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1st Annual Multi-Faith World Day of Prayer for Creation

As a response to Pope Francis’ call to make 1st September a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, the first annual Multi-Faith World Day of Prayer for Creation was held at St Mary’s Cathedral at 12.00 on 1st September 2015. Prayers were prayed by Father Bernard Makore, Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar, Rev Dr […]

It’s time to care about creation

The Pope’s call to make the 1st of September ‘World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation’ comes at an opportune time. As we draw closer to COP21 in Paris there is a new urgency in drawing awareness to the environmental degradation that is happening through climate change. It is high time that we […]

SACBC Solidarity Message to the People of Lesotho

We, the Bishops of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) gathered here in Mariannhill this August 2015 wish to express our solidarity with our brothers and sisters from the Kingdom of Lesotho. We would like to express that Lesotho is not alone, the Bishops and the Catholic community are with you in this time […]

Fundamentalism: Religion’s Snake in the Grass

Self-styled South African prophet Penuel Mnguni, 24, feeds a snake to one of his congregants. Photo: Facebook/End Times Disciples Ministries. The recent ‘snake pastor’ incident is simply the latest in a long line of outrages committed in the name of fundamentalist religion. If anything it is comparatively mild compared to others: the Jim Jones death […]

Hot off the Press – Archdiocesan News 3 of 2015

Our third edition of 2015 features: Ordination to the Priesthood; pics of new Church at Old Crossroads; Youth Chaplaincy news; new season of Ecclesia; Winter Living Theology pics; Safcei responds to Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si; Let me tell you a story; Kolping membership indaba; Meditation: a Way to Peace; Pray for our Consecrated Persons; Robben […]

‘Step on the Gas’ – Rushing into Fracking

Extracting shale gas from under the sands of the Karoo using the method called high volume hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ is highly contentious. South Africa needs alternative energy sources, taking into account our current energy crisis. However, in his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis urges us to use the environment in a sustainable way, protecting […]

Winter Living Theology with Fr Nicholas King SJ

Winter Living Theology began at Schoenstatt Retreat and Training Centre on 14th and finishes on 16th July 2015. Renowned biblical scholar Fr Nicholas King SJ addressed the topic of The Scandal of Christian Disunity – A Biblical Approach. Here are some pictures from the first day.


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.

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+Stephen Brislin