October 5, 2015

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    KENYA: National Eucharistic Congress Kicks off in Subukia, Nakuru

    NAKURU OCTOBER 2, 2015 (CISA) – The National Eucharistic Congress, organized by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops begun today at the Village of Mary National Shrine in Subukia, Nakuru. According to Rev. Fr Charles Odira (Dr) the conference’s National Executive Secretary, Commission for Pastoral and Lay Apostolate, over 20,000 participants from all the Catholic dioceses in Kenya are expected to attend the event. Fr Odira noted that the national prayer day is also a preparatory event that will see the church in Kenya set ground for the coming of Pope Francis in November 25-27. “We had not foreseen the Pope’s…

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    KENYA: Consolata Missionaries Community holds Requiem for Fr Franco Cellana

    NAIROBI OCTOBER 2, 2015 (CISA) – The Consolata Missionary community in Kenya on Wednesday September 30, held a requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of the late Fr Franco Cellana who passed on September 24, at the National Cancer Centre of Milan, Italy. Fr Cellana was the immediate former superior of the Consolata Missionaries in the Kenya and Uganda region. He had also served as a missionary in Italy, Spain and Tanzania. He died at 73 years of age having served for 52 years of Religious Profession and 48 years of priesthood. President Uhuru Kenyatta in a message of…

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    CAR: Bishop Fear Fresh Violence Could affect Pope’s Visit

    BANGUI OCTOBER 2, 2015(CISA) – The ongoing violence between Christians and Muslims groups in Central African Republic (CAR)’s capital, Bangui has intensified fears raising concerns for the General Elections and Pope Franci’s visit scheduled for October. “The situation in Bangui is a matter of great concern. If stability is not re-established, that might affect a number of things, including the papal visit .We’re praying for reason, peace and understanding,” Catholic Herald quoted Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia, the vice president of the country’s bishops’ conference as saying. The ongoing violence has further raised doubts on whether the elections scheduled on October 18…

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    BURKINA FASO: Bishops Call for Peace as Coup Leader Surrenders

    OUGADOUGOU OCTOBER 2, 2015(CISA) – The leader of the failed military coup, General Gilbert Diendéré, former head of the Régiment de Sécurité Présidentielle (RSP), surrendered to the government after seeking refuge in the local Nunciature. “Archbishop  Piergiorgio Bertoldi, Apostolic Nuncio and His Eminence Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou, and collaborators, Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo, former Présidente, and Tulinabo S. Mushingi, US Ambassador, inform that General Diendéré Gilbert, who was welcomed in the Apostolic Nunciature for safety reasons as a result of recent events, surrendered to the competent authorities of Burkina Faso on 1 October 2015 at 2.30pm,” read a statement from the…

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KENYA: Church Organization Recognized for Effort in Tree Planting

NAIROBI SEPTEMBER 29, 2015(CISA) –Franciscan’s Mother Earth Network(M-e-Net), a Catholic Church organization has been awarded for the second time in two years over its efforts in promoting tree planting. The Network was first recognized and awarded by Total Kenya in 2013, when it received a silver trophy for its effort in planting over one million trees. “Our goal is inspiring enabling Kenyans to plant at least 100 million trees every year. We consider every effort the smallest, the biggest and everyone should be involved in tree planting for the betterment and future of our environment,” said Mrs Ada Eze, Total…


KENYA: Come down to the Grassroots, Bishop Urges Consecrated Men, Women

NAIROBI SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 (CISA) – Bishop Anthony Mukobo, Chairman Kenya Conference  of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Commission for Clergy and Religious has challenged consecrated men and women in urban areas to go out and send missionaries to the grass roots. “Open your walls here in Nairobi and go out and communicate the Good News to the people. Form your people here but let them have pastoral experience outside in different places such as Malindi and Lodwar,” said Bishop Mukobo of the Catholic Diocese of Isiolo. The prelate was speaking during the just concluded National Conference on Consecrated Life held at…


CAR: Violence Erupt ahead of Elections

BANGUI SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 (CISA) –Dozens of Civilians have been killed in the ongoing violence following the killing of a Muslim taxi driver in the Capital of Central African Republic, Bangui. The new wave of violence that erupted over the weekend has left at least l00 people injured, reported Reuters. “The deadly violence in the capital illustrates that CAR remains in a very fragile state and that immediate action must be taken to enhance the capacity of UN peacekeepers to detect and respond effectively to such incidents before escalation of attacks on civilians,” said Alioune Tine, Amnesty International regional director…


NIGERIA: Diversify Economy to Prevent Youth Migration to Europe, Bishops tell Government

ABUJA SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 (CISA) – The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has called on the government to improve the country’s economy to prevent the migration of young people to Europe. “Unemployment is growing beyond control, leaving many of our citizens, especially the younger ones, to migrate, both locally and to other countries,” said the bishops in a statement at the end of their second Plenary Assembly on September 25, Fides has reported. “More and more Nigerians are now struggling or are unable to provide the basic needs for their families. This exposes them to inhuman conditions, including different forms…