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- Dom Total

‘Horrendously hard, cruel and atrocious’ — This economy kills!

88 years ago Pope Pius XI issued an economic critique. Élio Gasda SJ, a Brazilian moral theologian, shows that in the Catholic view, the economy should not be devoted to the enrichment of a few but to the principles of social justice and solidarity.

The post ‘Horrendously hard, cruel and atrocious’ — This economy kills! by Dom Total appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg // spotlight.africa

Speaking to spotlight.africa, the archbishop of Johannesburg, Buti Tlhagale OMI, has made a special appeal to young people, begging them to “exercise their right to vote.” He has also appealed to South Africa’s young people to act decisively against xenophobic violence, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

The post WATCH — Archbishop Tlhagale pleads with young people: ‘Please, rise, vote.’ by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Bishop Dabula Mpako, archbishop-elect of Pretoria // Facebook

Pope Francis has received the resignation of Archbishop William Slattery of Pretoria, having reached the age of retirement and has appointed Bishop Dabula Mpako of Queenstown to succeed Slattery in Pretoria.

The post Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop for Pretoria by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

Pulpit Politics or don’t take anything they say in church seriously?

The fast-approaching elections in South Africa seem to have brought a number of politicians to preach their political views from the pulpit of churches. Anthony Egan SJ, a moral theologian and political scientist explores this phenomenon as we hurtle towards voting day.

The post Pulpit Politics or don’t take anything they say in church seriously? by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Grant Tungay SJ

Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in flames seen from the banks of Seine // Solveig Godeluck, Twitter

The cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris burned last night, as much of it was devastated by an aggressive fire tearing through its heart. Grant Tungay SJ, studies theology in Paris and frequently worshipped at the Paris cathedral. He shares wi th us the moment he learned of the fire and the history of this most sacred place in the Catholic world.

The post Notre-Dame weeps by Grant Tungay SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Euthanasia debate to resurface with murder trial of DignitySA founder

Euthanasia and assisted suicide is seen in the Catholic Church as a violation of Divine Law. The case of murder against DignitySA founder, Sean Davison, to be heard in South Africa re-opens this controversial debate, as Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reports.

The post Euthanasia debate to resurface with murder trial of DignitySA founder by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Ranjeni Munusamy in Morocco for Pope Francis’ apostolic visit // Photo supplied

Prominent political journalist and committed Catholic, Ranjeni Munusamy has said that she will likely be unable to vote given the lacklustre state of politics in South Africa at present. But one of the country’s best-known Catholic priest's, Smangaliso Mkhatshwa is trying hard to get her to change her mind. Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

The post Fr Smangaliso Mkhatshwa writes to journalist Ranjeni Munusamy asking her to vote by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Bishop Dabula Mpako, archbishop-elect of Pretoria // Ricardo da Silva SJ, spotlight.africa

Pope Francis has named the next archbishop Pretoria. Bishop Dabula Mpako of Queenstown diocese is the archbishop-elect of Pretoria, was in Pretoria this week. He spoke to Ricardo da Silva SJ about his appointment, leaving the diocese of Queenstown and his hopes for his new archdiocese.

The post WATCH — Bishop Dabula Mpako, the next archbishop of Pretoria by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Bishop Dabula Mpako, archbishop-elect of Pretoria // Facebook

Pope Francis has received the resignation of Archbishop William Slattery of Pretoria, having reached the age of retirement and has appointed Bishop Dabula Mpako of Queenstown to succeed Slattery in Pretoria.

The post Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop for Pretoria by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

GovernmentZA, Flickr

Imprisoned abaThembu king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, has applied for presidential pardon. This action has inspired Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya to consider how the Christian imperative to show care for the imprisoned should apply. He learns that those jailed must at least show themselves to be sorry if they want to be freed.

The post abaThembu king’s application for presidential pardon begs Biblical wisdom by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Cyril Ramaphosa, president of the ANC is sworn in as a Member of Parliament on 22 May

Two head of state inaugurations this week might be worlds apart but they are closer in many than first meets the eye. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya writes.

The post This is not for laughs, Mr President by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Dome of the Rock and the old town viewed from Mount of Olives. Jerusalem, Israel

The sounds made by people gathered for prayer are considered, by some, a serious public nuisance and a violation of religious freedom. A heated social media exchange on this issue provoked Sarah-Leah Pimentel to write.

