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Latest stories: South Africa

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

Allow Gospel Challenge “preconceived ideas, who we think God is”: South African Prelate

Oct 3, 2020

The Archbishop of South African’s Cape Town Archdiocese has, in a video reflection, underscored the need to interact with the word of God in the scriptures, allowing the message to challenge “our preconceived ideas,” including our image of God.

South Africans protesting against the high rate of corruption in their country.

Clergy, Religious Bowing to Family Pressure to Misuse Church Funds: South African Prelate

Oct 1, 2020

Priests and religious who are misappropriating funds meant for Church projects are doing so because of pressure from their families and friends who want financial support from the Clergy and Religious men and women, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has said in his new month reflection shared with ACI Africa.

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. / Cape Town Archdiocese/Facebook Page.

“My behavior has to take event of pandemic into account,” South African Prelate Cautions

Sep 25, 2020

A South African Bishop has, in a video message, cautioned against laxity and the flouting of COVID-19 measures in the name of “personal freedom” and advocated for responsible behavior.

A poster for South Africa's Heritage Day celebration.

On South Africa’s Heritage Day, Cleric Calls for Healing, Acceptance of Cultural Diversity

Sep 24, 2020

South Africa’s past was marked with suffering that was caused by cultural differences where a section of the population was looked down upon by others. Today, however, it is the differences that once set South Africans apart that have become a strong uniting force and a cause for celebration, according to a South African Cleric who spoke to ACI Africa on the occasion of the country’s Heritage Day.

Archbishop William Slattery OFM, appointed Apostolic Administrator of South Africa's Mariannhill Diocese. / The Southern Cross

South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese Put under an Apostolic Administrator

Sep 24, 2020

Following Apostolic Visitation in the months of February and March, the Holy See has put South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese under an Apostolic Administrator “with immediate effect,” a letter from the leadership of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) obtained by ACI Africa indicates.

Heritage Day, celebrated every September 24 in South Africa.

Corruption “the number one threat to our heritage”: South African Prelate

Sep 23, 2020

Ahead of the annual Heritage Day celebration in South Africa, a Catholic Prelate in the country has reflected on the level of graft and expressed the fear that corruption was becoming the first threat to the nation’s heritage. 

Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Pretoria, South Africa.

After Months of Closure, Churches in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese Set to Reopen

Sep 19, 2020

After close to six months of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, churches in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese are set to reopen for public worship on October 1, the Local Ordinary announced in his Thursday, September 17 statement obtained by ACI Africa.

Blessed Benedict Daswa, South Africa’s first potential saint.

South Africa’s Blessed Daswa, a Model of Forgiveness: Bishop at Beatification Anniversary

Sep 15, 2020

At the fifth anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Benedict Daswa, South Africa’s first potential saint, a Bishop in the country has hailed the martyr’s forgiving attitude toward his killers and and encouraged the people of God in the country to emulate him.

Some Church leaders during the September 15 one-hour countrywide silent prayer session to protest against corruption involving COVID-19 funds in South Africa. / MK Promotions/South Africa

One-Hour Countrywide Silent Prayer Held in South Africa, a Protest against Corruption

Sep 15, 2020

Church leaders in South Africa on Tuesday, September 15 took part in a one-hour countrywide silent prayer session to protest against corruption involving COVID-19 funds, which has been described as “stealing money from people that cannot breathe.”

South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese Considers Deferment of Matrimony amid COVID-19

Sep 12, 2020

The leadership of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has advised couples to consider deferring the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Map showing the troubled region of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.

Southern Africa Prelates Express Solidarity with People of God in Mozambique amid Crisis

Sep 8, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity with the people of God in Mozambique indicating their awareness of “the rapidly deteriorating situation” of Cabo Delgado Province, a region within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba.

Logo of the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies marked Monday, September 7. / World Health Organisation (WHO)

The Irony of COVID-19 and Cleaner Air, Clearer Skies: An African Jesuit Cleric

Sep 7, 2020

On the maiden International Day of Clean Air for blue skies marked Monday, September 7 under the theme “Clean Air for All,” a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) ministering in South Africa has reflected on what he says is the irony of COVID-19 lockdown contributing to cleaner air and clearer skies.

Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese.

Study Demonstrates Plight of Child-Headed Families in South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese

Sep 5, 2020

The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has, in a research report, highlighted the plight of child-headed households (CHHs) in the Church’s jurisdiction.

Logo for 2020 Lenten message from the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). / Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC)

Bishops in South Africa Pen Gratitude for Lenten Collection Despite 60 Percent Plunge

Sep 2, 2020

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) have sent a message of gratitude to the people of God under their care for “being faithful to the Church” during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and for contributing towards the conference’s coffers despite the harsh economic times.

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

We Risk Being Called a “Republic of Corruption,” South African Prelate Cautions

Aug 29, 2020

A Catholic Prelate in South Africa has bemoaned increasing reports of graft in the country, a situation he says puts one of Africa’s largest economies at a great risk of being referred to as a failed state and a “Republic of Corruption.”

Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, Secretary General Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

At Virtual Prayer Meeting, South African Nun Urges Women to “become life giving”

Aug 27, 2020

At an online prayer meeting organized to express solidarity with women who are suffering from solitude and isolation occasioned by COVID-19 restrictions, the South African Nun at the helm of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has urged women who are part of organizations to foster spiritual solidarity and share “life giving” experiences amid coronavirus challenges.

South African Jesuit Cautions against Neglecting Poor, Marginalized amid COVID-19 Crisis

Aug 26, 2020

A Society of Jesus (Jesuits) Cleric serving in his native country, South Africa, has, in a reflection on the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, cautioned against neglecting the poor and marginalized.

Logo Women's Month 2020

South African Prelate Encourages Training of Female Theologians in Women’s Month Message

Aug 23, 2020

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has lauded women who assume ministerial roles in the absence of their Clergy and urged the Church in the Southern African country to find ways of encouraging more women to take up leadership positions in the Church, including enrolling for theology classes.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town in South Africa.

As Lockdown is Eased in South Africa, Prelate Urges Vigilance, Says “virus still present”

Aug 22, 2020

Days after South Africa’s President eased some COVID-19 restrictions put in five months ago to minimize the spread of the virus, the Archbishop Cape Town has urged the people of God in his Diocese to remain vigilant and continue taking necessary precautions because the coronavirus has not yet been eliminated from the country. 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

News of Corruption amid COVID-19 Crisis Not “a big surprise”: Bishops in Southern Africa

Aug 16, 2020

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their condemnation of alleged misappropriation of COVID-19 resources but indicated that this corruption was somewhat expected.