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- Jean Amegble SJ

Waste: the African problem

We are often led to think that questions surrounding the environment, waste and pollution are a problem for wealthy nations and large multinational corporations. In this piece, Togolese Jesuit Jean Amegble interrogates this myth showing that although developed nations may have much for which to account, the problem of waste is a problem created by all people, even the poorest. When I was last in Togo, I travelled to the interior from the city’s capital, Lomé. The journey left me […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

A call to a common prayer after Malmesbury

Attacks on houses of worship remind people of faith of their duty to demonstrate to the unbelieving world, the virtues of tolerance, patience and compassion in a world filled with hate, intolerance and self-righteousness, says Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.  No self-respecting atheist would conclude their attack on people of faith by neglecting to point out that human history is replete with examples of wars fought in the name of one or another god. They would say, that although atheists like Pol Pot and […]

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As Zimbabwe election approaches, Christian leaders stress peace, civility

As Zimbabwe prepares for its major presidential election next month, Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are stressing the need for calm and peace in the run-up to this momentous transition, Catholic News Agency reports. Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are stressing the need for civility and a peaceful transition as the country prepares for a major presidential election next month. Leaders from different Christian groups met on May 28-30 in the capital city of Harare for a conference themed “Religious Leaders Supporting the Zimbabwe […]

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- Claire Mathieson

Top tips if you’re hiring or looking to be hired

As part of a new series on unemployment, Spotlight looks at the disconnect between jobseekers and those hiring. Claire Mathieson speaks to a human resources expert, Helen van Eeden, about her personal experiences on both sides of the table, as jobseeker and recruiter. She shares her top tips for closing the gap.  

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

State looting and the Church

The looting of the state coffers is a crime against the poor that requires, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya argues, that the church respond to its prophetic mission of being on the side of the marginalised. Imagine if the government gave the most vulnerable members of society a once off R1,600 to buy the little extras they ordinarily have to do without? The multiplier effect (a phenomenon wherein a given change in a particular input, such as government spending, causes a larger change […]

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Catholic Bishops condemn Mosque attack

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has issued a statement condemning the Mosque attack in Malmesbury – about 70km north-east of Cape Town. A man attacked the worshipers in the Mosque, two men lost their lives in what the bishops have called an “atrocity”.  Statement on the Malmesbury Mosque attack On behalf of the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa, and the Catholic Church, we wish to express our deep shock and abhorrence of the recent atrocity at the Malmesbury Mosque. […]

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Pope: Migrants should be protected, especially children and families

Pope Francis has a number of tags that can be attached to his name: mercy, poor, joy and creation being a few. Another area of global concern that he continues to address is that of migration. He told Mexican politicians and and diplomats that the rights and dignity of migrants must be protected, Catholic News Agency reports. In a message to a gathering of Mexican politicians and diplomats from the Holy See, Pope Francis said the fundamental rights and dignity […]

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As Zimbabwe election approaches, Christian leaders stress peace, civility

As Zimbabwe prepares for its major presidential election next month, Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are stressing the need for calm and peace in the run-up to this momentous transition, Catholic News Agency reports. Christian leaders in Zimbabwe are stressing the need for civility and a peaceful transition as the country prepares for a major presidential election next month. Leaders from different Christian groups met on May 28-30 in the capital city of Harare for a conference themed “Religious Leaders Supporting the Zimbabwe […]

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- Jean Amegble SJ

Look at me, please. I’m homeless not invisible

Jean Amegble, a Togolese Jesuit and intern at The Jesuit Institute South Africa, has been struck by the problem of homelessness on the streets of Johannesburg. He contests that the key to solving homelessness lies not in the building of shelters and addressing material needs. He says that we confront the issue by making provision for dialogue and offering safe spaces for listening to those on the streets, this will begin to chip at the social invisibility factor that they […]

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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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“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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BREAKING NEWS: All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

For the past few days the bishops of Chile have been in Rome meeting with Pope Francis. He summonsed them to the Vatican after it emerged that the pope had not been given accurate information about a bishop, Juan Barros, who was accused of covering up sex abuse. Elise Harris of Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports. At the close of their 3-day meeting with Pope Francis, all Chilean bishops asked victims of the country’s abuse scandal for forgiveness and presented […]

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Humanitarian crisis in the English-speaking area of Cameroon: Bishops exhort to dialogue

Fides News Agency reports that the Catholic Bishops of Cameroon have expressed their enormous concern condemning “the brutal repression of the army against an independence movement in the English-speaking regions of the country” that has fueled an escalation of humanitarian crisis and has forced 160 thousand people to flee to Cameroon with 26 thousand destined for Nigeria. “Only Caritas was, with difficulty, able to access these areas persecuted by fear and death”. The Bishops of Cameroon denounce “gruesome violence” while […]

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- Claire Mathieson

Nigerian priest liberated after four days in captivity

Fr Edwin Omoregbe, who had been kidnapped last week in Nigeria's Edo state, was released on Sunday.

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- Danielle Hoffmeester

Gender-based violence – the voice of today’s youth

Danielle Hoffmeester and Jodi Williams, both work for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. They recently returned from doing a workshop in a small semi-rural town that’s experiencing high levels of gendered violence. They say that they felt compelled to share their experience and reflections. They capture some of the complexity and challenge of dealing with this scourge in our society. “How did you make sense of Bertha’s* death?” Immediately the atmosphere dropped, and we were knee-deep […]

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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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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Part 1: Catholic Social Teaching and the rights of workers

Worker’s Day is on the 1 May. In a two-part series Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at what the Catholic Church, specifically Catholic Social Teaching, says about the rights of workers and the duties of employees. Many Catholics do not know that the Church was at the forefront ─ and played a major role ─ in shaping global industrial policies. He attempts to apply the teachings of Catholic Social Teaching to labour relations in South Africa. This is part one. Since the publication of […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Part 2: Catholic Social Teaching and the rights of workers

Worker’s Day is on the 1 May. In a two-part series Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at what the Catholic Church, specifically Catholic Social Teaching, says about the rights of workers and the duties of employees. Many Catholics do not know that the Church was at the forefront ─ and played a major role ─ in shaping global industrial policies. He attempts to apply the teachings of Catholic Social Teaching to labour relations in South Africa. This is part two. Catholic Social […]

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- Danielle Hoffmeester

The fluidity of Colouredness

The architects of apartheid classified people and segregated them to try an assert their supremacist attitudes. Their policies divided people and created animosity between the groups they classified. Danielle Hoffmeester looks at how the so-called ‘Coloured’ identity has become more fluid. She says that it is emerging from the stereotypes of the past and a new identity is being constructed, remaining true to the notion that an understanding of the past is crucial to the formation and socialisation of the […]

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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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June 16, 2018 at 11:52pm
LISTEN: Reflection for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ @rpollittsj https://t.co/QiLkEtVyeT
June 16, 2018 at 5:49am
Allowing God to be God by Russell Pollitt SJ @rpollittsj https://t.co/P9PrnuOvid
June 16, 2018 at 12:13am
South African Catholic Bishops condemn Mosque attack calling it an "atrocity" https://t.co/R9q8ntpapv @CatholicNewsSvc @VaticanNews @cnalive @CathBoSaSwa
June 15, 2018 at 12:49am
Funeral Mass for Fr Shaun Carls SJ will take place at 11am on Saturday 23 June 2018 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. He will be buried thereafter at West Park Cemetery. https://t.co/UgQeTqmooK SAJesuits photo
June 13, 2018 at 1:51pm
@SAJesuits @rpollittsj Deepest Sympathies to the Jesuit Community and fervent Prayers for the repose of Shaun Carls. May he rest in peace.