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- Danielle Hoffmeester

Own your anger: Finding inspiration in Mam’ Winnie

Black women in particular face a multitude of racist and gendered oppressions in South Africa. Danielle Hoffmeester, reflecting on the life and death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, argues that anger from black women is not only expected, but necessary. She believes that women need to begin to acknowledge the validity of their anger and translate it into positive action in the service of a non-racist, gender-just South Africa. 

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

The making of a terrorist state

Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya looks at the increasing incidents of violence in the country and examines the disappointing response by the police and the State in reacting to them. He argues that rather than just doing nothing in the face of violent crime, there is evidence that the State's and the police's inaction actually encourages further violence. He argues that civil society, and the Church, need to stand up and condemn not only the violence in society, but the State and police […]

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- Paul Trewhela

The moral problem of Winnie Mandela

From freedom fighter to tyrant and struggle icon, Winnie Mandela's life was complex and remembering her could pose a moral problem. Former political prisoner, Paul Trewhela, reflects on the late leader's life and the moral issue such a reflection could hold for many.  Winnie Madikizela Mandela was not a safe pair of hands. True, life was far easier, calmer and less frightening and stressful for her husband in his almost 30 years on Robben Island and in other prisons than […]

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Catholic Church extends condolences to the families of Mama Madikizela Mandela

Archbishop William Slattery, spokesperson for the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) has released the following statement extending the condolences of the Church to the family of Madikizela Mandela. The Roman Catholic Church extends sincere sympathies to the Madikizela and Mandela families on the passing of the matriarch, Nomzama Winnie Mandela. For over 50 years Winnie Mandela was a major figure in the struggle for a free and democratic South Africa. For her that struggle involved separation from her husband and […]

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- Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her 80th birthday celebrations held at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. (Photo: GCIS)

This poem was penned as a tribute to Madikizela-Mandela and will be published as part of his poetry anthology later this year. This Fight Bears My Name Winnie Madikizela Mandela Our very self was threatened, Subjugated, cursed with ease. What am I am to say when their eyes, stare at me with sheer grief, at the torment, the guile so defined? I refuse to lead them to apologise for home is the land and the land bears their names. What […]

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- Anthony Egan SJ

Cardinal Burke's theological can of worms

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s remarks at a recent conference in Rome, Anthony Egan says, open up the ongoing tensions in the Church over teaching authority, the primacy of the papacy and ultimately our understanding of truth. Burke made headlines when he claimed that disobeying the pope might be a necessary way forward. Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments on 7 April at a conference in Rome (reported in Spotlight Africa 9 April) has potentially opened up a can of theological worms. While no […]

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- spotlight.africa

Pope Francis admits 'serious mistakes' in handling of Chile abuse cases

In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex abuse crisis and asked for forgiveness. The pope summoned Chile’s bishops to Rome to address the issue, and invited victims to meet with him as well. Catholic News Agency's (CNA) Elise Harris reports. Referring to a recent investigation of abuse cover-up in Chile carried out by Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Pope Francis said that after a “slow reading” of the […]

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Benemerenti medal for Archbishop Hurley biographer

Mr Paddy Kearney was awarded a special medal by Pope Francis, recognising his service to the Catholic Church over several decades. He wrote the first comprehensive biography of the great South African Archbishop, Denis Hurley, entitled "Guardian of the Light". Kearney was also instrumental in setting up the Denis Hurley Centre in Durban. At a mass celebrated on Sunday, 8 April at Emmanuel Cathedral, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the Archbishop of Durban, presented Mr Paddy Kearney with the "Benemerenti Medal". The medal is awarded by […]

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An interview with Fr David Rowan SJ: The new president of LCCL Southern Africa

Jesuit Regional Superior in South Africa, Father David Rowan, has been elected as the new president of the Leadership of Consecrated Life (LCCL) in Southern Africa. In an interview with Russell Pollitt, he speaks about the role of LCCL and its current priorities.  LCCL is an association of the elected leaders, men and women, of religious congregations or societies of apostolic life in Southern Africa. The conference, amongst other things, seeks to promote the welfare of the religious institutes; to […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

"Even when life is devastated by vices and addictions, God is present" says Pope in new exhortation

On Monday, 9 April, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis released the third apostolic exhortation of his pontificate entitled "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Rejoice and be glad!). The exhortation focuses on holiness in everyday life. Pope Francis says: "Even when someone’s life appears completely wrecked, even when we see it devastated by vices or addictions, God is present there." He exhorts us all "to find the Lord in every human life." Ricardo da Silva looks at the exhortation and offers […]

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- Bryan Massingale

Martin Luther King Jr

This month we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  Here, Fr Bryan Massingale reflects on the spiritual life of America's civil rights hero and the importance it held for him. Fr Massingale will be the lecturer for the 2018 Winter Living Theology series in South Africa this June and July.   In April we will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. He was killed in Memphis while supporting sanitation workers […]

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Catholic Archbishop horrified by Israeli Defence Force attack

Last week Friday, 30 March 2018, saw tensions escalate in Gaza to make it the worst day since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war. Archbishop Stephen Brislin, Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town, reacts with horror to the massacre and has issued a statement supporting a call for a United Nations commission of inquiry into the 'Passover Massacre'. He says his "solidarity and prayers are with those who work tirelessly for justice and peace in the Holy Land." Among those who joined in […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

The civil rights movement is far from over - the story of Marielle Franco

As we commemorate the tragic events at Sharpeville in 1960 with Human Rights Day in South Africa, Ricardo da Silva SJ reports on the shocking murder last week of one of the most promising women in Brazilian politics, Marielle Franco, a heinous act among many others that suggest the civil rights movement is far from over. 

