October 7, 2015

KENYA: Thousands flock Subukia Shrine for National Eucharistic Congress


NAKURU OCTOBER 6, 2015(CISA) – Close to 25,000 pilgrims from all over Kenya flocked the village of Mary National Shrine in Subukia, Nakuru for the National Eucharistic Congress on Saturday October 3.

The Holy Mass was led by Bishop Philip Anyolo, Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) concelebrated by several other bishops of Kenya and archbishop Daniel Balvo the apostolic nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan.

Bishop Dominic Kimengich, Chairman of the KCCB-Commission for Liturgy, in his homily urged the faithful to strengthen their faith in service to God no matter the challenges involved.

“We are here to celebrate Christ presence in us in this Eucharistic Congress. It should give us hope and strengthen our faith in serving God and others at all times,” said Bishop Kimengich.

He noted that corruption, tribalism, poverty among other ills have distracted the faithful from serving God in truth noting that Christians  should take the opportunity during the Eucharistic congress to repent.

The last Eucharistic Congress in Kenya was held in 1985 and was attended by John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. (38)views


ERITREA: Priest Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize


ASMARA OCTOBER 6, 2015(CISA)- 40-year-old Fr Mussie Zerai has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize award.

Fr Zerai was nominated for his role in saving the lives of thousands of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean by simply answering his cell phone.

“They wake him in the middle of the night crying for help from flimsy boats taking on water. They dial his mobile from inside stifling cargo compartments of trucks in the Sahara desert,” reported The Telegraph October 6.

Fr Zerai often receives calls from satellite phones and then communicates GPS coordinates and basic information to Italy’s coast guard and EU naval authorities so that rescues can be launched.

Kristian Berg Hapviken, the head of Oslo’s Peace Research Institute told Journalist this week that he had placed Pope Francis at the top of the list for 2014, but this year, with the migration crisis worsening daily, Fr Zerai is now one of his favourites to win.

Other nominees for the prize include Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Pope was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his focus on social justice and the environment.

Angela Merkel was nominated as the champion of the migrant cause, after opening the country’s doors to hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa. (44)views


TANZANIA: Church Leaders Call for Religious and Ethnic Tolerance ahead of Polls


DAR ES SALAAM OCTOBER 6 2015(CISA)-Church leaders have called upon Tanzanians to stay away from politicians who may want to divide them on religious and ethnic lines as the October 25 general elections approaches.

“Beware of politicians who aim at dividing the population on the basis of a religious or ethnic group in order to obtain electoral advantage,” warned the Episcopal Conference of Tanzania and Christians Council of Tanzania (CCT) in a joint statement sent to Fides October 6.

The church leaders urged Tanzanians “not to let anyone treat you as a commodity, to buy you to breach peace,” noting that, despite the different political visions, the people of Tanzania must remember to be part of a single nation and a single Country.

“Those who make peace in this nation are the same Tanzanians, and to safeguard peace for its prosperity and future generations should be their priority,” concludes the leaders.

The front runners for the presidential race to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete,who is stepping down after the constitutional two-term limit include Dr John Magufuli, candidate for the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, who recently defected from the CCM to the opposition Chadema, heading a coalition of parties. (15)views


S SUDAN: Malaria Kills Three Children Daily, Report Shows


BENTIU OCTOBER 6, 2015 (CISA) – “The malaria outbreak in Bentiu camp is exceptional in scope and has been claiming the lives of too many children,” Vanessa Cramond, the medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has said.

“With the escalating morbidity and mortality witnessed in the under-five population, it is evident that another response strategy is needed to reach those most at risk of death,” she added.

United Nations Protection of Civilians Camp (PoC) in Bentiu South Sudan now houses 110,000 people who continue to flee fighting and violence.

The MSF hospital is the only hospital for the population in the camp. It provides emergency services 24 hours a day, intensive care for malnourished children, medical paediatric, adult care, surgical and maternity services.

In August and September 2015, MSF teams treated as many as 4,000 malaria patients every week.

As a result of malaria caseload compounded by limited access to basic healthcare and lack of early access to diagnosis and treatment of malaria, many children have been arriving to the hospital with severe malaria infection, reads the statement.

In recent weeks, an average of three children died from malaria every day, after arriving in critical condition.

In response, MSF and UNICEF has launched a door-to-door malaria treatment campaign to assess 30,000 children for suspected cases and providing 16,000 children between 6 months and 5 years with treatment.

“Our goal with this emergency response is to provide early access to malaria treatment to the most vulnerable segment of the population – children under five years old – before their condition deteriorates to the point that their lives are placed in serious jeopardy,” said Vanessa. (20)views


KENYA: Youth Challenged to Change Africa’s Image


NAIROBI OCTOBER 6, 2015 (CISA) –Mrs Angelina Wapakhabulo, the Ugandan High Commissioner to Kenya has said that young people are “the ones responsible for changing the narrative about Africa, AMECEA region and our communities.”

“You can do this with every word you speak, every move, and step you make, with every choice you make, with the way you carry yourself each day because by so doing you are rewriting the story of your communities,” she advised.

Mrs Wapakhabulo was speaking October 2, during Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) 32nd Graduation ceremony where she urged the graduands to nurture the values that got them to the university.

“The personal competencies that got you here – passion, commitment, tenacity, and a mind open to learning – will be important throughout your lives. These values will continue to be even more important than some of the academic subjects what you have learned,” she said.

Mrs Wapakhabulo who was the chief guest during the ceremony further told the graduands that “just wanting to do good is not enough” instead, achieving impact is what counts, “it is the transformation that society now yearns for.”

She warned that in their quest to transform society, there will be high and low moments and there will be moments of losses and defeat, as well as those of success.

“Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed. It’s okay to feel the sadness and the grief that comes with losses. However instead of letting those feelings defeat you let them motivate you. Let them serve as fuel for your life journey,” she said.

During the graduation whose theme was “Holistic Education for Sustainable Transformation of Africa,” 1,591 graduands received Diplomas and Degrees at the University’s main campus in Langata, Nairobi. (26)views