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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Women — the invisible face of migration

Having spent some time at the Scalabrinian-run Bienvenu Women’s Shelter in Johannesburg, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reflects on how women are still largely invisible in conversations around migration and xenophobia. He shines a light on some of the challenges and dangers migrant women face. Xenophobic episodes in South Africa have become commonplace. Hardly a month passes without foreign nationals living and working in South Africa’s townships being forced to pack their goods and flee from where they live.  In a recent incident […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

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This year’s Miss South Africa crown went to Zozibini Tunzi. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya comments that Tunzi’s short-cropped natural hair defies Western perceptions of beauty. This leads him into reflecting on how Christianity’s Eurocentric roots shaped perceptions of divinity and worship. However, he also sees the beauty religious depictions and worship that reflect the peoples and cultures among which Christianity resides today. A story is told of how nobody believed native Mexican peasant Juan Diego’s claims that the Virgin Mary had appeared […]

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- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

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On Saturday, 10 August, the Archdiocese of Cape Town celebrated the ordination of two men to the priesthood and another to the diaconate at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians in Lansdowne. Archbishop Stephen Brislin conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Joseph Malama Chimfwembe and Alfredo van der Schyff, while Theo Angelo April was ordained to the diaconate. In his homily, Archbishop Brislin encouraged the three men to pursue their ministries with generosity and cheerfulness. He said […]

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As Church leaders we are not with the people in their struggle, says bishop

The Southern African Catholic Bishop's Conference began their bi-annual plenary session on Wednesday in Mariannhill, Kwazulu-Natal. In his first opening address as president of the conference, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka raised concerns about South Africa's socioeconomic and political situation. He also addressed the issue of clerical sexual abuse.

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

When 67 minutes just isn’t enough

South Africans celebrated Mandela Day on 18 July, giving back 67 minutes in service of others. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya assesses the vast sums raised for political and cultural activities. He suggests they be repurposed to serve society’s most vulnerable.

The post When 67 minutes just isn’t enough by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Women — the invisible face of migration

Having spent some time at the Scalabrinian-run Bienvenu Women’s Shelter in Johannesburg, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reflects on how women are still largely invisible in conversations around migration and xenophobia. He shines a light on some of the challenges and dangers migrant women face. Xenophobic episodes in South Africa have become commonplace. Hardly a month passes without foreign nationals living and working in South Africa’s townships being forced to pack their goods and flee from where they live.  In a recent incident […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

ZozibiniTunziTwitter

This year’s Miss South Africa crown went to Zozibini Tunzi. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya comments that Tunzi’s short-cropped natural hair defies Western perceptions of beauty. This leads him into reflecting on how Christianity’s Eurocentric roots shaped perceptions of divinity and worship. However, he also sees the beauty religious depictions and worship that reflect the peoples and cultures among which Christianity resides today. A story is told of how nobody believed native Mexican peasant Juan Diego’s claims that the Virgin Mary had appeared […]

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- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

PriestsDeacon2CapeTown10Aug

On Saturday, 10 August, the Archdiocese of Cape Town celebrated the ordination of two men to the priesthood and another to the diaconate at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians in Lansdowne. Archbishop Stephen Brislin conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Joseph Malama Chimfwembe and Alfredo van der Schyff, while Theo Angelo April was ordained to the diaconate. In his homily, Archbishop Brislin encouraged the three men to pursue their ministries with generosity and cheerfulness. He said […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Not much to celebrate this Women’s Day

As we commemorate the women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 to demand greater rights for all of South Africa’s citizens, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reflects on the fact that equality and justice remain elusive for many women. He calls for a change of focus on this holiday to tackle contemporary gender-based issues. Femicide has become so commonplace in South Africa that the word needs little explanation. However, when I dropped the word “femicide” into a conversation with a non-South […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

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Statistics South Africa released its employment figures in late July. The data shows that unemployment has increased and the job market remains stagnant. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya draws links between joblessness and increased crime rates, calling on the Church to make a meaningful contribution in accompanying the faithful during difficult economic times. One of the most overused phrases in South Africa today is that youth unemployment “is a ticking time bomb”. High unemployment rates, the lack of educational opportunity, poor preparedness for […]

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- Kyoko Morgan

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Kyoko Morgan reflects on her Japanese history and her family’s stories of World War II. She considers that Japan was both the victim and perpetrator of terrible atrocities, but as is so often the case, history is told from a one-sided perspective. As South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy, she calls for a retelling of the various sides of our struggle history that brings to life the experiences of real people. I was born 22 years after the end […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

ZozibiniTunziTwitter

This year’s Miss South Africa crown went to Zozibini Tunzi. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya comments that Tunzi’s short-cropped natural hair defies Western perceptions of beauty. This leads him into reflecting on how Christianity’s Eurocentric roots shaped perceptions of divinity and worship. However, he also sees the beauty religious depictions and worship that reflect the peoples and cultures among which Christianity resides today. A story is told of how nobody believed native Mexican peasant Juan Diego’s claims that the Virgin Mary had appeared […]

