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Nurturing the Fruits of the Holy Spirit

by Frances Correia Fundamental to our Christian life is the reality that God is both interested in, and actively involved in, our lives.  Jesus came to tell us about God’s dream for the world: a dream that Jesus called ‘the kingdom of God’.  Our human task is to collaborate with the Holy Spirit to bring […]

The Faith Delusion?

CDs from Winter Living Theology 2013 ‘The Faith Delusion?’ with John Moffatt SJ Last year Fr John Moffatt travelled five cities across South Africa helping people to explain faith in the face of reason. His lectures were deep and insightful and were not afraid to tackle difficult topics such as evolution, science, revelation, and conflicts between Church teaching and modern […]

Year of the Deacon

Pray for your deacons. Download, and print the pdf (through Adobe Acrobat Reader), and insert in your daily missal or prayer book.

‘Our’ Girls

‘Our’ girls  by Raymond Perrier. It is not surprising that, the world over, people are concerned about the 230 teenage girls abducted in Northern Nigeria.  Although this incident has happened tens of thousands of miles away from the centres of economic and media power, everyone from Michelle Obama to girls in South African schools have been […]

Archdiocesan News

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Edition 2 of 2014. Top stories: Archbishop meets Pope Francis; All about our website; Bishops’ Ad Limina visit; Year of the Deacon; Vocations; St Teresa of Avila launch; Farewell to Archbishop Henry; Ecclesia: Brave New Church; and much, much more! This edition has been uploaded as two sections: pages 1-6 and […]

Vocations Sunday

This Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 11, 2014, the Church marks the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The Holy Father has released a Message on the theme ‘Vocations, Witness to the Truth’, which is available on the Vatican website. In his Message, Pope Francis states: ‘God follows the work of his hands with […]

20 Years of Democracy

Joint Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of the SACBC (Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference) and Leadership Conference on Consecrated Life

Your Guide to the Elections 2014

How to cast your vote – based on Catholic Social Teaching – a guide to making moral choices Brought to you by the Justice & Peace Commission – Research by the the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office

Winter Living Theology 2014 update

WINTER LIVING THEOLOGY 2014 Co-ordinated by the Jesuit Institute A three-day course for priests, religious and interested lay people to explore the philosophy and theology of leadership. Today, 20 years after liberation, in the aftermath of the death of Nelson Mandela, and in the wake of the 2014 elections, South Africans are still asking about […]

Human Trafficking Conference at the Vatican

Archbishop Stephen Brislin and Fr Peter John Pearson (director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office) participated in the ‘Combating Human Trafficking’ Conference held at the Vatican on 9-10 April 2014. Below are some pictures of the Conference. To see further pics please go to Catholic Church of England and Wales Flickr page (Images: ©Mazur/ For detailed information on […]

Procession of Witness speech

Below is a link to Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s Procession of Witness speech at Parliament on Saturday 19 April 2014.

Holy Thursday Mass of the Oils

Mass of the Oils was celebrated on Holy Thursday at Our Lady Help of Christians, Lansdowne at 10.00 by Archbishop Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town. (Click on image to enlarge, then click again on enlargement to browse through the gallery)

Procession of Witness to Parliament

Religious leaders from all faiths are joining together in a Procession of Witness to Parliament on Saturday, 19 April 2014 at 10a.m. from Keizersgracht Street, District Six. Please spread the word and make every effort to come along as the faith sector calls on government to ensure a Better Life for All of God’s People. […]

Knights of the Holy Sepulchre

Mgr Clifford Stokes and Fr Peter-John Pearson were invested into the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre by Archbishop Stephen Brislin at Corpus Christi church in Wynberg on April 3. Archbishop Brislin is the prior of the order in South Africa. In his homily, Archbishop Brislin called for solidarity with the Christians […]

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