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Church in South Africa Defying Setbacks to Resettle Victims of Apartheid Forced Evictions

Every time that Moses Makunyane passes by his ancestral home, a sprawling 3,000 hectares of land tucked in the northern province of South Africa, memories of his childhood in a large family flood his mind.

COVID-19 Surge, Deaths in Religious Communities Cause for Alarm: Nuns in South Africa

A reported surge in COVID-19 cases alongside deaths in religious communities in South Africa is a cause for concern, the leadership of the Conference of Catholic Sisters in the country has said in a statement shared with ACI Africa.

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

On South Africa’s Reconciliation Day, Archbishop Urges Christians to Walk the Talk

On the occasion of the annual Day of Reconciliation in South Africa, an Archbishop has called on the people of God within his pastoral jurisdiction to walk the talk, matching their behavior with their Christian beliefs.  

God “calling us to solidarity” amid COVID-19: South African Bishop in Christmas Message

The COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to have negative effects on the people of God across the globe, is an avenue that God is using to call His people to solidarity, regardless of socio-cultural, economic and other distinguishing characteristics, a South African Bishop has said.

Bishop Peter John Holiday with the newly ordained priest, Fr. Thabang Shilane during the ordination Mass on Saturday, December 5. / Facebook Page Kroonstad Diocese

As Priest, “be outward looking, be for others”: South African Bishop at Ordination

On the occasion of a Priestly ordination in South Africa over the weekend, the Bishop who preached encouraged the new Priest to cultivate “a big heart” that is concerned with the needs of others in line with Pope Francis’ latest Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. 

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese. /

Three Issues A South African Prelate Wants Duly Addressed in Church, Society

The need to enhance accountability in the administration of Church resources, the upsurge of COVID-19 reported cases, and corruption are the three issues a Catholic Prelate in South Africa wants duly addressed.

A truck that was torched during a protest over the employment of foreign truck drivers in South Africa. /

Stop the Killing, Prelates in South Africa Appeal amid Torching of Foreigners’ Trucks

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) are appealing for an end to violence in South Africa in the wake of several arson attacks that are targeting trucks driven by foreign nationals in the country.

Bishop Xolelo Thaddaeus Kumalo (left) transferred from Eshowe Diocese to Witbank Diocese and Fr. Robert Mogapi Mphiwe (right) appointed Bishop for Rustenburg Diocese. /

Bishops Appointed for South Africa’s Rustenburg and Witbank Dioceses

The Holy Father has, on Wednesday, November 25, announced the appointment of two Bishops for South Africa’s Dioceses of Rustenburg and Witbank, the latter being a Papal transfer.

Late Fr. Emil Blaser who passed on Monday, November 16. / Radio Veritas South Africa/Facebook Page.

South Africans Pay Glowing Tribute to Missionary, Founder of First Catholic Radio

Members of the Clergy, Religious and Laity in South Africa have paid glowing tributes to Fr. Emil Blaser, a Religious Missionary Cleric known for founding the first Catholic Radio Station, Radio Veritas who passed on Monday, November 16.

Archdiocese of Pretoria.

Southern Africa’s Pastoral Plan to Provide Context for Planned Pretoria Diocesan Synod

The Pastoral Plan of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) that was launched at the beginning of this year is set to offer the context under which the planned one-year Diocesan Synod of South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese will be held, the leadership of the Archdiocese has said.

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary Wednesday, October 7, 2020. /

Why Praying the Rosary is “so special, so powerful,” South African Prelate Explains

On the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary celebrated on Wednesday, October 7, the Archbishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese has, in a video reflection, highlighted five reasons that make praying the Rosary “so special and so powerful.”

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

Allow Gospel Challenge “preconceived ideas, who we think God is”: South African Prelate

The Archbishop of South African’s Cape Town Archdiocese has, in a video reflection, underscored the need to interact with the word of God in the scriptures, allowing the message to challenge “our preconceived ideas,” including our image of God.

South Africans protesting against the high rate of corruption in their country. /

Clergy, Religious Bowing to Family Pressure to Misuse Church Funds: South African Prelate

Priests and religious who are misappropriating funds meant for Church projects are doing so because of pressure from their families and friends who want financial support from the Clergy and Religious men and women, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of South Africa’s Umtata Diocese has said in his new month reflection shared with ACI Africa.

Bishop Sylvester David, Auxiliary Bishop of South Africa’s Cape Town Archdiocese. / Cape Town Archdiocese/Facebook Page.

“My behavior has to take event of pandemic into account,” South African Prelate Cautions

A South African Bishop has, in a video message, cautioned against laxity and the flouting of COVID-19 measures in the name of “personal freedom” and advocated for responsible behavior.

A poster for South Africa's Heritage Day celebration. /

On South Africa’s Heritage Day, Cleric Calls for Healing, Acceptance of Cultural Diversity

South Africa’s past was marked with suffering that was caused by cultural differences where a section of the population was looked down upon by others. Today, however, it is the differences that once set South Africans apart that have become a strong uniting force and a cause for celebration, according to a South African Cleric who spoke to ACI Africa on the occasion of the country’s Heritage Day.

Archbishop William Slattery OFM, appointed Apostolic Administrator of South Africa's Mariannhill Diocese. / The Southern Cross

South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese Put under an Apostolic Administrator

Following Apostolic Visitation in the months of February and March, the Holy See has put South Africa’s Mariannhill Diocese under an Apostolic Administrator “with immediate effect,” a letter from the leadership of Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) obtained by ACI Africa indicates.

Heritage Day, celebrated every September 24 in South Africa. /

Corruption “the number one threat to our heritage”: South African Prelate

Ahead of the annual Heritage Day celebration in South Africa, a Catholic Prelate in the country has reflected on the level of graft and expressed the fear that corruption was becoming the first threat to the nation’s heritage. 

Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Pretoria, South Africa. /

After Months of Closure, Churches in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese Set to Reopen

After close to six months of closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, churches in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese are set to reopen for public worship on October 1, the Local Ordinary announced in his Thursday, September 17 statement obtained by ACI Africa.

Blessed Benedict Daswa, South Africa’s first potential saint. /

South Africa’s Blessed Daswa, a Model of Forgiveness: Bishop at Beatification Anniversary

At the fifth anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Benedict Daswa, South Africa’s first potential saint, a Bishop in the country has hailed the martyr’s forgiving attitude toward his killers and and encouraged the people of God in the country to emulate him.

Some Church leaders during the September 15 one-hour countrywide silent prayer session to protest against corruption involving COVID-19 funds in South Africa. / MK Promotions/South Africa

One-Hour Countrywide Silent Prayer Held in South Africa, a Protest against Corruption

Church leaders in South Africa on Tuesday, September 15 took part in a one-hour countrywide silent prayer session to protest against corruption involving COVID-19 funds, which has been described as “stealing money from people that cannot breathe.”