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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Calling the Church out on its inequality

Sadly, the Equality Report produced by the South African Human Rights Commission in South Africa makes for dismal reading and calls on all of us to play our role in creating a more equitable and just society. Here, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya calls the Church to its own ‘mea culpa’ in bringing inequality when it comes to one of society’s most basic needs – education.  It was hardly a “stop the presses” moment when the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) released […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

The EFF land expropriation proposal

Land expropriation without compensation is what the EFF believes is necessary to redress the great land injustice in South Africa. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes us through what this means by examining the history of land expropriation and the EFF's proposed way forward. 

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The Bishops: “Elections are an opportunity to build a new Zimbabwe”

Fides News Agency reports how the Bishops of Zimbabwe have released a new pastoral letter, entitled “Opening a new door” in which they state their belief that the upcoming elections are an opportunity to build a new Zimbabwe. Harare (Agenzia Fides) “We believe, we hope and we pray, that the coming elections of 30th July 2018 will be such a moment for us all” write the Bishops of Zimbabwe in the pastoral letter entitled “Opening a new door” dedicated to […]

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Why does corruption spread across the continent? African Union Summit

Commenting on the 31st African Union Summit (25 June – 02 July 2018) in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Father Donald Zagore of the Society of African Missions asked why corruption is so rampant in Africa and sees the remedy in not only addressing greed within the culture, but of reconstructing an African civilization that is based on “promoting the culture of excellence, duty and responsibility.” Agenzia Fides reports: Why is corruption rampant in Africa? “This is a phenomenon that goes beyond the […]

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ZCBC: Elections could open a new door for Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s forthcoming elections on 30 July could be a pivotal moment in the country’s history, say the Catholic Bishops of Zimbabwe. In a pastoral letter, the bishops have called for Zimbabweans to vote for the good of the country and to pray for the country's moment of grace. 

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What to say of the crisis in the Church?

The sexual abuse crisis that has in recent months come to light in the Chilean Church has left many questioning. Earlier this week the New York Times exposed how popular former archbishop of Washington DC, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, preyed on young men who wanted to be priests. Miguel Jesús Pedreros, a Chilean Jesuit, reflects on his own reactions to the crisis facing the Church in his country. For a few weeks now I have been asking myself: “What to say […]

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The Bishops: “Elections are an opportunity to build a new Zimbabwe”

Fides News Agency reports how the Bishops of Zimbabwe have released a new pastoral letter, entitled “Opening a new door” in which they state their belief that the upcoming elections are an opportunity to build a new Zimbabwe. Harare (Agenzia Fides) “We believe, we hope and we pray, that the coming elections of 30th July 2018 will be such a moment for us all” write the Bishops of Zimbabwe in the pastoral letter entitled “Opening a new door” dedicated to […]

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Issues of Faith: Saints

Recently an episode of Issues of Faith on SABC 2 broadcast a documentary about the Saints. The programme includes a discussion on the history of and devotion to the saints in the Catholic Church. It explores who saints are and how they are canonised. The programme also looks at the life of  Southern Africa’s first blessed, Benedict Daswa. This documentary was originally broadcast on Sunday 17 June at 09:00am on SABC 2. It is now available on the SABC’s YouTube channel. In […]

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- Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Association of Catholic Tertiary Students celebrate 25 years!

The Association of Catholic Tertiary Students celebrates its silver jubilee this year. Over 150 students and graduates, as well as past and present chaplains joined Bishops Stanislaw Jan Dziuba and Jan de Groef at St John Vianney Seminary in Pretoria on Saturday, 7 July 2018, for the celebration. In his homily Bishop Dziuba challenged the students to discover true freedom and to offer themselves in service. He exhorted them to “not be afraid to go against the tide, even if it […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Get angry – it is sometimes the right thing to do!

There is a tendency in society to control our anger, but at times it is right to be angry. Ricardo da Silva reflects on this in the light of the ongoing SASSA social grants debacle and the ancient wisdom given to us by St Thomas Aquinas, which justify the outrage being expressed by those who rightly fight for the poorest among us. The Winter Living Theology 2018 series by Fr Bryan Massingale addressed and reflected upon the social and religious impact […]

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- Peter-John Pearson

Civil society and the Global Compact on Migration

On 9 July, 180 civil society groups active in the field of migration issued a joint statement ahead of the sixth and final round of discussions on the Global Compact on Migration (GCM), due to take place in New York. Peter-John Pearson, Director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office looks at the most important issues which the organisations asked the negotiating states to be vigilant about. 

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- Jean Amegble SJ

The paradox of migration

The world is aghast following reports of Mexican migrant children being forcibly separated from their parents and detained in cages as they make their crossing, even if illegal, into the USA. The ongoing horrors perpetrated by Donald Trump and those in his administration are added to the unceasing drownings of North-African citizens in the Mediterranean Sea as they seek passage into a seemingly more hopeful Europe. Jean Amegble, commenting on migratory patterns, argues that “there is an untold and paradoxical […]

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Abuse allegation against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick ‘credible’

In a shocking announcement, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who served as the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., before retiring in 2006, has announced that he is stepping down from active ministry after allegations of sexual abuse were found “credible and substantiated.” Elise Harris of Catholic News Agency reports. The Archdiocese of New York announced Wednesday that an investigation it conducted into an allegation of sexual abuse against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who oversaw multiple U.S. dioceses, has found the accusation […]

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“God made you like this and loves you like this” – Pope says to gay Catholic

