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Latest stories: South Africa

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese/Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Harsh Treatment of Zimbabwean Migrants Worries Catholic Bishops in South Africa

Jan 20, 2022

A South African Bishop has expressed concern about the “inhumane” manner in which Zimbabweans are being treated in the country since the South African government announced plans to stop the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) which was implemented in 2017 to regularize the stay of undocumented Zimbabweans. 

Bishop João Noé Rodrigues during his homily at the opening Eucharistic Celebration for the first annual Plenary Assembly of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Sheila Pires

The Holy Spirit Fosters Unity among Church Leaders, Catholic Bishop in South Africa Says

Jan 19, 2022

The sense of communion among Church leaders is “a fruit of the Holy Spirit” in their respective lives, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said. 

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

Catholic Archbishop in South Africa Says Late Anglican Archbishop was Courageous Leader

Jan 13, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has described the late Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a courageous leader who fought for the rights of the vulnerable in society.

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

Maintain Vigilance Till COVID-19 No Longer Threatens Life: Catholic Bishop in South Africa

Jan 10, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has called up on the people of God in the country to continue observing all health protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19 amid reports of a decline in the number of new cases.

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

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

Jan 1, 2022

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”.

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

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

Dec 31, 2021

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 Desmond Tutu in 2011. wesselspj via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Pope, Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Send Condolences for Death of Desmond Tutu

Dec 26, 2021

Pope Francis and members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) on Sunday, December 26, sent their condolences for the death of retired Anglican Archbishop and anti-apartheid leader, Desmond Tutu.

Screengrab of Bishop Victor Phalana during the Diaconate ordination of Mr. Mitchum Ruthman at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall of the Diocese of Klerksdorp. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Put Church’s Needs First, South African Bishop to Permanent Deacon at Ordination

Dec 19, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has urged the Diocese’s newly ordained Deacon to prioritize the needs of the Church through “the sign of faithful love and also ministerial service”.

Mons. Neil Augustine Frank, appointed Coadjutor Bishop for South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese. Credit: IMBISA

“It's a big responsibility”, South African Bishop-elect Says, Promises Collaboration

Dec 17, 2021

Mons. Neil Augustine Frank who has been appointed Coadjutor Bishop for South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese has described his Friday, December 17 appointment as “a big responsibility”.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese/Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Southern Africa Bishops “deeply” Concerned about South Africa’s Planned Oil Exploration

Dec 15, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have said they are “deeply” concerned about the planned exploration of oil and gas reserves in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. 

Bishop Duncan Theodore Tsoke of South Africa’s Kimberley Catholic Diocese. Credit: Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference

Emulate St. Joseph in Responsible Parenting, South African Bishop to Christian Men

Dec 10, 2021

St. Joseph poses as a role model that every married Christian man should emulate when it comes to parenting, the Bishop of South Africa’s Kimberley Catholic Diocese has said.

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

Nov 29, 2021

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

Nov 28, 2021

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.

Logo of Caritas Africa. Credit: Caritas Africa

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

Nov 20, 2021

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

Nov 20, 2021

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

Nov 18, 2021

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

Nov 16, 2021

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

Nov 12, 2021

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

Nov 10, 2021

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

Nov 5, 2021

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.