Catholic Archbishop Emeritus Lawrence Henry has died, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced.
Archbishop Henry died on Tuesday night. According to the SACBC website, he had been diagnosed with cancer the previous day.
He served as the Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town from 1990 until his retirement in 2009.
In paying tribute to his life, the SACBC stated that Henry “continued to be active assisting in leading services whenever requested”.
He was succeeded by Archbishop Stephen Brislin.
And the announcement via Archbishop Brislin:
I regret to inform you that Archbishop Lawrence Henry passed away on Tuesday 4th March at about 23h45. He died peacefully in Cape Town Medi-Clinic. Archbishop Henry had been undergoing tests over the past few days. His health took a turn for the worse on Sunday night when he experienced a great deal of abdominal pain and he was rushed to hospital. Doctors confirmed on Monday afternoon that he had cancer and that it had spread to different parts of the body. He was seen by an oncologist early on Tuesday afternoon. Despite doctors’ recognition of the seriousness of his condition the suddenness of his death was unexpected by all. Doctors have given us the assurance that Archbishop Henry died without pain.
Please keep him in your prayers and please ask parishioners at all your Masses today to pray for him. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as possible.
I wish to offer my condolences to you and to all who mourn the passing of Archbishop Laurie.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
+Stephen Brislin Archbishop of Cape Town
Cape Town – A 10-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her mother with an air rifle her brother got as a Christmas present, Beeld reported on Friday.
The 45-year-old woman died in a Cape Town hospital on Christmas eve, following the accident in Oude Westhoff, Bellville.
The rifle was a Chrismas present for the girl’s older brother.
Police spokesman Lt-Col Andre Traut told Beeld they were investigating. -Sapa
How on earth can you buy a child an air rifle for Christmas?!
A police officer had been shot dead and another injured in Hout Bay, Western Cape police said on Saturday.
“A 26-year-old female constable died on the scene while her 27-year-old colleague was seriously injured in the incident,” provincial police commissioner Lt-Gen Arno Lamoer said.
The constables, aged 26 and 27, were on duty in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay on Friday night when they were shot. – Sapa
A 26 year-old female…
The Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille has condemned the attack on the two officers.
CAPE TOWN – Mayor Patricia de Lille on Thursday visited the family of a metro police officer who was gunned down in Khayelitsha on Wednesday – the day of his wife’s birthday.
Mpumelelo Xakekile was shot at by two men at the intersection of Mew Way and Lansdowne Road while issuing a fine to minibus taxi driver.
A chaplain said a prayer in the victim’s Mandalay home as his wife wiped away tears from her puffy red eyes.
De Lille told her in a low voice that she had come to show support to the family.
De Lille has offered a R50,000 reward to anyone with information that might lead to the arrest of Xakekile’s killers.
“It is a sad day for the city and we are forced to ask what has gone wrong in our society.”
The police officer has been described as a good man who was passionate about his job.
I was the Chaplain (mentioned above). A tragic situation. We were on scene last night. Do spare a prayer for the bereaved.
* Anyone with information can contact the nearest police station, and ask for Captain Arte Bavuma on 082 469 1532, Crime Stop anonymously on 0860 010 111 or SMS Crimeline anonymously on 32211.
Some population dynamics in Cape Town (where I stay) via The Southern Cross.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Cape Town occupies an area of 30 842 square kms, but almost 90% of the population in this area live in the Cape Metropolitan Area (CMA), 2 159 square kms, or 7% of the geographic area. There is much diversity in population density. The average population density in the diocese is 1 460 people per square km, rising to 7 000/sq. km in townships and even to over 10 000/sq. km in the informal settlements.
Of the CMA population of 2.9 million in 2001, 1.39m (48%) were people of colour, 0.9m blacks (31%), 0.54m whites (19%) and 0.06m Asian (1%) (SA national census figures). Population growth is high, because there is steady immigration, especially from the Eastern Cape, which is very poor.
The side of Cape Town the tourists know. Look behind it for different realities. (Photo: Günther Simmermacher)
Cape Town is experiencing the full effects of urbanization, a universal phenomenon which has gained momentum in Africa and South America, where the bulk of the population still live in the rural areas. Before the Industrial Revolution inEurope, it took 8 out of 10 people to produce enough food for society, now it tales less than 2. Small farmers cannot compete with the large commercial farms and tend to sell up or just leave and go to the cities. Even if a person ends up in a shack in the CMA, if they can get a job for 2 or 3 days a week, they are better off.
The CMA, part of theWestern Cape Province, is far more attractive in terms of a richer economy, better schools, better hospitals, more infrastructure, more jobs, and so on. Hence the huge inflow, especially from blacks from the Eastern Cape, which together with people of colour also coming in from the country areas, and whites from Gauteng, has now put unbearable strains on the Western Province, especially the CMA, in terms of competition for jobs, housing, schooling and general utilities. This is mirrored in many other African cities and South American cities.Lima, inPeru, for example, has people flowing into the city, there are land invasions, mini-bus taxis, serious unemployment, gangs, drug problems…sounds familiar? It is economic forces that have caused huge strains on all cities.
