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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.

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.