Liberia: An Important and Timely Gift - Hospital Director Thanks Pope for Donated Equipment
"The medical supplies donated by Pope Francis were very important to the hospital and timely. His example is not just one of words but with actions that should be emulated by other… Read more »
Nigeria: Priest Kidnapped On September 13 Released After 24 Hours
"Barely 24 hours after his kidnap, our beloved brother priest was released by his abductors". Thus Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu, Chancellor of the diocese of Kafanchan, announced the… Read more »
Nigeria: Catholic Priest Kidnapped From a Village in Kaduna State
Fr. Luka Benson Yakusak, parish priest of St. Matthew parish in Anchuna, in Ikulu Chiefdom, in the local government area of Zangon Kataf of the State of Kaduna, in northern Nigeria… Read more »
Niger: 'A Whole Generation Grows Up Amid Death and Destruction'
"In the Tillabéri region of Niger, an entire generation is growing up in the midst of death and destruction", denounces Amnesty International's deputy director for emergency… Read more »
Burkina Faso: Assault On a Military Convoy Kills 3 People
At least three gendarmes were killed last Sunday and several are missing. Read more »
Guinea: Catholic Leaders Had Long Warned About the Crisis That Resulted in the Coup
The leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (CEDEAO/ECOWAS) suspended Guinea from their regional organization after the military coup on Sunday, September 5 (see… Read more »
Guinea: Coup Leaders Try to Reassure the International Community and Investors
"We want to place the transition that is opening under the sign of hope and of a new Guinea, reconciled with itself, with all the children of the country. (...) There will be no… Read more »
Nigeria: 'Too Many Kidnappings of Children. We Risk a Traumatized Generation of Young People'
"The abductions of school children present us with the prospects of a traumatized generation of young people". The words of the Bishops of Nigeria resound as a grave warning after… Read more »
Cameroon: The Vicar General of the Diocese of Mamfe Kidnapped Last Sunday Has Been Released
The Vicar General of the diocese of Mamfe, in the south-west of Cameroon, was released without paying the ransom, kidnapped on Sunday, August 29 (see Fides, 31/8/2021). This was… Read more »
Cameroon: Vicar General of the Diocese of Mamfe Kidnapped
The Vicar General of the diocese of Mamfe in the English-speaking region in the south-west of the country was kidnapped last Sunday. There is a war there between the regular army… Read more »
West Africa: Bishops of Niger and Burkina Faso Express Concern About Attacks in Sahel
The attacks by jihadist groups are increasing in the countries of the Sahel, especially in the so-called triangle between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso (see Fides, 20/8/2021). In… Read more »
Mali: At Least 15 Soldiers Die in Attack Near Boni
Jihadist groups are again attacking soldiers from the regular armed forces in the Sahel. After the most recent incident on August 18 in Burkina Faso (see Fides 19/8/2021) it is… Read more »
Burkina Faso: Almost 50 Dead in an Attack in the North of the Country
Forty-seven people, including thirty civilians, fourteen soldiers and three army auxiliaries, were killed yesterday August 18 in an attack by suspected jihadists on a military… Read more »
Ghana: Religious Leaders From 4 Countries Sign a Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery
"Human trafficking is a particularly heinous crime, as it involves the exploitation and abuse of people for profit reasons," emphasized the Secretary General of the Catholic… Read more »
Cote d'Ivoire: Meeting Between Gbagbo and Ouattara 'An Important Step Towards Reconciliation'
"The president of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara will receive his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo on July 27 at the presidential palace", declared the spokesman of the Ivorian government… Read more »
Cote d'Ivoire: Education Is the Key to Development - the General States of National Education and Literacy Inaugurated
"Rethinking the Ivorian school environment is necessary to offer the younger generations a quality education is the goal of the General States of National Education and Literacy… Read more »
Mali: Four Years and 5 Months After the Kidnapping, There Is Still No News of Sister Gloria
Time passes, inexorable and cruel: 4 years and 5 months ago Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez, a Colombian nun from the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary… Read more »
Mali: Hostages of Ségué Parish Released, Including Parish Priest Fr. Dougnon
Fr. Léon Dougnon, parish priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in Ségué, kidnapped on June 21 on the road that connects Ségué to San, in the Mopti… Read more »
Ghana: Appointment of Bishop of Sekondi-Takoradi
The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, the Reverend John Baptist Attakruh, of the clergy of Sekondi-Takoradi, until now apostolic… Read more »
Burkina Faso: 'Priest and the Faithful Perhaps Kidnapped to Be Used As Human Shields'
"Perhaps the priest and the faithful who accompanied him were kidnapped, at least initially, to serve as human shields by an armed group chased by the army and fleeing towards the… Read more »
Cote d'Ivoire: Return of Former President Arouses Enthusiasm in Supporters - Tensions With the Police
The return of former President Laurent Gbagbo to Ivory Coast after ten years has aroused emotion among his supporters. For several days, in the headquarters of the FIP, the Front… Read more »
Cote d'Ivoire: Laurent Gbagbo's Return to His Homeland 'An Important Step Towards Reconciliation'
The return home of the former president of the Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, is scheduled for next June 17th. On March 31st he was acquitted of the charge of crimes against humanity… Read more »
Burkina Faso: The Bishops - 'We Offer Our Condolences for the Victims of the Solhan Massacre'
"As we know, our country, Burkina Faso, has once again experienced a deadly attack, in Solhan, in Yaga, in the Sahel. On behalf of our Church Family of God, we offer our sincere… Read more »
Burkina Faso: Ivorian Soldier Dies in Attack On the Border With Burkina Faso - Army
"On the night of Monday, June 7, 2021, armed men attacked the city of Tougbo in the Boun department on the border with Burkina Faso at around 9 p.m. According to initial reports,… Read more »
Burkina Faso: 'Massacres Are Intended to Secure Control Over Strategic Areas'
"The country is in shock. Such a massacre has not occurred since 2015", say sources from the Apostolic Nunciature from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to Agenzia Fides,… Read more »