The post For whom the bell tolls: prayer or noise? by Sarah-Leah Pimentel appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Iftar gathering organised in Dubai for Muslim workers to break their daily fast.

The spate of attacks spurred by religious extremism is growing at an alarming rate. As Muslim believers the world over observe the sacred month of Ramadan, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya worries about the recurring need for revenge that religious hate can inspire.

The post Terrorism and religious tastes by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Glen Mashinini, the Chair of the Electoral Commission (IEC) Officially Announces the 2019 National and Provincial Elections Results at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria // GCIS

We might owe greater respect to those who made a principled decision not to vote than to those who did so as a matter of course. That applies to our religious practice too. Are we living our faith or simply meeting obligations, asks Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.

The post Calling for active participation — in our politics and in our religion by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Pope Francis during an in-flight press conference // Vatican Media

Pope Francis’ comments on the ordination of women to the diaconate, given on an in-flight papal press conference this week, suggest that despite expectations of an announcement this week on the matter, disappointingly, a decision won’t be made now.

The post No women deacons — for now by Annemarie Paulin-Campbell appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Lia Marx

Ballot form for 2009 elections in South Africa. // Paul Jacobson, Flickr

With less than three weeks to go to until voting day, Lia Marx is still struggling to decide who to vote for. Is there any value to voting for a smaller political party, she asks. And, if so why is their voice so marginal in the media?

The post Why we hardly hear from the smaller political parties by Lia Marx appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Cameron Upchurch

'Mystic Lamb', a part of the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck, 1432 // Public domain

The Easter Triduum is the high-point of the Catholic liturgical year. Sadly, many are not afforded the opportunity to appreciate the liturgical significance embedded in these ceremonies. Cameron Upchurch highlights the importance of this time, drawing our attention to the Sequence of the Mass of Easter Sunday, an often-overlooked part of the Catholic liturgies at Easter.

The post The Sequence of the Mass of Easter Sunday – An overlooked liturgical treasure by Cameron Upchurch appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

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A conference on tax justice and poverty held in Nairobi from 12-14 March 2019, repeatedly revealed the connivance of the rich at the disastrous expense of the poor. Ricardo da Silva SJ, was incensed after finding a study into the illicit exit of monies from developing world countries. Conservative estimates show that South Africa loses 5.9 billion USD annually due to illicit financial flows — that’s 85 billion ZAR.

The post Stats show the rich really do get richer while the poor get poorer by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Vatican News

SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha // Vatican Media

When I return home after this meeting “we will be encouraging people to speak up” Bishop Sithembele Sipuka said speaking to Vatican News' Linda Bordoni on the sidelines of the four-day meeting of presidents of bishops’ conferences on “The Protection of Minors in the Church”.

The post SA bishop: Church has been in denial by Vatican News appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Mike Batley

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South African leaders, whether in business, government or even the non-profit sector, offer us little to desire or indeed to aspire to if we consider the mounds of evidence of corruption and criminality revealed on a daily basis across the country's top brass. Mike Batley suggests that they could do worse than look to the Christian ethical principle of the “common good”, and take new direction from old wisdom.

The post In business and politics, the ‘common good’ should be our trump card by Mike Batley appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame light the Kwibuka21 Flame of Remembrance and begin the 100 days of mourning in Kigali Genocide Memorial, Rwanda // Kwibuka Rwanda, Facebook

As the world celebrates what Rwanda has been able to achieve in the last 25 years and how many Africans seem ready to embrace the Kagame way, the inevitable and uncomfortable question is whether democracy is overrated, asks Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.

The post The enigma that is Rwanda by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

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The outrage over threats to burn Louis Myburgh’s corruption-exposing book pretends South Africa has an acceptable culture of protest, concludes Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.

The post Why are we outraged by the burning of books? by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope Francis greets children during his visit to Rabat's Cathedral // Russell Pollitt SJ, spotlight.africa

On Sunday Pope Francis visited a social centre on the outskirts of Rabat. He then met with the faithful, religious and priests before celebrating Mass, bringing to an end his apostolic visit to Morocco. Russell Pollitt SJ writes from Rabat.

