The two young men who strangled, raped and murdered Sr Stefani Tiefebacher CPS (87) have been sentenced to life imprisonment plus 18 years by the Pietermaritzburg High Court this afternoon.
Some of the displaced people who will be assisted by the SACBC donation
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has donated $10,000 (R119,700.00) to Caritas Nepal for relief work after the earthquakes in Nepal. Though minimal in the face of the great disaster there, it is a generous gesture from the Conference that is struggling financially.
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A group of twenty-two priests from the SACBC territory attended the two week sabbatical program at Coolock House. This programme is organised annually just after Easter by the Ongoing Formation Committee of the SACBC. Bishop Dabula Mpako of Queenstown and Fr Hugh Lagan SMA presented on the first week and Sr. Bernadette Duffy HC and Fr. Sylvester David OMI presented on the second week. Fr. Mosebetsi Mokoena of Bethlehem and Sr. Benadette facilitated the program. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFM and Bishop Barry Wood OMI visited to speak with the priests, celebrate the Eucharist and have supper together. A very successful two weeks!
STATEMENT OF THE SACBC ON THE BRUTAL MURDER OF SISTER STEFANI TIEFENBACHER CPS.
The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference, in the name of the whole Catholic Church in South Africa, is shocked at the gruesome murder of Sister Stefani Tiefenbacher of the Congregation of the Precious Blood in Sacred Heart Home in Ixobho (KwaZulu-Natal).
The churches and, especially, the convents have always been centres of hope for our communities as they minister through education, health, charity and other social services. For a person just to break into a convent is despicable to say the least and violating the dignity of an elderly nun is evil and barbaric.
We pray for the Precious Blood Sisters, her family back in Austria and the community of Ixobho, including the Little Flower School, which she served for over 60 years.
We challenge the police to solve this case with immediate effect as well as the community who harbour the killers to report them.
Painful as it is, we forgive her killers and pray for their repentance. As we lay her remains at the Sacred Heart Home cemetery on the 27th April 2015, we hope her blood will water the garden of true freedom in our country and bring crime against women to the urgent attention it deserves.
22 April 2015
Issued by: Fr S’milo Mngadi, SACBC Communications Officer.
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