Southern Africa's National Catholic Weekly

200-Year Jubilee: Bishops’ Mass and Street March

The bishops of Southern Africa will celebrate a joint Mass in Pretoria to mark the jubilee of the bicentenary of the Catholic Church in South Africa on January 28 while Catholics in Cape Town are called to join a jubilee Eucharistic procession in early February.

Free University! But How?

Catholic university chaplains applaud President Jacob Zuma’s announcement to make education at tertiary institutions free for students from lower-income families but are alarmed at the government’s lack of strategy to implement this new policy.

Catholic Schools Beat National Average Again

It was another year in which Catholic schools outperformed the national average. In the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams, written by public state schools, Catholic schools recorded an 84,1% pass rate—an improvement over the past two years—against the national average of 74,6%.

Mass For Our Associates

The annual Mass for the intentions of Associates of The Southern Cross and the repose of the souls for deceased Associates, will be celebrated on January 24 at 13:05 in St Mary’s cathedral in Cape Town.

Stop the Bullying

Psychologists may cite a range of reasons to explain why some people bully others, but Pope Francis has identified in blunt language the spiritual roots of the harassment of others.

Discover your Vocation? There’s an app for that

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has launched a cellphone app designed to help users deepen their faith and discover their vocations. The “God Calls” app was commissioned by the National Office for Vocation of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales as a “spiritual toolkit.”

Why the Church Must Learn to Listen

Fr Hugh Lagan SMA argues that the Church can do harm to the survivors of abuse even with good intentions. Above all, the Church—and all who are confronted with situations of abuse — must learn to listen better to the survivors of abuse.

Is There a Dress Code for Mass?

Especially during the summer months, people come to church looking like they are going to the beach and women are baring their shoulders. Isn’t there some kind of official dress code for Mass in the Church?