Pastoral training for Africa on AIDS

People engaged in pastoral care around AIDS in different countries across Africa converged at a venue near Johannesburg for the first training of trainers organised by SECAM in a series that will training for Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone countries. The…

The crisis of the international financial system and the consequences for the fight against AIDS

An experience of the Catholic Church in South Africa Sr Alison Munro, OP Director, Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC ) AIDS Office, Pretoria, South Africa[1] 1.     Introduction The SACBC AIDS Office has experienced changing patterns of donor funding over…

Is Universal Access a Myth or Reality at Local Level?

By Sr Alison Munro Director, Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC ) AIDS Office, Pretoria, South Africa June 2011 I.               Introduction South Africa is the country with both the highest number of people infected with HIV, and  the largest antiretroviral…

The Church in Partnership

Bishop Kevin Dowling, 3 February 2010 Address at dinner, SACBC/CRS Partnership Conference, 3 February 2010 My dear sisters and brothers, friends,  In a recent edition of Time Magazine, dated 18 January 2010, I came across an article headed “The New…

ADDRESS TO THE SACBC AIDS MEETING

“How can I understand a figure or a statistic unless I have held the hand that it represents? The people we are talking about are the same as us. By the way we treat them, we know just how much…

Continuing the Mission of Jesus

Alison Munro The Catholic Church, it seems to me, is an organisation that is willing to get involved in the messiness of life. This is certainly the case when one looks at the arena of the AIDS pandemic where we…

Promoting the Church Response to AIDS: The SACBC Experience

South African AIDS Conference June 2007 Sr Alison Munro The experience of the SACBC The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference covers 29 dioceses in South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana.  In all three countries the Catholic population is less than 10%….

Salvation and Liberation in Africa

Pastoral reactions and challenges – Botswana Bishop Frank Nubuasah, Oct 2006 The theme of salvation and Liberation in Africa is very provocative in the light of the gospel. One would think that the salvation Jesus came to bring is the…

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