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SA Bishops discuss political crisis in South Africa

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town gave his final address as president of the SACBC. Ricardo da Silva SJ, reports on his...

Bishops in South Africa unexpectedly announce new English translation of liturgical rites

New English translations of three important liturgical texts were presented at the opening Mass of the first bi-annual Plenary Session of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC), taking place in Mariannhill, KwaZulu-Natal. Ricardo da Silva SJ reports from the meeting.

Communications failures are ours says Archbishop

Archbishop Stephen Brislin gave his address as the leader of the Southern African bishops at their usual August plenary in KwaZulu Natal. This plenary...

SA not ready for WYD yet, says archbishop

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, has told Spotlight Africa that although Mini World Youth Day (MWYD), which was held in Durban in December was a great success, there were also difficulties. He said that he is skeptical about South Africa's ability to host World Youth Day (WYD) at the moment. The archbishop said that there would need to be a series of  events first before WYD could be hosted in South Africa.

Rally behind Ramaphosa, bishop tells Spotlight

Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp, head of the Department of Ecumenism of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, told Spotlight that the highlight of the recent plenary for him was the encounter with people of other religions and Christian denominations. He also said that the bishops wanted to meet with newly elected ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa, so that they could dialogue with him and see how they can best support him.

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka speaks to Spotlight

On the last day of the bishops' January plenary session in Pretoria, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, bishop of Mthatha and first vice-president of the bishops' conference, spoke to Fr Russell Pollitt. In the interview he clarified the remarks he made about lazy, materialistic and money-loving clergy. He also explained why he cautioned against "Zuma-bashing".

Bishops meet with other faith leaders

Representatives from the Muslim, Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and various Christian communities spent time with the Catholic bishops of Southern Africa in Pretoria where they reflected on the Church's role in society over the past 200 years and discussed ways of working together in the future. Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp, who heads up the Department for Ecumenism for the bishops' conference, told Spotlight that this encounter was the highlight of the plenary for him. "We have had wonderful discussions", he said.

Brislin: We all need to work for the country we want

During his opening address of the January plenary of the SACBC, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town has confronted problems facing society of the current time and encouraged members of the Church to remain hopeful, and to work for the country we all want.

“Master evangeliser” lauded by bishops

The bishops of Southern African have lauded evangelisation work of Irish missionary Msgr Barney McAleer during their bi-annual plenary, currently taking place in Pretoria.

Bishops’ Plenary Opening Mass: “What is truth?”

The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) January Plenary opened with a mass celebrated by Conference President, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town on the evening of 23 January. Spotlight Africa was there to learn more about the Church's plans for the year ahead.

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