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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.

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Church in Africa Needs to Create Awareness on Migration: Catholic Bishop in South Africa

Aug 5, 2022

There is need for the Church in Africa to raise migration awareness and educate the people of God on the continent about the reality of leaving a native country in search of better opportunities elsewhere. 

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”.

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.

Fr. Rampe Hlobo who serves in the Migrants and Refugees Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). Credit: Fr. Rampe Hlobo/Facebook

Workshops on Migration in Southern Africa Addressing Plight of Migrants: Official

Jun 24, 2022

Ongoing workshops on migration in Southern Africa are addressing the plight of migrants and refugees in the African region, seeking “a coordinated and effective response” to the challenges people of the move face, a Catholic Priest has said.

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Catholic Peace Entity Warns of “full-scale resumption of the war” in Northern Mozambique

Jun 19, 2022

The leadership of the Catholic peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has warned of renewed attacks in some parts of Cabo Delgado Province which had been considered safe by the Mozambican government.

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Credit: cogta.gov.za

Church Leaders in South Africa Explain Their “silence” Over Allegations against President

Jun 12, 2022

Christian leaders under the auspices of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) have reacted to complaints about their silence over allegations of crime and misconduct against President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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“Your pain is our pain,” Bishops in Southern Africa Condole with Ondo Diocese in Nigeria

Jun 9, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God of  Ondo Diocese in Nigeria following the massacre of dozens of worshippers during Pentecost Sunday Eucharistic celebration at St. Francis Xavier Owo Parish.

Ugandan-born Bishop Joseph Mary Kizito of Aliwal Diocese in South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishop Urges Ugandans in South Africa to Be “here legally, learn local languages”

Jun 9, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has called on Ugandan nationals to ensure they are living in the country legally and make every effort to integrate with natives, including learning local languages.

Fr. Stanslaus Muyebe. Credit: www.polity.org.za

Church Official in South Africa Faults Government for Protracted Human Rights Violations

Jun 6, 2022

Continued human rights violations in South Africa are as a result of a government that does not care and that fosters “the economy of exclusion”, a Catholic Church official has said. 

Fr. Peter John Pearson. Credit: Sheila Pires

Catholic Priest in South Africa Calls for “tight networking” to End Human Trafficking

May 27, 2022

There is need for “tight networking” that involves the sharing of information among stakeholders to bring an end to human trafficking, the Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.

Late Deborah Yakubu. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Southeastern Nigeria Facing “worst genocide world has ever seen”, Catholic Charity Warns

May 26, 2022

Several indications have emerged that Nigeria is experiencing a genocide especially in the country’s Southeastern region where Fulani herdsmen are hacking Christians to death on a daily basis.

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Launch of Superiors’ Conference of Southern Africa “a historic moment for church”: Nun

May 21, 2022

A Catholic Nun in South Africa has lauded the establishment of the Regional Conference of Major Superiors of Southern Africa (RCMSSA) and described the initiative as “a historic moment” for the Church in the region and “a dream come true”.

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).

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese. Credit: Sacred Photos ZA/Sheldon Reddiar

At Easter, Humanity is “restored to image, likeness of God”: Archbishop in South Africa

Apr 17, 2022

The celebration of Easter commemorates the event that restored humanity’s image and likeness of God that had been established at creation and lost with the original sin, a Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has said.

Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace Launching of Coordinated Advocacy Project in Maseru border, Lesotho. Credit CCJP Lesotho

Catholic Bishops’ Commission Entity in Lesotho Educating “people on the move” on Rights

Apr 15, 2022

An entity of the Catholic Bishops’ Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Lesotho is reaching out to migrants and refugees with information about “their legal requirements and their rights”.

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Catholic Bishop in South Africa Directs Rosary Prayer for “suffering of Eastern Europe”

Mar 24, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Tzaneen Diocese, Bishop João Noé Rodrigues, has directed members of the Clergy to spearhead the prayer of the Holy Rosary in their respective communities in solidarity with the “suffering of Eastern Europe”. 

Sr. Maria de Lurdes Lodi Rissini who received the Order of the Star of Italy for her service among migrants and refugees in Southern Africa. Credit: Sr. Maria de Lurdes Lodi Rissini

Catholic Missionary Nun in South Africa “honored, humbled” as Recipient of Italian Award

Mar 18, 2022

The Catholic Missionary Nun who received the Order of the Star of Italy for her service among migrants and refugees in Southern Africa has said the award “is really humbling” and expressed gratitude to her collaborators in the ministry among the poor. 

Fr. Peter John Pearson. Credit: Sheila Pires

Policy on Quotas for Foreign Workers in South Africa “opens for discrimination”: Priest

Mar 11, 2022

A Catholic Priest in South Africa serving as the Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO), an office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), has said that the proposed policy on quotas for foreign workers in South Africa opens up room for discrimination.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa's Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: SACBC

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Disrespect for “sovereignty”: Southern Africa Bishops

Mar 5, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine disrespects “the sovereignty of each nation”, the spokesperson of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), Archbishop Stephen Brislin, has said.