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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.

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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.

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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.  

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

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.