Catholic Church in South Africa

Bishop Vusumuzi Francis Mazibuko with members of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) at his Episcopal Ordination on June 3. Credit: SACBC

“Shepherd who unites his flock”: Archbishop at Episcopal Consecration in South Africa

Jun 6, 2023

In exercising his Episcopal Ministry, the new Vicar Apostolic of the Apostolic Vicariate of Ingwavuma in South Africa will need to be “shepherd who unites the flock”, the Catholic Archbishop of the country’s Bloemfontein Archdiocese has said.

Professor Tebello Nyokong, appointed member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on 2 June 2023. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Professor in South Africa Appointed to Vatican Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Jun 4, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed a South Africa-based Professor of chemistry as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. 

Members of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations. Credit: WUCWO

Catholic Women Have Mission to “mentor, animate the girl child”: Bishop in South Africa

May 29, 2023

Catholic women have the mission to contribute to the bringing up of young girls into Catholic faith and practice through mentorship and animation initiatives, the Auxiliary Bishop of Pretoria Archdiocese in South Africa has said.

Archbishop Siegfried Mandla Jwara hands the crosier to Bishop Elias Kwenzakufani Zondi during the May 27 Episcopal Ordination. Credit: SACBC

New Catholic Bishop in South Africa Urged to Foster Unity “without any prejudice”

May 28, 2023

Episcopal Ministry is built around the fostering of unity among the people of God “without any prejudice”, the Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has told the Bishop who is to assist him in the pastoral care and administration of the Metropolitan See.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier speaks at the Vatican Press Office on Oct 14 2014. Credit Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Cardinal in Africa Condemns “outlawing prayer” in UK ahead of Coronation of Charles III

May 4, 2023

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier has criticized policies of the West, including bans on prayers in zones around abortion clinics in the United Kingdom (UK) ahead of the coronation of King Charles III.

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town Archdiocese in South Africa. Credit: SACBC

Sabbath, a time “to shut down the computer” and Rest: Catholic Bishop in South Africa

May 2, 2023

The Sabbath should be a moment “to close the factory and shut down the computer”, the Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town Archdiocese in South Africa has said, underscoring the importance of rest.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha Diocese in South Africa. Credit: SACBC

South African Catholic Bishop Advocates for Rural Investment, Multiple “economic agents”

Apr 30, 2023

The Catholic Bishop of Mthatha Diocese in South Africa has urged the leaders in the country to invest in rural areas, facilitating the establishment of industries there.

Archbishop Buti Tlhagale at SECAM Conference on Statelessness in Africa. Credit: SACBC

Protracted Violence Behind Africa’s “many stateless children”: Archbishop in South Africa

Apr 26, 2023

Protracted violent conflicts in African countries has brought about the phenomenon of “stateless children” on the continent, the Catholic Archbishop of Johannesburg in South Africa has said.

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier. Credit: SACBC

Hostility to Migrants “blatant violation” of God’s Commandments: Cardinal in South Africa

Apr 19, 2023

The refusal to accept migrants in South Africa goes against “divine commandment” and the Christian call to give special consideration to “the stranger, the widow, and the orphan”, Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier has said.

Some participants at the conference on immigration that St Joseph’s Theological Institute (SJTI) organized. Credit: SACBC

Archbishop in South Africa Warns of Retaliatory Victimization amid Abuse of Migrants

Apr 18, 2023

South Africans risk receiving a taste of their own medicine in the future should they continue mistreating migrants and refugees who have settled in the country, a Catholic Archbishop in the country has warned.

Bishop Neil Augustine Frank of the Catholic Diocese of Mariannhill in South Africa. Credit: ParkRynie Catholicchurch/Facebook

Land Disputes in South Africa “correlated to lack of social cohesion”: Catholic Bishop

Apr 12, 2023

Disputes over land in South Africa can be linked to inability of the citizens to realize “social cohesion”, the Bishop of the country’s Catholic Diocese of Mariannhill has said.

Pope Francis at the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Ireland. Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis’ Pastoral Leadership Upsets “extreme leftist group”: South African Bishop

Apr 10, 2023

Pope Francis stands out for adopting a pastoral style of leadership, which has left the Church polarized, the Bishop of Mthatha in South Africa has said. 

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013. Elise Harris/CNA.

Like Pope Francis, Let’s Be True to Our Names: Catholic Bishop in South Africa

Apr 9, 2023

Pope Francis chose a name and followed it, assuming a life of simplicity like his prototype, the Bishop of Mthatha Diocese in South Africa has observed, and urged the people of God to be true to the meaning of their respective names in the example of the Holy Father.

Mons. Vusumuzi Francis Mazibuko, appointed Vicar Apostolic for the Apostolic Vicariate of Ingwavuma in South Africa. Credit: SACBC

Pope Francis Appoints Vicar Apostolic for South Africa’s Ingwavuma Vicariate

Mar 20, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Vusumuzi Francis Mazibuko as the new Vicar Apostolic for the Apostolic Vicariate of Ingwavuma in South Africa. 

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha Diocese in South Africa. Credit: SACBC

Health Workers’ Strike in South Africa Contradicts “oath to save lives”: Catholic Bishop

Mar 13, 2023

The violence that has characterized health workers’ strike in South Africa contradicts the “oath to save lives” that medical practitioners take, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Mthatha Diocese has said.

Bishop Joseph Kizito of Aliwal North flagging off a tree planting event in the Diocese at a past event Credit: Bishop Joseph Kizito

Catholic Bishop’s Key Lessons from Pope Francis in Caring for Migrants, Refugees in Africa

Mar 12, 2023

Pope Francis is celebrating his 10th anniversary as leader of the Catholic Church on Monday, March 13. 

Bishop Joseph Mary Kizito, Liaison Bishop for Migrants, Refugees, and Human Trafficking at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). Credit: Courtesy Photo

“A scandalous industry”: Catholic Bishop on Human Trafficking in Southern Africa

Mar 9, 2023

Human trafficking in the nine countries under the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) is “a scandalous industry” that goes against the rights of persons in all aspects , the Catholic Bishop overseeing a regional Catholic Bishops’ department for the Migrants and Refugees has decried.

Bishop Vincent Mduduzi Zungu of the Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Credit: SACBC

Lent a “complete change of direction”, Conversion: Catholic Bishop in South Africa

Mar 4, 2023

At the heart of every season of lent, there is a renewed call for conversion, and change of direction of one’s life, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth in South Africa has said.

“Reach out”, Catholic Bishop in South Africa Advocates for Needy in Lenten Reflection

Mar 1, 2023

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has advocated for the needy and vulnerable in society, emphasizing the need to “reach out” to individuals who depend on the support of others for their respective livelihood. 

Flood victims in Silvertown, Komani (Queenstown), Eastern Cape. Credit: Southern Cross

“We prefer cash donations”: Caritas South Africa Coordinator on Helping Flood Victims

Feb 18, 2023

Caritas South Africa is appealing for “cash donations” to reach out to thousands of people affected by floods in Komani, Eastern Cape, in the Catholic Diocese of Queenstown.