Kenya’s Bishops Lament Losses During Pandemic

We cannot continue to watch (as) the only hopes of Kenyan people go down through the loss … of life as we have witnessed in the last few days”, says His Exc. Mgr. Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo, Archbishop of Kisumu and Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a statement on behalf of the Conference he chaired, in which concern was expressed regarding the number of doctors and nurses who died of Covid-19.

In Kenya since March at least 25 doctors have died from the disease caused by the coronavirus. In mid-November, as the number of cases surged, four doctors died within 24 hours. So far, 2,200 doctors have been infected with the virus, according to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Pharmacists and Dentists Union. The country’s total infections stand at more than 75,000, reported Fides News Agency.

Archbishop Anyolo said the Church is concerned that, despite budget availability and commitment by Government leaders, resources have not been provided consistently to support the health care system during the pandemic, leaving health workers exposed and vulnerable. “We ask the Government to move with haste to prioritize the available resources with the Government and provide the required facilitation of the health care system”, said Mgr. Anyolo, recalling that health care workers continued to work to save lives despite challenges. Doctors said they would go on strike in early December if they do not get better working conditions and personal protective equipment. The Bishops said they want the Government to enter into talks with the health care workers’ union, so workers’ concerns can be addressed.

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Danger of Stigmatization Against Fulani in Nigeria

The Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) interviewed Rev. Fr. Blaise Agwon, director of the Centre for Dialogue, Reconciliation and Peace in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in the central belt region of central Nigeria.

The Nigerian priest is currently researching conflict and peace management with the Centre for Conflict Management and Peace Studies at the University of Jos. The focus of the investigation is the “Conflict between farmers and herders in the middle belt region and the mediation of third parties”. Maria Lozano, press officer for ACN International, talks to him about the conflict that has cost the lives of more than a thousand people.

A few weeks ago, the Bishops from Kaduna Region sent a very harsh statement about the horrible and huge dimension of the tragedy since “the last three years”. Has something happened that has provoked this wave of violence and killing?

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Christmas Tree Rises In St. Peter’s Square

The coronavirus pandemic has caused many Christmas traditions to be changed but putting up the Christmas Tree remains constant, including at the Vatican.

A magnificent symbol of the season made its appearance on Monday, November 30 in St. Peter’s Square. The tree is 28 meters high and 70 centimeters in diameter on the ground. It grew near Kočevska Reka, from Kočevje, Slovenia. It will embellish St. Peter’s Square during these Christmas holidays. 

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