Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, General Decree Concerning Days of Fast and Abstinence, January 1998.


In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 1253, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference hereby decrees that the days of fast and abstinence within its territory are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Fridays are days of abstinence from meat, but the faithful may substitute abstinence from alcohol, tobacco or luxury foods or other forms of penance, especially acts of charity or exercises of piety.




Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1786.