May 23, 2017

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  • KENYA: Pray for me in my New Assignment, Bishop Muheria tells Faithful of Kitui

    KITUI MAY 19, 2017(CISA)- Bishop Anthony Muheria has urged Christians of the Catholic diocese of Kitui, where he worked for nine years, to pray for him as he prepares to take up his new role as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nyeri. “…I must confess how hard it was and still is, for me to leave my beloved Kitui. My daughters and sons, you have truly “stolen” my heart, with the great love you always showed me. My heart is very heavy, and it will be very difficult for me, as I am sure it will be for you,” said…

  • KENYA: AMECEA Chairman Calls on Kenyans to Pray Ahead of Elections

    NAIROBI MAY 19, 2017(CISA)- Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) and Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has called on all Kenyans to pray ahead of the General Elections. “I would request Kenyans citizens to continue to pray for peaceful elections. The people in Kenya are praying and that is a great way of preparing for elections. We assure you that the AMECEA countries are also praying for you,” the Cardinal said. He was speaking in an interview with CISA May 19 in Nairobi, on the sidelines of celebrations to…

  • TANZANIA: Priests Urged to Use New Regulations of the Roman Missal

    DAR ES SALAAM, MAY 19, 2017(CISA) – Bishop Salutaris Libena,  chairman of the Liturgy department of TEC  has urged priests to use new regulations of the Roman Missal. Roman Missal is a liturgical book containing the prayers and responses needed when celebrating the Roman Catholic Mass throughout the year. Speaking during a diocesan liturgy coordinators meeting which involved coordinators from all Catholic dioceses in Dar es Salaam, the bishop expressed concern that some priests in some dioceses to continue using the old regulations while the department has already announced in a formal letter that the available translation is final. “Our department finished translation and…

  • CAR: UN Raises Alarm over Flares in Killings

    BANGUI  MAY 19, 2017(CISA)-The United Nations has expressed concern over latest flare up of violence that has claimed over 100 people. “Violence and rising tensions are spreading to areas of the Central African Republic that had previously been spared the kinds of terrifying violence seen in some other parts of the country. This is highly worrying and should set off loud alarm bells,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement May 16. He warned that defenceless civilians would suffer the most in the face of violence that is at risk of spreading other areas…

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Country becoming ‘Mafia State,’ Council of Churches Warns

    JOHANNESBURG MAY 19, 2017 (CISA) –South African Council of Churches (SACC) has warned that corruption is turning the country into a “mafia state.” “We have come to recognize that South Africa may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which there may be no return, a recipe for a failed state,” Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, Secretary General SACC said in a statement. SACC is an inter-denomination grouping that brings together about 36 member churches and organizations including the Anglican Church and Dutch Reformed Church. Bishop Mpumlwana was speaking May 18 during the release of the…

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KENYA: Pray for me in my New Assignment, Bishop Muheria tells Faithful of Kitui

May 22, 2017

KITUI MAY 19, 2017(CISA)- Bishop Anthony Muheria has urged Christians of the Catholic diocese of Kitui, where he worked for nine years, to pray for him as he prepares to take up his new role as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nyeri. “…I must confess how hard it was and still is, for me to leave my beloved Kitui. My daughters and sons, you have truly “stolen” my heart, with the great love you always showed me. My heart is very heavy, and it will be very difficult for me, as I am sure it will be for you,” said…

KENYA: AMECEA Chairman Calls on Kenyans to Pray Ahead of Elections

May 22, 2017

NAIROBI MAY 19, 2017(CISA)- Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) and Chairman of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) has called on all Kenyans to pray ahead of the General Elections. “I would request Kenyans citizens to continue to pray for peaceful elections. The people in Kenya are praying and that is a great way of preparing for elections. We assure you that the AMECEA countries are also praying for you,” the Cardinal said. He was speaking in an interview with CISA May 19 in Nairobi, on the sidelines of celebrations to…

TANZANIA: Priests Urged to Use New Regulations of the Roman Missal

May 22, 2017

DAR ES SALAAM, MAY 19, 2017(CISA) – Bishop Salutaris Libena,  chairman of the Liturgy department of TEC  has urged priests to use new regulations of the Roman Missal. Roman Missal is a liturgical book containing the prayers and responses needed when celebrating the Roman Catholic Mass throughout the year. Speaking during a diocesan liturgy coordinators meeting which involved coordinators from all Catholic dioceses in Dar es Salaam, the bishop expressed concern that some priests in some dioceses to continue using the old regulations while the department has already announced in a formal letter that the available translation is final. “Our department finished translation and…

CAR: UN Raises Alarm over Flares in Killings

May 22, 2017

BANGUI  MAY 19, 2017(CISA)-The United Nations has expressed concern over latest flare up of violence that has claimed over 100 people. “Violence and rising tensions are spreading to areas of the Central African Republic that had previously been spared the kinds of terrifying violence seen in some other parts of the country. This is highly worrying and should set off loud alarm bells,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement May 16. He warned that defenceless civilians would suffer the most in the face of violence that is at risk of spreading other areas…

SOUTH AFRICA: Country becoming ‘Mafia State,’ Council of Churches Warns

May 22, 2017

JOHANNESBURG MAY 19, 2017 (CISA) –South African Council of Churches (SACC) has warned that corruption is turning the country into a “mafia state.” “We have come to recognize that South Africa may just be a few inches from the throes of a mafia state from which there may be no return, a recipe for a failed state,” Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, Secretary General SACC said in a statement. SACC is an inter-denomination grouping that brings together about 36 member churches and organizations including the Anglican Church and Dutch Reformed Church. Bishop Mpumlwana was speaking May 18 during the release of the…

