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Thabani Nkhomonye who was allegedly killed by the police in Swaziland/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Entity in Swaziland “outraged” by Alleged Police Killing of University Student

The alleged killing of a University student in Swaziland, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini, by the police has enraged the Eswatini Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (ECCJP), officials of the Catholic entity of Manzini Diocese have said.

Poster announcing the annual Bishop Zwane Memorial Lecture in memory of the late Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland
Credit: Catholic Diocese of Manzini/Facebook / Catholic Diocese of Manzini/Facebook

Catholic Diocese in Swaziland Remembering Compassionate Bishop Who Supported Refugees

Several decades have passed since the passing on of Bishop Aloysius Isaac Mandlenkhosi Zwane who shepherded the people of God in the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland in the Ecclesiastical Province of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Dr. Rosemary Khosi Mthethwa of Swaziland's Manzini Diocese elected President of the Vatican-based International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS) / Courtesy Photo

Church in Swaziland Celebrates Appointment of Native to Vatican-based Committee of Nurses

Catholics in Swaziland are celebrating the appointment of a compatriot as President of the Vatican-based International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS).

Logo of Swaziland's Catholic Diocese of Manzini / Diocese of Manzini/ Twitter

Church in Swaziland Seeking Intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes in Fight against COVID-19

The people of God in Swaziland’s only Catholic Diocese of Manzini have been invited to seek the intercession of our Lady of Lourdes in the fight against second wave and new variant of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fr.Alwyn Zothansanga, MSFS who succumbed to COVID-19 on January 22 / Catholic Diocese of Manzini/ Facebook

First Priest in Swaziland to Succumb to COVID-19 “a good preacher, man of faith”: Bishop

The first Priest to succumb to the COVID-19-related complications in the Kingdom of Swaziland has been eulogized as a good preacher, a man of faith and a gentle Priest who led people to prayer through singing.

Our Lady of Assumption Cathedral in Swaziland.

Bishop in Swaziland Suspends Public Liturgies amid Upsurge in COVID-19 Reported Cases

The Bishop of Manzini, the lone Catholic Diocese in Swaziland has resuspended the celebration of public Liturgies in line with the government’s ban on all forms of gatherings following an increase in reported cases of COVID-19.

Southern Africa Bishops Plan Solidarity Visit to Mozambique's Pemba Diocese amid Crisis

Members of the three-nation conference in Southern Africa have planned to reach out to the Bishop of Mozambique’s Pemba Diocese in a solidarity visit amid insurgency in Cabo Delgado Province.

Bishop Jose Luis Gerardo Ponce de León offers a radio set to a beneficiary of the COVID-19 response initiatives undertaken in the one-diocese country. / Manzini Diocese

Church in Swaziland Distributes Hundreds of Radio Sets as “special gift” amid COVID-19

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Swaziland is facilitating the distribution of radio sets to deprived persons as one of the COVID-19 response initiatives undertaken in the one-diocese country.

St. Paul's Cathedral, Pemba Diocese in Mozambique.

Southern Africa Bishops Express “closeness, support” to All amid COVID-19, Pemba Crisis

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. 

Bishop Victor Phalana,  Chairperson for SACBC Justice and Peace Commission. / SACBC

Inspired by COVID-19 Response, Southern Africa Bishops Rethink “approach to GB violence”

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.

Bishop Jose Luis with representatives of mission hospitals that will benefit from COVID-19 essentials courtesy of a donation by Italian Bishops Conference. / (Bishop) Jose Luis/ Facebook

Church in Italy Partners with Swaziland’s Manzini Diocese in COVID-19 Intervention

Catholic Church leaders in Italy have partnered with the people of God in Swaziland’s Diocese of Manzini, offering a financial subsidy that has facilitated the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for various health facilities as they fight against COVID-19 in the one-diocese Southern Africa nation, officially the Kingdom of Eswatini.

Fr. Francis Onyango, a missionary priest in the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland. / Fr. Francis Onyango

Self-discipline, Love, Central Values amid COVID-19 “new normal”: Missionary in Swaziland

Many people who have been worst hit by COVID-19 including those living in isolation, those separated from their loved ones and those who have been stripped off their sources of livelihood have one thing that is keeping their hope alive: the end of the coronavirus and the related restrictions.

Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians(MSMHC), prepare food items for the needy in the Manzini Diocese, Swaziland.

Nuns in Swaziland Attend to People “who have lost their livelihood” amid COVID-19

In an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on families  in Swaziland, members of the Missionary Sisters of Mary Help of Christians (MSMHC), a Religious Order of nuns based in the Southern Africa country, are reaching out to the needy with humanitarian relief, the nuns involved in the intervention in Manzini Diocese have reported.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) / SACBC

Plan to Reopen Places of Worship in South Africa Draws Mixed Reactions from Church Leaders

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.

Bishop José Luis Ponce de León of the Catholic Diocese of Manzini in Swaziland, also called Eswatini.

“It is the context that has changed, not our call”: Prelate in Swaziland

With the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that COVID-19 may never go away, a Bishop in Swaziland has urged faithful in his diocese to remain steadfast in their call to evangelize as the Church adopts to what he refers to as “the new normal.”

Logo Sister of Calvary.

How Sisters of Calvary in Botswana are Coping amid COVID-19 Lockdown

With Botswana under a five-week COVID-19 lockdown, various activities in the landlocked Southern Africa nation have been affected, including those of the Sisters of Calvary, Bishops in the region have shared in a publication shared with ACI Africa, providing a highlight of how the members of the indigenous Religious Order are coping.

Bishop Jose Luis Ponce De Leon of the Diocese of Manzini, Swaziland.

The Five Needs of Swaziland’s Manzini Diocese amid COVID-19 Crisis

To facilitate the Catholic Church’s response to COVID-19 pandemic in the landlocked Southern African Kingdom of Eswatini popularly known as Swaziland, the Bishop of Manzini diocese has outlined “five priorities” for the one-diocese country, inviting the people of God support the course.

Names of the parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Swaziland's Manzini Diocese pinned on benches. / Bishop Jose Luis Ponce de Leon

What a Cleric in Swaziland Has Done to Keep Faithful Engaged During COVID-19

All was well at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Manzini in the Southern Africa nation of Eswatini, popularly known as Swaziland, until Fr. Francis Onyango announced that Public Mass had been suspended. Fr. Onyango made the announcement that pierced the heart of an elderly woman who was attending Mass that morning on Wednesday, March 18.

Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells, Apostolic Nuncio to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

Nuncio Encourages Bishops in Southern Africa to “become models of the joy of Christ”

At the ongoing Plenary Assembly of the Bishops in Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland, the Papal representative in the region, Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells outlined, on Wednesday, January 22, five characteristics of missionary episcopate that the Holy Father desires of serving Bishops as explained in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium and that “the bishop must become a model of the joy of Christ.”

Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka of Umtata Diocese, South Africa, President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

Why the Southern Africa Bishops’ New Pastoral Plan is Important

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.