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Latest stories: South Africa

Logo for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day 2020 / African Union (AU)

Birth Registration “crucial activity that needs highlighting”: Southern African Bishops

Aug 16, 2020

On the occasion of the third African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)  Day commemorated Monday, August 10, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have raised concerns over the failure by authorities in their respective countries and the continent at large to prioritize birth registration, a documentation gap that denies children access to basic rights.

ZimbabweanLivesMatter online campaign

Zimbabwe’s Church Leaders Welcome Global Solidarity, Appeal for Dialogue amid Crisis

Aug 16, 2020

Church leaders in Zimbabwe have acknowledged with appreciation messages of solidarity from across the globe through the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter following recent demonstrations against brutality and violence in their country.

Poster advertising South African Union of Catholic Women’s Organization (SAUCWO) Prayer Day slated for August 24. / World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO)

Catholic Women in South Africa Organizing Online Prayers to Bridge Lockdown Solitude

Aug 13, 2020

The South African arm of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), an international entity for Catholic women groups, is organizing for prayers slated for later this month to express solidarity with women who are suffering from solitude and isolation that comes with the COVID-19 lockdown, an official has told ACI Africa.

Official Logo for the Women's Day celebration in South Africa.

South Africa’s Religious Orders Decry Gender-based Violence on Women’s Day

Aug 10, 2020

A majority of women in South Africa are living in fear of abuse during COVID-19 lockdown, leaders of various Religious Orders and Societies of Apostolic Life in southern Africa have observed in their collective message to commemorate this year’s Women’s Day.

Bishop Victor Phalana of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese.

“We cry (over) looting in South Africa, repressions in Zimbabwe”: South African Prelate

Aug 6, 2020

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has, in a Facebook post, decried looting of public research in South Africa and abuse of office through “repressions” in neighboring Zimbabwe, cautioning that the situation is “becoming worse and worse.”

Archbishop Abel Gabuza, Coadjutor Archbishop of Durban, South Africa.

COVID-19 Crisis “a particular prophetic moment in our lives”: South African Prelate

Aug 4, 2020

A Prelate in South Africa has, in a reflection about COVID-19 in the country, described the situation of the pandemic as “a particular prophetic moment in our lives,” which calls for the fostering of the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. 

Church Leaders in South Africa “disgusted by revelations of looting of COVID-19 funds”

Jul 30, 2020

Church leaders in South Africa have expressed their displeasure over the “revelations of” looting of funds meant for fighting against COVID-19 in the country saying the acts are typical of “vultures and hyenas over dead bodies.”

People walk past a COVID-19 advertisement in the township of Soweto outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, July 13, 2020. / AP

In South Africa “people have lowered their guard”: Missionary Cleric on COVID-19 Measures

Jul 28, 2020

A missionary Priest ministering in South Africa has said that majority of people in the country are not taking COVID-19 precautionary measures seriously despite high infection rates and cautioned that the laxity could lead to more stringent government-sanctioned restrictions.

Guidelines for Funerals in South Africa.

Pastors in South Africa Risk Prosecution for COVID-19 Non-Compliant Funerals

Jul 27, 2020

Gatherings for the last rites in South Africa have been identified as “a major source of mass infection” of the coronavirus with the leadership of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) cautioning that leaders of various Christian denominations who flout COVID-19 measures risk facing prosecution.

Bishop Joseph Kizito, Bishop of Aliwal Diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Inside New Bishop’s 100 Days “of prayer and growth” at a South African Diocese

Jul 24, 2020

The ordination of Bishop Joseph Kizito as the Local Ordinary of Aliwal Diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Eastern Cape, South Africa in February was the highlight of the Ugandan-born Prelate’s life.

The late Archbishop Emeritus of Lesotho’s Maseru Archdiocese, Bernard Mohlalisi.

Southern Africa Bishops Eulogize Prelate Who Offered Apartheid Exiles “spiritual care”

Jul 24, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have eulogized the late Archbishop Emeritus of Lesotho’s Maseru Archdiocese, Bernard Mohlalisi, recalling with appreciation his pastoral service to the people of God in Lesotho and offering “hospitality and spiritual care” to exiled South Africans during the apartheid regime.

