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Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese. /

Study Demonstrates Plight of Child-Headed Families in South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese

The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has, in a research report, highlighted the plight of child-headed households (CHHs) in the Church’s jurisdiction.

Logo for 2020 Lenten message from the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). / Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC)

Bishops in South Africa Pen Gratitude for Lenten Collection Despite 60 Percent Plunge

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) have sent a message of gratitude to the people of God under their care for “being faithful to the Church” during this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic and for contributing towards the conference’s coffers despite the harsh economic times.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Mthatha Diocese and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). / Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

We Risk Being Called a “Republic of Corruption,” South African Prelate Cautions

A Catholic Prelate in South Africa has bemoaned increasing reports of graft in the country, a situation he says puts one of Africa’s largest economies at a great risk of being referred to as a failed state and a “Republic of Corruption.”

Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, Secretary General Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). /

At Virtual Prayer Meeting, South African Nun Urges Women to “become life giving”

At an online prayer meeting organized to express solidarity with women who are suffering from solitude and isolation occasioned by COVID-19 restrictions, the South African Nun at the helm of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has urged women who are part of organizations to foster spiritual solidarity and share “life giving” experiences amid coronavirus challenges.

Church Leaders in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe Express Solidarity with Bishops in Zimbabwe

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa and Religious Superiors in Zimbabwe have, in separate statements, expressed solidarity with the Catholic Bishops in Zimbabwe who have come under attack from political leaders over their recent Pastoral Letter that denounces reported “situation of repression” by President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. /

News of Corruption amid COVID-19 Crisis Not “a big surprise”: Bishops in Southern Africa

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their condemnation of alleged misappropriation of COVID-19 resources but indicated that this corruption was somewhat expected.

Logo for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Day 2020 / African Union (AU)

Birth Registration “crucial activity that needs highlighting”: Southern African Bishops

On the occasion of the third African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS)  Day commemorated Monday, August 10, members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have raised concerns over the failure by authorities in their respective countries and the continent at large to prioritize birth registration, a documentation gap that denies children access to basic rights.

Guidelines for Funerals in South Africa. /

Pastors in South Africa Risk Prosecution for COVID-19 Non-Compliant Funerals

Gatherings for the last rites in South Africa have been identified as “a major source of mass infection” of the coronavirus with the leadership of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) cautioning that leaders of various Christian denominations who flout COVID-19 measures risk facing prosecution.

South Africa's anti-apartheid icon, Andrew Mlangeni who passed on July 22. /

Bishops in Southern Africa Eulogize Anti-Apartheid Icon for Legacy of Democracy, Equality

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have eulogized the late Andrew Mlangeni, the anti-apartheid icon who stood the 1963-1964 Rivonia Trial alongside Nelson Mandela, applauding him for his contribution to democracy and equality in South Africa.

Bishop Joseph Kizito, Bishop of Aliwal Diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Eastern Cape, South Africa. /

Inside New Bishop’s 100 Days “of prayer and growth” at a South African Diocese

The ordination of Bishop Joseph Kizito as the Local Ordinary of Aliwal Diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Eastern Cape, South Africa in February was the highlight of the Ugandan-born Prelate’s life.

The late Archbishop Emeritus of Lesotho’s Maseru Archdiocese, Bernard Mohlalisi. /

Southern Africa Bishops Eulogize Prelate Who Offered Apartheid Exiles “spiritual care”

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have eulogized the late Archbishop Emeritus of Lesotho’s Maseru Archdiocese, Bernard Mohlalisi, recalling with appreciation his pastoral service to the people of God in Lesotho and offering “hospitality and spiritual care” to exiled South Africans during the apartheid regime.

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier, Archbishop of Durban and President of Caritas South Africa. /

Win for Poor “self-esteem, self-respect”: South African Cardinal to Caritas Coordinators

A South African Cardinal has urged Coordinators of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops in the country, Caritas South Africa, to be bold in addressing the plight of the poor in the 22-diocese nation and “win for them self-esteem and self-respect.” 

Radio Veritas South Africa now airing programs of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) following a temporary interruption of the radio station’s normal programming after its manager tested positive for COVID-19. /

EWTN Keeping Church in South Africa Engaged after Temporary Closure of Catholic Radio

Ardent listeners of Radio Veritas, the only Catholic radio in South Africa, are being treated to hours of Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) content following a temporary interruption of the radio station’s normal programming after its manager tested positive for COVID-19.

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.” 

Activists protest against Gender-based Violence and Femicide in South Africa. /

What Church Leaders in Southern Africa are Doing to Tackle Gender-Based Violence

The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has, in an interview with ACI Africa, shared what  Church leaders in the region are doing to fight gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in South Africa, which has spiked in recent times.

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.”

On the International Day of the African Child (DAC) marked annually on June 16 since its inauguration in 1991. /

Day of the African Child: Young People Urged to Sacrifice “to shift narrative, destiny”

On the annual event of the International Day of the African Child (DAC), known as the National Youth Day in South Africa where the event was born, the Catholic Bishop heading the Justice and Peace Commission of the three-nation Bishops’ Conference has urged the youth to be ready to make sacrifices that can “pave the road to change, shifting our country’s narrative and destiny.”

Four members of the Religious Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters who succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa's Umtata Diocese. /

Four Nuns Who Succumbed to COVID-19 in South Africa “were generous servants of the Lord”

The leadership of the Catholic Church in South Africa has described the four members of the Religious Congregation of the Precious Blood Sisters who succumbed to COVID-19 as “generous servants of the Lord” who died “in a very short period of time.”

Bishop Victor Phalana,  Chairperson for SACBC Justice and Peace Commission. / SACBC

Inspired by COVID-19 Response, Southern Africa Bishops Rethink “approach to GB violence”

Catholic Church leaders in Southern Africa are calling for a change of approach in tackling the increasing cases of gender-based violence (GBV), proposing an “aggressive and holistic approach” that brings together various stakeholders in the way COVID-19 is being fought against.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) / SACBC

Plan to Reopen Places of Worship in South Africa Draws Mixed Reactions from Church Leaders

The announcement by South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa May 26 that places of worship may reopen beginning from June 1 has elicited mixed reactions from church leaders in the country, some welcoming the move and others terming it as questionable.