In the once fairestCape, however the situation is aggravated by political factors. In 2001 the Catholic population by the old population definitions was as follows: black 30 000 (2012 40 000), coloured 114 000 (now 150 000), white 50 000 (now 60 000), Asian 1 233 (now 1 635). Thus the 2012 Catholic population, in the Archdiocese, is now about 250 000 (195 200 in2001) and about 45 000 actually attend Mass on Sundays.
It seems that under apartheid, the people of colour were taught to be wary of blacks, and feel that they were in the Cape first, so that they should be in the front of the queue in terms of housing, jobs, schools, general amenities. People who fall into the Western category, tend to favour the DA political party, and the blacks the ANC, so there is further cause for tensions. In Grabouw, outside of the CMA, where there has also been a large influx from the Eastern Cape, the newer school, attended mainly by blacks, became over-crowded and this led to civil unrest and protests.
It is important to realize that the unemployment, crowded conditions, competition for scarce necessities, is primarily a problem of economics and the current recession. But there are political and historic complications in theCape, as we can see. It is maintained by some that the ANC is encouraging blacks to migrate to the Western Cape, with the promises of houses. This may be the case, but in my opinion the main reason for migration is financial/economic. Many of the blacks set up permanent residence in the CMA (and in outlying areas such as Grabouw), and the evidence is that the children of the migrants prefer to stay in the city. The persistent delivery protests are evidence of cities taking strain, of people struggling in an economic system which must seem to be quite inequitable towards those trying to obtain the basic necessities of life.
There is a need in the Archdiocese for the former groupings to do their best to live in harmony, to share, to cooperate, to use the graces of the Eucharist in terms of which we can live in Christian unity. There is, it seems, to be too little mixing at Archdiocesan functions, too much separation, and too many of the old tensions, to a large extent, a legacy of the past. This is part of our reality, and we need to think of means of fostering genuine unity and a healthy appreciation of our differences as well as our commonality, especially as children of our Father, who cares for all. For example, the Eastern Deanery held a reconciliation service a few years ago, in which parishioners from other parishes came for the first time to a black township, namely Gugulethu.
I am not convinced that the newer generations have lost entirely the biases learned by the older generation, and there is some evidence that parents are handing down negative attitudes to their children. When we think of the very diverse personalities of the first Apostles, it seems clear that the constant presence of Jesus enabled them to live in harmony. We, hopefully, can do the same.
Right here in Cape Town!
A Constantia priest was brutally attacked after Sunday service and left for dead, locked in the church’s strongroom – and was only found on Monday morning when the church secretary arrived for work.
The attackers tried to gouge out the eyes of Father Andrew Cox, 50, and tried to break his fingers before dumping him, bleeding and dazed, in the storeroom which they locked from the outside.
But Father Andrew, of the Constantia Catholic Church, said he has already forgiven his assailants.
Cox who lives on the church property, said he heard a noise and before he knew it three people came from behind some bushes and attacked him.
Cox told the Cape Argus on Tuesday morning that the three attackers were wearing balaclavas so he couldn’t identify them. “It was dark and I couldn’t see. All I saw was a knife glinting in the moonlight.”
He said the attack happened around 7.30pm and lasted about 30 minutes. “They tried to gouge my eyes out, stuffed plastic in my mouth and they also tried to break my fingers. At one point I managed to get the knife away from them but I couldn’t bring myself to stab them.”
He said they tied him up and dragged him inside the church before they made off with R3 500 of the church’s money.
Cox said he believed it was two men and a woman that attacked him. “If they were all men then one of them, his voice hadn’t broken yet.”
He said he didn’t realise at the time that they had stabbed him in his upper left thigh and his back.
Inside the church’s storeroom, Cox lay on the concrete floor on top of his South African flag as well as the Springbok flag.
“During the night I realised that the bleeding hadn’t stopped and I spent the night praying.”
He was rescued by the church secretary when she came in at 8am on Monday morning.
Cox said he had air to breathe in the strongroom because he had asked for air vents to be put in when they built it five years ago, just in case an incident like this happened.
It was not the first robbery at the church.
“Last year we had three robberies in one week while I was away on holiday. The year before that people made off with R60 000 that was stolen after a church fund-raiser.”
The attack has been met with dismay by the Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town, Stephen Brislin.
“It’s absolutely terrible,” he told the Cape Argus on Tuesday.
“I have spoken to him. (Cox) He was obviously quite shaken, but he said he had spent the night praying, and that he forgives them.
“A priest would never fight back – and he’s one of the gentlest and kindest people I know,” the archbishop said.
Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut confirmed the attack on Cox.
He said that no one had been arrested.
Traut asked if anyone had information they should contact the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Brown at 021 710 7335/47.