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Zimbabwean Cleric Urges Christian Leaders to Defend Community Members Risking Eviction

A Priest ministering in Zimbabwe is calling on Christian leaders in the Southern African nation to stand with and defend members of the Chilonga community who are at risk of being evicted from their ancestral land by the government. 

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBekhuzulu  of the Zulu Kingdom / Courtesy Photo

South African Bishop Mourns Traditional King, Says He “respected Catholic Church"

A Catholic Bishop in South Africa has eulogized king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, the traditional leader of the Zulu people, as an approachable man “who respected the Catholic Church." 

Late Sr. Janice McLaughlin who died Sunday, March 7 aged 79 / Courtesy Photo

Zimbabwe’s President Mourns American Maryknoll Nun Who Supported Independence Struggle

The President of Zimbabwe has eulogized Sr. Janice McLaughlin, a native of the USA and member of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, as one who supported the struggle for the independence of the Southern African nation.

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On International Day of Human Fraternity, Cleric in Zimbabwe Reflects on Friendship Value

On the occasion of the first International Day of Human Fraternity marked Thursday, February 4, a Cleric in Zimbabwe has underscored the worthiness of friendship amid “pandemic and psycho-spiritual dryness.”

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Cleric in Zimbabwe Decries Growing Migrant Woes amid Country’s Second COVID-19 Wave

Fresh COVID-19 regulations in Zimbabwe coupled with migration challenges at the country’s border with her neighbors have led to an influx of Migrants, Internally Displaced People (IDPs), Refugees, and Asylum seekers in the Southern African country, a Cleric ministering in the country has said.

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

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.

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

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.

St. Paul's Cathedral, Pemba Diocese in Mozambique. /

Southern Africa Bishops Express “closeness, support” to All amid COVID-19, Pemba Crisis

The leadership of the nine-nation Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) has, in a statement, expressed solidarity with the people of God in the region amid the COVID-19 challenges and the prevailing crisis in Mozambique’s Northern Province of Cabo Delgado, an area within the Diocese of Pemba. 

Bishop Luis Fernando Lisboa(left) and President Felipe Nyusi (right) during the August 31 meeting at the Episcopal Palace in Pemba Diocese. /

Bishop in Mozambique Engages President over Insurgent Attacks, Humanitarian Crisis

The Bishop of Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese played host to the country’s President earlier this week to discuss the insurgent attacks and humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado Province, a region within the Catholic Diocese of Pemba, the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) reported Wednesday, September 2.

Nine-nation Bishops Rally Behind Zimbabwean Church Leadership amid Government Criticism

Catholic Bishops in nine Southern African countries have rallied behind their counterparts in Zimbabwe who have come under attack from the country’s political leadership over their recent Pastoral Letter in which they called on the government to address economic and political challenges bedeviling the country.

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

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

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. 

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

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.

Church Leaders from the Zimbabwe Heads of Christian Denominations (ZHOCD) following the proceedings o the consultative meeting. / Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).

Zimbabwe’s Church Leaders, Politicians Realize Consultative Meeting on Country’s Crises

Church leaders in Zimbabwe realized their inaugural consultative meeting with those at the helm of various political parties in the country, convened to deliberate on challenges bedeviling the Southern African nation from the economic collapse to the political stalemate.

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"

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.” 

How Jesuit Refugee Service in Angola Has Adjusted in the Wake of COVID-19

Officials of the international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) based in Angola have had to adjust their approaches in order to meet the needs of beneficiaries in the wake of COVID-19, one of the officials has said.

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

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.”

Bishop Frank Nubuasah of Botswana’s Gaborone Diocese. /

Prelate in Botswana Explains Meaning of His Letter to George Floyd

A bishop in Botswana who wrote an emotional letter to George Floyd, citing a strong bond of friendship with the black man who was killed by police in Minnesota, U.S., says the widely protested violence continues to play out in African countries that are characterized by police brutalities.

Fr. Francis Onyango, a missionary priest in the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland. / Fr. Francis Onyango

Self-discipline, Love, Central Values amid COVID-19 “new normal”: Missionary in Swaziland

Many people who have been worst hit by COVID-19 including those living in isolation, those separated from their loved ones and those who have been stripped off their sources of livelihood have one thing that is keeping their hope alive: the end of the coronavirus and the related restrictions.

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How Sisters of Calvary in Botswana are Coping amid COVID-19 Lockdown

With Botswana under a five-week COVID-19 lockdown, various activities in the landlocked Southern Africa nation have been affected, including those of the Sisters of Calvary, Bishops in the region have shared in a publication shared with ACI Africa, providing a highlight of how the members of the indigenous Religious Order are coping.

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Bishops in Southern Africa Commit to Combat Human Trafficking

Bishops from nine countries in Southern Africa have, under their umbrella body of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), expressed their commitment to fighting human trafficking in the region.