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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Announce Campaign to Strengthen Marriages

Aug 21, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have announced a campaign in which they plan to journey with the people of God seeking to strengthen their marriage relationships and families in the ecclesiastical region.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Mthatha Diocese and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

“We should add our voice on call for accountability for violence”: South African Bishop

Aug 5, 2021

Catholic Church leaders in Southern Africa should call on the South Africa’s government to hold accountable the perpetrators of last month’s riots that started after former President Jacob Zuma handed himself over to police, the Bishop at the helm of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference  (SACBC) has said. 

Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, the South African member of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood Sisters who was recently appointed to the Commission for Methodology of the 2023 Synod of Bishops. Credit: Fr. Paul Tatu, CSS/South Africa

It was “a surprise, a challenge”: African Nun on Appointment to Bishops’ Synod Commission

Jul 30, 2021

The South African Catholic Nun recently appointed to the Commission for Methodology of the 2023 Synod of Bishops has shared her reaction to the appointment, saying the news came to her “as a surprise” and “as a challenge”, which she has accepted.

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Call for Shift from Violence Mindset to Dialogue

Jul 14, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed concern over the growing tendency of South Africans to resort to violence whenever they need any social, political or economic issue addressed by those in leadership.

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South Africa’s Education System to Blame for Youth Unemployment, Catholic Bishop Says

Jul 3, 2021

The Bishop of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Mthatha has identified education system as one of the major causes of high unemployment among the youth in the country.

World Refugee Day T-shirts and food hampers provided by the SACBC Migrants and Refugee Office in collaboration with UNHCR for participants in the event held at Christ the King Cathedral of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese on 20 June 2021/ Credit: Sheila Pires/Radio Veritas South Africa

Southern Africa Bishops Decry Continued Exclusion of Refugees in COVID-19 Programs

Jun 19, 2021

Refugees in various African countries continue to be excluded in COVID-19 programs such as provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and even vaccination against the coronavirus, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said.

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Youth to Shun Hatred, Embrace Love

Jun 16, 2021

The leadership of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has, on the occasion of the National Youth Day, invited young people across South Africa to practice love and cohesion in place of hatred and racial discrimination.

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Catholic Peace Entity Reports Forceful State Evictions amid Militant Attacks in Mozambique

Jun 13, 2021

Catholic peace and charity organization, Denis Hurley Peace Initiative (DHPI), has reported the increasing forceful displacement of people who are already dealing with militant attacks in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region.  

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Southern African Bishops Dispel COVID-19 Vaccine Fear, Say Jab is "a safe risk”

Jun 7, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have sought to address concerns around the COVID-19 vaccine.

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New Catholic Bishop in South Africa Urged to Foster Unity amid “felt polarization”

May 31, 2021

The new Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Queenstown Diocese has been urged to work toward uniting the people of God who will be under his pastoral care amid cases of divisions characterized by “name-calling and demeaning labels.”

Residents of Ogun State living as refugees in Pobe, Benin Republic, to escape the killing back at home in Southern Nigeria/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Organization in Africa Warns of “a gathering storm” in Southern Nigeria

May 27, 2021

With the ongoing fight against Boko Haram that continues to wreak havoc in the Northern parts of Nigeria, the world seems oblivious of the deteriorating security situation in the Southern part of the country, a Catholic peace entity working in the region has said and warned of “a gathering storm.”

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Encourage Dialogue to End Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

May 17, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) are calling on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to engage in dialogue and put an end to the ongoing violence.

A mother and her child inside a doorless house in the Catholic Archdiocese of Nampula/ Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Archdiocese of Nampula Embarks on Housing Project for Displaced People in Mozambique

May 17, 2021

The Catholic Archdiocese of Nampula located in North-eastern Mozambique has commenced the construction of houses with a hope to resettle thousands of displaced people currently being hosted by the Archdiocese.

Children at the Catholic Diocese of Pemba follow an entertainment with puppets in a psychosocial project aimed at helping them cope with their loss/Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Catholic Priest in Mozambique Using Puppets to Help Displaced Children Cope with Loss

May 16, 2021

A Catholic Priest ministering in Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese is using puppets to provide psychosocial support to children who have undergone trauma in the country’s warrying Cabo Delgado region.

Children walk outside houses at a refugee camp in Pemba/ Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Regional Community to Intervene in Mozambique’s Crisis

Apr 30, 2021

Catholic Bishops from nine countries in Southern Africa under their umbrella body of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are calling on the regional economic blocs to focus their attention on the ongoing crisis in Mozambique owing to the protracted violence.

Fr. Edegard Silva Junior who ministered at the Parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Muidumbe, Cabo Delgado has fled the region in northern Mozambique and is seeking refuge in Pemba with some of his Parishioners/ Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Missionary in Mozambique Reminisces about Happy Life in Cabo Delgado Before Insurgency

Apr 28, 2021

Residents of various districts in Northern Mozambique’s Province of Cabo Delgado led simple, happy and communal lives when Fr. Edegard Silva Junior ministered in the region that is under the Catholic Diocese of Pemba.

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Catholic Leaders in Uganda Reveal Chilling Human Rights Violations in COVID-19 Report

Apr 20, 2021

COVID-19 lockdown in Uganda came with torture, sexual violence, unfair arrests, and deaths in police custody among other serious violations of human rights, a recent investigation by the Justice and Peace Commissions (JPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Gulu and Lira Diocese in the East African country has established.

The new Bishop of Kimberly, Duncan Theodore Tsoke. Credit: Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference

Newly Installed South African Bishop Urged to Help People “fall in love with God”

Apr 20, 2021

The President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) has called on the newly installed Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Kimberley Diocese to strive to help the people of God under his care to grow in their love for God.

The ship in Palma used by Feench-run TOTAL gas and oil company to evacuate their employees from Palma to Pemba / Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Catholic Charity, Peace Entity Condemns Lengthy Silence on Killings of Mozambique’s Locals

Apr 4, 2021

The ongoing clashes in Mozambique signify what has been going on in various parts of the Southern African nation for years, the leadership of a Catholic charity and peace organization present in the country has told ACI Africa.

IDPs arriving at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in the Diocese of Kumbo, Cameroon / Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Alarm as Militants in Cameroon Pursue Victims to Their Forest Hideouts

Mar 25, 2021

Fulani militants operating in the Northwest region of Cameroon are chasing after their victims up to their hideouts in forests after ejecting them from their homes, a Catholic charity organization working in the Central African country has reported.