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
ARCHBISHOP OF CAPE TOWN

News & Events

A Message from our Archbishop in preparation for Holy Week

Attached below please find a newsletter from Archbishop Stephen Brislin, as well as a para-liturgy for Holy Thursday, a new Intercessory Prayer for the Good Friday service, and a “Mass for use in the time of Pandemic”, authorized by Pope Francis.

Prayer and Reflection by Bishop Sylvester David OMI

Every Friday, for the duration of the lockdown in South Africa, Bishop Sylvester David will present a prayer and reflection for the people of the Archdiocese of Cape Town (and beyond). Here is his reflection for today, Friday 3 April 2020. It is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube […]

Prayer and Reflection by Archbishop Brislin

Every Wednesday, for the duration of the lockdown in South Africa, Archbishop Stephen Brislin will present a prayer and reflection for the people of the Archdiocese of Cape Town (and beyond). Here is his reflection for today, Wednesday 1st April 2020. It is also available on the Archdiocese of Cape Town’s Facebook page and YouTube […]

Important telephone numbers

Important telephone numbers and websites to keep at hand, especially during this time of lockdown. GBV Command Centre: 0800 428 428 / 1207867# from any cell phone Persons with disabilities, SMS ‘help’ to 31531 Women Abuse Helpline: 0800 150 150 Child line: 0800 055 555 SAPS Crime Stop: 0860 10111 / SMS Crime Line: 32211 […]

Pope Francis’ special “Urbi et Orbi” blessing

DATE: Friday,  March 27TIME: LOCAL SOUTH AFRICAN TIME 7:00 pm  ROME TIME 6:00 pm In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis will be giving an extraordinary blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world) at 6 p.m. Rome time (7:00 pm South Africa Time) on Friday March 27 to an ’empty’ St Peter’s […]

Online Faith Sharing Sessions for Youth

Good Morning, we hope you are all keeping well under these circumstances. The Lockdown won’t stop us from embracing and sharing our faith as a community, we are in this together! Join our interactive Facebook live chats throughout this period with speakers including Fr Charles Prince, Danilo Aquisto, Sven and Franci Ruygrok, Leo Sforza, Fr […]

A Reflection by Bishop Sylvester David OMI

Every Friday, for the duration of the lockdown in South Africa, Bishop Sylvester David OMI will present a reflection for the people of the Archdiocese of Cape Town (and beyond). In turn, Archbishop Stephen Brislin will present a reflection on every Wednesday of the lockdown. Here is Bishop Sylvester’s reflection for today, Friday 27 March […]

Live-stream Funeral Service of Fr Frank Whyte

Fr Frank Whyte, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cape Town, was laid to rest on 26 March 2020 at a live-streamed funeral service presided over by Archbishop Stephen Brislin, at Nazareth House Chapel, Cape Town. He was assisted by the auxiliary bishop of Cape Town, Bishop Sylvester David OMI, auxiliary bishop emeritus Bishop Reginald […]

Prayer and Reflection by Archbishop Brislin

Every Wednesday, for the duration of the lockdown in South Africa, Archbishop Stephen Brislin will present a prayer and reflection for the people of the Archdiocese of Cape Town (and beyond). In turn, Bishop Sylvester David will present a reflection on every Friday of the lockdown. Here is Archbishop Brislin’s reflection for today, Wednesday 25 […]

A Good Friday Prayer Service at Home

The Archdiocese of Cape Town provides the following Good Friday Prayer Service for people to do in their homes on Good Friday. Guidelines are given in the attachment.

A Message from our Archbishop

Please see below an update from Archbishop Stephen Brislin regarding the Easter Triduum services, online Masses, Prayer and Spiritual Reading.

Discovering a new way of being Church during this time of uncertainty

By Bishop Sylvester David OMI, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cape Town. A reflection as to why many Local Ordinaries in the SACBC region have lifted the obligation to attend Mass during such a sacred time in our liturgical year. The Church exists not so much for herself as she does for the salvation […]