USA: Making Sense of Catholic Attitudes towards Trump
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USA: Making Sense of Catholic Attitudes towards Trump

In the weeks before the election, I received Facebook messages from many Catholics struggling to make sense of pastors who cast the election in such terms or condemned Democrats outright, either from the pulpit or in private conversations. Many felt not only attacked for their political views but alienated from their own parishes. “How do…

Uganda Elections: Multiple Calls for Peaceful Process
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Uganda Elections: Multiple Calls for Peaceful Process

“We may not have violence on election day itself. But depending on how the Uganda Electoral Commission handles the process of releasing election results – this is where the tensions will be.” Despite the seeming tension, the CJPC director says, “People are expected to go and vote, and voter slips are currently being issued to…

U.S.A: Maryknoll Missionaries on Violence at Capitol
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U.S.A: Maryknoll Missionaries on Violence at Capitol

The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns released the following statement on January 6, 2021, condemning the violence at the US Capitol. As representatives of Maryknoll missioners and as citizens of the United States, we are appalled that a violent mob has stormed the US Capitol Building in an attempt to disrupt the ceremonial counting of…

Uganda: Bishops Weigh in on Electoral Process
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Uganda: Bishops Weigh in on Electoral Process

Ahead of general elections in Uganda slated for January 14, Catholic Bishops in the country have, in their latest Pastoral Letter, highlighted 13 issues that “could taint the credibility of the electoral process and outcome of the polls if not addressed urgently.” In their Pastoral Letter sent to ACI Africa Tuesday, January 5, the members…

US Elections: Sisters on Promoting Issues Not Candidates
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US Elections: Sisters on Promoting Issues Not Candidates

While the presence of men or women religious at a political event may already “telegraph” their belief that a particular candidate or campaign is “worth listening to,” St. Joseph Sr. Christine Schenk said, “There’s a wisdom in not outright endorsing any one candidate.” The wisdom of not endorsing contains practical as well as prophetic reasons:…

India: Death of Pioneering Christian Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
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India: Death of Pioneering Christian Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh

“Jogi is the main architect of Chhattisgarh state, and in his death we have lost a great leader who always put the state and its people first,” said Archbishop Victor Hendry Thakur based in state capital Raipur. Jogi became Chhattisgarh’s first chief minister in 2000 when the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, purportedly to…

Cameroon: Bishops Comment on Low Turnout and Violence at Recent Local Elections
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Cameroon: Bishops Comment on Low Turnout and Violence at Recent Local Elections

Meanwhile, the bishops expressed concern about the Anglophone crisis in the north-west and south-west regions of the country. “We regret that four months after the holding of the Major National Dialogue, which proposed solutions for ending the crisis in these regions, we are still not satisfied with the situation in these regions,” they said in…

Cameroon: Election Violence in Anglophone Regions – Human Rights Watch
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Cameroon: Election Violence in Anglophone Regions – Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch interviewed 55 victims and witnesses of crimes committed by armed separatists and government forces since the elections were announced in November 2019, as well as opposition party members, candidates, and other residents of the North-West and South-West Anglophone regions. Human Rights Watch also analyzed satellite imagery and video footage to independently corroborate witness…

Cameroon: Surge in Violence Ahead of Local Elections
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Cameroon: Surge in Violence Ahead of Local Elections

A surge in violence meted out by the Cameroon military in recent weeks, has led to dozens of killings and thousands of new displacements in several areas across the Anglophone regions, Amnesty International said today, ahead of parliamentary elections due to take place on Sunday 9 February. Amid several reports of villages razed to the…