24th February 2020

Kenya: Addressing the Pastoral Dichotomy between Faith and Life

At a conference organized to deliberate on the challenges and opportunities of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope John Paul II “Ecclesia in Africa” after 25 years of its publication, a Kenyan Bishop acknowledged the “revolutionary” nature of the document but noted the exhortation’s threefold limitations. “25 years later after the issuance of the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Ecclesia in Africa’ by Pope John Paul II in 1995,” Bishop John … Read more

Recent Cameroon Massacre: Bishop George Nkuo (Kumbo) Declares Day of Prayer and Mourning

“On Friday 14th February 2020, the military invaded Ngarbuh at 4 a.m. and we are told that twenty-four (24) people were killed among whom were pregnant women and little children,” Bishop George Nkuo of Cameroon’s Kumbo diocese has, “reliably informed,” recounted in his February 18 letter. “Some of the victims were burnt alive and several others wounded. A total of nine (9) houses were burnt down,” … Read more

Vatican: Training for Diplomatic Service to Include a Year of Mission

There is no doubt that the decision, now formalized by the Successor of Peter, represents a truly significant change in the course of studies for those who will serve in the Nunciatures and who will, in many cases, be made bishops at a relatively young age. A fundamental piece of the curriculum now becomes the year dedicated to missionary service in the field, far from … Read more

South Sudan: Reduction in Number of States Significant Step in Peace Process

“After a thorough deliberation on the subject matter and in the interest of peace and stability in the country, the presidency … resolved to return the country to ten (10) States and their previous respective counties; plus three (3) administrative areas,” the statement from South Sudan Presidency dated February 14 seen by ACI Africa reads. Catholic Church leaders who spoke to ACI Africa Saturday, February … Read more

India: ‘Facing Most Critical Phase in its History’

The Feb. 12 open letter by Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash was written as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) was about to begin its 34th biennial plenary assembly Feb. 13-19 in Bengaluru. The theme of this year’s assembly is “Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity.” “Dear Bishops, your meeting takes place at a time when the country is perhaps in the most critical phase … Read more

Battambang, Cambodia: Bon Phoum – A Village Blessing

We witnessed another unique Khmer-Christian Festival today (Feb. 5) in Chomnaom (ចំណោម). The Bon Phoum which literally means Village feast or Village blessing in Chomnaom started when Fr. Totet SJ was the parish priest of the place in 2002-2005. The idea actually originates from the Cambodian tradition of thanksgiving after the harvest season. The Christianised tradition was warmly accepted by the villagers making it a … Read more

Bishop Robert Barron: When American Bishops Meet Pope Francis

But by far the dominant theme in our lengthy conversation, expressed both in the questions of the bishops and the substantive responses of the Pope, was evangelization. When one bishop made reference to Evangelii Gaudium, Francis’s seminal encyclical on the topic, the Pope wryly commented that that text was largely “plagiarized” from St. Paul VI’s 1975 encyclical Evangelii Nuntiandi and the document that emerged from the meeting of … Read more

Kenya’s Ranking on CPI Corruption Scale ‘Lamentable’ – Bishop John Oballa

Three months after Bishops in Kenya launched a nationwide six-months anti-corruption campaign, an initiative described as a big stride by faith-based leaders in fighting against corruption in their country, a Bishop in the East African nation has termed as “lamentable” the recent results by Transparency International (TI) ranking Kenya below the global average. “It is indeed lamentable that a country as beautiful and popular as our Kenya … Read more

Cameroon: ‘The Truth Will Save Cameroon’ – Cardinal Tumi in Interview

One recommendation to resolve the Anglophone problem emanating from the grand dialogue was the special status for the English-speaking regions. Are you comfortable with the contents? I was among the first to make a proposition for the content. I was clear, and the Prime Minister’s office too, said that I was the clearest: I proposed a government, I proposed a house of parliament, I proposed a house … Read more

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