April 26, 2017

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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,…

  • KENYA: Bishop Anthony Muheria Appointed Archbishop of Nyeri

    NAIROBI APRIL 24, 2017 (CISA) – Pope Francis has appointed the Rt Rev Anthony Muheria, as Archbishop of Nyeri following the retirement of Archbishop Peter Kairo. The news of the appointment was officially made April 23, in Rome. Presently Rt Rev Muheria is the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui and Apostolic Administrator of Catholic Diocese of Machakos. Rt Rev Muheria was born on May 27, 1963 at Kaburugi in Murang’a County After high school he obtained a BC in Science and Civil Engineering at Nairobi University in 1984. For five years he worked as a consultant engineer and…

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

Apr 26, 2017

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

Apr 26, 2017

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

Apr 26, 2017

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

Apr 26, 2017

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,…

KENYA: Bishop Anthony Muheria Appointed Archbishop of Nyeri

Apr 24, 2017

NAIROBI APRIL 24, 2017 (CISA) – Pope Francis has appointed the Rt Rev Anthony Muheria, as Archbishop of Nyeri following the retirement of Archbishop Peter Kairo. The news of the appointment was officially made April 23, in Rome. Presently Rt Rev Muheria is the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui and Apostolic Administrator of Catholic Diocese of Machakos. Rt Rev Muheria was born on May 27, 1963 at Kaburugi in Murang’a County After high school he obtained a BC in Science and Civil Engineering at Nairobi University in 1984. For five years he worked as a consultant engineer and…

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KENYA: Nairobi Archdiocese Officially Launches Caritas Microfinance Bank

NAIROBI APRIL 21, 2017(CISA)-The Archdiocese of Nairobi has officially launched its Caritas Microfinance bank. Speaking during the launch at the Cardinal Otunga Plaza Annexe on April 20, John Cardinal Njue Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi said that the bank aims to economically empower the local communities. “Through caritas microfinance bank, we seek to empower our local communities economically while ensuring that those who live in poverty, particularly vulnerable women and children are served in body, mind and spirit,” said Cardinal Njue. He said the launch was an initiative that begun three decades ago when the first Self-Help Group…

CAR: Church to Create ‘Pope Francis Village’ in Honour of 2015 Visit

BANGUI APRIL 21, 2017 (CISA) – The Catholic Church in Central African Republic has proposed a plan to create a village called Pope Francis as a meeting place for the various religious communities. The project that is being studied by the Vatican delegation of experts for Central Africa, in collaboration with the Center for Religious Confessions of Central Africa (PCRC) is being done in commemoration of the Pope’s visit to the country in 2015, reported Fides. “The Pope declared Bangui the spiritual capital of humanity. He opened a holy door in Bangui. It was the first time in the history of…

GHANA: Bishop Calls for Environmental Protection

JASIKAN APRIL 21, 2017(CISA-Bishop Gabriel Akwasi Abiabo Mante of the Catholic Diocese of Jasikan has called on the priests, men and women religious, and lay faithful to intensify education on tree planting and care of nature. “Let there be extension of the tree planting to learning institutions and families. The media too should promote environmental protection through tree planting,” said Bishop Mante. He was speaking April 11, during the re launch of “Arbor Week” celebration at Jasikan. Bishop Mante, reported CANAA, said the re-launch was aimed at an “ecological conversion and responsible change of direction in relationship with the environment.” Observed…

SOUTH SUDAN: Catholic University Mourns Founder

JUBA APRIL 21, 2017(CISA)-The Catholic University of South Sudan is mourning its founder and former Vice Chancellor Fr Michael Schultheis. Fr Schultheis died April 14 in Liberia where he was working for the new Catholic University, he founded. The 85-years-old also founded Catholic Universities of Ghana and Mozambique. He will also be remembered for his contribution developing St Augustine University in Tanzania, Jesuit University in Nigeria and the recently founded Catholic University of Liberia where he died. The late priest studied theology and philosophy in Gonza University in 1958 and obtained a masters degree in St Mary University of Minnesota,…