Cameroon: ‘Stand up by truth, enbrace dialogue’ – Bishop Nfon
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Cameroon: ‘Stand up by truth, enbrace dialogue’ – Bishop Nfon

In the Tuesday, February 23 interview, Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Cameroon’s Kumba Diocese located in the Southwestern region invited the government and the secessionist groups to “stand by the truth, embrace dialogue, look at each other as brothers and sisters and accept proposals that will enhance peace and harmony in our country.”  “What is preventing…

Malindi, Kenya: Year of St.Joseph Inspires Move to Address Gender-Based Violence
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Malindi, Kenya: Year of St.Joseph Inspires Move to Address Gender-Based Violence

The Catholic Diocese of Malindi in Kenya has embarked on a year-long celebration of St. Joseph with a special focus on seeking the intercession of the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary in addressing gender-based violence, which has been on the rise in various parts of the Diocese. In an interview with ACI Africa Wednesday,…

Kenya: Involvement of Women and Girls in Terrorism
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Kenya: Involvement of Women and Girls in Terrorism

In my most recent study I looked at different ways in which recruitment occurs to analyse the diverse motivations of women and girls to join Al-Shabaab in the coastal region of Kenya. In particular, I sought to establish the “voluntariness” of their decisions – in other words, did they sign up on their own volition? I interviewed…

Tangaza University College, Nairobi: Week of Human Fraternity
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Tangaza University College, Nairobi: Week of Human Fraternity

Dubbed the “Week of Human Fraternity,” the event has been slated to take place from February 22 at Tangaza University College (TUC), the Nairobi-based Catholic institution jointly-owned by 22 religious orders where students and faculty from over 40 countries interact. TUC’s Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) is spearheading the initiative. In his Friday, February 19 message…

Church in Africa: Financial Transparency a Challenge
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Church in Africa: Financial Transparency a Challenge

“We have been auditing our accounts for a long time but it is expensive and very prohibitive for Dioceses that do not have money; so, you have to do it with persons who may not be the best in the market,” the Kenyan Archbishop said. “Disclosure can also be dangerous in certain environments,” Archbishop said…

Pope Francis Upcoming Visit to Iraq – Song to Fortify Hearts
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Pope Francis Upcoming Visit to Iraq – Song to Fortify Hearts

As part of his visit to Iraq in March 2021, Pope Francis will visit the vacated towns of Mosul and Quaraqosh in Western Iraq, and celebrate Mass in Erbil’s ‘Franso Hariri’ stadium. His purpose: to give voice to the anxieties of the traumatised and to encourage them to remain in their ancient homelands. To commemorate…

Migrants: Where Does Antipathy Come From?
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Migrants: Where Does Antipathy Come From?

Where internal migration is concerned, it is mostly the poor who migrate, and a significant proportion are tribal people, uprooted and displaced from their villages and communities because of climate change and development. The latter is really a form of expropriation and theft. In India, internal migrants mostly come from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh….

Lent: Learning from the Oppressed and Persecuted
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Lent: Learning from the Oppressed and Persecuted

“When I hear the stories of those oppressed and my eyes cannot get any bigger, just listening to them. They tell me: ‘But Marcela, please, when you speak about us, ask them to pray for us. We want to be like you, to be able to read the Bible whenever we want, to go to…

Cameroon: Cardinal Tumi on School Boycott
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Cameroon: Cardinal Tumi on School Boycott

Cameroon’s Cardinal Christian Tumi says a violently enforced schools boycott is tuning the population against separatists in the country’s Anglophone regions. On Feb. 6,  gunmen struck in a school in Elak Oku in Cameroon’s North West region, taking four children away. The children have since been released, but the attack once more demonstrates just how…

World Day Against Human Trafficking: Prayer Marathon
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World Day Against Human Trafficking: Prayer Marathon

8 February: Prayer marathon for World Day Against Human Trafficking Christians are invited to join an online Prayer Marathon on 8 February organized and promoted by the Talitha Kum network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons. By Vatican News staff writer Thalita Kum, the International Network of Consecrated Life against Trafficking in Persons is…

Kashmir, India: Serving the Poor in a Conflict Zone
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Kashmir, India: Serving the Poor in a Conflict Zone

It’s early morning in Samba, a frontier district located in the northern Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir, bordering Pakistan. Sister Annie, a Catholic nun, is preparing herself for a field visit along with a team of doctors in the region’s innermost hamlets. The team will inspect villages and conduct free medical checkups for local…

Indian Theological Association in Solidarity with Farmers
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Indian Theological Association in Solidarity with Farmers

“The farm laws will impoverish us further and we will lose our lands,” they say. “We demand that these laws are repealed. Any postponement like ‘freezing the laws for some months’ is a deliberate attempt to weaken our movement,” affirm farmers in one voice. Farmers stress that they have no legal protection vis-a-vis the big…