August 23, 2017

  • KENYA: Country Goes to Polls

    NAIROBI AUGUST 8, 2017 (CISA) – Kenyans have today gone to the polls to elect new leaders in national and county governments. The national-level elections include races for president, members of the National Assembly, and the Senate. County-level races include those for governor (47) and members of County Assemblies (in 1450 wards). Polling in majority of the polling stations began officially at 6am and were expected to end at 5pm, according to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC). A spot check by CISA revealed that polling stations were crowded from as early as 3am. His Eminence John Cardinal Njue of…

  • MALAWI: Bishop urges Catholic Media to Champion Faith, Development

    KARONGA AUGUST 4, 2017 (CISA) – Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese has urged Catholic media houses to be a source of hope by highlighting the country’s development agenda and promote programmes on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Let us offer the message of faith for the glory of God and the development of this nation. We are the ones to champion this, and this can be done based on the way we do things. Let’s do things in a coordinated manner and be innovative,” said Bishop Mtumbuka, reported Catholic Radio. While presiding over the World Communications Day Mass, the bishop said…

  • RWANDA: Polls open in Country’s General Election

    KIGALI AUGUST 4, 2017 (CISA) – Rwandan voters are today casting their ballots in a presidential election that incumbent President Paul Kagame is widely expected to win. The incumbent Paul Kagame leading the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) will be facing two other contenders, Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party and Philippe Mpanyimana, an independent candidate. At least seven million voters are registered to cast their ballots in what is Rwanda’s third election after the 1994 genocide. President Kagame has won the previous votes (2003, 2010) by over 95 percent and during this campaign for a further seven-year term said he expected to…

  • UGANDA: Anglican Archbishop to Boycott Global meeting over Gay Rights Reforms

    KAMPALA AUGUST 4, 2017 (CISA) –  Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Kampala, has said that he will not attend the next meeting of Anglican leaders citing the gradual acceptance of same-sex marriage by the church. In an interview with the BBC Archbishop Ntagali, said he was not prepared to engage with people who took “an unbiblical view of marriage.” He made the comments August 3 after joining the global leader of the church, Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury – to visit refugee camps in the country’s north, reported African News. Archbishop Welby is on an African tour that saw him visit Sudan where he…

  • KENYA: Religious Leaders warn Politicians not to Plunge Country into Chaos

    NAIROBI AUGUST 4, 2017 (CISA) – Religious leaders, under the Multi-Sectoral Forum have urged politicians to respect the decision of voters and not resort to protests in next week’s general elections. The religious leaders were speaking August 3, following a meeting at ACK Guest House in Nairobi, where they delivered what they termed “a final message to Kenyans before the elections”. “They need to publicly commit to accept the election results announced by the IEBC or to file petitions in court if they are not satisfied with what is announced. They have no right to incite supporters to engage in demonstrations or violence against other…

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KENYA: Country Goes to Polls

Aug 15, 2017

NAIROBI AUGUST 8, 2017 (CISA) – Kenyans have today gone to the polls to elect new leaders in national and county governments. The national-level elections include races for president, members of the National Assembly, and the Senate. County-level races include those for governor (47) and members of County Assemblies (in 1450 wards). Polling in majority of the polling stations began officially at 6am and were expected to end at 5pm, according to the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC). A spot check by CISA revealed that polling stations were crowded from as early as 3am. His Eminence John Cardinal Njue of…

MALAWI: Bishop urges Catholic Media to Champion Faith, Development

Aug 4, 2017

KARONGA AUGUST 4, 2017 (CISA) – Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga Diocese has urged Catholic media houses to be a source of hope by highlighting the country’s development agenda and promote programmes on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Let us offer the message of faith for the glory of God and the development of this nation. We are the ones to champion this, and this can be done based on the way we do things. Let’s do things in a coordinated manner and be innovative,” said Bishop Mtumbuka, reported Catholic Radio. While presiding over the World Communications Day Mass, the bishop said…

