Johannesburg

Regina Mundi Church

Rockville's Catholic Church built in 1964 has played a hugely significant role in the struggle against Apartheid and even has the bullet holes to prove it. During the student uprising in 1976 students fled here for refuge from Orlando Stadium where they had gathered, and were followed inside by policemen who fired live ammunition into the building. This is South Africa's largest Catholic Church with space for 2000 seated people and standing room for 5000. The site continues to be an important historical monument. It was in this place that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a powerful and much loved leader and outspoken human rights activist, presided over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings from 1995 to 1998. Michelle Obama also visited in 2011 to address young leaders. Look out for the plaque recording the history of the church and of Soweto. There's also an art gallery and memorial stones donated by a Japanese Christian community.
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Open 09:00–17:00. Sunday services 07:00, 09:00.

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Admission R20, extra donations are appreciated.

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