Catholic Church in Eswatini

Logo of Swaziland's Catholic Diocese of Manzini. Credit: Diocese of Manzini

Catholic Entity in Eswatini Lauds King's Speech on National Issues

Feb 29, 2024

King Mswati III’s February 9 speech was not only well written and enticing to listen, but also touched on national issues, a sign that the monarch is alive to the impediments in the country, the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in the Kingdom of Eswatini has said.

Logo of Swaziland's Catholic Diocese of Manzini. Credit: Diocese of Manzini

Catholic Entity in Eswatini “perturbed” by Stockouts of Medicine, Call for “urgent” Action

Feb 10, 2024

Members of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in the Kingdom of Eswatini have expressed their concern about persistent shortage of medicine in the health institutions of Africa’s last absolute monarch.

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Parents in Eswatini Demand Apology After Teachers Union Promotes Transgenderism

Dec 4, 2023

Parents in Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, are demanding an apology from teachers after an official of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) stated support of transgenderism in schools. 

Pope Francis with members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) during a private meeting on 16 June 2023. Credit: SACBC

“We were blessed”: Catholic Bishop in Eswatini on Ad Limina Encounter with Pope Francis

Jun 22, 2023

The June 16 encounter with Pope Francis during the Ad Limina visit of members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) was a source of blessings, Bishop José Luís Gerardo Ponce de León of Eswatini’s Manzini Diocese, the only Catholic Diocese of the Southern African landlocked nation, has said.

Some youth in Manzini Diocese at a recent meeting. Credit: Manzini Diocese

Catholic Entity’s Psychosocial Workshop in Eswatini to Build “resilience” amid New Crises

Jun 12, 2023

The psychosocial support workshop that Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini has organized aims at “building of resilience” of the participants, officials involved in planning the two-day training have said.

Late Thulani Maseko. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Southern African Bishops Join Murder Condemnation of Eswatini’s “protagonist of dialogue”

Feb 1, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have joined the Local Ordinary of Manzini in Eswatini in condemning the murder of  Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer in the Southern African Eswatini: Activist Thulani Maseko shot dead at his home | AfricanewsKingdom.

Thulani Maseko. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop, Peace Entity Condemn Murder of Human Rights Activist in Eswatini

Jan 23, 2023

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini and the Catholic humanitarian foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), have in separate statements condemned the murder of Thulani Maseko, a human rights lawyer and reportedly an “influential opponent” in the Kingdom of Eswatini.

The Secretary of the Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC), Rev. Zwanini Shabalala. Credit: CSC

Churches in Swaziland Concerned about “rise in killings”, Call for Multi-sectoral Response

Nov 11, 2022

The Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC) has expressed concern about the rise in cases of intolerance that has been manifested in arson attacks and killings in the Southern African nation.

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Christian Leaders in Eswatini Petition Parliament to Investigate Arson Attacks, Killings

Nov 9, 2022

Christian leaders in the Kingdom of Eswatini have petitioned parliament to establish “an independent commission” to look into arson attacks and ensuing murders occasioned by political differences.

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Catholic Commission in Eswatini Decries Violence, Advocates for “meaningful dialogue”

Nov 5, 2022

The Commission for Justice and Peace (CJPC) in Eswatini’s only Catholic Diocese of Manzini has denounced violence taking place amid political instability in the Southern Africa kingdom.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Bishop in Eswatini Bemoans Killings of Police, Reiterates Call for “national dialogue”

Oct 22, 2022

The Bishop of Eswatini’s Manzini Diocese has bemoaned the killings of security officers in the Southern African Kingdom.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Apostolic Nuncio’s Visit an Expression of “care for each diocese”: Bishop in Eswatini

Oct 17, 2022

The October 6-10 pastoral visit by the representative of the Holy Father to Eswatini shows how much the Apostolic Nuncio to the Southern African nation cares about the life of the people of God in every single Catholic Diocese, the Bishop of Manzini Diocese, the only Catholic Episcopal See in Eswatini, has said.

Stop “pressuring eSwatini to legalize abortion”, Catholic Activists Petition Advocacy Body

Oct 12, 2022

Catholic social activists in Africa under their umbrella association, CitizenGo Africa, have petitioned an advocacy, communication and social mobilization entity in Eswatini to stop pushing for the legalization of abortion in the Southern African Kingdom.

President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, and King Mswati. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Entity Says Eswatini Still Too Hostile for Meaningful Dialogue

May 21, 2022

Locals in Eswatini have expressed their dissatisfaction about the preparation for dialogue in the Southern African nation, with some telling Catholic charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), that the country is still too hostile for any meaningful dialogue to end the ongoing protests.

Representatives of Christian leaders in Eswatini under the auspices of the Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC). Credit: Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC)

Churches in Swaziland Decry Authorities’ Excessive Use of Force in Protracted Conflict

May 20, 2022

The Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC) has decried alleged incidences of brutality by authorities in the Southern African nation that is experiencing unrest amid calls for democracy.

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Church in Eswatini in Right Direction on “pastoral care for migrants, refugees”: Jesuit

May 7, 2022

Initiatives the Catholic Church in Eswatini is taking to reach out to migrants and refugees in the one-Diocese Southern African nation are steps in the right direction, a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has said.

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Catholic Diocese in Eswatini Conducting Home Visits to Boost Participation in Synod

May 4, 2022

The team tasked with facilitating participation in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality in Eswatini’s Catholic Diocese of Manzini is conducting home visits to the people of God in the Diocese to encourage conversations on the Synod.

Protesting of the students at the entrance of the University of Swaziland. Credit: DHPI

Catholic Peace Entity Says Arson Across Eswatini signals “very worse times lying ahead”

Apr 20, 2022

If unaddressed, various acts of violence in Eswatini, including the torching of private and public property, signals “very worse times lying ahead”, locals have told Catholic charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI).

Representatives of Christian leaders in Eswatini under the auspices of the Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC). Credit:  Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC)

Church Leaders in Eswatini Lament “culture of mistrust, intolerance” amid Challenges

Apr 9, 2022

Representatives of Christian leaders in Eswatini under the auspices of the Council of Swaziland Churches (CSC) are concerned about “a new culture of mistrust and intolerance” that they say is emerging in the landlocked Southern African nation amid national challenges. 

Destroyed Library of St. Elizabeth Primary School. Credit: Manzini Diocese/Facebook

Catholic Bishop of Manzini, Eswatini, Visits “petrol bombed” Primary School Library, Prays

Apr 6, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Manzini, the only Diocese in the Kingdom of Eswatini, has visited St. Elizabeth Primary School after the institution’s library was reportedly “petrol bombed” on Monday, April 4.