Category: Bishops’ View

More on Mass changes

By Bishop Edward Risi OMI In this article I would like to look at some of the words which the new translation has brought back into the Mass texts. But firstly, I would like...

Celebrate refugees for their courage

By Bishop Barry Wood OMI The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees currently estimates that there are over 20 million refugees and persons of concern around the globe, looking for many of the things...

Pentecost – A time to celebrate

On Pentecost, we celebrate the birthday of the Church and, this year, the 20th anniversary of the Southern African region’s Pastoral Plan, “Community Serving Humanity”, as Bishop MICHAEL WÜSTENBERG of Aliwal North explains. More...

More on liturgical translations

By Bishop Edward Risi OMI Immediately after the the Second Vatican Council, the body responsible for putting into practice the decisions of the Council in regard to the liturgy was known as the Concilium....

Liturgical Translations Explained

By Bishop Edward Risi – Bishop Roche, president of the International Commission for English in the Liturgy (ICEL), addressed the bishops’ conference on the revised translation of the texts of the Mass. Here are some...

When the media get it wrong

By Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM Shortly before Christmas I participated in a BBC Radio debate on what that radio station had described as Pope Benedict’s “attack” on homosexuals. More Stories: No related posts.

Awake! Awake! Protect Our Democracy

SACBC Pastoral Letter in preparation for South Africa’s Elections in 2009 “Awake! Awake! Protect Our Democracy” Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  After 15 years of democracy, we are once again about to take...

Bishops on Mass changes

The bishops of the Southern African Bishops’ Conference have been evaluating the response to the implementation of the new English texts of the Mass. We wish to thank all who have cooperated in the...

New words at Mass

Bishop Edward Risi The first Sunday of Advent, November 30, will see the first phase of the introduction of the new English translation of the Mass. To facilitate this phase the Southern African Catholic...

Humanae vitae: Paul VI was proved right

By Bishop Edward Adams Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae is almost exclusively linked to birth control. After it was issued 40 years ago this month it became very controversial in the Church and...

A better Mass

By Bishop Edward Risi OMI The liturgy of the Mass as we celebrate it presently is in many respects far superior to the pre-Vatican II liturgical form. Pope John XXIII called the Council precisely...