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- Michaela van Nierop

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Michaela van Nierop describes her harrowing experience of rape as a first-year university student after her drink was spiked in a night club. She speaks about the impact that the incident has had on her life, but also demonstrates her appreciation of family and friends who helped her begin her journey towards healing. I finally closed the case against the men who raped me, nearly three years after it happened. It’s so hard to know where to begin, but let […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Not much to celebrate this Women’s Day

As we commemorate the women who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 to demand greater rights for all of South Africa’s citizens, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reflects on the fact that equality and justice remain elusive for many women. He calls for a change of focus on this holiday to tackle contemporary gender-based issues. Femicide has become so commonplace in South Africa that the word needs little explanation. However, when I dropped the word “femicide” into a conversation with a non-South […]

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- Janine Scott-dos Santos

Overcoming racism and prejudice one step at a time

The death of Penny Sparrow, who was convicted on racism charges, elicited a renewed wave of vitriol on social media. Janine Scott-dos Santos suggests that we all have some prejudices. She shares the strategies that helped her to become more aware and overcome her preconceptions of others.

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- Mike Batley

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South Africa’s financial situation remains constrained despite hopes that President Cyril Ramaphosa would create much-needed jobs and restore investor confidence. Mike Batley warns of the dangers of unilateral solutions for South Africa’s economic challenges. He calls for a more holistic and reflective approach to overcome the endemic structural inequalities of our economic landscape. Recent major news stories about the new levels of unemployment in our country have rightly been labelled as an indication that we are in a “crisis”. Added […]

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- Stan Muyebe OP

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The 26 July settlement to compensate former miners who contracted lung diseases is a victory that merits celebration. Stan Muyebe warns, however, that those affected will draw direct benefit from this ruling only if the trust charged with compensating the miners is well-managed. The Justice and Peace Commission continues to promote the transformation of the extractive industry to eliminate mining-related illnesses. On 26 July, the Gauteng High Court approved a R5 billion settlement between gold mining companies and former mineworkers […]

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- Mike Pothier

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The Constitutional Court has sanctioned the public protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkwebane, for abusing the position of her office in failing to report her findings in an objective manner. Legal expert Mike Pothier considers the possible reasons for the public protector’s chequered performance.

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- Chris Chatteris SJ

Génération Identitaire press conference

The upsurge of extreme-right politics on the global stage is alarming. Chris Chatteris SJ looks at a French movement promoting a dangerous and exclusionary worldview that appears, simplistically, to be anti-migrant. But their real qualms are deeper and, perhaps, they need to be heard.

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- Peter-John Pearson

President Cyril Ramaphosa and first lady Tshepo Motsepe, arrive at Parliament for State of the Nation Address.

In his assessment of the latest SONA, Peter-John Pearson, the priest-director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, congratulates the president for his attempts at restoring hope and reinvigorating a listless nation, while warning that inspiring arias alone won't go far.

The post Second SONA of 2019 — offers hope, encourages resilience, lacks detail by Peter-John Pearson appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

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One year after an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the crisis is far from over. Sarah-Leah Pimentel and Shrikant Peters examine the complex challenges that have prevented the effective containment of the epidemic. There is a real risk of Ebola spreading to neighbouring countries unless the DRC government, regional and international bodies, and local communities work together to eliminate it. The 1 August marked the one-year anniversary of the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola […]

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- Stan Muyebe OP

TshekisoTebaloMiners

The 26 July settlement to compensate former miners who contracted lung diseases is a victory that merits celebration. Stan Muyebe warns, however, that those affected will draw direct benefit from this ruling only if the trust charged with compensating the miners is well-managed. The Justice and Peace Commission continues to promote the transformation of the extractive industry to eliminate mining-related illnesses. On 26 July, the Gauteng High Court approved a R5 billion settlement between gold mining companies and former mineworkers […]

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- Mike Pothier

ScalesofJusticeSuccoPixabay

The Constitutional Court has sanctioned the public protector, Adv Busisiwe Mkwebane, for abusing the position of her office in failing to report her findings in an objective manner. Legal expert Mike Pothier considers the possible reasons for the public protector’s chequered performance.

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

When 67 minutes just isn’t enough

South Africans celebrated Mandela Day on 18 July, giving back 67 minutes in service of others. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya assesses the vast sums raised for political and cultural activities. He suggests they be repurposed to serve society’s most vulnerable.

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- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Image of the African continent

Frustrated by an endless lack of governance by African leaders, many question whether democracy is a valid system of governance on the continent. Sarah-Leah Pimentel examines the impact of an authoritative leadership style on lasting stability.

The post IN-DEPTH — Crackdown on democratic freedoms thwarts prospects for lasting peace in Africa by Sarah-Leah Pimentel appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ

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Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has captured the imagination of climate change activists. Chris Chatteris SJ examines the environmental impact of a consumer economy on the future of the planet.

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- 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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

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- 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.

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- 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: […]

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- 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. 

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- 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 […]

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- 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 […]

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- 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. […]

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- 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 […]

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- 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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