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Ash Wednesday in Manila this year. The bishops have great influence in the strongly Catholic country  (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)

Vote ‘for the right reasons’ and end political dynasties, churchmen plead

Soldiers drive through the capital Bujumbura last Wednesday (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office has sparked protests and an attempted coup

A riot policeman escorts an injured protester who was hit during clashes in Bujumbura, Burundi (CNS)

President Pierre Nkurunziza says anyone opposed to his third term is ‘opposing the will of God’

Zimbabwean women collect food aid from a distribution point in Mutawatawa (CNS)

Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference describe ‘water and power cuts and shortage of medicines’ in pastoral letter

All political parties have forgotten their roots; perhaps that is why politics is so irrelevant