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- Chris Chatteris SJ

Was Stephen Hawking a "scientific celebrity"?

Much has been written about world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking who died last week. Chris Chatteris looks at some of the content of Hawking's work and wonders about his popularising influence. He wonders if he said some of the things he did tongue in cheek. If  not, Chatteris says, then some of his speculations might just be a little "whacky". 

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- Anthony Egan SJ

Stephen Hawking: What an atheist can teach believers

World-renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76 after a long struggle with a motor neurone disease on 14 March 2018. Anthony Egan takes a look at his life and the significance of his work, suggesting that there is a lot that Christian can learn from this self-proclaimed atheist.

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- Paulina French

The Davis Tax Committee – No April Fools’ Joke

April saw the first increase in VAT since 1993 in South Africa and also the Closing Report of the Davis Tax Committee appointed in 2013 by the then Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan to study SA's tax policies  This increase in VAT will especially affect the most poor in society as Paulina French and Ricardo da Silva SJ, conclude. The long-awaited closing report of the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) was issued at the end of March after five years of work […]

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- Anthony Egan SJ

Cardinal Burke's theological can of worms

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s remarks at a recent conference in Rome, Anthony Egan says, open up the ongoing tensions in the Church over teaching authority, the primacy of the papacy and ultimately our understanding of truth. Burke made headlines when he claimed that disobeying the pope might be a necessary way forward. Cardinal Raymond Burke’s comments on 7 April at a conference in Rome (reported in Spotlight Africa 9 April) has potentially opened up a can of theological worms. While no […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

"Even when life is devastated by vices and addictions, God is present" says Pope in new exhortation

On Monday, 9 April, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis released the third apostolic exhortation of his pontificate entitled "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Rejoice and be glad!). The exhortation focuses on holiness in everyday life. Pope Francis says: "Even when someone’s life appears completely wrecked, even when we see it devastated by vices or addictions, God is present there." He exhorts us all "to find the Lord in every human life." Ricardo da Silva looks at the exhortation and offers […]

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- Anthony Egan SJ

Stephen Hawking: What an atheist can teach believers

World-renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76 after a long struggle with a motor neurone disease on 14 March 2018. Anthony Egan takes a look at his life and the significance of his work, suggesting that there is a lot that Christian can learn from this self-proclaimed atheist.

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- Bryan Massingale

Ignorance, indifference and fear fuel racism

Racism, in various forms, regularly raises its ugly head in South Africa. However, racism is a global phenomenon. The Catholic bishops in South Africa have, for Lent, asked the Church to reflect on racism. Professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York, Fr Bryan Massingale says that most fundamentally racism is a soul-sickness.

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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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- Festo Mkenda SJ

Man in the Middle: A Memoir

Fr Fidelis Mukonori SJ's memoir gradually reveals the many layers of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, from leaders in exile to women and men on the war front, and to simple villagers who hid and fed those fighting. Festo Mkenda SJ reviews the story of the Jesuit priest who mediated Robert Mugabe's exit in what was one of the biggest moments in Zimbabwe's history,

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April 19, 2018 at 2:43pm
WATCH: Fr Bryan Massingale who will be visiting SA soon! “Racial Justice and the Demands of Discipleship” Winter Living Theology 2018 in Southern Africa. Book now! https://t.co/oS7ARplFrs @WLT2018 @CathBoSaSwa @RadioVeritasSA
April 19, 2018 at 4:11am
Fr Bryan Massingale - our WLT 2018 lecturer on "Racism and the Demands of Discipleship". Find out about the dates and locations here: https://t.co/0nXGHf7sG8 (See video here: https://t.co/Otbwj0KHzQ) https://t.co/jlW8Pz7rub
April 17, 2018 at 8:23pm
Press Conference on 200 years of Catholic Church in SA with Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg https://t.co/TdEQbbnk0Q SAJesuits photo
April 11, 2018 at 11:56pm
LISTEN: An interview with Fr David Rowan SJ: The new president of LCCL Southern Africa https://t.co/b0DTLd66WO @CathBoSaSwa @RadioVeritasSA @ScrossZA
April 10, 2018 at 6:17pm
"Even when life is devastated by vices and addictions, God is present" says Pope in new exhortation by Ricardo da Silva @ricdssj https://t.co/lIKZ8pDALZ @CPLO_SA @RadioVeritasSA