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

News & Events

Light Through the Bars

You are cordially invited to celebrate the Book Launch of LIGHT THROUGH THE BARS by Fr Babychan Arackathara MSFS Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at 18.00 Venue: Archdiocesan Chancery, 12 Bouquet Street, Cape Town Kindly RSVP via Email: babychanmsfs@yahoo.co.uk; or Mobile/Whatsapp: +2781 271 2451 on or before 6 March 2019. The book will be sold during the launch […]

Archdiocesan News 1 of 2019

HOT OFF THE PRESS: Rescued by God from the furnace of fire; Seeing the Sacred in the Scorched; Fire ravages Holy Cross Primary in District Six; NET Ministries; Celebrating our new deacons; Interested in forming a Co-operative Bank/Credit Union?; Celebrating World AIDS Day; Filipino Community recognised in Kalk Bay; Blessing and welcoming of newly initiated; […]

Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on the 2019 General Elections

A Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa to the Catholic Community and all People of Goodwill.  Dear Brothers and Sisters, “…Remembering the mercies of God … let the renewing of your minds transform you, so that you may discern for yourselves what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable […]

World AIDS Day Mass

Please see attached details for the World AIDS Day Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Hurley Book Launch

At: Springfield Convent High School music annex (below St Dominic’s Church), 3 Convent Road – off St John’s Road, Wynberg. On: Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at 6 for 6.30pm. Guest speakers: Fr Peter-John Pearson, Vicar General and Mr Paddy Kearney, Editor  

Hot off the press!

In this edition of Archdiocesan News 4 of 2018: SECAM to celebrate Golden Jubilee; What to do when a child goes missing; Divine Renovation – Let’s get to work!; UCAP Congress counted among the best; Secular Franciscans host first pan-African Congress; Catholic Men’s Ministry; Football and Potjiekos in Fish Hoek; Children Serving Children – Holy […]

Archbishop calls for a Day of Fasting

In the wake of the most recent sex abuse scandals, Archbishop Stephen Brislin calls on all the faithful to observe a day of prayer, penance and fasting, expressing our own repentance and need for forgiveness and that of others, and showing solidatiry with all victims of sexual abuse. Attached below is his letter to all […]

Bishops’ statement on the recent attacks on foreign nationals

The Chairperson of the Office of Migrants & Refugees, at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), Archbishop Buti Tlhagale has condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the recent attacks on foreign nationals that occurred recently in Soweto and Zeerust. “Once again, we had to see media images of well dressed, well fed South Africans looting foreign owned shops, […]

Archbishop in Cape Talk interview

Why won’t priests divulge crimes learnt of in the confessional? Kieno Kammies, presenter of Cape Talk’s breakfast show speaks to Archbishop Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town about why priests won’t divulge crimes learnt of in the confessional. This is in the light of the Catholic Church in Australia saying last week that it would be […]

Pope Francis’ response to recent abuse crisis

“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated […]