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An exceptionally warm, compassionate and down-to-earth man with a ready sense of humour, Cardinal Napier is loved and respected by everyone who comes into contact with him.

Born in the small midlands town of Matatliele on 8 March 1941, Wilfrid Fox Napier is one of seven children – five boys and two girls, who remain close to this day.

cardinal-napier-ofm-south-african-catholic-bishops-conferenceHe attended the Ixopo Catholic School and his teacher, Sister Annuncia, says she doesn’t remember him ever doing anything wrong. But he confesses that he came close to being expelled for disrespect when he once innocently mimicked Sister’s strong German accent.

At the end of his matric year he joked that he was ‘off to Ireland to pick potatoes’. Six months later, he entered the Franciscan Novice House in Killarney. After his noviciate, he spent three years at university in Galway acquiring a BA degree with Latin and English as his majors. To this day, he retains fond memories of Ireland and the many wonderful people he met there.

Young, Wilfrid Fox Napier enjoyed fishing  Read More >>

Title

The name of the organisation shall be “The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference”, hereinafter referred to as “the Conference.”

Nature

The-Southern-African-Catholic-Bishops-Conference-01The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (which is comprised of the Catholic Bishops of Botswana, South Africa and Swaziland) is an organisation, approved by the Holy See, of diocesan Bishops and others equivalent in Canon Law, serving in the ecclesiastical Provinces of Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, in and through which members exercise their pastoral office jointly through the pooling of wise counsel and experiences in matters concerning their common interest in order to promote that greater good which the Church offers humankind especially through formation and programmes of the apostolate which are fittingly adapted to the circumstances of the age.

Membership

Members of the Conference are by law diocesan bishops, those equivalent to them in law, coadjutors and auxiliaries, and other bishops who perform within the territory served by the Conference a pastoral work entrusted to them by the Apostolic See or the Episcopal Conference

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Most Reverend Stephen Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town

Born in Welkom on 24 September 1956, he did his schooling at St Agnes’ ConventWelkomand CBC, Welkom.

He joined the seminary and did his Philosophy at St John Vianney, Pretoria and Theology at the Missionary Institute, London.

He was ordained a priest on 19 November 1983.

On 28 January 2007 Ordained Bishop of Kroonstad.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as the Archbishop of Cape Town on Friday, December 18, 2009 and was installed on 7 February 2010, on the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt, the patronal feast of the Archdiocese of Cape Town.

Bishop-Sithembele-Anton-Sipuka-04He is also the President of the Southern African Catholic Bishop’s Conference. Read More >>

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