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Archdiocesan News 3 of 2023

HOT OFF THE DIGITAL PRESS: Consistory and Thanksgiving Mass to be live-streamed; three new Deacons ordained for Cape Town; World Youth Day 2023; On the Red Carpet…; Overwhelmed by generosity…; Book of Tributes launched in honour of ‘Reluctant Prophet’ Albert Nolan OP; Catechist Alive!; The Letter Screening and Laudato Si’; A Vocation Story; Go tell […]

Happy Birthday Bishop Sylvester!

Our auxiliary bishop, Bishop Sylvester David OMI, celebrates his 70th birthday while at the Bishops’ Conference Plenary Session at Mariannhill, KZN. Here he is seen cutting his birthday cake while his fellow bishops sing “happy birthday“.

Interviews with Cardinal-elect Stephen Brislin

Cardinal-elect Stephen Brislin recently conducted a number of interviews with the media upon the announcement of his appointment as a Cardinal by Pope Francis. Here are two of those interviews, one with Cape Talk and the other with eNCA. CAPE TALK eNCA

Cardinal-elect says the church must “work much harder for reconciliation”

by Sheila Pires, SACBC Communications Office The Cardinal-elect of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) says he would like to see a Church that works “much harder for reconciliation,” as countries such as South Africa need “healing.” In an interview with the SACBC communications office, the Cardinal-elect Stephen Brislin of Cape Town Archdiocese says […]

Presidential Statements on Archbishop Brislin’s appointment as Cardinal

Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) president and bishop of Mthatha, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, issued a statement on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference congratulating Archbishop Brislin on his appointment as Cardinal, assuring him of our prayers of support. President Cyril Ramaphosa also warmly congratulates Archbishop Brislin, in a statement issued on the Government website. Both […]

Archbishop Brislin created a Cardinal

We congratulate His Grace, Archbishop Stephen Brislin, who has been created a Cardinal by Pope Francis at his Angelus address in Rome yesterday, 9th July 2023. The Church of Cape Town – and indeed the whole country – rejoices at this wonderful news! He has become South Africa’s third Cardinal, and will receive the red […]

CPLO Briefing Papers, Digests and Responses

The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) is an office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), housed at the Chancery, Cape Town. It is the official vehicle for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa on the one hand, and the country’s Parliament and government on the other. It provides an avenue […]

Archbishop’s Address to the Oblate School of Theology

Archbishop Stephen Brislin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Pastoral Leadership by the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas, USA on 5 May 2023. He also presented the Commencement Address at the ceremony. Please see address attached below.


The Catholic Bishops of Botswana, eSwatini and South Africa (SACBC) were in Rome for their Ad Limina Visit from Monday, June 12 to June 17. The Bishops, together with Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM and the SACBC Secretariate, met with officials from the various departments and offices in the Roman Curia. They also celebrated Masses at […]

Fazenda da Esperança opens in Elsie’s River

FROM AD NEWS 2 OF 2023: A wonderful day of celebration was had on 13th May as Archbishop Stephen Brislin officially opened the Fazenda da Esperança Rehabilitation Centre in Elsie’s River. It was the perfect day for the opening of a centre for women (and their children), coinciding with the feast of Our Lady of […]


This article is a follow up to the Parish Culture Survey to help parishes purposefully create a positive culture inspired by the Holy Spirit. Church culture matters. It can make or break your church, vision, mission, and strategy plans. Culture is formed by values derived from our apostolic mission and purpose of evangelisation. Culture can be defined as “the way we do things around here”.

Winter Living Theology 2023

The Best Seller of All Time: The Bible. Where does it come from and why do we need it? presented by Fr David Neuhaus SJ at St Francis Xavier Seminary, Athlone from 13-15 July. More information can be found at: Bookings can be made at: Fr David will also do an evening talk […]

Archdiocesan News 2 of 2023

HOT OFF THE DIGITAL PRESS: In this edition: Celebrating the Joy of Life and Ministry; Book Launch – Reluctant Prophet – Tributes to Albert Nolan OP; Youth Events and Ministry; Salesian Youth Retreats; Pilgrimage from Kommetjie to Schoenstatt; Fazenda da Esperanca opens in Elsie’s River; Catechetics – Snapshots from our workshops and events; Justice & […]

Welcome to the Archdiocese of Cape Town.

Archbishop StephenAs 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

+Stephen Brislin