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Latest stories: South Africa

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Catholic Entity in South Africa Decries Destruction of Schools amid Violent Protests

Jul 17, 2021

The destruction of over 30 schools in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province amid ongoing protests is an issue of concern to the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE), whose leadership has called on the communities to protect learning institutions for the sake of the children. 

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Call for Shift from Violence Mindset to Dialogue

Jul 14, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed concern over the growing tendency of South Africans to resort to violence whenever they need any social, political or economic issue addressed by those in leadership.

A man wearing a helmet approaches a burning van in Johannesburg
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South Africa’s Riots Spark People’s Deep-seated Anger: Catholic Peace Entity

Jul 13, 2021

The ongoing violence in South Africa that started with riots following the jailing of the country’s former President Jacob Zuma has very little to do with the former President, the leadership of an international Catholic peace entity has told ACI Africa, adding that people are expelling their anger after many years of suffering.

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Faith Leaders Condemn South Africa’s Violence, Say “this is totally unacceptable”

Jul 13, 2021

The leadership of KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC) has, in a statement, condemned the ongoing violence in the South African Province saying the destruction of property witnessed during protests is “totally unacceptable.”

Officials of Caritas Aliwal in South Africa led by Bishop Joseph Kizito pose for a photo with some immigrant children in the Catholic Diocese/Credit: Bishop Joseph Kizito/ Caritas Aliwal North / Bishop Joseph Kizito/ Caritas Aliwal North

Relief as Diocese’s Five-Year Commitment to Stateless Children in South Africa Bears Fruit

Jul 8, 2021

The journey of South Africa’s Aliwal Diocese with child immigrants from neighboring Kingdom of Lesotho has been one of blood, sweat and tears.

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

South Africa’s Education System to Blame for Youth Unemployment, Catholic Bishop Says

Jul 3, 2021

The Bishop of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Mthatha has identified education system as one of the major causes of high unemployment among the youth in the country.

The Sacred Heart Cathedral in South Africa's Aliwal Diocese/ Credit: Public Domain

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Renews “domestic worship” as Country Goes Back to Lockdown

Jul 2, 2021

The Bishop of South Africa’s Aliwal Diocese has asked families in the Catholic Diocese to go back to conducting worship in the safety of their homes following a fresh suspension of public worship in the country that is weighed down by COVID-19 infections and deaths.  

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Catholic Bishop in South Africa Faults Critics of COVID-19 Vaccine

Jul 1, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has reprimanded critics of COVID-19 vaccines for discouraging others from taking the jab, saying that dissuading others from the inoculation is doing them injustice.

World Refugee Day T-shirts and food hampers provided by the SACBC Migrants and Refugee Office in collaboration with UNHCR for participants in the event held at Christ the King Cathedral of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese on 20 June 2021/ Credit: Sheila Pires/Radio Veritas South Africa

Southern Africa Bishops Decry Continued Exclusion of Refugees in COVID-19 Programs

Jun 19, 2021

Refugees in various African countries continue to be excluded in COVID-19 programs such as provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and even vaccination against the coronavirus, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have said.

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Youth to Shun Hatred, Embrace Love

Jun 16, 2021

The leadership of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has, on the occasion of the National Youth Day, invited young people across South Africa to practice love and cohesion in place of hatred and racial discrimination.

A poster announcing the 2021 Youth Day celebrations in South Africa' Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Young People in South Africa Urged to Stand Up for Jesus, Justice, Peace on Youth Day

Jun 15, 2021

The Bishop of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Kroonstad has called upon young people in the country to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in their families and society and to stand up for justice and peace ahead of the country’s Youth Day on Wednesday, June 16.

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

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Calls for Protection of Life amid Surging COVID-19 Cases

Jun 12, 2021

The Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has called on Christians and the public to do everything within their power to promote and protect life amid surging cases of COVID-19 infection in the country.

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier (right) and Archbishop-elect Siegfried Mandla Jwara (left) of South Africa's Durban Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Durban Archbishop in South Africa, Appoints Successor

Jun 9, 2021

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of the Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese, Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier and appointed Bishop Mandla Siegfried Jwara as his successor.

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Southern African Bishops Dispel COVID-19 Vaccine Fear, Say Jab is "a safe risk”

Jun 7, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have sought to address concerns around the COVID-19 vaccine.

Catholics observing COVID-19 directives during Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in South Africa's Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Diocese of Kroonstad/Facebook

Amid Surge in South Africa’s COVID-19 Cases, Bishop Urges Adherence to Preventive Measures

Jun 6, 2021

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Kroonstad Diocese has, in a statement, urged Catholics to strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures amid a surge in infections in the country, especially in the territory covered by the Diocese.

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New Catholic Bishop in South Africa Urged to Foster Unity amid “felt polarization”

May 31, 2021

The new Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Queenstown Diocese has been urged to work toward uniting the people of God who will be under his pastoral care amid cases of divisions characterized by “name-calling and demeaning labels.”

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South African Archbishop Expresses Solidarity with Victims of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

May 21, 2021

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has expressed solidarity with the people of God in the Middle Eastern nations of Israel and Palestine following days of violence that saw hundreds killed, thousands displaced, and property destroyed. 

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Encourage Dialogue to End Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

May 17, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) are calling on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to engage in dialogue and put an end to the ongoing violence.

Graduates of the Wave of Change Project at their Graduation/ Credit: salesianyouth.org

Salesians in South Africa Empowering Poor, Vulnerable Youth in Commercial Fish Farming

Apr 28, 2021

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in South Africa are empowering young people in the city of Cape Town with skills to undertake commercial fish farming.

South Africa's Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, OMI/ Credit: Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

South African Archbishop Appointed to Global Body Advocating for Displaced People’s Rights

Apr 24, 2021

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Archdiocese of Johannesburg has been appointed as a member of the Multi-Religious Council of Leaders that seeks to address the root causes of conflict and displacement in the world.