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Press release on the death of Archbishop Emeritus Lawrence Patrick Henry

Archbishop Lawrence Patrick Henry, Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town, passed away suddenly at 23h45 on Tuesday 4 March 2014 after a short illness. Archbishop Henry was born in Cape Town on 27 July 1934. He was orphaned at the age of three and was raised by his grandmother. He attended 5t Raphael’s Primary School from 1941 […]

Archbishop Henry Funeral Arrangements

6 March 2014 I wish to offer my condolences to you once again on the death of Archbishop Lawrence Henry. Archbishop Henry specified clearly in his will that he was not to lie in state after his death and that his earthly remains should not be shown. Furthermore, he requested not to be buried in the Cathedral but […]

Archbishop Henry RIP

I regret to inform you that Archbishop Lawrence Henry passed away on Tuesday 4th March at about 23h45. He died peacefully in Cape Town Medi-Clinic. Archbishop Henry had been undergoing tests over the past few days. His health took a turn for the worse on Sunday night when he experienced a great deal of abdominal […]

Death of Mr Mandela

CATHOLIC CHURCH’S LETTER OF CONDOLENCE ON THE SAD OCCASION OF THE DEATH OF ROLIHLAHLA NELSON MANDELA Mama Graça Machel and the Mandela Family President Jacob Zuma and the Government of South Africa Fellow South Africans We heard of the death of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela with great sadness. Nonetheless we cannot help but call to mind […]


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A4 coffee table book

This A4 coffee table book aims to pictorially celebrate the life of faith as it is being lived in our archdiocese in this Year of Faith. It displays a cross-section of parish life, religious communities, schools, sodalities and various groups in our archdiocese. It is available through parishes, and proceeds will help towards the building […]


The bishops’ book GOD LOVE, LIFE and SEX was successfully launched by Archbishop Stephen Brislin at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council meeting at St Joseph’s, Montana on 13 July 2013. The pictures below show him autographing copies. Click on the following link to hear his comments on the book. It is available at the Chancery at […]

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