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Fr. John Selemela, Rector of St. John Vianney Major Seminary located in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese. Credit: IMBISA

Sexual Abuse of Minors “dark chapter” in History of Church: Rector in South Africa

The cases of sexual abuse of minors constitute a “dark chapter” in the history of the Catholic Church, a Rector in South Africa has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Rectors of Seminaries in the IMBISA region. Credit: ACI Africa

Human Formation “very foundational” in Training of Future Priests: Rector in South Africa

Human formation is quite critical in the training of candidates for the Priesthood in the Catholic Church, a Rector in South Africa has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese. Credit: SACBC

Create Migrant, Refugee Offices in Parishes, South African Catholic Archbishop Proposes

The plight of refugees and migrants as far as documentation is concerned can be addressed by the creation of an office that specifically deals with this vulnerable group in each Catholic Parish, a Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has proposed.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese. Credit: SACBC

Consider Refugees, Migrants “new missionary territory,” South African Archbishop Says

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has expressed concern about the difficult lives of refugees and migrants, especially their challenging search for settlement, and suggested that the vulnerable group be considered “a new missionary territory”.

Logo of Caritas Africa. Credit: Caritas Africa

Include Disaster Management in Formation of Priests, Caritas Africa Official Says

The formation of Priests has to include ways of managing, preventing and recovering from disasters when they strike, the Catholic Priest at the helm of Caritas Africa Advocacy Committee has said. 

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Respect Sacred Places, Dress Properly for Church, South African Catholic Bishop Says

The Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has cautioned the people of God in the Archdiocese against disrespecting sacred places in their manner of dressing and inability to maintain silence while participating in religious functions.

Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of South Africa's Klerksdorp Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Being vaccinated puts your neighbor’s life first, for public good”: South African Bishop

Protecting one's neighbor from sickness through getting the COVID-19 vaccine is an act of charity, the Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has said.

Logo of Caritas Africa. Credit: Caritas Africa

We Need to Put the Poor at The Centre of Our Actions, Prayers: Caritas Africa

The leadership of Caritas Africa has called on members of the organization across the continent to put poor people at the center of their attention not only through actions but also prayers. 

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Synod Process Seeks Religious Diversity, Catholic Bishop in South Africa Says

Embracing religious diversity as the people of God is one way of journeying together through the ongoing Synodal process, the Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has said.

Caritas coordinators from Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé e Principe alongside Wilfrid Cardinal Napier (3rd from right). Credit: Sheila Pires

Cardinal in South Africa Calls for Fraternal Cooperation among Regional Caritas Entities

There is need for officials of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church within the jurisdiction of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) to foster brotherly collaboration amongst themselves, the President of Caritas South Africa has said. 

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Initiate Synodality Conversation from Family, Catholic Bishop in South Africa Says

Journeying together as people of God through the ongoing Synodal process should be taken to the root of the Church, which is family, the Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has said.

Logo of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

Give Unemployed Youths Electoral Jobs: South African Catholic Justice and Peace Commission

The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of South Africa’s Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg is proposing the engagement of unemployed young people in the country to oversee future elections in the country by giving them various positions in the electoral process.

Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of South Africa's Diocese of Klerksdorp / Credit: Courtesy Photo

Engage “renowned negotiators, mediators” to End Instability in Eswatini: Catholic Bishop

If any planned dialogue toward an end to the growing instability in Eswatini is to result in “an acceptable agreement,” there is need for the parties in conflict to engage notable “negotiators and mediators”, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said.  

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Claim “We have always done it that way” Poison for Church’s Life: South African Bishop

The tendency to be opposed to change through the claim that “we have always done it that way” is dangerous for the Church in modern times, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said.

Economic loss as a result of pollution from Eskom's Tutuka power station through premature deaths, hospital admissions, and lost working days is estimated to be R2.4 billion per year. Credit: James Oatway for CER

Catholic Bishops in Africa among Leaders Urging G20 to “consign fossil fuels to history”

Catholic Bishops in Africa are among the dozens of Church leaders who have petitioned the intergovernmental forum of 19 countries and the European Union (EU) – the G20 – ahead of its meeting later this month “to keep fossil fuels in the ground”. 

Logo of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

“Vote according to your conscience”: Southern African Bishops Ahead of Municipal Polls

Eligible voters in South Africa have been urged to vote at the forthcoming municipal elections according to their conscience. 

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) at a press conference in Manzini Diocese. Credit: Manzini Diocese

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Change in Eswatini’s Governance to Tame Violence

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) are calling on the government of Eswatini to listen to the cry of the people and to phase out absolute monarchy, which has been blamed for the violence and insecurity in the country.

A banner for the last session of marriage awareness week. Credit: SACBC

Interrogate Approaches to Widowhood in South Africa, “root out hostile” Traditions: Priest

There is need to interrogate cultural approaches to widowhood in South Africa view of rooting out traditions that are at odds with the teaching of the Church, a Catholic Priest has said.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017./ Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican Backs South Africa, India Proposal to Suspend COVID-19 Vaccine Production Barriers

The Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, has maintained the support of the Vatican entity of a call to waive barriers in the production of COVID-19 vaccines as proposed by South Africa and India.

A poster for the Marriage awareness week with a focus on Reconciliation in marriage. Credit: SACBC

Need for Spouses to Take “personal responsibility” Emphasized at Marriage Awareness Event

The need for spouses to take “personal responsibility” in their marriage relationship amid situations of misunderstanding has been underscored at the ongoing marriage awareness campaign.