Kroonstad, South Africa: ‘For Vaccination Follow Conscience’ – Bishop Peter Holiday
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Kroonstad, South Africa: ‘For Vaccination Follow Conscience’ – Bishop Peter Holiday

South Africa is battling a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by a new mutation of the disease identified as the 501.V2 variant. The new strain has led to a spike in infections that have crossed the one million mark. The country has recorded at least 1.49 million COVID-19 cases, 1.39 million recoveries and 47,899…

Coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic in Oranjeville and Deneysville – South Africa
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Coping with the Covid-19 Pandemic in Oranjeville and Deneysville – South Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic which is currently plaguing the world has come along with tremendous adverse repercussions which are even worse among the most vulnerable people. The impact is crippling the world’s economy and leaving many people jobless and even in the unthinkable state of hunger and starvation for the less privileged. Those affected the most…

Kroonstad, South Africa: ‘Cultivate a Big Heart’ – Bishop Holiday to Newly Ordained
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Kroonstad, South Africa: ‘Cultivate a Big Heart’ – Bishop Holiday to Newly Ordained

During the Saturday, December 5 ordination event, Bishop Peter John Holiday of South Africa’s Kroonstad Diocese urged Deacon Thabang Shilane who was being ordained a Priest to “be outward looking” and to foster good interpersonal relationships no matter people’s culture. “Pope Francis calls on the Church and the Priests as shepherds to be outward looking and…

South Africa: Pope Appoints New Bishop to Diocese of Rustenburg
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South Africa: Pope Appoints New Bishop to Diocese of Rustenburg

The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Rustenburg (South Africa), presented by HE Mgr Kevin Patrick Dowling, C.SS.R .. The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Robert Mogapi Mphiwe, of the clergy of Pretoria, currently Vicar General, as bishop of the same diocese. Source: Zenit Read more

South Sudan: The Incredible Story of Dr Emmanuel Taban
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South Sudan: The Incredible Story of Dr Emmanuel Taban

Born in a tiny village in South Sudan, Emmanuel Taban was one of five siblings raised by a single mother. At 14 he was arrested by the Military for being a rebel-spy, incarcerated, tortured and sent off to Khartoum. He fled to Eritrea, where he was again imprisoned. Upon his release, he decided to walk…

Bishop, South Africa: On Misuse of Church Funds by Priests and Religious
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Bishop, South Africa: On Misuse of Church Funds by Priests and Religious

“There is a temptation to forget on the side of the relatives that Priesthood is a sacrifice, and that family members and friends should not expect to be supported by their Priest son or Priest uncle as if he is working,” the South African Bishop says. According to the President of the Southern Africa Catholic…

South Africa: Heart Rending Plight of Child Headed Families
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South Africa: Heart Rending Plight of Child Headed Families

“Our father used to come home once around Christmas holidays. He would buy us some food, which lasts about two weeks, the time he spends with us. Then he leaves us again,” Nosipho says in the report and adds in reference to their dad, ”We finish the last bites of the food he bought by…

South Africa: Day of Prayer over Gender Based Violence
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South Africa: Day of Prayer over Gender Based Violence

The National President of the Catholic Women’s Association in South Africa, Benise Cocci, said: “With the Apostles, we cry out to you, Lord: Save us! We are perishing.” Available statistics lends credence to these claims. According to official accounts, a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa, and more than 87,000 cases of…

South Africa: Women’s Month Challenges Spelt out
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South Africa: Women’s Month Challenges Spelt out

In a message shared with ACI Africa to celebrate August, the Women’s Month in South Africa, Bishop Victor Phalana of Klerksdorp Diocese spoke widely about the role of women in the early Church relative to their position in the Church today. “Women’s month challenges us to examine ourselves in relation to women. We must ensure…

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

South Africa: Tackling Gender-Based Violence
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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…