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Republic of South Africa (South Africa)

South Africa

Also known as: Südafrika (Deutsch), Sudáfrica (español), l'Afrique du Sud (français), Repubblica Sudafricana (Italiano), Republika Południowej Afryki (polski), África do Sul (Português), 南非 (正體中文), 南アフリカ (日本語), Africa Australis (latine)

Continent: Southern Africa

Capital: Pretoria

Area: 1,214,470 km²

Population: 54,841,552

Patron Saint: Our Lady of Assumption

Saints: 1 Blessed

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Religions: Protestant 36.6% (Zionist Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%), Catholic 7.1%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1%

Languages: isiZulu (official) 22.7%, isiXhosa (official) 16%, Afrikaans (official) 13.5%, English (official) 9.6%, Sepedi (official) 9.1%, Setswana (official) 8%, Sesotho (official) 7.6%, Xitsonga (official) 4.5%, siSwati (official) 2.5%, Tshivenda (official) 2.4%, isiNdebele (official) 2.1%, sign language 0.5%, other 1.6%

Ethnic Groups: black African 80.2%, white 8.4%, colored 8.8%, Indian/Asian 2.5%

Motto: (Unity in Diversity)

Neighbouring Countries: Bouvet Island Bouvet Island, ↖ Namibia Namibia, ↑ Botswana Botswana, ↗ Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, ↗ Mozambique Mozambique, → Eswatini Eswatini, ↘ Heard Island and McDonald Islands Heard Island and McDonald Islands, ☉ Lesotho Lesotho

Circumscriptions (27): Metr. Archdioceses (5), Dioceses (20), Military Ordinariates (1), Apostolic Vicariates (1)

Roman Rite (27): Aliwal, Bethlehem, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, De Aar, Dundee, Durban, Eshowe, Ingwavuma, Johannesburg, Keimoes–Upington, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Kokstad, Kroonstad, Mariannhill, Mthatha, Oudtshoorn, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria, Queenstown, Rustenburg, South African Defence Force, Tzaneen, Umzimkulu, Witbank

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Changes in Circumscriptions | Former Circumscriptions

CardinalsCardinals (0 electors/1 total): Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, O.F.M. (80)Napier (80) | All Cardinals

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Special Churches Special Churches: Cathedrals Cathedrals (29)

Documents and Celebrations Documents and Celebrations

Papal Visits

Apostolic Nunciature: South Africa Archbishop Peter Bryan Wells (58)

Conference of Bishops: Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (S.A.C.B.C.) Link Bishop Sithembele Anton Sipuka (61)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (I.M.B.I.S.A.) Link Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula (61)

International Meeting of Bishops’ Conferences: Symposium des Conférences Episcoaples d’Afrique et de Madagascar (S.C.E.A.M.) Link Cardinal Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo (76)

as of 2021.08.12

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