History of the Church – The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference

The history of the Catholic Church in Southern Africa begins with the arrival of Bartholomew Diaz at Walvis Bay on 8th December 1487. He appropriately called it the gulf of Santa Maria de Conceicao. The first Mass, celebrated perhaps in late December 1487 or early January 1488, was celebrated on…

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Tutu says South Africans, churches have lost their way | News | National | Mail & Guardian

Most South Africans were still in the equivalent of the biblical wilderness, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Tuesday. Most South Africans were still in the equivalent of the biblical wilderness, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Tuesday, his 77th birthday. And those who had “crossed the Jordan”…

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Council of Churches in the wilderness | In The Paper | Mail & Guardian

Once a kingpin of the anti-apartheid movement, the South African Council of Churches now faces political irrelevance and a funding crisis. Ideological tension between its national executive committee members, a crisis of authority and dwindling funds are some of the reasons for the drive to restructure the South African Council…

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DOES OUR CHURCH NEED TO REGISTER? – South African Council of Churches (SACC)

 DOES OUR CHURCH NEED TO REGISTER? From time to time, churches approach the South African Council of Churches (SACC) to ask for help in “registering”. The SACC is the facilitating body for a fellowship of 25 Christian denominations committed to ecumenical cooperation. Any church or institution that confesses the Triune…

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ANC, South Africa Council of Churches and Ray McCauley’s National Interfaith Leaders’ Council

The ANC has marginalised the SACC in favour of Pastor Ray McCauley’s National Interfaith Leaders’ Council because it refuses to cosy up to the ANC. The ANC has marginalised the South African Council of Churches in favour of Pastor Ray McCauley’s National Interfaith Leaders’ Council because it refuses to cosy…

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South African Council of Churches – Members

  African Catholic Church2.         African Methodist Episcopal Church3.         Anglican Church of Southern Africa 4.         Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa 5.         Baptist Convention 6.         Coptic Orthodox Church 7.         Council of African Instituted Churches 8.         Dutch Reformed Church (Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk) 9.         Ethiopian Episcopal Church 10.       Evangelical Church in South Africa 11.       Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa 12.       Evangelical…

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Desmond Tutu – Biographical

Bishop Desmond Tutu was born in 1931 in Klerksdorp, Transvaal. His father was a teacher, and he himself was educated at Johannesburg Bantu High School. After leaving school he trained first as a teacher at Pretoria Bantu Normal College and in 1954 he graduated from the University of South Africa.…

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Desmond Tutu pleads with Ugandan president to strengthen human rights | Gay Star News

  South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu today (23 February) pleaded with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to use the debate on the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a ‘catalyst’ for improvements to human rights in the country. The 82-year-old anti-apartheid champion said improving other areas of law would provide families and children…

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