The post Size doesn’t matter — Pope Francis tells Christians in Morocco by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

A woman reads the Koran outside the Catholic Cathedral in Rabat // Russell Pollitt SJ, spotlight.africa

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Nasser Bourita — speaking to Russell Pollitt SJ — thinks that there is a convergence between the thinking of Pope Francis and the Moroccan king, Mohammed VI.

The post Religion cannot justify terrorist ​acts – says Moroccan Foreign Minister by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope Francis and the Moroccan King, Mohammed VI // Vatican Media

Pope Francis is in Morocco for his two-day apostolic visit to the North African country which is 99% Muslim. He was warmly greted by King Mohammed VI, called 'Commander of the Faithful'. Russell Pollitt SJ reports on this historic encounter from Morocco.

The post Pope and Moroccan King call for interreligious solidarity by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ

The new asceticism

Ancient ascetic ideas seem to be making a resurgence but, as Chris Chatteris reflects on an article recently published by a French sociologist of religion, it seems that it now has more secular than religious appeal.

The post The new asceticism by Chris Chatteris SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Israel Folau catches a high ball // David Molloy, Flickr

Australian rugby sensation, Israel Folau and those who support his outrageous comments on social media might think that his actions make him a martyr for Christianity. For Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya, his posts make him a bigot.

The post Folau gives faith a bad name by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Raymond Baker interviewed in Nairobi, Kenya by Ricardo da Silva SJ // spotlight.africa

Raymond Baker is the president of Global Financial Integrity and an international authority on financial crimes. Ricardo da Silva SJ asks about Illicit Financial Flows, their impact on developing nations and why it's important for people of faith to act.

The post WATCH — Illicit Financial Flows grow poverty in the developing world by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

Thomas Pogge, professor of philosophy and international affairs at Yale University addresses Tax Justice Conference in Nairobi // Ricardo da Silva SJ, spotlight.africa

Those at the coal-face, those sitting in influential boardrooms and those who teach in prestigious lecture halls, came together to discuss the complexities of international tax justice and its link to poverty at an international conference held in Nairobi. Anthony Egan SJ takes stock.

The post Tax Justice Conference ‘Dividends’ by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

Attiya Waris, professor of fiscal law, on tax justice and its intersections with gender justice // Ricardo da Silva SJ, spotlight.africa

On day two of the conference on Tax Justice, Domestic Resource Mobilization and Stemming Illicit Financial Flows in Nairobi, Kenya, the focus turned to ethics. Anthony Egan SJ, reports.

The post The ethics of tax justice by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ — the impact of a book on the Catholic Church today

A recent book touting homosexuality among senior clergy in the Catholic Church by French author Frédéric Martel has provoked a mixed reception. Anthony Egan SJ shares the power that he believes such a book could have for the scandal-plagued Catholic Church, today.

The post ‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ — the impact of a book on the Catholic Church today by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW — Living with the Gods

In ‘Living with the Gods’, Neil MacGregor says that a set of shared beliefs and assumptions (faith, ideology, religion, etc) are at the centre of human existence and progress. Mphuthumi Ntabeni was enthralled by MacGregor’s idea that no organised society, in the past, has ever been able to thrive without a shared set of beliefs. It is simply a crucial part of our shared identity. Living with the Gods by Neil MacGregor. Penguin Books (Imprint: Allen Lane). Published: 17/09/2018. ISBN: […]

The post REVIEW — Living with the Gods by Mphuthumi Ntabeni appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

Peter Storey at the launch of his autobiography in Cape Town. // Izak de Vries, Twitter

Retired South African Methodist Bishop Peter Storey’s autobiography evokes on one level the chaotic and heroic struggle of the churches against apartheid in the second half of the twentieth century. But on a deeper level it is a profound meditation on conscience, courage and what it is to be human writes Anthony Egan SJ.

The post REVIEW — I beg to differ: ministry amid the teargas by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW — I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made For Whiteness

Present happenings in South Africa show a growing urgency and a desperate need for talking about racism; but perhaps in ways that, before, we have been too afraid or too uncomfortable to do. We need to build firm and sustainable bridges between black and white people that do not ignore the pain wrought and the anger that is still widely felt. In this review by Mphuthumi Nthabeni he shares the living struggles of black American Christian author, Austin Channing Brown, and […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW — Women, power and the reinforcement of patriarchy

August is a time dedicated to the advancement of women, but despite lots of talk over the years, little has changed. Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at Mary Beard's seminal book on the origins of misogyny and modern society perpetuates these. 

