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A poster of the National Youth Day in South Africa/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Urge Youth to Shun Hatred, Embrace Love

The leadership of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has, on the occasion of the National Youth Day, invited young people across South Africa to practice love and cohesion in place of hatred and racial discrimination.

A poster announcing the 2021 Youth Day celebrations in South Africa' Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Young People in South Africa Urged to Stand Up for Jesus, Justice, Peace on Youth Day

The Bishop of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Kroonstad has called upon young people in the country to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in their families and society and to stand up for justice and peace ahead of the country’s Youth Day on Wednesday, June 16.

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, South Africa. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Bishop in South Africa Calls for Protection of Life amid Surging COVID-19 Cases

The Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has called on Christians and the public to do everything within their power to promote and protect life amid surging cases of COVID-19 infection in the country.

Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier (right) and Archbishop-elect Siegfried Mandla Jwara (left) of South Africa's Durban Archdiocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Pope Francis Accepts Retirement of Durban Archbishop in South Africa, Appoints Successor

Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of the Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese, Wilfrid Fox Cardinal Napier and appointed Bishop Mandla Siegfried Jwara as his successor.

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Southern African Bishops Dispel COVID-19 Vaccine Fear, Say Jab is "a safe risk”

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have sought to address concerns around the COVID-19 vaccine.

Catholics observing COVID-19 directives during Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in South Africa's Kroonstad Diocese. Credit: Diocese of Kroonstad/Facebook /

Amid Surge in South Africa’s COVID-19 Cases, Bishop Urges Adherence to Preventive Measures

The Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Kroonstad Diocese has, in a statement, urged Catholics to strictly adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures amid a surge in infections in the country, especially in the territory covered by the Diocese.

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New Catholic Bishop in South Africa Urged to Foster Unity amid “felt polarization”

The new Catholic Bishop of South Africa’s Queenstown Diocese has been urged to work toward uniting the people of God who will be under his pastoral care amid cases of divisions characterized by “name-calling and demeaning labels.”

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South African Archbishop Expresses Solidarity with Victims of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has expressed solidarity with the people of God in the Middle Eastern nations of Israel and Palestine following days of violence that saw hundreds killed, thousands displaced, and property destroyed. 

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Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa Encourage Dialogue to End Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) are calling on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to engage in dialogue and put an end to the ongoing violence.

Graduates of the Wave of Change Project at their Graduation/ Credit: salesianyouth.org /

Salesians in South Africa Empowering Poor, Vulnerable Youth in Commercial Fish Farming

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in South Africa are empowering young people in the city of Cape Town with skills to undertake commercial fish farming.

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.

The new Bishop of Kimberly, Duncan Theodore Tsoke. Credit: Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference /

Newly Installed South African Bishop Urged to Help People “fall in love with God”

The President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) has called on the newly installed Local Ordinary of South Africa’s Kimberley Diocese to strive to help the people of God under his care to grow in their love for God.

Late Archbishop Jean-Pierre Tafunga Mbayo of DR Congo's Lubumbashi Archdiocese who succumbed to an illness Wednesday, March 31 in Pretoria, South Africa. / Courtesy Photo

Plans Underway to Return Late Congolese Archbishop to Native Country for Interment

Plans are underway to ship the body of the late Congolese Archbishop who died in South Africa back to his native country for interment.

The logo of the newly-inaugurated Jesuits Southern Africa Province (SAP). / Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM)

Jesuits in Southern Africa Urged to “foster deeper analysis” of Region’s Multiple Crises

Members of the newly-launched Southern Africa Province (SAP) of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) have been urged to look for ways to address the multiple crises bedeviling the countries in the region. 

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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." 

South Africa's Wilfrid Cardinal Napier of the Archdiocese of Durban during the Solemnity of St. Joseph Spouse of Mary Mother of God. / Parish of St. Joseph, Morningside

Our “Josephs” Not Playing Their Roles, South Africa’s Cardinal on Solemnity of St. Joseph

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese has said that the abuse in society can partly be blamed on men he refers to as the “modern Josephs” who, he further says, are not playing the role for which they were created.

Women and children at a camp in Pemba / Denis Hurley Peace Institute of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference.

Southern African Bishops Create Humanitarian Desk in Mozambique to Address Growing Crisis

In an attempt to describe the humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Johan Viljoen who works with the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) recalls a particular heart wrenching image that summed up the Darfur hunger crisis.  

Logo of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC). / Justice and Peace Department/ Facebook

Bishops in Southern Africa “deeply shocked” by Killing of Bystander During Protests

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have expressed their shock following the police killing of a bystander amid students’ protests at a local university mid last week.

Sr Phuthunywa Catherine Siyali, the new Associate Secretary-General for the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference SACBC / SACBC

Southern African Bishops’ New Associate Secretary General Thankful for Gender Inclusion

The new Associate Secretary General for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has expressed her elation at the appointment, noting that the three-nation entity of Bishops has always been keen on including women at the helm of Church leadership.

The new Bishop of South Africa's Kimberly Diocese, Duncan Tsoke (L) and the Bishop-elect of the country's Queenstown Diocese, Msgr. Paul Siphiwo Vanqa, S.A.C / Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

Pope Francis Appoints Bishops for South Africa’s Kimberly and Queenstown Dioceses

Pope Francis has appointed Local Ordinaries for the Dioceses of Kimberly and Queenstown in South Africa.