RWANDA: Polls open in Country’s General Election

Aug 4, 2017

KIGALI AUGUST 4, 2017 (CISA) – Rwandan voters are today casting their ballots in a presidential election that incumbent President Paul Kagame is widely expected to win. The incumbent Paul Kagame leading the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) will be facing two other contenders, Frank Habineza of the Democratic Green Party and Philippe Mpanyimana, an independent candidate. At least seven million voters are registered to cast their ballots in what is Rwanda’s third election after the 1994 genocide. President Kagame has won the previous votes (2003, 2010) by over 95 percent and during this campaign for a further seven-year term said he expected to…

UGANDA: Anglican Archbishop to Boycott Global meeting over Gay Rights Reforms

Aug 4, 2017

KAMPALA AUGUST 4, 2017 (CISA) –  Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Kampala, has said that he will not attend the next meeting of Anglican leaders citing the gradual acceptance of same-sex marriage by the church. In an interview with the BBC Archbishop Ntagali, said he was not prepared to engage with people who took “an unbiblical view of marriage.” He made the comments August 3 after joining the global leader of the church, Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury – to visit refugee camps in the country’s north, reported African News. Archbishop Welby is on an African tour that saw him visit Sudan where he…

KENYA: Religious Leaders warn Politicians not to Plunge Country into Chaos

Aug 4, 2017

NAIROBI AUGUST 4, 2017 (CISA) – Religious leaders, under the Multi-Sectoral Forum have urged politicians to respect the decision of voters and not resort to protests in next week’s general elections. The religious leaders were speaking August 3, following a meeting at ACK Guest House in Nairobi, where they delivered what they termed “a final message to Kenyans before the elections”. “They need to publicly commit to accept the election results announced by the IEBC or to file petitions in court if they are not satisfied with what is announced. They have no right to incite supporters to engage in demonstrations or violence against other…

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NIGERIA: Live your Faith to Win Country for Christ, Cardinal Onaiyekan tells Faithful

OGOJA AUGUST 1, 2017 (CISA) – John Cardinal Onaiyekan of the Catholic Archdiocese of has called on the nation’s Catholics to win their country for Christ by proactively practicing the Faith. The Cardinal was speaking last week in Oguja, where he urged the faithful to redouble evangelization efforts through peaceful persuasion and win souls through the example of how they live their everyday lives “of witnesses to truth, justice and love, who, in collaboration with other men and women of goodwill, can make a positive impact in our society.” According to Cardinal Onaiyekan, the mission of Nigeria’s Catholics entails “doing our best…

CAR: Muslims Seek Refuge in Cathedral to Escape Violence

BANGUI AUGUST 1, 2017 (CISA) – Two thousand Muslims have taken refuge in the Cathedral of Bangassou and are being guarded by UN peacekeepers, Bishop Juan José Aguirre Muñoz of Bangassou said July 27. “Two thousand Muslims have taken refuge in the cathedral, guarded by UN peacekeepers from Morocco,” he said, adding he fears for their safety as militants attempted to attack the cathedral on July 24. “They were pushed back by [the UN peacekeepers] and one of them was killed,” said the bishop, adding the fighting over the past week had taken on “alarming proportions.” “Half of the population of…

NIGERIA: Lay Council Calls on Ahiara Diocese Clergy to Respect Pope

LAGOS, AUGUST 1, 2017(CISA) – The Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN) has warned Catholic Priests and faithful in Ahiara Diocese, who challenged the appointment of Bishop Peter Okpalaeke as the Bishop of the Diocese, to retrace their steps or face severe consequences. Chizoba Nnnagbo, Chairman of Catholic Laity of Nigeria, said the opposing priests and Catholic faithful in the diocese have no option other than to religiously comply with the directive of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to accept Bishop Okpalaeke as their Bishop. He said Catholic Church has a system of selecting leadership and is not subject to any…

KENYA: Kitui Diocese Organizes Gubernatorial Debate

KITUI AUGUST 1, 2017(CISA)-Hundreds attended the first ever Gubernatorial debate organized by the Catholic Diocese of Kitui on July 30 at Parkside Villa in Kitui County about 160 kilometers east of Nairobi City. The debate pitted Kitui Senator David Musila against former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu. Through all the aspirants were invited, the incumbent governor Dr Julius Malombe did not attend the debate covered live on NTV and six local FM stations based in Ukambani. “The elections will come and Go, Just like leaders will come and go but the foundation we build now based on peace will benefit…