April 29, 2017

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  • NIGERIA: Pope Appoints new Apostolic Nuncio

    ABUJA APRIL 28, 2017 (CISA) – Monsignor Antonio Guido Filipazzi is the new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria. According to a statement by the Secretary General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Fr Ralph Madu, Pope Francis made the announcement on April 26. “He (Filipazzi) was born in Melzo (Milan- Italy) on October 8, 1963. He was ordained a priest on October 10, 1987 and is a Doctor in Canon Law,” said Fr Madu in the statement. “He entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1992 and has served in the Apostolic Nunciature in Sri Lanka, Austria, Germany, Indonesia and…

  • EGYPT: Pope Francis Arrives in Country for Two-Day Peace Mission

    CAIRO APRIL 28, 2017(CISA) – Pope Francis today began a two-day state visit to Egypt aimed at fostering joint Christian-Muslim efforts for peace. The Pope touched down at Cairo International Airport at 14.20PM and was received by the Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Catholic bishops and other Christian clerics amid tight security. The Prime Minister later accompanied him to the Ittihadya presidential palace where he met the President Fattah el-Sissi. The Pope also paid a courtesy call to Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Imam of the government-run Al-Azhar mosque and the world’s foremost Sunni Islamic centre of learning. Pope Francis is expected to address…

  • KENYA: German Foreign Office Grants Church towards Peaceful Elections

    NAIROBI APRIL 28, 2017 (CISA) – The German Federal Foreign Office, through the German Embassy Nairobi has signed a partnership agreement with the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (KCCB-CJPC) towards a peaceful and credible electoral process. “We are happy to support the conference of Bishops in Kenya with this grant in order to achieve this goal of free, fair and credible elections that indeed we all have in common,” said German Ambassador to Kenya Mrs. Jutta Frasch during the signing of the partnership April 27 at St Thomas Aquinas, Nairobi. She noted that the Federal Government…

  • KENYA: Bishops Decry Handling of Drought as Attention Shifts to Politics

    NAIROBI APRIL 28, 2017 (CISA)-The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed concern over the shift of attention from handling famine to politics. “Whereas many people, especially in dry areas continue to experience a worsening situation of drought, it is evident that all attention has been diverted to politics with considerable resources being used in campaigns and road shows,” said bishop Cornelius Korir, the Chairman Catholic Justice and Peace. Bishop Korir was reading a press statement at the completion of their Ordinary Plenary Assembly at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Nairobi on April 28, the bishops observed that would otherwise…

  • KENYA: General Elections should not Mirror Political Party Nominations, Bishops Say

    NAIROBI APRIL 28, 2017 (CISA) – “We pray that the chaotic manner in which these nominations have been conducted will not be a mirror of what will happen in the General Election,” Bishop Phillip Anyolo, Chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has said. “We have been following with keen interest the ongoing party primaries’ nominations. If the violence, the allegations of bribery, suspicions, accusations, and counter accusations, rejection of nomination results and the general acrimony we are being treated to are anything to go by, then all of us have reason to be very worried over the forth coming…

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NIGERIA: Pope Appoints new Apostolic Nuncio

Apr 28, 2017

ABUJA APRIL 28, 2017 (CISA) – Monsignor Antonio Guido Filipazzi is the new Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria. According to a statement by the Secretary General, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Fr Ralph Madu, Pope Francis made the announcement on April 26. “He (Filipazzi) was born in Melzo (Milan- Italy) on October 8, 1963. He was ordained a priest on October 10, 1987 and is a Doctor in Canon Law,” said Fr Madu in the statement. “He entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1992 and has served in the Apostolic Nunciature in Sri Lanka, Austria, Germany, Indonesia and…

EGYPT: Pope Francis Arrives in Country for Two-Day Peace Mission

Apr 28, 2017

CAIRO APRIL 28, 2017(CISA) – Pope Francis today began a two-day state visit to Egypt aimed at fostering joint Christian-Muslim efforts for peace. The Pope touched down at Cairo International Airport at 14.20PM and was received by the Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Catholic bishops and other Christian clerics amid tight security. The Prime Minister later accompanied him to the Ittihadya presidential palace where he met the President Fattah el-Sissi. The Pope also paid a courtesy call to Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Imam of the government-run Al-Azhar mosque and the world’s foremost Sunni Islamic centre of learning. Pope Francis is expected to address…

