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

Holy Land Lecture

Rimon Makhlouf, a leading Catholic Holy Land tour guide from East Jerusalem, is visiting South Africa in April. He will speak on: The Fifth Gospel – Locating Christ in the Holy Land JOHANNESBURG: Monday, April 7 at 19:00, Immaculate Conception parish, Rosebank. PRETORIA: Tuesday, April 8 at 19:00, Christ the King parish, Queenswood. CAPE TOWN: Thursday, […]

Carmelites launch St Teresa of Avila’s Quincentennial Birth Anniversary

On March 28th, the Carmelite Family of Cape Town: priests, nuns and secular Carmelites celebrated the launching of the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of St Teresa of Avila, Reformer of Carmel, teacher of prayer and Doctor of the Church. The theme of the 5th Centenary Year is taken from one of St Teresa’s poems: […]

Winter Living Theology

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 […]

Funeral Mass Pics

Pics of Archbishop Henry’s funeral at the Good Hope Centre, Cape Town on 15 March 2014. (Click on image to enlarge, then click on enlargement to browse through the gallery).

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 […]