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban and President of Caritas South Africa.

Win for Poor “self-esteem, self-respect”: South African Cardinal to Caritas Coordinators

Jul 22, 2020

A South African Cardinal has urged Coordinators of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the country, Caritas South Africa, to be bold in addressing the plight of the poor in the 22-diocese nation and “win for them self-esteem and self-respect.” 

Archbishop Stephen Brislin, the Liaison Bishop of the South Africa-based Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DPHI).

South African Catholic Institute Calls for Ceasefire in Cameroon’s Anglophone Region

Jul 20, 2020

The leadership of the South Africa-based Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DPHI) has joined global leaders including Pope Francis, the United Nations Chief and members of the Global Campaign for Peace and Justice in Cameroon (GCPJC) in calling for a ceasefire in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions.

Bishop Sylvester David,  Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa.

Faith Leaders in South Africa’s Western Cape Designate “solidarity time” with Bereaved

Jul 20, 2020

Faith leaders in South Africa’s Western Cape (WC) Province have designated midday Wednesday of every week as a moment for the people of God in the Ecclesiastical region to show their solidarity with those who have lost their loved ones during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Radio Veritas South Africa now airing programs of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) following a temporary interruption of the radio station’s normal programming after its manager tested positive for COVID-19.

EWTN Keeping Church in South Africa Engaged after Temporary Closure of Catholic Radio

Jul 14, 2020

Ardent listeners of Radio Veritas, the only Catholic radio in South Africa, are being treated to hours of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) content following a temporary interruption of the radio station’s normal programming after its manager tested positive for COVID-19.

Late Bishop Patrick Zithulele Mvemve, Bishop Emeritus of Klerksdorp Diocese in South Africa who died Monday, July 6, 2020 / Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp Diocese

South African Clergy, Laity Eulogize Late Bishop as "servant leader, second chance Bishop"

Jul 11, 2020

Clergy and the lay faithful in South Africa have paid glowing tributes to the late Bishop Patrick Zithulele Mvemve who was, until his resignation in April 2013, the Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Klerksdorp Diocese, remembering him as a “servant leader (and) Bishop of the second chance” who “loved sodalities.” 

(Left) The original church of the Most Holy Redeemer, built in 1921. (Right) Stigmatine Fathers Michael D’Annucci (left) and Charles Mittempergher, who served the mission in Mmakau for many years after their ordinations. Fr D’Annucci was murdered in a hijacking in Pretoria in December 2001 (he was declared a martyr in 2002); Fr Mittempergher died in Italy in December 2017. / The Southern Cross.

Why July is a Special Month for Pretoria’s First Black Catholic Parish

Jul 10, 2020

The Most Holy Redeemer, a Catholic Mission in South Africa’s Archdiocese of Pretoria, will, in a few months, mark 100 years of existence as the first Catholic Mission that was constructed by black people to serve those who lived in the villages on the outskirts of the city.

Activists protest against Gender-based Violence and Femicide in South Africa.

What Church Leaders in Southern Africa are Doing to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

Jun 29, 2020

The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, shared what  Church leaders in the region are doing to fight gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in South Africa, which has spiked in recent times.

Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

South African Churches Petition Vatican, WCC to Intervene in West Bank Takeover by Israel

Jun 28, 2020

Representatives of the various Christian denominations in South Africa have appealed to the Vatican and the World Council of Churches (WCC) to intervene in Israel’s plan to take over the West Bank, a landlocked territory claimed by both Israel and Palestine.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin (right) presents Msgr Barney McAleer (left) with a framed certificate in gratitude for his work in Southern Africa.

“COVID-19 pandemic will come to pass,” South Africa-based Cleric at Priestly Anniversary

Jun 26, 2020

An Irish missionary Cleric serving in South Africa has, on the occasion of his 56th Priestly anniversary recently marked, shared a message of hope amid COVID-19 global pandemic, inviting the people of God on the continent to remain optimistic because the coronavirus “will come to pass.”