KENYA: German Foreign Office Grants Church towards Peaceful Elections

Apr 28, 2017

NAIROBI APRIL 28, 2017 (CISA) – The German Federal Foreign Office, through the German Embassy Nairobi has signed a partnership agreement with the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (KCCB-CJPC) towards a peaceful and credible electoral process. “We are happy to support the conference of Bishops in Kenya with this grant in order to achieve this goal of free, fair and credible elections that indeed we all have in common,” said German Ambassador to Kenya Mrs. Jutta Frasch during the signing of the partnership April 27 at St Thomas Aquinas, Nairobi. She noted that the Federal Government…

KENYA: Bishops Decry Handling of Drought as Attention Shifts to Politics

Apr 28, 2017

NAIROBI APRIL 28, 2017 (CISA)-The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed concern over the shift of attention from handling famine to politics. “Whereas many people, especially in dry areas continue to experience a worsening situation of drought, it is evident that all attention has been diverted to politics with considerable resources being used in campaigns and road shows,” said bishop Cornelius Korir, the Chairman Catholic Justice and Peace. Bishop Korir was reading a press statement at the completion of their Ordinary Plenary Assembly at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Nairobi on April 28, the bishops observed that would otherwise…

KENYA: General Elections should not Mirror Political Party Nominations, Bishops Say

Apr 28, 2017

NAIROBI APRIL 28, 2017 (CISA) – “We pray that the chaotic manner in which these nominations have been conducted will not be a mirror of what will happen in the General Election,” Bishop Phillip Anyolo, Chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has said. “We have been following with keen interest the ongoing party primaries’ nominations. If the violence, the allegations of bribery, suspicions, accusations, and counter accusations, rejection of nomination results and the general acrimony we are being treated to are anything to go by, then all of us have reason to be very worried over the forth coming…

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ZAMBIA: Stop using Police to Settle Political Scores, Catholic Bishops tell Government

LUSAKA APRIL 25, 2017 (CISA) – The Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) has condemned the recent arrest of leader Hakainde Hichilema who is in prison charged with treason, a non-bailable offence in Zambia. The bishops were speaking following the recent arrest and detention of Mr Hichilema, the leader of United Party for National Development (UPND), after he was accused of blocking the motorcade of President Edgar Lungu. In a statement issued by Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu President of the ZCCB, the bishops said while they do not in any way condone illegality, they condemn the massive and unnecessary force…

DRC: Local Bishops Speak against Bruno Tshibala’s Appointment as Premier

KINSHASA APRIL 25, 2017 (CISA) – The appointment of Bruno Tshibala as Premier of DRC Congo has attracted criticism from local bishops who have accused the President Kabila of dishonouring the New Year’s Eve agreement. In a statement sent to Fides, the bishops described the development as a distortion of the New Year’s Eve agreement that pushed for a general election before December 2017. The agreement had stipulated that the Premier was to be selected after a consensus by the opposition parties which are now divided. The failure of this consensus is attributed to the fact that the opposition had…

NIGERIA: Bishop Condemns Weapon-search Raid on Church

GBOKO APRIL 25, 2017 (CISA) – Bishop William Avenya of the Catholic Diocese of Gboko has condemned the Nigeria Army for raiding his home and parish in Gboko. Soldiers allegedly working on the instruction of the federal government on April 23 raided the home of the bishop claiming to be searching for weapons. “Today my house and entire parish was turned inside out by the military in search of weapons. The search as barbaric, diabolical and an attack on all Christians,” he told Naij.com April 23. He slammed the government for being biased and trying to divide the country claiming…

AFRICA: Kenya, Ghana and Malawi to Get Malaria Vaccine First

GENEVA APRIL 25, 2017(CISA) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) is set to introduce first malaria vaccine to Kenya, Ghana and Malawi starting 2018. In a statement released April 24, WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said the information gathered from this programme would help make decision on wider use of the vaccine. “Information gathered in the pilot programme will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine. Combined with existing malaria interventions, such as a vaccine would have potential to save tens of thousands in Africa,” he said as reported by BBC News. WHO said Malawi,…