May 1, 2016

  • 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)

    TANZANIA: Pope Appoints Fr Kassala New Bishop of Geita

    GEITA, APRIL 29 2016(CISA)-Pope Francis has appointed Fr Flavian Kassala, director of the Stella Maris Mtwara College as the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Geita in Tanzania. The diocese of Geita fell vacant when Archbishop Damian Denis Dallu was appointed Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Songea March 14, 2014. Archbishop Dallu was the bishop of Geita before he was elevated to lead the metropolitan see of Songea. The Bishop-elect of Geita was born on December 4, 1967 in Sumve, in the Archdiocese of Mwanza. He attended the St. Pius X Minor Seminary in Makoko, in the Diocese…

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    SOUTH SUDAN: Riek Machar Sworn in as First Vice President

    JUBA, APRIL 29, 2016 (CISA) – South Sudan’s rebel leader Dr Riek Machar was sworn in as First Vice-President on April 26 in the Juba in a peace deal aimed at ending more than two years of conflict in the world’s youngest nation. He took the post in a new unity government led by President Salva Kiir shortly after his arrival in Juba on Tuesday two years after fleeing the city on December 15, 2013. This is expected to be followed by formation of a transitional government of national unity in the next few days. A former vice-president since year…


    CHAD: Church Opens New Secretariat in Nation

    N’DJAMENA, APRIL 29, 2016(CISA)-The Episcopal Conference of Chad has opened new Catholic secretariat that will host all the Catholic programmes offices and bodies working in the country. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony in N’Djamena recently, reported Vatican Radio, President of the Episcopal Conference of Chad, Bishop Jean-Claude Bouchard, OMI, expressed satisfaction with the new premises. He told guests at the ceremony that the Church in Chad wanted to bring together all the various national services and institutions under one roof adding that “the work that the Church does in Chad, particularly its social services, were for the good of the whole…

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    MOZAMBIQUE: Faithful Begin Annual Pilgrimage

    MAPUTO APRIL 29, 2016(CISA)-Thousands of faithful from various parishes of the Archdiocese of Maputo and other parts of the country are preparing for the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima of Namaacha diocesan shrine in Maputo. This year’s pilgrimage starts on May 6, 2016 and is dedicated to the Year of Mercy: “Merciful as the Father.” Traditionally, every year, thousands of Catholics from all parishes in the Archdiocese of Maputo gather to honour the Virgin Mother. Bishop João Carlos Nunes, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Maputo, said that the central theme of this year’s pilgrimage, “Merciful as the…

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    ZAMBIA: Catholic Bishops Calls for Action to Save Nature

    LUSAKA APRIL 29, (CISA) – Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) has called on the country’s mining companies and those in the agricultural sector to exercise extra care in conserving environment. “Recognising that mining contributes to job and wealth creation of the country, we, however, challenge the mining sector to begin to practice responsible mining that takes into account the needs of the environment,” the Bishops said in a communiqué issued at the end of a national environmental conference held in Lusaka this week. The Bishops said that mining contributes to the country’s development and provides much-needed jobs. They further noted large-scale…

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KENYA: Blessed Sister Irene Nyaatha’s Portraits Missing from Memorial Plaque

NYERI APRIL 26, 2016 (CISA) – Portraits of Blessed Irene Stefani, which were erected in Nyeri town during her beatification ceremony in 2015 have gone missing. The steel bars are also missing from the memorial plaque that was unveiled by President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 23, 2015 when he graced the historic ceremony. This comes a month before the Catholic Church marks the first anniversary of the beatification of the nun. Fr Peter Githinji the diocesan postulator – Catholic diocese of Nyeri indicated that people who made away with the nun’s pictures could have been fanatics who wanted to place them in…


SOUTH AFRICA: Political Parties must Stop War Talk, Bishops Say

PRETORIA APRIL 26, 2016 (CISA) – The Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has called on all political parties to avoid making statements that could incite election violence and civil war. “We have seen the evil consequences of civil war in other African countries‚ including massive loss of lives‚ a refugee crisis and irreparable damage to the economy. We do not want our nation to take such a path. We therefore appeal to all political parties to refrain from actions and rhetoric that could fuel election violence and civil war,” Bishop Abel Gabuza‚ the…


BURUNDI: Crisis Continues as More People Expected to Flee Country; UNHCR

BUJUMBURA APRIL 26, 2016 (CISA) – One year after the crisis in Burundi began, UNHCR has revealed that almost 260,000 people have fled to nearby countries while thousands more are expected to do the same over the rest of the year unless a political solution is found. UNHCR spokesperson, Leo Dobbs at a press brief held in Geneva on April 22, 2016 said, “People continue to arrive in neighbouring countries, albeit in smaller numbers in recent weeks as it becomes harder to cross borders. Many asylum seekers or new arrivals report human rights abuses in Burundi, including torture, sexual violence,…

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S SUDAN: Hope for Peace as Rebel Leader Riek Machar Returns to Juba

JUBA APRIL 26, 2016 (CISA) – South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar has arrived in the capital, Juba, after a week-long delay. Machar is expected to take up his post as first vice-president in a new unity government, a move that is seen as a key part of the peace deal aimed at ending the more than two-year-long conflict that has killed tens of thousands and left two million people homeless according to the UN. Machar’s return was originally scheduled for early last week but the former vice president had instead asked for more forces and heavy weaponry to precede…