These are said to be the words of the Pope to gay Chilean, Juan Carlos Cruz, who was sexually abused by a priest. A Brazilian Jesuit, Luís Corrêa Lima, argues that even though some might suggest otherwise, “[t]his does not suggest that he Pope disregards the doctrinal documents of the Church, but rather that, in this situation, he makes use of the elements that are pastorally more important” An impressive and admirable comment by Pope Francis has spread widely. The […]

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- Jean Amegble SJ

The Visitation and Spiderman of Paris: A lesson in generosity

Inspired by the recent heroic rescue of a young French child by the Malian immigrant, dubbed the ‘Spiderman of Paris’, Mamadou Gassama, Jean Amegble SJ writes on the evident compassion of this man and how the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary might also inspire all of us to be similarly heroic and compassionate in our lives, especially to the immigrants and strangers in our midst, whom Pope Francis challenges us to encounter and welcome. Recently, the […]

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What to say of the crisis in the Church?

The sexual abuse crisis that has in recent months come to light in the Chilean Church has left many questioning. Earlier this week the New York Times exposed how popular former archbishop of Washington DC, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, preyed on young men who wanted to be priests. Miguel Jesús Pedreros, a Chilean Jesuit, reflects on his own reactions to the crisis facing the Church in his country. For a few weeks now I have been asking myself: “What to say […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

The EFF land expropriation proposal

Land expropriation without compensation is what the EFF believes is necessary to redress the great land injustice in South Africa. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes us through what this means by examining the history of land expropriation and the EFF's proposed way forward. 

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Advice to kings – on their land and their people

The raging debate on whether we need kings exposes a more urgent one: how those with power use it with regards to the poorest and the most marginalised, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya says.  The sight of the South African president on his knees having a conversation with the Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, seated on his throne, has not gone down well with many South Africans, especially with those of a republican persuasion. President Ramaphosa met with King Zwelithini in an effort to […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Get angry – it is sometimes the right thing to do!

There is a tendency in society to control our anger, but at times it is right to be angry. Ricardo da Silva reflects on this in the light of the ongoing SASSA social grants debacle and the ancient wisdom given to us by St Thomas Aquinas, which justify the outrage being expressed by those who rightly fight for the poorest among us. The Winter Living Theology 2018 series by Fr Bryan Massingale addressed and reflected upon the social and religious impact […]

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- Jean Amegble SJ

The paradox of migration

The world is aghast following reports of Mexican migrant children being forcibly separated from their parents and detained in cages as they make their crossing, even if illegal, into the USA. The ongoing horrors perpetrated by Donald Trump and those in his administration are added to the unceasing drownings of North-African citizens in the Mediterranean Sea as they seek passage into a seemingly more hopeful Europe. Jean Amegble, commenting on migratory patterns, argues that “there is an untold and paradoxical […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: No Longer At Ease

In 2018 we mark the diamond jubilee of the the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This novel was read widely in South Africa as a school set-work. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes a look at another of Achebe’s works, No Longer At Ease. He says that this is a great companion work and continuation of Things Fall Apart.  “It introduces complexity into the story of how colonialism and Christianity break African culture with tragic and progressive consequences,” Ntabeni writes. No Longer […]

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- Chris Chatteris SJ

REVIEW: Incorruptible: The story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

Incorruptible: The story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani (foreword by Pravin Gordhan). ZAM, Evelyn Groenink, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-6399268-0-3. 363 pages. Dulcie September was assassinated in Paris on the 29th of March 1988. She was shot five times in the face, not in the back as one particular journalistic meme has it. At the time, the world was more than ready to believe that she was the victim of a death squad of the apartheid […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: The Land is Ours

This is an excruciating book of loss of crucial black talent that describes how all-encompassing the colonial and apartheid systems were in destroying all manner of black lives. A historical journey through the history of the country's first black lawyers and the founding of what would become the ANC, the book is also testimony to the resilience of the black spirit. Mphuthumi Ntabeni reviews The Land is Ours by Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: Khwezi

In his latest review, Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at the story of Fezekile Kuzwayo, known as Khwezi, as written by broadcast journalist Redi Tlhabi. A victim of sexual abuse and politically motivated slander, Khwezi's is a tragic tale that resulted in her fleeing from the country, while the accused went on to become one of the most controversial presidents this country has seen. 

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: Always Another Country

This book is racy and Afro funky; cosmopolitan and pan Africanist; intersectional and intimate. It depicts a young life that had to grow up very quickly under fast changing circumstances, and forever changing landscapes, cultures, politics and religion. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes a closer look at this progeny of our era.

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July 13, 2018 at 1:51am
Jesuit General: Pedro Arrupe’s cause for canonization underway https://t.co/eesUmfEvoZ
June 28, 2018 at 11:22am
“Racism is not a matter of laws it is a matter of the heart" - Fr Bryan Massingale says on arrival in SA speaking in Soweto. LISTEN HERE: https://t.co/mYwh0ADGSv
June 28, 2018 at 6:24am
“Displaced children already face significant trauma and challenges because of their forced displacement,” says @jrosenhauer, Executive Director @jrsusa.
https://t.co/zehBY7hwDG
June 28, 2018 at 6:23am
We have the resources in our faith to bring #RacialJustice:
1. Baptism makes us a new creation;
2. Eucharist is “shockingly inclusive table fellowship”;
3. Communion of saints: we must run our leg in the relay race as best we can! #WLT2018 #BryanMassingale