there was need for the two bodies to condemn violence, the abuse of children, immorality and other vices in society and the family. “We live in world of complexities and ideologies so much so that what happens in one part of the world…

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KENYA: Church Calls for Tough Measures to End Arson in Schools

Jul 22, 2016

NAKURU JULY 22, 2016(CISA)-The Catholic Church in Kenya has called for tough measures to end the increased burning of schools in the country. Addressing the media in Nakuru July 20, Bishop Maurice Muhatia, Chairman of The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Commission for Education and Religious Education said that the Church was concerned that “there was a third hand outside of the school community that is facilitating and inciting the burning of school facilities.” “We appeal to the relevant government organs to thoroughly investigate and anyone found responsible to be held fully accountable,” said Bishop Muhatia of the…

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ZAMBIA: Bishops Warn Politicians Against Violence Ahead of Elections

Jul 22, 2016

LUSAKA JULY 22, 2016(CISA)-Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) has warned politicians against instigating violence ahead of next month’s General Elections. In a pastoral letter read by Kasama Diocese Archbishop Ignatius Chama on July 17, at the end of the celebrations of 125 years of Catholicism in Zambia held at St Annes Cathedral Parish, the prelates said Zambians were expecting the politicians to focus on key governance and developmental issues that would help the electorate make informed decisions. “Democracy requires in the first place that all citizens exercise their right to vote in a free and peaceful environment. Much as…

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KENYA: Religious Leaders, Civil society Want Electoral Reforms Concluded before Elections

Jul 22, 2016

NAIROBI JULY 22, 2016(CISA)-Religious leaders drawn from different faiths, members of the civil society and trade unions have called for urgent reforms at the Electoral and Boundaries Commission before next year’s general elections. In a press statement read in turns by Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth, Vice chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops-Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC), Latif Shaban, Representative of Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) and Churchill Suba, Representative of Civil Society Organizations, the leaders called for the vetting of senior and county staff of the electoral body after the exit of its commissioners. The leaders under…

CAGLIARI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with young people on September 22, 2013 in Cagliari, Italy. Pope Francis heads to Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia for a pastoral visit that includes celebrating mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. The Pope announced in May that he wished to visit the Marian Shrine of Bonaria or 'Good Air' because it gave his hometown of Buenos Aires its name. During his 10-hour visit to the city of Cagliari, the Pope will also meet workers, business representatives, prisoners, the poor, young people, leading representatives from the world of culture and the island's Catholic bishops.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

SOUTH SUDAN: Pope Francis Sends Envoy to Deliver Message of Peace

Jul 22, 2016

JUBA JULY 22, 2016(CISA) – Pope Francis has sent an envoy, Cardinal Peter Turkson, to South Sudan for peace-building against the civil war that has been going on in the recent past in the country. The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace took with him a letter from the Pope for President Salva Kiir and one for Vice President Riek Machar who are the protagonists in the ongoing conflict and represent the different ethnic groups. According to Vatican Radio, Turkson travelled to the capital Juba Sunday July 17 to give support to the Archbishop Paulino Lukudu and…

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ZIMBABWE: Church Leaders warn of Unrest in Nation

HARARE JULY 19 2016(CISA)-Church leaders in Zimbabwe have called on the government to “listen to the cries of its suffering citizens, warning that their grievances could soon explode into civil unrest if not addressed.” “We call upon our Government to listen to the cries of citizens whose cries and sufferings are loud and clear. There is need to act justly and mercifully on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged in our nation,” said the church leaders. The Church leaders including the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Council of churches and the Student Christian Movement…

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ETHIOPIA: AMECEA Bishops in Solidarity with Victims of Violence in South Sudan

ADIS ABABA JULY 19, 2016(CISA) – The Association Member of Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) have condemned the increased violence in South Sudan. “In the spirit of solidarity, we, Catholic Bishops in the AMECEA region condemn all acts of violence without exception. Fighting for whatever reason is an act of unjustifiable evil. To all people of good will, let us beg for the strength to resist the hatred that blinds us to our common humanity,” said the bishops in a statement signed by Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel, AMECEA chairman and Archbishop of Adis Ababa. “We are encouraged by all voices…

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UGANDA: Church Unveils Religious Tourist Site in Luweero

LUWEERO JULY 19 2016 (CISA) – The Catholic Church unveiled St Kizito’s birth place in Luweero District, July as one of its religious tourist sites. Waluleta shrines with a historical Mvule tree shade believed to have been the playing ground for St Kizito, the youngest of the Uganda Martyrs who was burnt alive at the age of 14. Archbishop Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala, while unveiling the site on Sunday 17 noted that the Catholic faithful have been visiting the site on annual pilgrimages for the last 20 years. “During my pastoral tour of the…

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KENYA: Awareness Against Human Trafficking Agency to Hold Exhibition on World Day against Trafficking

NAIROBI JULY 19, 2016(CISA) – Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART Kenya) in collaboration with PAWA254 will be hosting its second annual Arts to End Slavery exhibition in late July. “This exhibition takes human trafficking as a point of departure and increase in meaning to a level where the artworks have qualities that touch us – in aesthetics, emotions and intellect. It is exciting to see the different approaches, the knowledge that it reveals and the new artists that the exhibition introduces,” said Arts to End Slavery assisting curator Rose Jepkorir. The art exhibition titled Telling their Stories will be held…