- Dec 8, 2019
Nigerian Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyaken has joined African religious leaders to demand quick implementation of the latest peace agreement on South Sudan, which the government and rebel groups signed last year.
At the close of a high-stakes meeting last week, bishops from throughout Africa have said the event was not only a sign of hope, but they doubled down on their commitment to evangelization, specifically highlighting the role of laypeople, including youth and women.
This week marks a significant milestone for the Catholic Church in Africa, whose continental bishops’ conference is celebrating its 50th anniversary, highlighting years of rapid growth and missionary expansion.
The Church in Africa needs courageous Catholics who will become involved in the continent’s challenges, said participants at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.
With the national government seemingly unable to function in most of the Central African Republic, Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo-Aziagbia of Bossangoa has negotiated peace settlements with two armed groups operating in his diocese.
The last Catholic healthcare clinic in Eritrea was closed by the government over the weekend in anger over the bishops’ pastoral letter they felt was too critical.