Roman Catholic Church in South Africa


The Roman Catholic Church in South Africa is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope and curia in Rome. There are 26 dioceses and archdioceses, plus an apostolic vicariate.


As building type

A building designed for public worship by members of the Roman Catholic community. There are three types of churches, the smallest being a chapel which is often for private family use - or convents or monasteries. Then a church which is the place of worship for local congregations and cathedral which is the central church for a diocese and is presided over by a bishop.