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Zimbabwe: Church Leaders in Southern Africa Express Support to Zimbabwe Bishops

“We continue to note with increasing concern the unabated situation of repression in Zimbabwe, resulting in increasing hardship and suffering to the citizens,” SACBC members say. They add, “The Catholic Church and its Bishops in Southern Africa stand in unconditional solidarity with you as leadership who are being targeted by the government and with masses…

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South Africa: A Bishop’s Searing Criticism of Current State of Affairs

South Africa’s President Ramaphosa who took office after the resignation of President Zuma has come under heavy criticism over allegations of corruption in his government, the latest being the alleged misappropriation of the country’s COVID-19 relief fund. ANC leaders have no reason to reform and to go back to the values advocated for by anti-apartheid activists…

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South Africa: Tackling Gender-Based Violence

“Attrition studies have established that some of the rape survivors drop the criminal charges because of lack of support system and threats from the perpetrators,” he disclosed and added, “The Catholic women have managed to offer rape survivors the pastoral accompaniment necessary to address attrition in rape cases.” Considering that violence against women is “an…

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South Africa: ‘Too early to Open Churches for Worship’ – Archbishop Stephen Brislin

“After a great deal of discussion, dialogue and seeking advice, I believe it is unwise, at this time, to open our churches for public worship,” Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town says. In his Wednesday, June 3 statement seen by ACI Africa, Archbishop Brislin says that “the trajectory of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa is still…