The representative of the Holy Father in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa has urged faith communities in the Southern African region to be on “the forefront of tackling gender violence”.
The Apostolic Nuncio in South Africa, Archbishop Peter Brian Wells, has called on Catholic Church leaders to not only lead the people of God under their pastoral care, but to also be a “brother” to their respective congregations.
Civil society organizations (CSOs) from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region have expressed concern about the decreasing civic space in member nations of the regional bloc.
Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa have expressed their solidarity with the people of God of Ondo Diocese in Nigeria following the massacre of dozens of worshippers during Pentecost Sunday Eucharistic celebration at St. Francis Xavier Owo Parish.
A Catholic Nun in South Africa has lauded Pope Francis for putting a spotlight on women Religious in his prayer intention for February this year.
Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) have launched a HIV/AIDS monitoring and sensitization program that is aimed at ensuring that millions of citizens in their region who are living with the virus access medication.
Catholic Church leaders within the Interregional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) have petitioned the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the privilege to participate in the regional entity’s activities.
Representatives of the Fellowship of Christian Councils of Southern Africa (FOCCISA) who were on a four-day solidarity pastoral visit to the Kingdom of Eswatini have gathered that the people of God in the country are going through “a very painful and traumatizing period” due to the ongoing unrest.
A Catholic Priest of South Africa’s Dundee Diocese has said that many marriages are breaking because God is never put in the picture especially when young people are choosing their life partners.
The leadership of the peace entity of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), says that Catholic Bishops in the Southern African pastoral region are concerned that the insurgent attacks in Mozambique may have a terrible effect in the whole region if it remains untamed.
Two Catholic Bishops in Southern African nations have expressed concerns about the “distressing situation” of migrants trying to cross into South Africa from neighboring countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The leadership of the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is demanding justice for more than 2,000 victims of the 2018 Listeriosis Outbreak, an infection described as the worst of its kind in the world.
The leadership of the nine-nation Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) has, in a statement, expressed solidarity with the people of God in the region amid the COVID-19 challenges and the prevailing crisis in Mozambique’s Northern Province of Cabo Delgado, an area within the Diocese of Pemba.
Church leaders in South Africa have expressed their displeasure over the “revelations of” looting of funds meant for fighting against COVID-19 in the country saying the acts are typical of “vultures and hyenas over dead bodies.”
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 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.
Bishops from nine countries in Southern Africa have, under their umbrella body of the Inter-regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA), expressed their commitment to fighting human trafficking in the region.
As the Church leaders in Botswana, South Africa, and Swaziland prepare to officially launch their new Pastoral Plan this Sunday, January 26, the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) that brings together the three countries, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka has explained why the new pastoral plan, which will replace the one that has guided evangelization activities of the Church in the region for the last 30 years, is important.
The Church in Southern Africa is set to launch a new pastoral plan that will replace the one that has guided evangelization activities in the countries of Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland for the last 30 years.
As the global community continues to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that started November 25 advocating for the elimination of all forms of gender violence, Church leaders under the Southern Africa Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), a region that has recorded the highest cases of femicide in Africa, have called on all people to use the upcoming Advent season to promote the dignity of women and girls, taking deliberate initiatives to end gender-based violence that usually targets the female gender.