The post REVIEW — Women, power and the reinforcement of patriarchy by Mphuthumi Ntabeni appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Br Alois at a prayer gathering in Basel City // Spotlight.Africa

Br Alois Löser is the Prior of the ecumenical Community of Taizé in France. Next year he will visit South Africa where his community will host a gathering called “The Pilgrimage of Trust on Earth”. Some brothers are already living in Cape Town preparing for the meeting which will attract thousands of young people from across the world. Br Alois was in Rome for the Synod of Bishops on Young People. He spoke to Russell Pollitt SJ about South Africa […]

The post South Africa teaches the world to hope, Taizé Prior says by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope Francis greets a young auditor at the closing mass of the Synod of Bishops on Youth //Vatican Media

On Sunday 28 October Pope Francis celebrated mass in St Peter’s Basilica to mark the end of the month-long worldwide gathering of bishops for the Synod on Young People. The final document of the Synod was released late Saturday evening. Russell Pollitt SJ has been following the Synod in Rome, he takes a look at the final document.  Late in the evening of Saturday 27 October the final document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and […]

The post Synod 2018 – ENDS: Women, sex abuse & a synodal Church by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope Francis surrounde by Synod Fathers at Mass in St Peter's Basilica //Vatican Media

The Primate of all Ireland said at Friday’s Synod of Bishops press briefing that he has not engaged with and encouraged young people enough, writes Russell Pollitt SJ from Rome. A graced month Both Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Austria and Archbishop Eamon Martin of Ireland said that the Synod has been a time of grace – despite their personal apprehension before it started. Cardinal Schönborn said that when appointed he was concerned about being away from Vienna for such a long time. […]

The post Synod 2018 – Now “determined in missionary spirit” by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Synod Father and an auditor address the press on Thursday //Vatican Media

On Thursday two main issues were discussed at the press briefing for the Synod of Bishops on Young People: Synodality as the way forward and the scandal of sex abuse in the Church. Russell Pollitt SJ writes from Rome. The Synod Fathers and auditors did a 6 kilometer pilgrimage today from Monte Mario to St Peter’s. At St Peter’s, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, presided at Mass.  The Holy Father […]

The post Synod 2018 – “Synodality” is the keyword by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Holy See Press Briefing for Synod on Youth //Vatican Media

Although many young people attend mass and go to confession, and despite 12 years of catechism, God still remains an abstract thought for them, a bishop says at Wednesday’s press briefing. Russell Pollitt SJ reports from Rome. On Wednesday the Synod Fathers discussed the draft of the final document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. A letter to young people, from the Synod, was also read out in the General Assembly. It is […]

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May 25, 2019 at 1:30am
"When we speak about the poor & excluded, the mission isn't to know about them or work for them...

Our mission is to walk WITH them.

The good shepherd smells of his sheep. He live with them, among them, FOR them.

That is how we answer the call."

- Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ
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May 22, 2019 at 4:08pm
Creating a Culture of safeguarding is our priority. Our CP Office is engaging all collaborators and #Jesuits working in our missions to be culturally sensitive and contextually relevant in the safeguarding environment to ensure a generation free from abuse. We continue to engage https://t.co/b2SpaQdjBU SAJesuits photo
May 22, 2019 at 4:07pm
“I ask my Jesuit brothers:

‘We've 8 days a year to renew our experience of the Spiritual Exercises. Do we faithfully exercise our skills of prayer & discernment?

The SE is our greatest gift to the Church. We live that gift to give it to others."’

- Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ
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May 14, 2019 at 8:50pm
On the occasion of their 50th anniversary, the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, at the Curia of the Society of Jesus, shares videos from former secretaries on the challenges perceived for the social & ecological ministry today ➡️ https://t.co/whiB26X5hI via @TheJesuits
Apr 30, 2019 at 9:37am
Good news... A great appointment! Congratulations to Bishop Dabula Mpako https://t.co/B2IjWmU4FR