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Catholic Church in South Africa

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese. Credit: Sacred Photos ZA/Sheldon Reddiar

Need “to repair broken families” Highlight in South African Synodal Process: Archbishop

May 15, 2022

The need to bring stability in family life, repairing families that are “broken”, is among the highlights of the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality in South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese, Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale has said.

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale, addressing members of the Multi-Religious Council of Leaders during an online roundtable discussion. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Religious Leaders in South Africa Urged to Work with State Agencies to End “statelessness”

May 14, 2022

Religious leaders in South Africa need to “create personal relationships” with the country’s Department of Home Affairs that handles immigration issues to address the plight of migrants and refugees, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.

Domitilla and Danny Hyams. Credit: Little Eden Society

Cause for Beatification of South Africa’s “Little Eden” Founders “well underway”: Official

May 12, 2022

The cause for beatification of the founders of Little Eden Society, a non-profit South African entity that provides life-long care to hundreds of “children and adults with profound intellectual disability”, is progressing as per the given guidelines, a Catholic Priest involved in the process has said.

Cover page of the book titled, “Embrace difference: The journey of an African mother with her autistic son”. Credit: Courtesy Photo

In New Book, Author Shares Her “journey as African mother, living with autistic child”

May 3, 2022

The recently published book, “Embrace difference: The journey of an African mother with her autistic son”, is about personal experiences of living with a child with autism, the author of the 10-chapter book told ACI Africa in a recent interview.

Screengrab of Fr. Bonginkosi Dennis Xulu making a present at the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Credit: International Center for Law and Religion Studies Youtube Channel

In New Book, South African Catholic Priest Advocates for “Ubuntu, justice under the tree”

May 3, 2022

A Catholic Priest in South Africa is, in his new book, advocating for traditional methods of resolving conflicts in what he has described as “justice under the tree”.

Fr. Phillip Kembo, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) of the Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC). Credit: IMBISA

Catholic Priest Concerned About “undocumented, unaccompanied children” entering S. Africa

Apr 24, 2022

A Catholic Priest ministering in Zimbabwe’s Mutare Diocese has, in an interview with ACI Africa, expressed concern about the increasing number of “undocumented and unaccompanied children” entering South Africa.

Streets flooded in South Africa's Southeastern Province of KwaZulu-Natal. Credit: Caritas KwaZulu-Natal

Infrastructural Damage Hampering Relief Support in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Caritas

Apr 23, 2022

A Caritas official in South Africa has said the damage to infrastructure is hindering efforts to reach out to those affected by the floods in the Southeastern Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Bishop Neil Frank of South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese. Credit: SACBC

“We can't go back to building houses on sand”: Bishop in South Africa after Deadly Floods

Apr 22, 2022

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has challenged citizens of the African nation to respond to the aftermath of the deadly floods in parts of KwaZulu Natal Province “in a new way” and that they should not “go back to building houses on sand”.

Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara of South Africa's Durban Archdiocese. Credit: SACBC

Catholic Archbishop of Durban, South Africa, Tells Flood Victims “God is still with us”

Apr 18, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of Durban in South Africa has reassured those affected by deadly floods in KwaZulu-Natal Province of God’s continued presence amid loss of hundreds of human life and destruction of property.

The new Executive Committee of the  Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life of Southern Africa (LCCLSA). Credit: SACBC

New Head of Religious Institutes’ Conference in Southern Africa to Foster “communal bonds”

Apr 16, 2022

The newly elected president of the Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life of Southern Africa (LCCLSA) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, said he will seek to strengthen the communion of Religious Orders and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Representatives of the Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life in Southern Africa (LCCL SA) at the launch of Talitha Kum South Africa. Credit: Radio Veritas South Africa/Facebook

Head of Launched Network against Human Trafficking in South Africa Highlights Priorities

Apr 13, 2022

Assisting victims of human trafficking and the raising of awareness about the vice are among the top priorities of Talitha Kum South Africa, the newly launched Southern African branch of the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, an official of the entity has said in an interview.

Mons. Thulani Victor Mbuyisa, appointed Bishop of South Africa's Catholic Diocese of Kokstad on 6 April 2022. Credit: Mons. Thulani Victor Mbuyisa

Newly Appointed Bishop in South Africa to Foster “Synodal process” in His Episcopacy

Apr 10, 2022

The newly appointed Bishop of South Africa’s Kokstad Diocese has, in an interview with ACI Africa, said he will seek to foster the “Synodal process” when he takes canonical possession of his Episcopal See.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa's Cape Town Archdiocese. Credit: SACBC

“Mob violence, no justice at all”: South African Archbishop Says amid Vigilante Attacks

Apr 9, 2022

A Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has cautioned against the use of mob justice in the country amid attacks by vigilante groups.

Mons. Thulani Victor Mbuyisa, appointed Bishop of South Africa's Catholic Diocese of Kokstad on 6 April 2022. Credit: SACBC

Superior General of Mariannhill Missionaries Appointed Bishop in South Africa

Apr 7, 2022

Pope Francis has appointed the Superior General of the Congregation of Mariannhill Missionaries (CMM) as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kokstad in South Africa. 

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese/Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Urges Students to Integrate Religion and Science

Apr 3, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Umtata Diocese in South Africa has called on students to integrate religion and science.

Credit: SAFCEI

Religious Leaders in South Africa Concerned About Industrialized Agriculture in Africa

Apr 2, 2022

Faith leaders under the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI) have expressed concern about the promotion of green revolution, which fosters the use of chemicals and high-yield crop varieties in view of realizing large-scale food production in Africa.

Dominique Yon, Youth Coordinator for South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese addressing participants during the March 30 webinar. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Synod on Synodality “an opportunity for voices to be heard”: Youth Leader in South Africa

Mar 31, 2022

A Catholic youth leader in South Africa has said the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality offers an opportunity for many voices to be heard including those of young people in Africa.

Credit: SACBC

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Directs Rosary Prayer for “suffering of Eastern Europe”

Mar 24, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Tzaneen Diocese, Bishop João Noé Rodrigues, has directed members of the Clergy to spearhead the prayer of the Holy Rosary in their respective communities in solidarity with the “suffering of Eastern Europe”. 

Participants at the first meeting of Catholic University Rectors that brought together representatives from four Southern African countries of Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Credit: ACI Africa

Inaugural Meeting of Catholic University Rectors in IMBISA Calls for Regional Forum

Mar 24, 2022

Participants in the first meeting of Catholic University Rectors that brought together representatives from four Southern African countries of Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe earlier this week called for the creation of a regional forum, an official has told ACI Africa.

Pope Francis celebrates a centenary Mass marking the apparition of the Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal, 13 May 2017. Credit: Tiziana Fabi / AFP via Getty Images)

Catholic Bishops in Africa Respond to Pope Francis’ Call for Ukraine, Russia Consecration

Mar 23, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Africa have, in separate statements, responded to Pope Francis’ call for prayer and consecration of Russia and Ukraine scheduled to take place on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Friday, March 25.