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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.

The Archbishop of Pretoria, Dabula Mpako during the special Synod Mass on February 21. / Archdiocese of Pretoria/ Facebook

Synod of South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese Invitation to “reflect, discern”: Archbishop

The ongoing second Synod of South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese is an invitation for the members of the local church to “reflect and discern together” God’s will as well as to renew their mission, the Local Ordinary, Archbishop Dabula Anthony Mpako has said. 

Bishop Joseph Kizito of South Africa's Aliwal North Diocese, Ugandan-born Bishop Joseph Kizito blessing the people of God at a past event / The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

South African Diocese Launches Initiative to Bring People Back to Church after Lockdown

South Africa’s Aliwal Diocese is planning a five-week program on reflections that are aimed at bringing people back to Church after a protracted COVID-19 lockdown in the country.

Wilfrid Cardinal Napier / Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC)

Cardinal in South Africa Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Country’s Eshowe Diocese

Pope Francis has appointed the Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier, as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Eshowe.

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Jesuits in South Africa Provide Guide for Ash Wednesday Celebration “at home, in family”

Catholics who will not be going to Church for the celebration of Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of Lent have the option of marking the event at home with their family members using a guide that has been developed by members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at the Jesuit Institute South Africa.

Bishop Peter Holiday of South Africa's Kroonstad Diocese / Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

To Get COVID-19 Vaccine, Individual “to make that choice”: Bishop in South Africa

A Catholic Bishop has asked South Africans to make a personal decision on whether or not they want to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Bishop Joseph Kizito of the Catholic Diocese of Aliwal in South Africa. / The Southern Cross

Diocese in South Africa to Use Palm Branches “from other years” for Ash Wednesday

The Catholic Diocese of Aliwal in South Africa has a variety of options for this year’s Ash Wednesday, including getting ashes from unused previous years’ palm branches.

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Churches in South Africa Reopen Under Revised COVID-19 Restrictions

Some Catholic Prelates in South Africa have announced the resumption of public worship in their respective jurisdictions following the readjustment of level three COVID-19 restrictions by the country’s President.

A poster announcing the webinar / Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

Go Beyond “endless episcopal statements” in Fight for Justice, Peace in Africa: Bishop

Catholic leaders in Africa need to go beyond the issuance of multiple statements in their fight for justice, peace, and reconciliation, a Nigerian Bishop has said in a virtual conference.

Poster announcing the Feast Day of Blessed Benedict Daswa / Diocese of Tzaneen/ South Africa

South Africa’s Blessed Daswa “a model for us to follow, imitate”: Bishop on Feast Day

A Bishop in South Africa has, in a reflection on the Feast Day of Blessed Benedict Daswa, the country’s first potential saint, termed him a model that the people of God can “follow and imitate.”

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka pictured at SECAM Golden Jubilee in Kampala, Uganda in 2019. / ACI Africa

Despite Devastation, COVID-19 “providential in some way”: South African Bishop

While COVID-19 is having devastating effects on the people of God in Southern Africa, the pandemic might have been “providential in some way,” the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has said.

Archbishop of South Africa's Cape Town Archdiocese, Stephen Brislin / Cape Town Archdiocese/ Facebook

Physical Distancing “one of most painful aspects of pandemic”: South African Archbishop

A South African Archbishop has described physical distancing amid the second strain of COVID-19 as “one of the most painful aspects of the pandemic.”

Late Archbishop Abel Gabuza. / Courtesy Photo

Late South African Archbishop’s Disposition “was that of Yes, similar to Mary”: Bishop

The disposition of the late Archbishop Abel Gabuza has been likened to that of the Blessed Virgin Mary who said “Yes” to God’s call, accepting and consenting to the will of God for her life.

Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine, Namugongo, Kampala during the conclusion of SECAM Golden Jubilee in July 2019. / ACI Africa

SECAM to Unveil “Kampala Document” at Virtual Event in Multiple African Countries

The leadership of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) has announced the unveiling of the “Kampala Document” bearing conclusions of the year-long Golden Jubilee of SECAM (July 2018 – July 2019) at a virtual event in four African countries.

Late Archbishop Abel Gabuza who succumbed to COVID-19-related complications Sunday, January 17 aged 65. /

South Africans Pay Glowing Tribute to Late Archbishop, Say His Death “a tremendous loss”

South Africans have paid glowing tribute to late Archbishop Abel Gabuza who succumbed to COVID-19-related complications Sunday, January 17 aged 65.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) during their plenary assembly in January 2020. / Website Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC).

Bishops in Southern Africa to Hold Virtual Plenary Assembly amid COVID-19 Surge

Members of the three-nation Conference of Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have decided to have their first Plenary Assembly in 2012 virtually due to the rising reported cases of COVID-19 and related restrictions, the leadership has announced.

Archbishop Abel Gabuza, Coadjutor Archbishop of Durban currently battling COVID-19 in ICU in the hospital. /

South Africa's Cardinal Seeking Spiritual Solidarity with Archbishop in ICU for COVID-19

The Archbishop of South Africa’s Durban Archdiocese, Wilfrid Cardinal Napier, is appealing for spiritual solidarity with Archbishop Abel Gabuza who is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with the second strain of COVID-19.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. / Facebook Page Cape Town Archdiocese.

The Year 2020 “must teach us of the need to change,” South African Archbishop Reflects

A South African Archbishop has, in a reflection, termed the year 2020 one with lessons on the need to change, for the better, how we relate with God, with others, and with oneself amid COVID-19 restrictions.

COVID-19 Effects “have dire consequences for Church in South Africa”: Cleric Reflects

A South African Cleric has, in a reflection, shared his observations on “visible repercussions” of the COVID-19 pandemic, which he says has negatively affected the people of God in the country.

Provide COVID-19 Vaccine Education to Dispel Fear, Bishop in South Africa Urges Government

There is no proper information on the COVID-19 vaccine that is set to be administered to South Africans to combat the coronavirus, which is fast spreading in the country, a Catholic Bishop in the country has said.