Latest stories: South Africa

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

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

Nov 3, 2021

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

Oct 30, 2021

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

Oct 18, 2021

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”

Oct 17, 2021

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

Oct 17, 2021

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

Oct 15, 2021

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

Oct 13, 2021

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

Oct 7, 2021

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

Oct 3, 2021

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.  

Bishop Joseph Mary Kizito of the Catholic Diocese of Aliwal in South Africa. Credit: Diocese of Aliwal

South African Diocese Embarks on Synod on Synodality Pre-Meetings ahead of Official Launch

Sep 29, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Aliwal Diocese has, in a pastoral letter, announced pre-synod meetings in his Episcopal See to deliberate on Synod on Synodality ahead of its solemn opening in each particular Church planned for October 17.

Fr. Zane Godwin. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Don’t “take for granted created world”, Show Appreciation: Catholic Priest in South Africa

Sep 28, 2021

Christians in South Africa are being urged to show appreciation to God’s creation by taking the necessary steps to prevent environmental degradation.

Bishop Peter Holiday of South Africa's Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Kroonstad Diocese

Refugees Undergoing Suffering in South Africa, Catholic Bishop Says, Calls for Compassion

Sep 27, 2021

The inhumane treatment of refugees and migrants in South Africa is a cause for concern for a Catholic Bishop in the country who is calling for compassion toward those who have fled from various forms of instability in their respective home countries.

Logo for the Season of Creation. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Let Us “work together to reduce generation of waste”: Catholic Nun at Season of Creation

Sep 27, 2021

There is a need to collaborate in reducing the generation of waste products in view of environmental conservation, a Catholic Nun in Africa has said.

A poster announcing the Marriage Awareness campaign Weeks in South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo.

South African Archbishop Warns of Selfishness, Jealousy as Most Toxic Emotions in Marriage

Sep 25, 2021

A Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has cautioned married couples and those considering marriage against selfishness and jealousy, describing both emotions as toxic to any relationship.

Procreation and rearing children campaign poster. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Procreation Not “the only purpose of marriage”: South African Catholic Priest

Sep 24, 2021

Procreation is not the only reason behind marriage, a Catholic Priest in South Africa has said at the ongoing marriage awareness campaign of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States. Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Entity Urges Support for African Migrants on Durban Declaration Anniversary

Sep 23, 2021

The Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, has called for support of Africa’s rising numbers of refugees and migrants who, he says, continue to experience racism and xenophobic attacks in the countries of destination.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Cape Town Archdiocese

South African Archdiocese Maintains Stance against Singing to Curb COVID-19 Infections

Sep 17, 2021

The Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has urged the people of God under his pastoral care to continue exercising restraint against singing during Holy Mass to curb COVID-19 infections.

Logo of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

Southern African Bishops Decry Corruption in Member Nations, Urge “solidarity with needy”

Sep 16, 2021

Theft of COVID-19 response funds in nine Southern African countries is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the region who are decrying the vice and urging solidarity with “weakest and needy members of society.”  

Blessed Benedict Daswa, who was martyred in 1990, and beatified September 13. Credit: Catholic News Agency

Plans Underway to Build a Shrine in Honor of South Africa’s First Martyr, Potential Saint

Sep 13, 2021

South Africa’s Tzaneen Diocese has announced plans to build a shrine in Honor of Blessed Benedict Daswa, the country’s first martyr and first potential Saint.


Never Take Your Spouse for Granted, Catholic Bishop Warns in Marriage Awareness Campaign

Sep 11, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Oudtshoorn Diocese has called upon married couples and those contemplating marriage to make a commitment to value their spouses and to stick by the commitment.