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Latest stories: South Africa

Late Archbishop Abel Gabuza. / Courtesy Photo

Late South African Archbishop’s Disposition “was that of Yes, similar to Mary”: Bishop

Jan 21, 2021

The disposition of the late Archbishop Abel Gabuza has been likened to that of the Blessed Virgin Mary who said “Yes” to God’s call, accepting and consenting to the will of God for her life.

Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine, Namugongo, Kampala during the conclusion of SECAM Golden Jubilee in July 2019. / ACI Africa

SECAM to Unveil “Kampala Document” at Virtual Event in Multiple African Countries

Jan 19, 2021

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has announced the unveiling of the “Kampala Document” bearing conclusions of the year-long Golden Jubilee of SECAM (July 2018 – July 2019) at a virtual event in four African countries.

Late Archbishop Abel Gabuza who succumbed to COVID-19-related complications Sunday, January 17 aged 65.

South Africans Pay Glowing Tribute to Late Archbishop, Say His Death “a tremendous loss”

Jan 18, 2021

South Africans have paid glowing tribute to late Archbishop Abel Gabuza who succumbed to COVID-19-related complications Sunday, January 17 aged 65.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) during their plenary assembly in January 2020. / Website Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

Bishops in Southern Africa to Hold Virtual Plenary Assembly amid COVID-19 Surge

Jan 16, 2021

Members of the three-nation Conference of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have decided to have their first Plenary Assembly in 2012 virtually due to the rising reported cases of COVID-19 and related restrictions, the leadership has announced.

Archbishop Abel Gabuza, Coadjutor Archbishop of Durban currently battling COVID-19 in ICU in the hospital.

South Africa's Cardinal Seeking Spiritual Solidarity with Archbishop in ICU for COVID-19

Jan 11, 2021

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier, is appealing for spiritual solidarity with Archbishop Abel Gabuza who is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with the second strain of COVID-19.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. / Facebook Page Cape Town Archdiocese.

The Year 2020 “must teach us of the need to change,” South African Archbishop Reflects

Jan 9, 2021

A South African Archbishop has, in a reflection, termed the year 2020 one with lessons on the need to change, for the better, how we relate with God, with others, and with oneself amid COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 Effects “have dire consequences for Church in South Africa”: Cleric Reflects

Jan 8, 2021

A South African Cleric has, in a reflection, shared his observations on “visible repercussions” of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he says has negatively affected the people of God in the country.

Provide COVID-19 Vaccine Education to Dispel Fear, Bishop in South Africa Urges Government

Jan 7, 2021

There is no proper information on the COVID-19 vaccine that is set to be administered to South Africans to combat the coronavirus, which is fast spreading in the country, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said.

Do Not Hinder Vaccine Rollout, Church Leaders in South Africa Appeal to Government

Jan 5, 2021

The leadership of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) has appealed to the government to hasten the access to COVID-19 vaccine to save lives amid a reported new wave of infections in the country.

Church in South Africa Defying Setbacks to Resettle Victims of Apartheid Forced Evictions

Dec 26, 2020

Every time that Moses Makunyane passes by his ancestral home, a sprawling 3,000 hectares of land tucked in the northern province of South Africa, memories of his childhood in a large family flood his mind.

COVID-19 Surge, Deaths in Religious Communities Cause for Alarm: Nuns in South Africa

Dec 21, 2020

A reported surge in COVID-19 cases alongside deaths in religious communities in South Africa is a cause for concern, the leadership of the Conference of Catholic Sisters in the country has said in a statement shared with ACI Africa.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape town Archdiocese. / Facebook Page Archdiocese of Cape Town.

On South Africa’s Reconciliation Day, Archbishop Urges Christians to Walk the Talk

Dec 16, 2020

On the occasion of the annual Day of Reconciliation in South Africa, an Archbishop has called on the people of God within his pastoral jurisdiction to walk the talk, matching their behavior with their Christian beliefs.  

God “calling us to solidarity” amid COVID-19: South African Bishop in Christmas Message

Dec 16, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have negative effects on the people of God across the globe, is an avenue that God is using to call His people to solidarity, regardless of socio-cultural, economic and other distinguishing characteristics, a South African Bishop has said.

Bishop Peter John Holiday with the newly ordained priest, Fr. Thabang Shilane during the ordination Mass on Saturday, December 5. / Facebook Page Kroonstad Diocese

As Priest, “be outward looking, be for others”: South African Bishop at Ordination

Dec 8, 2020

On the occasion of a Priestly ordination in South Africa over the weekend, the Bishop who preached encouraged the new Priest to cultivate “a big heart” that is concerned with the needs of others in line with Pope Francis’ latest Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. 

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese.

Three Issues A South African Prelate Wants Duly Addressed in Church, Society

Dec 2, 2020

The need to enhance accountability in the administration of Church resources, the upsurge of COVID-19 reported cases, and corruption are the three issues a Catholic Prelate in South Africa wants duly addressed.

A truck that was torched during a protest over the employment of foreign truck drivers in South Africa.

Stop the Killing, Prelates in South Africa Appeal amid Torching of Foreigners’ Trucks

Nov 30, 2020

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) are appealing for an end to violence in South Africa in the wake of several arson attacks that are targeting trucks driven by foreign nationals in the country.

Bishop Xolelo Thaddaeus Kumalo (left) transferred from Eshowe Diocese to Witbank Diocese and Fr. Robert Mogapi Mphiwe (right) appointed Bishop for Rustenburg Diocese.

Bishops Appointed for South Africa’s Rustenburg and Witbank Dioceses

Nov 25, 2020

The Holy Father has, on Wednesday, November 25, announced the appointment of two Bishops for South Africa’s Dioceses of Rustenburg and Witbank, the latter being a Papal transfer.

Late Fr. Emil Blaser who passed on Monday, November 16. / Radio Veritas South Africa/Facebook Page.

South Africans Pay Glowing Tribute to Missionary, Founder of First Catholic Radio

Nov 17, 2020

Members of the Clergy, Religious and Laity in South Africa have paid glowing tributes to Fr. Emil Blaser, a Religious Missionary Cleric known for founding the first Catholic Radio Station, Radio Veritas who passed on Monday, November 16.

Archdiocese of Pretoria.

Southern Africa’s Pastoral Plan to Provide Context for Planned Pretoria Diocesan Synod

Nov 8, 2020

The Pastoral Plan of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) that was launched at the beginning of this year is set to offer the context under which the planned one-year Diocesan Synod of South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese will be held, the leadership of the Archdiocese has said.

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Why Praying the Rosary is “so special, so powerful,” South African Prelate Explains

Oct 7, 2020

On the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary celebrated on Wednesday, October 7, the Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has, in a video reflection, highlighted five reasons that make praying the Rosary “so special and so powerful.”