August 3, 2015

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    GHANA: SECAM Launches Year of Reconciliation for Peaceful Coexistence in Africa

    ACCRA, JULY 31, 2015 (CISA) – The Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) on July 29 launched the Year of Reconciliation in Africa with a solemn Eucharist Celebration in Accra. The convocation of the theme, A reconciled Africa for Peaceful Coexistence, was in response to the invitation that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI made in the year 2011 to the African Episcopates in his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. “This is to promote a Year of Reconciliation of continental reach, to ask God for special forgiveness for all the evils and offences that human beings have inflicted on one another in Africa, so…

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    SOUTH AFRICA: Archbishop TuTu Back in Hospital

    CAPETOWN, JULY 31, 2015 (CISA) – South Africa’s Archbishop emeritus, Desmond  Tutu has been re-admitted to a hospital in Capetown just a week after being, Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said. “He was discharged from hospital on July 21 and re-admitted on July 29, after expressing renewed discomfort. His doctors considered it prudent for him to return to hospital for observation,” a statement by his foundation said. According to the Nation newspaper, Tutu was first hospitalised for the infection on July 14. The 83 year old Nobel peace laureate also continues battling prostate cancer which he has lived with…

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    KENYA: Bishops Urge Kenyans to Keep Away from Polio Vaccine, Until Confirmed Safe

    NAIROBI, JULY 31 2015 (CISA) – The Conference of Catholic Bishops of Kenya (KCCB)has urged Kenyans not to participate in an upcoming Polio Vaccine campaign till tests are done to confirm the safety of vaccine. In a press statement dated July 28 titled, The Truth will set us free: The safety of Kenyans must be assured; the bishops questioned the safety of the vaccines, saying the manufacturer failed to provide requested information and the government disregarded the bishops’ request for tests. According to the statement the bishops had in a consultative meeting with the Director of Medical Services resolved that…

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    SWITZERLAND: Ebola Vaccine Shows 100% Success, WHO says

    GENEVA JULY 31, 2015 (CISA) – The world will soon be able to protect humans against Ebola the World Health Organization (WHO) has said as data from a trial in Guinea showed a vaccine was “100 percent effective.” “We believe that the world is on the verge of an efficacious Ebola vaccine,” said WHO vaccine expert Marie Paule Kieny in a statement, reported Reuters. According to WHO initial results from the trial, which tested Merck and NewLink Genetics’ VSV-ZEBOV vaccine, on some 4,000 people who had been in close contact with a confirmed Ebola case showed 100 percent protection after…

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GHANA: Fr Fianu Appointed Bishop of Ho

HO, JULY 17, 2015(CISA)-Pope Francis has appointed Fr Emmanuel Fianu, a member of the Divine Word Missionaries (S.V.D) as the new bishop of the Catholic diocese of Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana. Until his appointment Tuesday 14, the bishop-elect was serving as the Secretary General of the Council of the Divine Word Fathers (SVD) in Rome, Vatican Radio reported. Fr Fianu has served as a priest for 30 years. He was assigned as an Assistant Parish Priest at the St Joseph Catholic Church, Kante, Togo, where he did his pastoral work, and was a teacher of Religion, Social Ethics…


S AFRICA: Doctors Confident of Archbishop Tutu Recovery

CAPETOWN JULY 17, 2015(CISA) – Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu daughter, Mpho Tutu has said that her father is in good spirits in hospital where he is recovering from a “persistent infection.” “My father is in good spirits and doctors are confident of his recovery. He has a deep passion for many causes and concerns and has been a voice for those facing injustice in this world,” AFP quoted Mpho Tutu as saying during a news conference July 16. The 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate was admitted to hospital in Cape Town on Tuesday for treatment with “intravenous antibiotics, which could take…


ETHIOPIA: Country to Host 19th AMECEA Plenary Assembly

ADDIS ABABA JULY 17, 2015(CISA)-Ethiopia is gearing up for the 19th Plenary Assembly of the The Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) to be held in Addis Ababa in mid-2018. Ethiopia accepted to host the meeting of bishops during the Executive Board meeting of AMECEA, held at its secretariat in Nairobi at the end of May. Speaking to AMECEA online news at the time, Bishop of Adigrat, Tesfaselassie Medhin said the Ethiopian Catholic Bishops Conference accepted the invitation to host the meeting with joy. “Preparing the AMECEA Plenary is “quite a task in terms of logistics and organisational…

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S SUDAN: Archbishop Congratulates Muslims on Eid – Ul Fitr

JUBA, JULY 17 2015(CISA) – Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba on Thursday congratulated Muslims in South Sudan and all over the world on the Eid-Ul- Fitr celebrations. JUBA, JULY 17 2015(CISA) – Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba on Thursday congratulated Muslims in South Sudan and all over the world on the Eid-Ul- Fitr celebrations. The Archbishop in his message commended the Muslim community for exercising religious values of fasting, prayer, alms giving, visits to family members and friends during the Holy Month of Ramadan, Catholic Radio Network reported July 16. He lamented…