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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.

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

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

Nov 28, 2021

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.

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

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

Nov 11, 2021

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

Nov 10, 2021

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

Oct 8, 2021

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”

Oct 4, 2021

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”

Oct 1, 2021

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”

Sep 16, 2021

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

Aug 25, 2021

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.

Map of Eswatini/ Credit: Public Domain

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

Jul 6, 2021

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

May 9, 2021

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

May 5, 2021

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

Apr 30, 2021

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.