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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

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.

Rectors of Seminaries in the IMBISA region. Credit: ACI Africa

Human Formation “very foundational” in Training of Future Priests: Rector in South Africa

Human formation is quite critical in the training of candidates for the Priesthood in the Catholic Church, a Rector in South Africa has told ACI Africa in an interview.

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

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.

Fr. Dumisani Benedict Vilakati Director of the IMBISA Secretariat. Credit: IMBISA

Caritas Not an NGO, Emaswati Priest Says, Appeals for Support of Charity Initiatives

The Caritas entity of the Catholic Church is not a Non-Governmental Organization that exists as a separate entity from the Church, a Catholic Priest from Eswatini has said in his appeal to the people of God in the entire Southern African region to support activities undertaken by the charity arm of the Church. 

Caritas coordinators from Mozambique, Angola and São Tomé e Principe alongside Wilfrid Cardinal Napier (3rd from right). Credit: Sheila Pires

Cardinal in South Africa Calls for Fraternal Cooperation among Regional Caritas Entities

There is need for officials of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Church within the jurisdiction of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) to foster brotherly collaboration amongst themselves, the President of Caritas South Africa has said. 

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) with the Prime Minister of Eswatini. Credit: IMBISA

Make Efforts to Build “a peaceful, just” Eswatini: Regional Catholic Bishops to Premier

There is need for the people of God in the Kingdom of Eswatini to understand the severity of the instability in their nation and make conscious efforts to build “a peaceful and just society”, the leadership of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.   

Late Alexandre José Maria Cardinal dos Santos with President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Mozambique’s President Mourns Cardinal Who “stood out for commitment to good of humanity”

The President of Mozambique has eulogized the country’s first Cardinal as a Catholic Church leader who was committed to the welfare of humanity.

Late Alexandre José Maria Cardinal dos Santos in an interview with Sheila Pires. Credit: Sheila Pires

Mozambique’s First Cardinal Eulogized as “a man dedicated to communion and collegiality”

The first Cardinal in Mozambique who died Wednesday, September 29 has been eulogized as a Catholic Church leader who was committed to the communion of the people of God and who fostered collaboration with other Church leaders.

Logo of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA). Credit: IMBISA

Southern African Bishops Decry Corruption in Member Nations, Urge “solidarity with needy”

Theft of COVID-19 response funds in nine Southern African countries is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the region who are decrying the vice and urging solidarity with “weakest and needy members of society.”  

Fr. Rafael Simbine Junior. Credit: SECAM

Small Christian Communities “true experience of synodality” for Church in Africa: Priest

The way of being church through membership in Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in Africa portrays a true experience of communion and collaboration, a Catholic Priest has said.

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Bishops in Nine African Countries Deplore Human Rights Violations amid Eswatini Protests

Catholic Bishops in nine Southern African countries have, in a statement, condemned the rise in arbitrary executions, indiscriminate arrests, abductions and a myriad of other human rights violations amid ongoing protests in Eswatini.

Theresa Sanyatwe,the child safeguarding officer of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC). Credit: IMBISA

African Cultures Hailed as Enablers of Child Safeguarding, Also Criticized as Barriers

The different cultures in Africa and how they have enabled and barred the safeguarding of children on the continent was the focus of the keynote speaker at last week’s conference of the Inter- Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA).

Late Sr. Helena Mwapiti Amwaandangi MSC who succumbed to COVID-19 complications on May 2. She was the Secretary General of the Namibian Catholic Bishops' Conference.

Namibian Nun with One-month Service at Bishops’ Conference Eulogized as Humble, Dedicated

The Namibian Catholic Nun who served as Secretary General of her country’s Catholic Bishops' Conference (NCBC) for a month is being eulogized as a humble and dedicated servant leader, faithful to her service of the Church.

Children walk outside houses at a refugee camp in Pemba/ Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Regional Community to Intervene in Mozambique’s Crisis

Catholic Bishops from nine countries in Southern Africa under their umbrella body of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) are calling on the regional economic blocs to focus their attention on the ongoing crisis in Mozambique owing to the protracted violence.

South Africa's Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, OMI/ Credit: Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

South African Archbishop Appointed to Global Body Advocating for Displaced People’s Rights

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Archdiocese of Johannesburg has been appointed as a member of the Multi-Religious Council of Leaders that seeks to address the root causes of conflict and displacement in the world.

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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.