No Longer Afraid: HIV/AIDs In the South African Church

An introduction to South Africa's Roman Catholic HIV AIDS programs, focusing on prevention, clinics, orphans, and spiritual counselling.



Program Twelve: No Longer Afraid: HIV AIDS in the South Africa Church



  • Missions Today (the magazine published by the Propagation of the Faith/English Canadian Branch. Online version.


Study Guide


The goal of Program Twelve is to introduce students to a variety of programs within the South African Church to alleviate the HIV AIDS pandemic throughout the country. Interviews with Durham's Cardinal Wilfred Napier, Johannesburg's Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, Port Elizabeth's Bishop Michael Coleman, Dundee Bishop Graham Rose and others.


1. Show the internet TV DVD Program Twelve: No Longer Afraid: HIV AIDS in the South Africa Church

2. Ask students to form small groups to describe the following:

  • Describe some aspects of the HIV AIDS crises in South Africa.
  • Describe the key programs being carried out by the Roman
    Catholic Church in South Africa to alleviate the HIV AIDS crisis.
  • What is your favourite comment from South Africa's Church
    leaders with regard to how they are trying to help people with HIV AIDS? Explain why.
  • What can the Canadian Church learn from the South African
    Church when it comes to helping people with HIV AIDS?
  • Give three reasons why Canadian Catholics should support the work of the Church in South Africa.

3. Option for Take-Home Assignment

Via the Internet find more facts about:

  • The Church in South Africa and how its population fits into the overall religious character of the country.
  • Describe how students can help Propagation of the Faith support Catholics and their work in South Africa.
  • Locate all the dioceses and archdiocese of the South African Catholic Church on a map of South Africa.

In groups, make presentations to the class about any or all of the above.