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Being Pro-Family among Qualities Christian Professionals Want Electorate in South Africa to Consider During May 29 Polls

May 20, 2024

Members of the Africa Christian Professionals Forum (ACPF) are calling upon the electorate in South Africa to elect political candidates keen on family values and the African cultural heritage during the country’s general elections later this month. 

Members of the Standing Committee of IMBISA during the opening Eucharistic celebration for the launch of the Jubilee on Wednesday 8 May 2024. Credit: Fr. Dumisani Vilakati

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Lauds IMBISA Golden Jubilee Theme as Showing Synodal Call to Listen, Walk Together

May 10, 2024

The theme for the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) is in line with that of the Synod on Synodality, in which the people of God are called upon to listen, discern, and walk together, Bishop Siphiwo Paul Vanqa of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Queenstown has said.

Late Fr. Paul Tatu Mothobi. Credit: SACBC

Another Religious Priest Shot Dead in South Africa, Southern African Catholic Bishops Decry “pandemic” of Murder

Apr 30, 2024

Fr. Paul Tatu Mothobi, a member the Congregation of the Sacred Stigmata (CSS/ Stigmatines) and former Media and Communications Officer of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), is the latest victim of murder in South Africa.

Credit: Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA)

Earth Day: Salesians Advocate for “sustainable alternatives”, Jesuits Invite Reflection on “our interconnectedness”

Apr 22, 2024

On the occasional of Earth Day 2024 marked on Monday, April 22, Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA) is advocating for initiatives that would contribute to a “cleaner, healthier world”, while the Zambia-based Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) is inviting reflections on “our interconnectedness”.

Archbishop Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński (left) and Archbishop Mitja Leskovar (right). Credit: GCBC/Vatican Media

Pope Francis Transfers, Appoints Apostolic Nuncios to South Africa, Lesotho, DR Congo

Apr 16, 2024

The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Henryk Mieczysław Jagodziński, and Archbishop Mitja Leskovar as Apostolic Nuncios to South Africa and Lesotho, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) respectively.

Participants during three-day formation workshop for Rectors and other formators in Seminaries of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: African Synodality Initiative (ASI)

Fostering “culture of listening” in Seminaries, Inclusion of Women among Recommendations of IMBISA Formation Workshop

Apr 12, 2024

Seminary Rectors and other formators in the nine member countries of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), who have been participating in a formation workshop in South Africa have recommended that formators “use the method of conversation in spirit to develop a culture of listening”.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale holding Pope Francis's congratulatory message. Credit: Sheldon Reddiar vis SACBC

Pope Francis Lauds Archbishop in South Africa Marking Episcopal Jubilee for His “energetic involvement” in Ministry

Apr 12, 2024

Pope Francis has acknowledged with appreciation the 25-year Episcopal ministry of South African Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale.

Participants during three-day formation workshop for Rectors and other formators in Seminaries of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: African Synodality Initiative (ASI)

IMBISA Gathers Formators in Response to Synod on Synodality’s Call for “extensive revision of priestly formation”

Apr 10, 2024

The leadership of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) has partnered with the African Synodality Initiative (ASI) to gather Rectors and other formators in Seminaries in the nine-nation region for a three-day formation workshop organized under the theme, “A Synodal approach to Priestly formation”.

SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka. Credit: SACBC

“They are alive with the Risen Lord”: Southern African Catholic Bishops on 45 Batswana Pilgrims Who Died in Bus Crash

Apr 6, 2024

The 45 Batswana Easter pilgrims, who died following the Easter holiday bus crash are resting with the glorified Lord, Jesus Christ, the Southern African Catholic Bishops have said.

Requiem Mass for Fr. Richard Menatsi. Credit: Oudtshoorn Diocese

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Cautions Clergy against “mediocrity”

Apr 4, 2024

The Bishop of South Africa’s Mthatha Diocese has cautioned priests in the country against offering mediocre services to the people, noting that “playing small” degrades their priesthood.

Late Fr. William Banda. Credit: Diocese of Polokwane

Catholic Missionary Priest Murdered in South Africa Remembered as “loving, approachable”

Mar 21, 2024

The member of the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers) who was killed while preparing for morning Mass at the Cathedral Church of Tzaneen Diocese in South Africa has been eulogized as a friendly and loving person who was easily approachable. 

Official logo of the South African Council of Churches (SACC). Credit: SACC

Christian Leaders in South Africa Declare May 5 Day of Prayer for Peaceful Elections

Mar 16, 2024

Christian leaders in South Africa have declared May 5 a day of national prayer for peaceful general elections in the country that are scheduled to place on May 29.

Late Fr. William Banda. Credit: Diocese of Polokwane

Catholic Priest Shot Dead in Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tzaneen Diocese, South Africa

Mar 13, 2024

A member of the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers) serving in the Catholic Diocese of Tzaneen in South Africa was shot dead while preparing to celebrate Holy Mass the morning of Wednesday, March 13. 

Professor Batmanathan Dayanand Reddy, a South African scientist, appointed as an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Credit: University of Cape Town, South Africa

Pope Francis Appoints South African Scientist to Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Mar 8, 2024

Professor Batmanathan Dayanand Reddy, a South African scientist, has been appointed as an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Bishop Neil Augustine Frank of the Catholic Diocese of Mariannhill in South Africa Credit: SACBC

Let’s Fast “for our country”: Catholic Bishop in South Africa ahead of General Elections

Feb 16, 2024

Bishop Neil Augustine Frank of the Catholic Diocese of Mariannhill in South Africa is appealing to Christians in the country to fast during lent for the good of the African nation as it prepares for general elections. 

Archbishop Zolile Mpambabi during the Opening Mass of SCBC Plenary Assembly. Credit: SACBC

Southern African Bishops Urged to Pray for Leaders at Commencement of Plenary

Jan 26, 2024

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have been urged to pray for those in authority in the region during their Plenary which started on Tuesday, January 23.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, SACBC President. Credit: SACBC

Southern African Bishops’ Offices Lauded for Efforts to Link Faith with Culture

Jan 25, 2024

The Department for Christian Formation and the Theological Advisory Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have been lauded for their efforts to link the people’s culture to faith.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

At Christmas, Let’s Name, Address “our unpeaceful situations”: Southern African Bishops

Dec 23, 2023

Christmas season can be meaningful for the people of God in Botswana, Eswatini, and South Africa if they name and address their situations of lack of peace, Catholic Bishops in the three-nation Conference have said.

Logo of the Jesuit Institute South Africa (JISA). Credit: JISA

South African Jesuit Institute Defends Pope Francis against Chief Rabbi’s Accusations

Dec 21, 2023

The Jesuit Institute South Africa (JISA) has come to the defence of Pope Francis after Chief Rabbi in South Africa, Warren Goldstein, accused the Holy Father of “surreptitiously colluding with the forces of evil” in his remarks that “chastised” Israel’s war on Hamas.

Bishop Joseph Mary Kizito, the Liaison Bishop for the SACBC Migrants and Refugees Office. Credit: SACBC

“A Savior of possibilities”: Bishop in South Africa Expresses Solidarity with Refugees

Dec 19, 2023

“Our savior who is going to be born is a Savior of possibilities.” This is the message of Bishop Joseph Mary Kizito, the liaison Bishop for the Migrants and Refugees department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).