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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.

A poster of the National Youth Day in South Africa/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

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. 

Image of buildings burning in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian violence. Credit: Courtesy Photo

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.

The new Bishop of Kimberly, Duncan Theodore Tsoke. Credit: Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference

Newly Installed South African Bishop Urged to Help People “fall in love with God”

Apr 20, 2021

The President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) has called on the newly installed Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Kimberley Diocese to strive to help the people of God under his care to grow in their love for God.

Late Archbishop Jean-Pierre Tafunga Mbayo of DR Congo's Lubumbashi Archdiocese who succumbed to an illness Wednesday, March 31 in Pretoria, South Africa. / Courtesy Photo

Plans Underway to Return Late Congolese Archbishop to Native Country for Interment

Mar 31, 2021

Plans are underway to ship the body of the late Congolese Archbishop who died in South Africa back to his native country for interment.

The logo of the newly-inaugurated Jesuits Southern Africa Province (SAP). / Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Jesuits in Southern Africa Urged to “foster deeper analysis” of Region’s Multiple Crises

Mar 26, 2021

Members of the newly-launched Southern Africa Province (SAP) of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have been urged to look for ways to address the multiple crises bedeviling the countries in the region. 

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South African Bishop Mourns Traditional King, Says He “respected Catholic Church"

Mar 20, 2021

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has eulogized king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, the traditional leader of the Zulu people, as an approachable man “who respected the Catholic Church." 

South Africa's Wilfrid Cardinal Napier of the Archdiocese of Durban during the Solemnity of St. Joseph Spouse of Mary Mother of God. / Parish of St. Joseph, Morningside

Our “Josephs” Not Playing Their Roles, South Africa’s Cardinal on Solemnity of St. Joseph

Mar 19, 2021

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has said that the abuse in society can partly be blamed on men he refers to as the “modern Josephs” who, he further says, are not playing the role for which they were created.

Women and children at a camp in Pemba / Denis Hurley Peace Institute of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference.

Southern African Bishops Create Humanitarian Desk in Mozambique to Address Growing Crisis

Mar 18, 2021

In an attempt to describe the humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Johan Viljoen who works with the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) recalls a particular heart wrenching image that summed up the Darfur hunger crisis.  

Logo of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC). / Justice and Peace Department/ Facebook

Bishops in Southern Africa “deeply shocked” by Killing of Bystander During Protests

Mar 15, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed their shock following the police killing of a bystander amid students’ protests at a local university mid last week.

Sr Phuthunywa Catherine Siyali, the new Associate Secretary-General for the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference SACBC / SACBC

Southern African Bishops’ New Associate Secretary General Thankful for Gender Inclusion

Mar 11, 2021

The new Associate Secretary General for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has expressed her elation at the appointment, noting that the three-nation entity of Bishops has always been keen on including women at the helm of Church leadership.