RIP Archbishop Lawrence Henry

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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



Girl (10) Kills Mom with Air Rifle Brother Got for Christmas

IOL police tapeChristmas gone wrong.

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?!


Another Police Officer Killed

In Hout Bay, Cape Town:

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 Metro Policeman Killed


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.

More here.