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Read the full text of the Encyclical below the article. Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, has just been published. Although there is much in it to digest, and too little time since publication to do it justice, I will try to outline its key themes. It will be controversial because it challenges […]

Archbishop interviewed on Good Hope FM

On 17 June 2015, Archbishop Stephen Brislin was interviewed by Nigel Pierce on Good Hope FM concerning the State of the Nation and the Church’s impact on society. We were fortunate to capture the bulk of the interview in the following two audio clips. For those who missed it, here it is:

Catechetical Metropolitan Meeting

The annual Catechetical Metropolitan Meeting was held at Holy Cross Convent in Parow from 1 – 4 June 2015. It was facilitated by The National Catechetical Co-0rdinator, Sr Patricia Finn FMA, and was attended by the Diocesan Catechetical co-ordinators and their teams. Represented were participants from: Archdiocese of Cape Town Diocese of Aliwal North Diocese […]

Contemplative Outreach

Contemplative Outreach (SA) is affiliated to Contemplative Outreach (USA) and teaches Centering Prayer, a prayer which involves silently resting and waiting upon God in the stillness of our being.

Marriage Encounter Weekend

The next Marriage Encounter weekend will be held at Maryland from 19-21 June 2015. There is still space for that special couple wanting to enrich their marriage, and experience an amazing weekend.  

Hot off the Press!

Our second edition for 2015 features: Pilgrimage of the Peacemakers; Praying with the Pope; Vocations Festival; Mass of the Oils; Winter Living Theology; The Thief – a short story; New Youth Chaplaincy team; Workshop for Divorced Catholics; Ecclesia Faith Formation Festival; Feature on Consecrated Life; Update on the building of the Year of Faith churches, […]

Ascension Thursday

Attached is a letter from Archbishop Brislin regarding the celebration of the Solemnity of the Ascension.

Statement on the Violent Attacks on Foreign Nationals

THE STATEMENT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ON THE RECENT VIOLENT ATTACKS ON FOREIGN NATIONALS. The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has observed with sadness the outburst of xenophobic violence in Durban which the Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has already condemned. Our charter, the bible, is very clear “When a foreigner lives with you in […]

Chrism Mass

On Holy Thursday, Archbishop Stephen Brislin celebrated the Chrism Mass, or Mass of the Holy Oils with the priests, deacons, religious and faithful at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Lansdowne. Here are some photos of the event.

Online Survey for the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops 2015

“The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.” Greetings Towards the end of 2013, the Holy See distributed throughout the world, a set of questions that formed the basis for discussions at the recent III Extraordinary Synod of Bishops held in November 2014. A number of concerns were highlighted, these included: […]

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