February 10, 2016

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    KENYA: Bishop Challenges Catholics to shun Corruption, set Good Example during the Lent

    NGONG FEBRUARY 9, 2016 (CISA) – Bishop Cornelius Korir, chairman Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission has urged Catholics in the county to shun corruption and show good example to other Kenyans during this Lenten period. “There are a lot of things we need to look at as Catholics and as people of Kenya.  Ethnicity is a challenge in our country.  As we come closer to the elections again, we have to pray to God to change our hearts that we believe that we are one nation. It’s a challenge for each and every one of us…

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    VATICAN: Pope meets Zambian President, Calls for Peace

    VATICAN CITY FEBRUARY 9, 2016(CISA) – Pope Francis on Friday February 5 met President Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia at the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace where he lauded Zambia’s commitment to bring peace. The Holy Father held a closed-door meeting with President Lungu that lasted almost 25 minutes. The Zambian President arrived shortly after 10.30 hours to the Vatican accompanied by his wife, Esther Lungu, reported Vatican Radio.  Also, with the President was Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Harry Kalaba, Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Mr Muyeba Chikonde who is also accredited to the Holy See. After the meeting,…

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    MALAWI: Church warns over Food, Drug Shortage in Public Hospitals

    BLANTYRE, FEBRUARY 9, 2016(CISA) – The Catholic church in Malawi has warned over continued food and drug shortage in the country’s Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) depots and public hospitals noting that it risks putting the lives of Malawians at risk. The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Acting National secretary, Martin Chiphwanya challenged the government and other concerned partners to ensure that “the right to food and essential health services is granted to Malawian citizens by making sure that maize is available in Admarc depots and that adequate drug supply is also available in all public hospitals.”…

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    SOMALIA: Nations face Acute Food Shortage due to Drought, UN warns

    MOGADISHU FEBRUARY 9, 2016 (CISA) – Parts of Somalia and South Sudan are faced with food shortage and need urgent support due to severe drought, the United Nations has warned. “The level of malnutrition, especially among children, is of serious concern, with nearly 305,000 children under the age of five years acutely malnourished,” said UN Aid Chief for Somalia Peter de Clercq said February 8. “We estimate that 58,300 children may be in danger if they are not treated,” he added. Some 950,000 people in the country “struggle every day to meet their food needs,” the UN said, adding that…

  • CAGLIARI, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Pope Francis delivers his speech during a meeting with young people on September 22, 2013 in Cagliari, Italy. Pope Francis heads to Cagliari on the Italian island of Sardinia for a pastoral visit that includes celebrating mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Bonaria. The Pope announced in May that he wished to visit the Marian Shrine of Bonaria or 'Good Air' because it gave his hometown of Buenos Aires its name. During his 10-hour visit to the city of Cagliari, the Pope will also meet workers, business representatives, prisoners, the poor, young people, leading representatives from the world of culture and the island's Catholic bishops.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

    S AFRICA: Pope Appoints New Auxiliary Bishop for Johannesburg

    JOHANNESBURG FEBRUARY 9, 2016(CISA) – Pope Francis has named Fr Duncan Theodore Tsoke as auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg. Before his appointment, Fr Tsoke has been serving as the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg and parish priest at the Holy Family parish in Turffontein. He has served as parish vicar, formator and teacher of spirituality at the St. Peter Seminary of Garsfontein, Pretoria, Episcopal vicar for evangelization, assistant vicar for vocational pastoral ministry, parish priest and parish administrator. The Bishop-elect was born in Daveyton, South Africa, in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1995….

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AFRICA: Somalia, Guinea, Djibouti Lead in FGM Prevalence, Report Shows

FEBRUARY 5, 2016(CISA)–Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti have the highest prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) globally, a UN report has stated. UNICEF report noted that in the 30 countries where the practice is most widespread, the majority of girls had undergone FGM before their fifth birthday despite the practice being declared the practice a violation of children’s rights. “In countries like Somalia, Guinea and Djibouti, the practice is practically universal,” AFP quoted Claudia Cappa, the lead author of the report as saying. “Being born in those countries means you have 9 out of 10 possibilities of undergoing the practice,” she…

SUDAN.MN.0708: **Goffard Sudan Daily Story**  Members of Parliament (L-R) Hon. Stephen Agongo and  Ngnog Deng Gumand learn the words to the new South Sudan National Anthem shortly after signing the new constitution in the Parliament building in Juba, Sudan July 07, 2011. (Barbara Davidson/The Los Angeles Times)

S SUDAN: Parliament Passes Bill Limiting Foreign aid Workers

JUBA FEBRUARY 5, 2016(CISA)-South Sudan parliament have passed a bill restricting numbers of foreign aid workers working in the country. The Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) bill, passed on February 3 says that no more than a fifth of aid workers can be from abroad. “Aid agencies must ensure that not less than 80 percent of the employees are South Sudanese nationals at all managerial, middle and junior levels,” the bill read, according to a copy seen by AFP. The bill must still be signed by the president to pass into law. Aid agencies already employ large numbers of South Sudanese –…

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EGYPT: Coptic Patriarch Speaks Against Domestic Violence

CAIRO FEBRUARY 5, 2016 (CISA) – Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II has said that domestic violence, whose victims are mainly women and children, represent a devastating social phenomenon that has severe effects on people’s lives and also on civil society. Patriarch Tawadros was speaking at a prayer meeting during the beginning of his visit to the dioceses on February 3, at the church of St. George, in the suburb of Guizeh, which was attended by thousands of faithful. In his homily, he cited the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (“Blessed are the meek, for they shall…

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ZIMBABWE: Country Declares State of Disaster in areas hit by Drought

HARARE FEBRUARY 5, 2016 (CISA) – President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in several areas of the country hit by drought. According to the Minister of Local Government, Saviour Kasukuwere the El Nino-induced drought has severely affected some areas across the country. According to a statement from the Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira on February 4, about 2.5 million of Zimbabwe’s 12 million people currently need emergency food assistance. “Crops have been affected across 95 percent of the country and more than 16,000 cattle have died,” Kasukuwere said. “With rains failing almost completely, the situation is getting…