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Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells. Credit: Sheila Pires

Diocesan Synod Not Parliament of Christians, Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa Says

Jan 21, 2022

The Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa has urged the people of God in the Southern African countries to look at the Synod on Synodality as a type of “council meeting”, which is “pastoral in nature”, and not some kind of parliamentary discussion.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese/Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Harsh Treatment of Zimbabwean Migrants Worries Catholic Bishops in South Africa

Jan 20, 2022

A South African Bishop has expressed concern about the “inhumane” manner in which Zimbabweans are being treated in the country since the South African government announced plans to stop the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) which was implemented in 2017 to regularize the stay of undocumented Zimbabweans. 

Archbishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale of South Africa's Johannesburg Archdiocese. Credit: Sacred Photos ZA/Sheldon Reddiar

Catholic Archbishop in South Africa Says Late Anglican Archbishop was Courageous Leader

Jan 13, 2022

The Catholic Archbishop of South Africa’s Johannesburg Archdiocese has described the late Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a courageous leader who fought for the rights of the vulnerable in society.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa's Mthatha Diocese/Credit: Bishop Sithembele Sipuka

Southern Africa Bishops “deeply” Concerned about South Africa’s Planned Oil Exploration

Dec 15, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have said they are “deeply” concerned about the planned exploration of oil and gas reserves in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. 

Demonstrations have become common on the streets in Cameroon. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Catholic Peace Entity Decries Army’s Hostility Toward Natives in Cameroonian Crisis

Nov 18, 2021

Military personnel serving in Cameroon’s Northwestern part have been accused of destroying civilians’ crops and using them as “human shields” to protect themselves against the separatist fighters in the country’s embattled Anglophone regions.

Some members of the IMBISA Standing Committee during a solidarity visit to Eswatini. Credit: Manzini Diocese

What Christian Leaders in Southern Africa have Gathered about Eswatini’s Ongoing Unrest

Nov 6, 2021

Representatives of the Fellowship of Christian Councils of Southern Africa (FOCCISA) who were on a four-day solidarity pastoral visit to the Kingdom of Eswatini have gathered that the people of God in the country are going through “a very painful and traumatizing period” due to the ongoing unrest.

Logo of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

Give Unemployed Youths Electoral Jobs: South African Catholic Justice and Peace Commission

Nov 3, 2021

The Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of South Africa’s Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg is proposing the engagement of unemployed young people in the country to oversee future elections in the country by giving them various positions in the electoral process.

Newly arrived IDP’s at Rapale in Nampula, Mozambique. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Catholic Peace Entity Raises Alarm Over New IDP Influx in Mozambican City

Oct 30, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), is concerned that more Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are arriving in Nampula, a city in Northeastern Mozambique amid reports that peace is returning in the embattled Cabo Delgado Province in the North.

Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of South Africa's Diocese of Klerksdorp / Credit: Courtesy Photo

Engage “renowned negotiators, mediators” to End Instability in Eswatini: Catholic Bishop

Oct 30, 2021

If any planned dialogue toward an end to the growing instability in Eswatini is to result in “an acceptable agreement,” there is need for the parties in conflict to engage notable “negotiators and mediators”, a Catholic Bishop in South Africa has said.  

Logo of Swaziland's Catholic Diocese of Manzini. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Peace Foundation Expresses Concerns about Growing Instability in Eswatini

Oct 24, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic charity and peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has expressed concerns about the protracted political instability characterized by demonstrations and violence in Eswatini. 

Economic loss as a result of pollution from Eskom's Tutuka power station through premature deaths, hospital admissions, and lost working days is estimated to be R2.4 billion per year. Credit: James Oatway for CER

Catholic Bishops in Africa among Leaders Urging G20 to “consign fossil fuels to history”

Oct 17, 2021

Catholic Bishops in Africa are among the dozens of Church leaders who have petitioned the intergovernmental forum of 19 countries and the European Union (EU) – the G20 – ahead of its meeting later this month “to keep fossil fuels in the ground”. 

Logo of the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

“Vote according to your conscience”: Southern African Bishops Ahead of Municipal Polls

Oct 17, 2021

Eligible voters in South Africa have been urged to vote at the forthcoming municipal elections according to their conscience. 

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) at a press conference in Manzini Diocese. Credit: Manzini Diocese

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Change in Eswatini’s Governance to Tame Violence

Oct 15, 2021

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) are calling on the government of Eswatini to listen to the cry of the people and to phase out absolute monarchy, which has been blamed for the violence and insecurity in the country.

A banner for the last session of marriage awareness week. Credit: SACBC

Interrogate Approaches to Widowhood in South Africa, “root out hostile” Traditions: Priest

Oct 13, 2021

There is need to interrogate cultural approaches to widowhood in South Africa view of rooting out traditions that are at odds with the teaching of the Church, a Catholic Priest has said.

Life slowly returning to Mocimboa da Praia in Northern Mozambique. Credit: Denis Hurley Peace Institute

Relief as Life Returns to Parts of Northern Mozambique: Catholic Peace Entity

Oct 11, 2021

Photographs taken by Catholic Peace and charity foundation Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) on various streets of Mocimboa da Praia, a town in Northern Mozambique, suggest that life is returning to the town that has been under the control of insurgents belonging to Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah for months.

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.   

Some members of the IMBISA Standing Committee. Credit: Manzini Diocese

Regional Bishops Pay “solidarity, pastoral visit” to Eswatini after Pro-democracy Protests

Oct 7, 2021

Some three months after police in the Kingdom of Eswatini violently suppressed pro-democracy protests, a delegation from the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has started on a five-day “solidarity and pastoral visit” to the country.

A poster for the Marriage awareness week with a focus on Reconciliation in marriage. Credit: SACBC

Need for Spouses to Take “personal responsibility” Emphasized at Marriage Awareness Event

Oct 3, 2021

The need for spouses to take “personal responsibility” in their marriage relationship amid situations of misunderstanding has been underscored at the ongoing marriage awareness campaign.  

A poster announcing the Marriage Awareness campaign Weeks in South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo.

South African Archbishop Warns of Selfishness, Jealousy as Most Toxic Emotions in Marriage

Sep 25, 2021

A Catholic Archbishop in South Africa has cautioned married couples and those considering marriage against selfishness and jealousy, describing both emotions as toxic to any relationship.

Procreation and rearing children campaign poster. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Procreation Not “the only purpose of marriage”: South African Catholic Priest

Sep 24, 2021

Procreation is not the only reason behind marriage, a Catholic Priest in South Africa has said at the ongoing marriage awareness campaign of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).