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SACBC launches new Pastoral Plan at Regina Mundi

Crowds gathered to celebrate the launch of the new Pastoral Plan. Together with all the Bishops of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’...

Church in the Congo: The delicate balance of speaking truth to power

A statement by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) accusing political groups of fuelling ethnic tensions in the country...

SACBC President speaks on Church’s pastoral plan, Eskom and electoral reform

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) began their bi-annual plenary session on 22 January 2020 in Pretoria, Gauteng. In his opening...

The new offices of the SACBC: A heart encouraging action

The new offices of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) were recently blessed and officially opened. Below is Bishop Jan de...

Overcoming whiteness in religious art

Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya observes that religious art in his parish and many African parishes depict religious figures as white, while black people are...

South African Cardinal, Bishop and Sister interviewed in Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS & the Catholic Church

Journalist Michael O'Loughlin, from our sister publication, America Media, recently published a fascinating podcast called "Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the...

Celibacy rumblings in Rome

A new book, reportedly co-authored by Joseph Ratzinger and Cardinal Robert Sarah, cautions against calls to re-examine the law of priestly celibacy....

Pope at ‘Urbi et Orbi’ prays for the suffering children of the world

The theme of Pope Francis’ annual Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” Message is “The people who walked in darkness have seen a...

In another prison? Migrants in Johannesburg

On Tuesday, 10 December 2019, in commemoration of the United Nation’s Human Rights Day, the Jesuit Institute South Africa, in collaboration with...

SA Bishops issue Pastoral Letter on violence against women, girls and children

Yesterday, 1 December 2019, the first Sunday of Advent and the start of the Church's new liturgical year, and during the national...

BREAKING NEWS — Fr Joseph Kizito appointed Bishop of Aliwal

His Holiness, Pope Francis, has appointed Fr Joseph Kizito, as the new Bishop of Aliwal in South Africa. Msgr....

Idolatry and the Amazon Synod — wooden carvings and religious forms

Mike Pothier comments that the media storm around the controversial display of an indigenous Andean goddess at the Amazon Synod distracted the...

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