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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.”
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.”
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.
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.