Bishops condemn Mosque Attack in Verulam

“We heard with great shock and sadness of the attack on the Imam Hussein Mosque in Verulam, Durban and the tragic killing of an imam and the injury of two other people. On behalf of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa, we offer our deepest condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of the murdered imam, and wish the injured a speedy and full recovery. Our hearts go out to the community of the Imam Hussein Mosque who have been so brutally violated. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

We strongly condemn this bloody and futile attack and call upon law enforcement agencies to work diligently to bring the perpetrators to justice. Religious tolerance has long been a characteristic of South African society and those who wish to wreak havoc, and set one faith community against another, must never be allowed to succeed. We will continue to pray for peace in our country and throughout the world, a peace that is based on respect for the dignity and rights of each human being”.

Archbishop Stephen Brislin 

President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference 

11 May 2018 

Live Streaming of Chrism Mass on YouTube

The Chrism Mass at Corpus Christi, Wynberg will be streamed live on the videographer Max Bosanquet’s YouTube channel on Thursday 29 March 2018. To watch the Mass live from your home, click HERE. The link will only appear once the Mass goes live at 10 a.m.

Stand up against Racism – Resources from the SACBC

Dear People of God

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) is much aware of the problem of Racism which is still affecting the unity of our country, even after 20 years of democracy. The Catholic Church is determined to stand up against the problem and totally uproot it.  There is no way that the church can achieve this mandate alone. All the people of God in and outside of South Africa are invited to stand up against Racism in all corners of our society.

As a response to the Bishops’ 2016 Pastoral Letter “A Call to Overcome Racism” you are humbly requested to be part of this mandate on all platforms of your daily engagements, such as your family, parish, deanery, diocese, work, etc. To assist you, the Bishops have produced the following documents below, which have been made available for download: Prayer Resources, a Discussion Guide, and Ten Things you can do to overcome Racism – available here in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.


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Catholic Bishops Call for Calm in the Midst of Political Uncertainties

New and dangerous tensions are arising as the ruling party storms through a period of transition. The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference calls on all engaged in political decisions regarding in particular the future role of President Zuma to exercise calm and patience.

Already opposing groups are gathering on the streets, whole provinces are becoming agitated and if these tensions are not resolved with goodwill the political climate will be further poisoned for generations. Without a quick decision the new administration of the ruling party will be judged as disunited and vacillating.

We call on President Zuma to act as an elder statesman and to put the good of the country first.

The Catholic Bishops also appeal to all South Africans to pray for stability and justice. We pray that the ruling party find a quick solution to the

present problem of transition of power for the sake of our people who struggle with poverty and unemployment.


Archbishop W. Slattery OFM 

For more information kindly contact: 

Archbishop William Slattery ofm, Archbishop of Pretoria (SACBC Spokesperson) 

Contacts: +2783468547. 

Giving Witness to 200 Years of Catholic Faith

At 14.00 on Sunday 4th February 2018 – on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s patronal feast of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt – over 4000 Catholics from parishes across the Archdiocese of Cape Town gathered at Holy Cross Church, District Six fo r a Eucharistic Procession to St Mary’s Cathedral. The purpose of the procession was to give witness to the presence of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa over the past 200 years.

The theme of the day was “The Importance of Marriage and Family in the Life of the Church and Society”.

After introductory prayers, the procession moved off at 14.30, following the Blessed Sacrament, led by Archbishop Stephen Brislin. It made its way through the streets of Cape Town, concluding at St Mary’s Cathedral where Archbishop Brislin gave Benediction to all those who were assembled.

It was indeed a wonderful opportunity for Catholics of our Archdiocese to be together, celebrating our faith and praying together in public – laity (including members of sodalities, spiritual movements and young people from our Catholic schools), consecrated persons, deacons and priests. Many also came as families, celebrating the theme of the day. Here are some pics from the day.


Bicentennial Procession

A BICENTENNIAL EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION will take place from Holy Cross, District Six to St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 4 February 2018 at 14.00 for 14.30. Starting at Holy Cross, Nile Street, District Six, the procession will move through the streets of Cape Town, following the Blessed Sacrament, and ending at St Mary’s Cathedral. A blessing will be given by Archbishop Brislin from the Cathedral steps

For further information please contact Joan Armstrong at 021 462 2417 or

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