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Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

In Synodal Process, Catholics in West African Want “Church to redefine her values”

Jan 19, 2023

A section of Catholics in West Africa who have actively participated in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality is advocating for the redefinition of Church values, the leadership of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) has said. 

Fr. Rafael Baciano Sapato. Credit: IMBISA

New Regional Director in Southern Africa Commits to Realization of Plenary Resolutions

Oct 22, 2022

The newly appointed Director of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) has told ACI Africa that one of his commitments will be to make the resolutions of the 13th IMBISA plenary assembly a reality.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Bishop in Eswatini Bemoans Killings of Police, Reiterates Call for “national dialogue”

Oct 22, 2022

The Bishop of Eswatini’s Manzini Diocese has bemoaned the killings of security officers in the Southern African Kingdom.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of Eswatini's Manzini Diocese. Credit: Vatican Media

Apostolic Nuncio’s Visit an Expression of “care for each diocese”: Bishop in Eswatini

Oct 17, 2022

The October 6-10 pastoral visit by the representative of the Holy Father to Eswatini shows how much the Apostolic Nuncio to the Southern African nation cares about the life of the people of God in every single Catholic Diocese, the Bishop of Manzini Diocese, the only Catholic Episcopal See in Eswatini, has said.

Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese. Credit: SACBC

Be Available to Youth “in these trying times”: South African Bishop to Clergy, Religious

Oct 2, 2022

There is need for members of the Clergy and women and men Religious serving in countries that constitute the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) to be available to young people, listening to them as they seek to surmount challenges of life, Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka has said.

New IMBISA leadership, from left: Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba,  Vice President, Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda, President, Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro, Secretary General. Credit: ACI Africa

New IMBISA Leaders Set to Prioritize Youth Ministry in Their Three-year Mandate

Oct 1, 2022

The newly-elected leaders of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) will seek to focus on young people and their involvement in the activities of the Church during their three-year mandate, the new President has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Youth representative's address to the Bishops of IMBISA and Vote of Thanks for being included in the Plenary Assembly. Credit: IMBISA

Catholic Youth in Southern Africa Appeal for “a seat” at Inter-Regional Forum of Bishops

Oct 1, 2022

Youth delegates who participated in the 13th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) have appealed for representation at the forum that bring together those at the helm of Catholic Dioceses in Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Some members of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) during the 19th Plenary of SECAM in Accra, Ghana. Credit: ACI Africa

Planned Plenary Assembly of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa to Focus on Young People

Sep 3, 2022

The planned 13th Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) will focus on young people, the Director of the Secretariat has said. 

Catholic Women in South Africa. Credit: Southern Cross

Catholic Women in South Africa Promoting Rainwater Harvesting amid Scarcity

Jul 28, 2022

As parts of South Africa face water scarcity, a group of lay Catholic women led by a retired nurse are running rainwater harvesting projects to promote access to water by rural communities served by the Archdiocese of Pretoria.

Credit: IMBISA

Catholic Women in Southern Africa Seeking Access to Papal Encyclicals, Pastoral Letters

Jun 13, 2022

Members of Catholic Women Associations in the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are asking the leadership of the Episcopal Conferences in the region to work toward improving access to “Pope’s encyclicals or pastoral letters”.

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

Forum of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Based on “search for communion”: Official

Apr 29, 2022

The forum of the Catholic Bishops called The Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) is founded on a “search for communion”, an official of the nine-nation entity has said.

Theresa Patience Sanyatwe,  Child Safeguarding Officer at the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC). Credit: IMBISA

Many Catholics Lack Sufficient Knowledge to Safeguard Minors: Baseline Report in Zimbabwe

Apr 23, 2022

The report of a baseline pilot study in Zimbabwe’s Catholic Archdiocese of Harare indicates that many people in the Metropolitan See do not have enough knowledge to protect minors and other vulnerable people from abuses.

Catholic Bishops follow a presentation during the IMBISA Standing Committee meeting. Credit: IMBISA

Catholic Bishop in Namibia Says Church “looking forward” to Hosting Regional Plenary

Mar 27, 2022

The people of God in Namibia are “looking forward” to hosting the Plenary Assembly of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) later this year, a Catholic Bishop in the Southern African country has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Members of the IMBISA Standing Committee. Credit: IMBISA

How Botswana’s Language Culture is Enabling Vibrant Participation in Synodal Process

Mar 25, 2022

The people of God in a Catholic Diocese in Botswana are finding it easy to fully participate in the ongoing Synod on Synodality conversations using the language they are most familiar with, the Local Ordinary of the Diocese has said.

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.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León (left) follow a presentation during the IMBISA Standing Committee meeting. Credit: IMBISA

Eswatini Awaiting State Directives on National Dialogue to Address Unrest: Catholic Bishop

Mar 24, 2022

The Catholic Bishop of Manzini, the only Diocese in the Kingdom of Eswatini, has said citizens are waiting for the government and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to give directives on when and how a national dialogue aimed at realizing peace in the country will be held.

Fr. Rafael Baciano Sapato. Credit: IMBISA

Plight of Single Mothers in Southern Africa Part of Synod on Synodality Topics: Priest

Mar 16, 2022

The challenges single mothers face as members of the Church in the region covered by the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are among the topics of the ongoing Synod on Synodality, a Catholic Priest has said. 

Logo SADC. Credit: SADC

Southern African Catholic Bishops Request for “Observer Status” at Regional Entity

Jan 3, 2022

Catholic Church leaders within the Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) have petitioned the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the privilege to participate in the regional entity’s activities.

Credit: Fr. Dumisani Vilakati.

Traumatized Mozambicans Not Receiving Adequate Psychosocial Attention, IMBISA Official

Dec 8, 2021

Displaced people who have undergone traumatic experiences in the embattled Cabo Delgado Province in Northern Mozambique are not receiving enough psychosocial support as attention is given to their other needs such as food and shelter, the Director of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) Secretariat has said. 

Fr. John Selemela, Rector of St. John Vianney Major Seminary located in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese. Credit: IMBISA

Sexual Abuse of Minors “dark chapter” in History of Church: Rector in South Africa

Nov 29, 2021

The cases of sexual abuse of minors constitute a “dark chapter” in the history of the Catholic Church, a Rector in South Africa has told ACI Africa in an interview.