- May 25, 2020
Bishop Victor Hlolo Phalana of Klerksdorp, the chair of the social action department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), blames the violence on the “xenophobic populism” promoted by some politicians.
South African bishops called for action to end violence against women after a spate of killings and rapes sparked outrage in a country with one of the world’s highest murder rates.
Although the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa has fallen off the front pages, around 127,000 people die from the disease every year.
The Church in Africa must work to end violence against people with albinism through its schools and other education efforts, said Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha, South Africa, first vice president of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.
As the Vatican hosts a Feb. 21-24 summit on the clerical sexual abuse crisis, one South African archbishop has described the sexual abuse of minors as an issue being “kept secret” in Africa.
Leftist political parties have also set their eyes on land owned by the Catholic Church in South Africa.