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South Africa's Wilfrid Cardinal Napier of the Archdiocese of Durban during the Solemnity of St. Joseph Spouse of Mary Mother of God. / Parish of St. Joseph, Morningside

Our “Josephs” Not Playing Their Roles, South Africa’s Cardinal on Solemnity of St. Joseph

Mar 19, 2021

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has said that the abuse in society can partly be blamed on men he refers to as the “modern Josephs” who, he further says, are not playing the role for which they were created.

Women and children at a camp in Pemba / Denis Hurley Peace Institute of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference.

Southern African Bishops Create Humanitarian Desk in Mozambique to Address Growing Crisis

Mar 18, 2021

In an attempt to describe the humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Johan Viljoen who works with the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) recalls a particular heart wrenching image that summed up the Darfur hunger crisis.  

Logo of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC). / Justice and Peace Department/ Facebook

Bishops in Southern Africa “deeply shocked” by Killing of Bystander During Protests

Mar 15, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed their shock following the police killing of a bystander amid students’ protests at a local university mid last week.

Sr Phuthunywa Catherine Siyali, the new Associate Secretary-General for the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference SACBC / SACBC

Southern African Bishops’ New Associate Secretary General Thankful for Gender Inclusion

Mar 11, 2021

The new Associate Secretary General for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has expressed her elation at the appointment, noting that the three-nation entity of Bishops has always been keen on including women at the helm of Church leadership.

Map showing the troubled region of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique. / Courtesy Photo

Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Crisis “an African burden”: Southern Africa’s Ecumenical Leaders

Mar 5, 2021

The leadership of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), an ecumenical organization made up of 12 national Councils in East and Southern Africa, has described Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado crisis as “an African burden” and called for intervention to end the ongoing violence.

Wilfrid Cardinal Napier / Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC)

Cardinal in South Africa Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Country’s Eshowe Diocese

Feb 17, 2021

Pope Francis has appointed the Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier, as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Eshowe.

A poster announcing the webinar / Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

Go Beyond “endless episcopal statements” in Fight for Justice, Peace in Africa: Bishop

Feb 4, 2021

Catholic leaders in Africa need to go beyond the issuance of multiple statements in their fight for justice, peace, and reconciliation, a Nigerian Bishop has said in a virtual conference.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka pictured at SECAM Golden Jubilee in Kampala, Uganda in 2019. / ACI Africa

Despite Devastation, COVID-19 “providential in some way”: South African Bishop

Jan 28, 2021

While COVID-19 is having devastating effects on the people of God in Southern Africa, the pandemic might have been “providential in some way,” the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.

Late Archbishop Abel Gabuza. / Courtesy Photo

Late South African Archbishop’s Disposition “was that of Yes, similar to Mary”: Bishop

Jan 21, 2021

The disposition of the late Archbishop Abel Gabuza has been likened to that of the Blessed Virgin Mary who said “Yes” to God’s call, accepting and consenting to the will of God for her life.

Late Archbishop Abel Gabuza who succumbed to COVID-19-related complications Sunday, January 17 aged 65.

South Africans Pay Glowing Tribute to Late Archbishop, Say His Death “a tremendous loss”

Jan 18, 2021

South Africans have paid glowing tribute to late Archbishop Abel Gabuza who succumbed to COVID-19-related complications Sunday, January 17 aged 65.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) during their plenary assembly in January 2020. / Website Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

Bishops in Southern Africa to Hold Virtual Plenary Assembly amid COVID-19 Surge

Jan 16, 2021

Members of the three-nation Conference of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have decided to have their first Plenary Assembly in 2012 virtually due to the rising reported cases of COVID-19 and related restrictions, the leadership has announced.

Church in South Africa Defying Setbacks to Resettle Victims of Apartheid Forced Evictions

Dec 26, 2020

Every time that Moses Makunyane passes by his ancestral home, a sprawling 3,000 hectares of land tucked in the northern province of South Africa, memories of his childhood in a large family flood his mind.

The delegation of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). / Bishop Jose Luis.

What Southern African Delegation Recalls from Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese Solidarity Visit

Dec 18, 2020

The four-member delegation came face to face with “human tragedy” during their solidarity visit to the Local Ordinary of Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese earlier this month, a Bishop on the delegation has recounted.

Pope Francis Donates to Mozambique’s Victims of Attacks in “gesture of pastoral charity”

Dec 7, 2020

Pope Francis has donated 100,000 Euros to support victims of militant attacks in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba. 

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese.

Three Issues A South African Prelate Wants Duly Addressed in Church, Society

Dec 2, 2020

The need to enhance accountability in the administration of Church resources, the upsurge of COVID-19 reported cases, and corruption are the three issues a Catholic Prelate in South Africa wants duly addressed.

A truck that was torched during a protest over the employment of foreign truck drivers in South Africa.

Stop the Killing, Prelates in South Africa Appeal amid Torching of Foreigners’ Trucks

Nov 30, 2020

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) are appealing for an end to violence in South Africa in the wake of several arson attacks that are targeting trucks driven by foreign nationals in the country.

Southern Africa Bishops Plan Solidarity Visit to Mozambique's Pemba Diocese amid Crisis

Nov 24, 2020

Members of the three-nation conference in Southern Africa have planned to reach out to the Bishop of Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese in a solidarity visit amid insurgency in Cabo Delgado Province.

Late Fr. Emil Blaser who passed on Monday, November 16. / Radio Veritas South Africa/Facebook Page.

South Africans Pay Glowing Tribute to Missionary, Founder of First Catholic Radio

Nov 17, 2020

Members of the Clergy, Religious and Laity in South Africa have paid glowing tributes to Fr. Emil Blaser, a Religious Missionary Cleric known for founding the first Catholic Radio Station, Radio Veritas who passed on Monday, November 16.

Archdiocese of Pretoria.

Southern Africa’s Pastoral Plan to Provide Context for Planned Pretoria Diocesan Synod

Nov 8, 2020

The Pastoral Plan of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) that was launched at the beginning of this year is set to offer the context under which the planned one-year Diocesan Synod of South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese will be held, the leadership of the Archdiocese has said.

A demonstrator sits on a barricade blocking a road near the Lagos State House, despite a round-the-clock curfew imposed by the authorities on the Nigerian state of Lagos in response to protests against alleged police brutality, Nigeria. / Reuters

Protests amid “uncivilized conduct of looting, arson” Saddening: Nigerian Archbishop

Oct 26, 2020

Reports of looting and destruction of property amid nationwide protests in Nigeria have “saddened” the Archbishop of Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese who has recalled the initially youth-led peaceful demonstrations against the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).