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Society of Jesus announces formation of new Southern Africa Province

The Society of Jesus has undergone a restructuring process to correspond with the needs of its apostolic mission and its available resources. Some 350...

Discovering our reasons to hope

Hope seems to be in short supply. Hope trusts in a better future. Right now, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic makes it difficult for us...

Bishop Tsoke moves to Kimberley, Vanqa appointed to Queenstown. Mphiwe ordained for Rustenburg.

At 1pm today in Rome the Holy Father Pope Francis announced that he has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Queenstown, South Africa,...

Nuncio urges Southern African bishops to build bridges of encounter

The personal representative of Pope Francis to South Africa, Archbishop Peter Wells, addressed the assembled bishops of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)...

Rest in peace good and faithful servant

In a week that has seen the death of at least 11 senior church leaders to COVID-19 worldwide, South Africa also mourns the loss...

The toll of COVID-19 on clergy

Much has been written about the toll of COVID-19 on frontline workers, especially doctors and nurses. Russell Pollitt SJ issues a stark reminder that...

Mercy conquers doctrine in the Catholic Church’s response to HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day is celebrated on 1 December each year. The Catholic Church has for decades been immersed in pastoral activities to care for...

Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron...

Kevin Dowling C.Ss.R — Pastor bonus

On 25 November, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Kevin Dowling C.Ss.R, who has served the Diocese of Rustenberg for 30 years. Mike...

Pope appoints new bishops for Rustenburg and Witbank dioceses

At noon today it was announced by the Holy See's Press Office that the Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop...

In Gratitude: RIP Fr Emil Blaser OP

Tributes have been pouring in for Fr Emil Blaser, a pillar of Catholic media in South Africa, who passed away on 16 November. Russell...

The Three Popes: Examples of faith, hope and love

The last four decades have seen the Catholic Church guided by three different popes. Each brought a different gift to the Church. Patrick Giddy...

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Southern African Bishops’ Conference calls for solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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