Welcome to the Archdiocese of Cape Town

As the Archbishop of the Mother City of South Africa, of the first
ecclesiastical territory to be established in Southern Africa (1818),
I welcome you to this website.
It is my hope that it will inform you and provide you with any
information you may require regarding this segment of the Catholic Church.
We also provide links with other websites which might interest you.
If you require any information not included here, email us and we will do
what we can to help.
If you have discovered this page by accident, you are especially welcome
and I hope you will find it of some value and maybe help you to understand
how the Catholic Church in Cape Town is trying to serve the community and
so bring it closer to the Lord.
With my very sincere and best wishes
+Cardinal Stephen Brislin

News & Events

Thanksgiving for Peaceful Elections

Cardinal Brislin has asked that prayers of thanksgiving be offered at Masses on the weekend of 20th/21st July, for the success and peaceful outcome of the recent elections in South Africa. For some months before the elections we prayed for the success of the elections, and despite fears of possible violence and other problems, the […]

A Just War?

As the war in Gaza drags on and the death toll rises, those held hostage languish in captivity and those held without trial increase in number. The J&P Commission of the Holy Land speaks out against the misuse of a term used in Catholic doctrine. Download the document HERE.

Archdiocesan News 2 of 2024

HOT OFF THE ‘DIGITAL PRESS’ – Archdiocesan News 2 of 2024: In this edition: Cardinal takes possession of titular church; Joy as Cape Town welcomes newly ordained priest; Youth Day 17 June; On the Red Carpet; From the Heart; Spiritual Accompaniment Course; Bishop Eddie Adams turns 90; Youth Mission in Oudtshoorn; Easter Retreat for Ministries; […]

Elections 2024

❗An important message from the inter- faith leaders of ECCOC (Electoral Code of Conduct Observer Commission) regarding our elections.  

Elections 2024

A thank you from Cardinal Stephen Brislin, as a member of ECCOC, regarding the recent elections.

World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly

Please find attached three documents for the celebration of the 4th World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. Letter from Pope Francis Kit from the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life Synthesis of the Pope’s letter and suggestions for Families and Parishes for the celebration of the Grandparents day from the Department of Formation, Life […]

Catholic Engaged Encounter celebrates its international Golden Jubilee

In the most recent edition of the ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS, our quarterly Archdiocesan tabloid, Engaged Encounter and Marriage Encounter feature quite prominently. Be sure to read more on this on page 12, as well as a variety of interesting articles and reflections on other pages. In 1968, Marriage Encounter (ME) couples began developing a programme for […]

Vocational Discernment

This month we focus on Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. To this end, our vocations team have prepared various inputs which have, and will be, posted on our Facebook page throughout the month of April. The following article, from the most recent edition of the Archdiocesan News, speaks about vocational discernment. It is […]

Parish Alive Leadership Webinar

All Priests and PPC Chairs are invited to join a Parish Alive Leadership Webinar. Leadership – Building and leading Teams. Hosted by Parish Alive in cooperation with Divine Renovation. Guest speaker Ryan Coyne, Leadership Coach, Divine Renovation. WHEN: Thurs, 11 April at 7:00 – 8:30 pm on Zoom. Please register.

Human Rights Day Pilgrimage

On 21 March, human rights day, a pilgrimage for a ceasefire in Gaza was organised by Christian Churches of Cape Town. Other faiths were invited to join the pilgrimage which started in Simon’s Town and ended at the Groote Kerk in Cape Town CBD. He was not able to attend, but sent the following message. […]

Salesians prepare for Centenary celebrations in Lansdowne

In the build-up to the celebration of the presence of the Salesians in Lansdowne, Fr Eddie O’Neill SDB has been preparing a series of articles on the history of the Salesians in Cape Town. So far, six parts have been prepared, and more will be added to this page when they are produced. 1. The […]