Catholic Church in South Africa

SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha Diocese. Credit: ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops Call for “more robust measures” to Address South Africa’s Cost of Living

Aug 11, 2022

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have called on members of the government in South Africa to set aside political differences and put in place “more robust measures” to address the high cost of living, unemployment, and the gap between the rich and the poor that they say is widening.

Fr. Mike Lewis SJ, the Chairman of the National Professional Conduct Committee at the plenary meeting of the SACBC. Credit: SACBC

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Deliberating Creation of “Missionary Commission”

Aug 4, 2022

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) are deliberating on the possibility of establishing a Missionary Commission aimed at creating awareness about “the missionary mandate of all the baptized”.

Sr. Marivane Chiesa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Rise in Crime in South Africa Impeding Service to Refugee Women, Children: Catholic Nun

Aug 2, 2022

The rise in levels of crime in South Africa is impeding the efforts of a Catholic entity in the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg to reach out to refugee women and children, a Catholic Nun has said. 

Newly Established Pretoria Archdiocesan Commission for Caritas, Migrants and Refugees. Credit: ACI Africa

Stop Working in Silos, Archbishop in South Africa Urges Pastoral Agents

Jul 29, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop at South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese has urged pastoral agents in his Metropolitan See to stop working in silos, and instead operate in “a coordinated manner” to optimally reach out to the needy.

Catholic Women in South Africa. Credit: Southern Cross

Catholic Women in South Africa Promoting Rainwater Harvesting amid Scarcity

Jul 28, 2022

As parts of South Africa face water scarcity, a group of lay Catholic women led by a retired nurse are running rainwater harvesting projects to promote access to water by rural communities served by the Archdiocese of Pretoria.

Bishop Stanislaw Dziuba of South Africa's Umzimkulu Diocese. Credit: IMBISA

Bishops in South Africa Urged to Create “parish” Caritas to Enhance “authentic charity”

Jul 25, 2022

There is need for Catholic Bishops in South Africa to establish Caritas offices at the level of Parishes in their respective Episcopal Sees, a Bishop in the country has said.

Mons. Masilo John Selemela, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa on 16 July 2022. Credit: Archdiocese of Pretoria

Bishop-elect in South Africa Pledges to Assist Archbishop in “realizing pastoral plan”

Jul 21, 2022

The newly appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa has said he will strive to assist the Local Ordinary of the South African Metropolitan See realize the pastoral plan that was launched in June.

Sr. Phuthunywa Catherine Siyali . Credit: Sr. Phuthunywa Catherine Siyali/Facebook

Appointment of Women to Vatican Dicastery an “important development”: South African Nun

Jul 20, 2022

An official of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has lauded Pope Francis' decision to appoint three women to the Dicastery of Bishops, and described the move as an “important development” in the history of the Catholic Church.

Late Yasmin Jessie Duarte. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Late South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Eulogized as “face of multi-cultural diversity”

Jul 20, 2022

The Archbishop of Johannesburg Archdiocese has eulogized the late South African anti-apartheid activist, Yasmin Jessie Duarte, as the “face of multi-cultural diversity”.

Mons. Masilo John Selemela, appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa on 16 July 2022. Credit: Archdiocese of Pretoria

Pope Francis Appoints National Major Seminary Rector in South Africa Auxiliary Bishop

Jul 17, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed the Rector of St. John Vianney National Major Seminary the Auxiliary Bishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pretoria in South Africa.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin. Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Africans “have right to be protected”: Catholic Bishops to State after Shootings

Jul 14, 2022

Following last weekend shootings in multiple South African taverns, Catholic Bishops in the country are calling on the government to provide security to South Africans.

Heather Blanckensee, the Principal of Sacred Heart High School. Credit: Sacred Heart High School

Catholic School in South Africa to Offer “fulltime primary education” for Refugee Children

Jul 13, 2022

Refugee children in Johannesburg, South Africa, are set to have access their primary education in a schedule that matches other learning institutions in the country, the principal of a Catholic School in the African country has said.

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

Church Leaders in South Africa Bemoan “disrespect for human life” after Taverns Shootings

Jul 12, 2022

Church leaders in South Africa have bemoaned what they call “wanton disrespect for life” following the July 9 shootings at two taverns in South African towns some 500 kms apart that reportedly left at least 19 people killed and many more injured.

Late Fr.Michele D’Annucci (second from left) with fellow Stigmatine  seminarians Ferdinando Ronconi, Silvano Controneo and Gasperi Dionigio. Credit: The Southern Cross

New Book Honors Catholic Missionary Priest Murdered in Pretoria, South Africa: Author

Jul 6, 2022

Late Fr. Michael D’Annucci whose missionary life in Pretoria, South Africa, was abruptly cut short following a car hijacking incident in 2001 has been honored in a new book that seeks to make known “the message” the late Catholic Priest wanted to communicate, the author of the book has said.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese. Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Bishop in South Africa Laments Rotating Outage, Says Call for Resignations “makes sense”

Jul 4, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has lamented rotating outage in the country, a situation that is characterized with the halting of electricity supply for non-overlapping periods of time over different parts of the Southern African nation.

Late Fr. Bheki Monamoholo Motloung. Credit: Durban Archdiocese

“We are emotionally drained”: South African Archbishop after Missing Priest Found Dead

Jul 3, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Durban in South Africa is seeking spiritual solidarity after his Priest, Fr. Bheki Monamoholo Motloung, who was reported missing since Pentecost Sunday, June 5 was found dead.

Fr. Bheki Monamoholo Motloung. Credit: Durban Archdiocese

Disregard “unofficial” Reports on Missing Priest: Catholic Archbishop in South Africa

Jul 1, 2022

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has cautioned against unofficial reports, “especially those distributed on social media”, on Fr. Bheki Monamoholo Motloung who has been missing since Pentecost Sunday, June 5. 

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale during the Ministry and Vocations Fair marking the Archdiocesan phase of the World Meeting of Families. Credit: ACI Africa

Broken Families Can “rise from their own situation”: Catholic Archbishop in South Africa

Jun 29, 2022

Broken families are able to “rise from their own situation” and rebuild their respective lives, the Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has said in an interview. 

Entrance to  Enyobeni Tavern, a nightclub in the South African city of East London in Eastern Cape where 21 teenagers lost their lives in the early hours of 26 June 2022. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Church Leaders in South Africa “grieve” Over Local Tavern Tragedy, Urge Focus on Lessons

Jun 28, 2022

Church leaders in South Africa are grieving with family members of the victims of the Enyobeni Tavern, a nightclub in the South African city of East London in Eastern Cape where 21 teenagers lost their lives in the early hours of Sunday, June 26.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Credit: Img:

Catholic Entity among CSOs Asking South African President to Speak to African Crises at G7

Jun 27, 2022

Dennis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), an entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, is among the over 40 African-based and International Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) calling on the President of South Africa to speak to crises in Africa at the group of world’s seven richest countries, popularly known as G7.