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Promotional poster of the Documentary film, "Francesco."

Pope Francis’ Comment Not Departure from “Catholic Christian Marriage”: African Prelates

Oct 25, 2020

The statement by Pope Francis that has made global headlines and triggered a series of controversies is not a departure from the meaning of Catholic Christian Marriage as has been consistently held over the centuries, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said in a statement shared with ACI Africa.

South Africans protesting against the high rate of corruption in their country.

Clergy, Religious Bowing to Family Pressure to Misuse Church Funds: South African Prelate

Oct 1, 2020

Priests and religious who are misappropriating funds meant for Church projects are doing so because of pressure from their families and friends who want financial support from the Clergy and Religious men and women, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has said in his new month reflection shared with ACI Africa.

Archbishop William Slattery OFM, appointed Apostolic Administrator of South Africa's Mariannhill Diocese. / The Southern Cross

South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese Put under an Apostolic Administrator

Sep 24, 2020

Following Apostolic Visitation in the months of February and March, the Holy See has put South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese under an Apostolic Administrator “with immediate effect,” a letter from the leadership of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) obtained by ACI Africa indicates.

Heritage Day, celebrated every September 24 in South Africa.

Corruption “the number one threat to our heritage”: South African Prelate

Sep 23, 2020

Ahead of the annual Heritage Day celebration in South Africa, a Catholic Prelate in the country has reflected on the level of graft and expressed the fear that corruption was becoming the first threat to the nation’s heritage. 

2018 Listeriosis Outbreak in South Africa.

Church Leaders in South Africa Demanding Justice for 2018 Listeriosis Outbreak Victims

Sep 16, 2020

The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is demanding justice for more than 2,000 victims of the 2018 Listeriosis Outbreak, an infection described as the worst of its kind in the world.

Map showing the troubled region of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.

Southern Africa Prelates Express Solidarity with People of God in Mozambique amid Crisis

Sep 8, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Mozambique indicating their awareness of “the rapidly deteriorating situation” of Cabo Delgado Province, a region within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba.

Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese.

Study Demonstrates Plight of Child-Headed Families in South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese

Sep 5, 2020

The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has, in a research report, highlighted the plight of child-headed households (CHHs) in the Church’s jurisdiction.

Logo for 2020 Lenten message from the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). / Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC)

Bishops in South Africa Pen Gratitude for Lenten Collection Despite 60 Percent Plunge

Sep 2, 2020

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) have sent a message of gratitude to the people of God under their care for “being faithful to the Church” during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and for contributing towards the conference’s coffers despite the harsh economic times.

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

We Risk Being Called a “Republic of Corruption,” South African Prelate Cautions

Aug 29, 2020

A Catholic Prelate in South Africa has bemoaned increasing reports of graft in the country, a situation he says puts one of Africa’s largest economies at a great risk of being referred to as a failed state and a “Republic of Corruption.”

Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, Secretary General Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

At Virtual Prayer Meeting, South African Nun Urges Women to “become life giving”

Aug 27, 2020

At an online prayer meeting organized to express solidarity with women who are suffering from solitude and isolation occasioned by COVID-19 restrictions, the South African Nun at the helm of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has urged women who are part of organizations to foster spiritual solidarity and share “life giving” experiences amid coronavirus challenges.

Church Leaders in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe Express Solidarity with Bishops in Zimbabwe

Aug 19, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa and Religious Superiors in Zimbabwe have, in separate statements, expressed solidarity with the Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe who have come under attack from political leaders over their recent Pastoral Letter that denounces reported “situation of repression” by President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

News of Corruption amid COVID-19 Crisis Not “a big surprise”: Bishops in Southern Africa

Aug 16, 2020

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their condemnation of alleged misappropriation of COVID-19 resources but indicated that this corruption was somewhat expected.

Logo for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day 2020 / African Union (AU)

Birth Registration “crucial activity that needs highlighting”: Southern African Bishops

Aug 16, 2020

On the occasion of the third African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)  Day commemorated Monday, August 10, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have raised concerns over the failure by authorities in their respective countries and the continent at large to prioritize birth registration, a documentation gap that denies children access to basic rights.

Guidelines for Funerals in South Africa.

Pastors in South Africa Risk Prosecution for COVID-19 Non-Compliant Funerals

Jul 27, 2020

Gatherings for the last rites in South Africa have been identified as “a major source of mass infection” of the coronavirus with the leadership of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) cautioning that leaders of various Christian denominations who flout COVID-19 measures risk facing prosecution.

South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, Andrew Mlangeni who passed on July 22.

Bishops in Southern Africa Eulogize Anti-Apartheid Icon for Legacy of Democracy, Equality

Jul 25, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have eulogized the late Andrew Mlangeni, the anti-apartheid icon who stood the 1963-1964 Rivonia Trial alongside Nelson Mandela, applauding him for his contribution to democracy and equality in South Africa.

Bishop Joseph Kizito, Bishop of Aliwal Diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Inside New Bishop’s 100 Days “of prayer and growth” at a South African Diocese

Jul 24, 2020

The ordination of Bishop Joseph Kizito as the Local Ordinary of Aliwal Diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Eastern Cape, South Africa in February was the highlight of the Ugandan-born Prelate’s life.

The late Archbishop Emeritus of Lesotho’s Maseru Archdiocese, Bernard Mohlalisi.

Southern Africa Bishops Eulogize Prelate Who Offered Apartheid Exiles “spiritual care”

Jul 24, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have eulogized the late Archbishop Emeritus of Lesotho’s Maseru Archdiocese, Bernard Mohlalisi, recalling with appreciation his pastoral service to the people of God in Lesotho and offering “hospitality and spiritual care” to exiled South Africans during the apartheid regime.

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban and President of Caritas South Africa.

Win for Poor “self-esteem, self-respect”: South African Cardinal to Caritas Coordinators

Jul 22, 2020

A South African Cardinal has urged Coordinators of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the country, Caritas South Africa, to be bold in addressing the plight of the poor in the 22-diocese nation and “win for them self-esteem and self-respect.” 

Radio Veritas South Africa now airing programs of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) following a temporary interruption of the radio station’s normal programming after its manager tested positive for COVID-19.

EWTN Keeping Church in South Africa Engaged after Temporary Closure of Catholic Radio

Jul 14, 2020

Ardent listeners of Radio Veritas, the only Catholic radio in South Africa, are being treated to hours of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) content following a temporary interruption of the radio station’s normal programming after its manager tested positive for COVID-19.

Late Bishop Patrick Zithulele Mvemve, Bishop Emeritus of Klerksdorp Diocese in South Africa who died Monday, July 6, 2020 / Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp Diocese

South African Clergy, Laity Eulogize Late Bishop as "servant leader, second chance Bishop"

Jul 11, 2020

Clergy and the lay faithful in South Africa have paid glowing tributes to the late Bishop Patrick Zithulele Mvemve who was, until his resignation in April 2013, the Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese, remembering him as a “servant leader (and) Bishop of the second chance” who “loved sodalities.”