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Latest stories: South Africa

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

Unequal Care of Catholic Priests and Sisters is Gender Inequality: South African Bishop

Aug 31, 2021

One of the ways in which gender inequality manifests itself in the Church is the unequal care given to Catholic Priests and Religious Sisters, a South African Bishop has said.

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

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Cautions Country’s Poor against Being Used in Violence

Aug 31, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has acknowledged the calm in the country that followed a series of violent attacks and cautioned the country’s poor people against accepting to be used by those in power to fuel violence.

The logo of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE). Credit: Catholic Institute of Education (CIE)

Action Needed amid Increased Rape, Teenage Pregnancies in South Africa: Catholic Entity

Aug 28, 2021

Reports of increased cases of rape and teenage pregnancies in South Africa are a cause for concern for officials of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) who are calling for an “urgent response” to address the crisis. 

The Apostolic South Africa's Diocese of Mariannhill and Archbishop Emeritus of Pretoria, William Slattery. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Take action now” against Environmental Degradation: South African Archbishop

Aug 27, 2021

A South African Archbishop has expressed concern over the destruction of the environment and called on the people of God in the country to take urgent action to mitigate the effects of degradation.

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

Family is all we have, Catholic Bishop Says at Southern Africa’s Marriage Campaign Launch

Aug 23, 2021

Everything, except family, seems to have been taken away by the COVID-19 pandemic, a member of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said at the launch of the marriage awareness campaign in the three-nation ecclesiastical region.

A poster for the Season of Creation. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Become Aware of “ecological, social degradation we are experiencing”: South African Bishop

Aug 23, 2021

Ahead of the month-long annual event dubbed Season of Creation, a South African Bishop has called on the people of God in the country to become aware of “ecological and social degradation” and take appropriate actions.

Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference logo. Credit: Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Concerned about Violence in Mozambique: Peace Entity

Aug 22, 2021

The leadership of the peace entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), says that Catholic Bishops in the Southern African pastoral region are concerned that the insurgent attacks in Mozambique may have a terrible effect in the whole region if it remains untamed.

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International Catholic Entity Initiates Campaign against Euthanasia in South Africa

Aug 22, 2021

The African branch of the International Catholic activist organization, CitizenGo Africa, has initiated an online campaign to stop ongoing discussions about legalizing euthanasia in South Africa.

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Announce Campaign to Strengthen Marriages

Aug 21, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have announced a campaign in which they plan to journey with the people of God seeking to strengthen their marriage relationships and families in the ecclesiastical region.

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

South African Bishop Says People Struggling to Survive, Announces Consecration of Diocese

Aug 9, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese has announced the consecration of his Episcopal See to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on separate days during which the people of God who the Bishop says are struggling to survive will pray for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The logo of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) in South Africa. Credit: Catholic Institute of Education (CIE)

Be Partners in Education, Catholic Entity in South Africa to Parents amid School Dropouts

Aug 6, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) in South Africa has called on parents in the country to show their partnership in the education program by ensuring that their children attend school amid a reported increase in the number of dropouts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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

“We should add our voice on call for accountability for violence”: South African Bishop

Aug 5, 2021

Catholic Church leaders in Southern Africa should call on the South Africa’s government to hold accountable the perpetrators of last month’s riots that started after former President Jacob Zuma handed himself over to police, the Bishop at the helm of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference  (SACBC) has said. 

South African Professor of Anthropology, Pearl Sithole who has been appointed as an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Appoints South African Professor of Anthropology to Pontifical Academy

Aug 4, 2021

A South African Professor of Anthropology has been appointed as an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa's Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: Cape Town Archdiocese/Facebook

Recent Violent Protests in South Africa Had “groundswell of concerned people”: Archbishop

Jul 31, 2021

While the recent violent protests in South Africa were generally characterized by vandalism, looting, injuries and loss of human lives, there were people who showed genuine goodness and concern for others, a South African Archbishop has said in a prayerful reflection.

Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, the South African member of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood Sisters who was recently appointed to the Commission for Methodology of the 2023 Synod of Bishops. Credit: Fr. Paul Tatu, CSS/South Africa

It was “a surprise, a challenge”: African Nun on Appointment to Bishops’ Synod Commission

Jul 30, 2021

The South African Catholic Nun recently appointed to the Commission for Methodology of the 2023 Synod of Bishops has shared her reaction to the appointment, saying the news came to her “as a surprise” and “as a challenge”, which she has accepted.

The late Cleopas Ray Vilakazi who, alongside his wife, helped more than 2,000 couples with difficulties in their relationship in the Southern African region. He succumbed to COVID-19-related complications on 24 July 2021. Credit: Fr. Paul Tatu

South African Award-winning Marriage Counselor Eulogized for Dedication to Ministry

Jul 29, 2021

Cleopas Ray Vilakazi who, alongside his wife, helped initiate more than 2,000 couples into the institution of marriage, has been eulogized as a dedicated marriage counselor.

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

In Revised Guidelines, Bishop in South Africa Urges Adherence to COVID-19 Protocols

Jul 28, 2021

In revised guidelines following the relax restrictions on public worship in South Africa, a Catholic Bishop in the country has urged the faithful to strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures.

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

Situation in South Africa Similar to “Israelite’s time in the desert”: Catholic Archbishop

Jul 24, 2021

A Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has favorably compared the situation in the country amid violent protests and COVID-19 pandemic with the experience of the people of Israel in the wilderness.

Credit: Archdiocese of Cape Town

If South Africa’s Violence “masterminded”, It is for “own self-preservation”: Archbishop

Jul 19, 2021

If the recent violent protests and attacks in South Africa were masterminded, the motivation was driven by selfishness and efforts toward “self-preservation”, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

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Christian Leaders “deeply disappointed” by Closure of Places of Worship in South Africa

Jul 18, 2021

The leadership of Kwazulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) in South Africa has, in a statement, faulted the South African government for ordering closure of places of worship saying churches have all along been observing strict COVID-19 containment measures in their services.