April 29, 2017

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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