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IMBISA Tasks Theologians to “shed light” on Traditional Initiation, Polygamy in Africa

Dec 6, 2023

Members of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), who include Catholic Bishops in nine countries of Southern Africa have tasked theologians in the region to “shed light” on the practices of traditional initiation and polygamy.

Participants at the training session on community-based disaster risk reduction management organized by Caritas Africa from September 25 to 30, 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

Caritas in Southern Africa Urge Multi-agency “close collaboration” to Foster “resilience”

Oct 4, 2023

Officials of Caritas entities in Conferences under the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are advocating for multi-agency “close collaboration” to facilitate the fostering of resilience among community members at the grassroots.

Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops with former President, Edgar Lungu of Zambia and other attendees of the first sub-regional consultative meeting. Credit: Vatican News

Planned 2024 Meeting of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe Bishops to “address various challenges”

Sep 30, 2023

Catholic Bishops in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe are to deliberate on “various challenges” bedeviling the people of God in the African region, including inequality, and concerns around the environment. 

Members of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

IMBISA Leadership Seeking to Foster “a more inclusive and representative region”

Sep 23, 2023

The leadership of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) bringing together representatives of Catholic Bishops from nine countries of Southern Africa has expressed the commitment to fostering an inclusive regional association.

Sr. Olga Masango making her presentation at the ongoing at the ongoing IMBISA Workshop. Credit: IMBISA Facebook page

Catholic Communicators in IMBISA Urged to Gain Followers for Christ on Social Media

Sep 3, 2023

In engaging social media, priority needs to be fostering the image of Jesus Christ, and gaining Him followers, Catholic communicators in the nine countries of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) have been told. 

Fr. Telmo Serôdio, member of the Theological Committee of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

“Take concrete actions” to Address Migration Effects on Families in Africa: Priest

Apr 29, 2023

Organizations dealing with issues of migration in Africa need to “take concrete actions” to address the effects of the related challenges on families on the continent, a Catholic Priest in Sao Tomé and Príncipe has said.

Fr. Simon Mavhiya. Credit: IMBISA

Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe Proposes Synodality in Journeying with Young Drug Addicts

Apr 9, 2023

The Church has the Synodal pastoral response at its disposal in accompanying young people who are struggling with drug abuse, a Catholic Priest in Zimbabwe has said.

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

In Synodal Process, Catholics in West African Want “Church to redefine her values”

Jan 19, 2023

A section of Catholics in West Africa who have actively participated in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is advocating for the redefinition of Church values, the leadership of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) has said. 

Fr. Rafael Baciano Sapato. Credit: IMBISA

New Regional Director in Southern Africa Commits to Realization of Plenary Resolutions

Oct 22, 2022

The newly appointed Director of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) has told ACI Africa that one of his commitments will be to make the resolutions of the 13th IMBISA plenary assembly a reality.

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.

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

Be Available to Youth “in these trying times”: South African Bishop to Clergy, Religious

Oct 2, 2022

There is need for members of the Clergy and women and men Religious serving in countries that constitute the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) to be available to young people, listening to them as they seek to surmount challenges of life, Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka has said.

New IMBISA leadership, from left: Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba,  Vice President, Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda, President, Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro, Secretary General. Credit: ACI Africa

New IMBISA Leaders Set to Prioritize Youth Ministry in Their Three-year Mandate

Oct 1, 2022

The newly-elected leaders of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) will seek to focus on young people and their involvement in the activities of the Church during their three-year mandate, the new President has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Youth representative's address to the Bishops of IMBISA and Vote of Thanks for being included in the Plenary Assembly. Credit: IMBISA

Catholic Youth in Southern Africa Appeal for “a seat” at Inter-Regional Forum of Bishops

Oct 1, 2022

Youth delegates who participated in the 13th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) have appealed for representation at the forum that bring together those at the helm of Catholic Dioceses in Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Some members of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) during the 19th Plenary of SECAM in Accra, Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

Planned Plenary Assembly of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa to Focus on Young People

Sep 3, 2022

The planned 13th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) will focus on young people, the Director of the Secretariat has said. 

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.

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Catholic Women in Southern Africa Seeking Access to Papal Encyclicals, Pastoral Letters

Jun 13, 2022

Members of Catholic Women Associations in the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are asking the leadership of the Episcopal Conferences in the region to work toward improving access to “Pope’s encyclicals or pastoral letters”.

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

Forum of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Based on “search for communion”: Official

Apr 29, 2022

The forum of the Catholic Bishops called The Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) is founded on a “search for communion”, an official of the nine-nation entity has said.

Theresa Patience Sanyatwe,  Child Safeguarding Officer at the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC). Credit: IMBISA

Many Catholics Lack Sufficient Knowledge to Safeguard Minors: Baseline Report in Zimbabwe

Apr 23, 2022

The report of a baseline pilot study in Zimbabwe’s Catholic Archdiocese of Harare indicates that many people in the Metropolitan See do not have enough knowledge to protect minors and other vulnerable people from abuses.

Catholic Bishops follow a presentation during the IMBISA Standing Committee meeting. Credit: IMBISA

Catholic Bishop in Namibia Says Church “looking forward” to Hosting Regional Plenary

Mar 27, 2022

The people of God in Namibia are “looking forward” to hosting the Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) later this year, a Catholic Bishop in the Southern African country has told ACI Africa in an interview.