KENYA: Bishop Anthony Muheria’s letter to Christians of the Catholic Diocese of Kitui

May 19, 2017

Through the parish priests My dear Christians of Kitui, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh…” (Is 55, 8) The Lord’s ways are indeed different from your own. But His will is always right… by now you have all received the news of my transfer to the Archdiocese of Nyeri that was announced on Divine Mercy Sunday. The Holy Father, through the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Balvo, has asked me to go and take over from Archbishop Peter Kairo who has now retired. No doubt this is a big show of trust…

KENYA: Archbishop Praises Role of Small Christian Communities in Church

May 17, 2017

KISUMU MAY 16, 2017(CISA)-Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kisumu has acknowledged Small Christian Communities (SCCs) as a new way of life in the Archdiocese. The Archbishop was giving closing remarks on May 11 during the closing of a two-day SCCs workshop held in Kisumu. The Archbishop noted that the SCCs play an important part in the Archdiocese, introducing new ways in pastoral work. He also praised SCCs for being a source of vocations to the priesthood and religious life and nurturing these vocations. The  training, whose objective was to revitalize and re-energize SCCs as an instrument of…

LESOTHO: Church Leaders Call for Free and Fair Elections

May 17, 2017

MASERU MAY 16, 2017(CISA)-Christian Council of Lesotho has called on Lesotho’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to speed up preparations to conduct free and fair General elections in June 3. “We are glad preparations for elections are underway. The Independent Electoral Commission must keep working around the clock to try to manage the process. What we demand come the election day is free, transparent and fair elections,” Archbishop Gerard Tlali Lerotholi,O.M.I, Chairperson of Heads of Churches of the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) said in a statement sent to CISA May 15. They called on the out-going government to implement all electoral reforms…

IVORY COAST: Soldiers End Mutiny Following Deal with State

May 17, 2017

ABIDJAN MAY 16, 2017 (CISA) – Soldiers in Ivory Coast have today accepted a government proposal on bonus payments and agreed to return to barracks, ending a five-day mutiny over pay. The proposal accepted by the soldiers’ means 8,400 mutineers will receive an immediate bonus payment of 5 million CFA francs ($8,400). Another 2 million CFA francs will then be paid at the end of next month, reported Reuters. The former rebels who are part of Ivory Coast’s 22,000-strong army have been shooting in the air and setting up road blocks paralyzing cities and towns across the country since May 12….

NIGERIA: Archbishop Okolo Appointed Apostolic Nuncio of Ireland

May 17, 2017

LAGOS MAY 16, 2017(CISA)-Pope Francis has appointed Nigerian Archbishop, Jude Thaddeus Okolo as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. Archbishop Okolo becomes the first African to represent the Holy See in the country. He previously served as nuncio to the Central African Republic and Chad in 2008, then as diplomatic representative to the Dominican Republic in 2013. Dr Okolo will take up the role during the summer, and replaces outgoing papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown who finished his term in March and is moving to Albania to take up a new diplomatic post. Archbishop Eamon Martin of the Catholic Archdiocese of Armagh welcomed his…

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KENYA: Catholic Bishops give Qualities of Leaders to Vote for

NAIROBI MAY 12, 2017(CISA)-The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has given qualities of leaders who Kenyans should vote for and against in the forthcoming August 8 General Elections. The bishops gave the list April 28 at the end of their ordinary plenary that took place at St Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Nairobi. GOOD LEADERS TO VOTE FOR God fearing, morally upright and respects rights of others; Committed to promoting human dignity and solidarity among people; Leaders who live and practice human, ethical and family values. Promote respect of law and order in the society Tested and proven to ascribe…

KENYA: Patients Quarantined on Suspected Anthrax Outbreak

THIKA MAY 12, 2017 (CISA) – The Kiambu County Government has imposed a quarantine within Thika sub-County following a suspected outbreak of Anthrax in the region. In a statement sent to media houses May 12, the Health County Executive Jonah Mwangi stated that a joint inspection team has also suspended the licenses of meat transporters from the affected slaughter house pending further vetting. He further issued a warning that all meat transporters handling uninspected meat will be prosecuted and their licenses revoked. “After suspected cases were admitted in our hospitals, the patients were isolated and promptly placed on treatment,” he said….

ENGLAND: Bishop calls on International Community to Help Unite Somalia

LONDON MAY 12, 2017 (CISA) – Bishop Giorgio Bertin of Djibouti and Apostolic Administrator of Mogadishu has called on, “A unified approach of the international community and a greater involvement of the Somali diaspora,” in helping the country. “The expatriated Somalis have the possibility to effectively and urgently reach their people who are in the different areas of the country,” said Bishop Bertin during the start of the International Conference on Somalia on May 11, in London, reported Fides. “I have the impression that the various international actors on Somalia issues will not put the rebirth of the Somali State at the…

EGYPT: Country sends Food, Medical Aid to Somalia

CAIRO MAY 12, 2017 (CISA) – The Egyptian Army has transported a cargo-plane filled with food and medical aid to Somalia in an effort to support the drought-stricken country. President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi directed the delivery facilitated by the army, state news agency MENA reported May 11. The drought in Somalia has affected harvests and livestock in the war-torn country, and dried up waterholes in East Africa posing threat of renewed famine six years after a similar crisis in which 260,000 people died in 2011. According to the UN, about six million Somalis, around half the population, need aid. Authorities say the…