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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

The death penalty should always be condemned The Church is clear in its stance on the death penalty: it is inhumane and should always be condemned. In light of Botswana executing a man last week, Fikile Moya reminds the local Church and faithful to never tire of reminding governments of the sanctity of all life.

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

A need for democratic capitalism When Zuma came into office, we had a budget surplus of R20 billion. He left us with a budget deficit of R50 billion and debt of R2,3 trillion. The national budget announced by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba suggests it will take three years to get us back to where we were. "This is provided the looting doesn’t continue; and I don’t see why it shouldn’t, because Zuma left behind on this administration a brigade of looters, which Cyril has still not felt any urgency to rectify," says Mphuthumi Ntabeni who argues that this year's speech showed no imagination, except in the way that it insulted the poor. What we need now, more than ever, he says, is a complete shift in thinking.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Budget 2018: From a new dawn to an old dusk South Africa was gripped by a renewed sense of national pride after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president. The 2018 Budget Speech, however, has brought many South Africans back to earth. Russell Pollitt takes a first glance at the budget and asks if the poor are really being cared for.

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Budget Speech 2018 - read the full text On Wednesday afternoon, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivered his maiden Budget Speech containing plans that will have far reaching impacts on all South Africans. Read the full speech here.

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Reply to SONA 2018 As part of his series of letters to Cyril Ramaphosa, Mphuthumi Ntabeni today responds to the State of the Nation Address asking further questions and advising the new president on how to tackle job creation and inequality.

- Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Exclusive: SA member of abuse commission speaks In an exclusive interview with Spotlight, South African Precious Blood Sister and Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Sr Hermenegild Makoro, speaks about being reappointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) by Pope Francis.

- Peter-John Pearson

Good for the market may not be good for all While the markets have reacted positively to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's Budget Speech, the local Church and civil society have raised concerns on the impact the budget will have on the country's poor and vulnerable. Fr Peter-John Pearson looks at the budget from a position of Catholic Social Teaching. 

- Anthony Egan SJ

SONA 2018: An ethicist's perspective While offering no quick fix solutions, Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech was nothing less than a call to renewed cooperation for the common good, says Anthony Egan SJ. He analyses the president's maiden address from a position of Catholic Social Teaching and looks at the ethics that might underpin the president's term.

- Claire Mathieson

Has Cyril hit the bullseye? Civil society has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden address to the nation during SONA 2018 and his government’s plans to get the country back on its development pathway.

- spotlight.africa

Pope ends standoff over bishop in Ahiara Pope Francis has ended the standoff regarding the appointment of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke as bishop of the diocese of Ahiara in southern Nigeria. Vatican City's Agenzia Fides reports. Read the full press release from the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

- Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Exclusive: SA member of abuse commission speaks In an exclusive interview with Spotlight, South African Precious Blood Sister and Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Sr Hermenegild Makoro, speaks about being reappointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) by Pope Francis.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Jesuits: We must improve our advocacy Jesuits and their collaborators from across the globe, who are members of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN), gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early February, to look specifically at issues related to migration. Last year the meeting took place in Jakarta, Indonesia. At this meeting there was strong consensus that there needs to be improvement in their advocacy work. Fr Russell Pollitt spoke to some of the delegates about their work and the meeting: The week-long meeting afforded the […]

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South African sister reappointed to Abuse Commission by Pope South African Precious Blood Sister and Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Sr Hermenegild Makoro, has been reappointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors by Pope Francis. This has just been announced by the Holy Father in Rome. Also on the Commission are survivors of clergy sex abuse. The members come from countries across the world. The Commission's three year mandate lapsed two months ago and there has been speculation as to what the […]

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Pope to priests: Keep it short! During his regular Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis turned his attention to the homily at Mass. Using large portions of his reflection on the homily from his 2103 Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father again addressed the quality of homilies which, he said, can be "overly long" or "lack focus" or are simply "incomprehensible". He also said that the listeners can be "prejudiced" or "create obstacles".  Catholic News Agency's Elise Harris reports. 

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Pope announces day of prayer, fasting for Congo and South Sudan Pope Francis has announced that Friday, 23 February would be a day of prayer and fasting for peace due to the many conflicts throughout the world, particularly those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. Catholic News Agency's Elise Harris reports. 

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

A need for democratic capitalism When Zuma came into office, we had a budget surplus of R20 billion. He left us with a budget deficit of R50 billion and debt of R2,3 trillion. The national budget announced by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba suggests it will take three years to get us back to where we were. "This is provided the looting doesn’t continue; and I don’t see why it shouldn’t, because Zuma left behind on this administration a brigade of looters, which Cyril has still not felt any urgency to rectify," says Mphuthumi Ntabeni who argues that this year's speech showed no imagination, except in the way that it insulted the poor. What we need now, more than ever, he says, is a complete shift in thinking.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Budget 2018: From a new dawn to an old dusk South Africa was gripped by a renewed sense of national pride after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president. The 2018 Budget Speech, however, has brought many South Africans back to earth. Russell Pollitt takes a first glance at the budget and asks if the poor are really being cared for.

- Anthony Egan SJ

SONA 2018: An ethicist's perspective While offering no quick fix solutions, Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech was nothing less than a call to renewed cooperation for the common good, says Anthony Egan SJ. He analyses the president's maiden address from a position of Catholic Social Teaching and looks at the ethics that might underpin the president's term.

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Reply to SONA 2018 As part of his series of letters to Cyril Ramaphosa, Mphuthumi Ntabeni today responds to the State of the Nation Address asking further questions and advising the new president on how to tackle job creation and inequality.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

How should we approach art that offends us? By its nature, art seeks to provoke deep feelings. While we may dislike and ignore pieces we don't agree with, art that seeks to target religion and core belief systems is far harder to discern. This is certainly true of John Trengove's Oscar nominated Inxeba: The Wound. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya considers the film which has attracted backlash and boycotts and is being promoted as a “taboo-breaking South African feature”. In the face of potential offensive material, he reminds us that our faith should never depend on whether outsiders - including art - endorse or ridicule our beliefs.

- 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.

- 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,

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

She’s Gotta Have It - a review The Netflix original series, She's Gotta Have It brings to the fore questions of race, feminism and sexuality in America. Mphuthumi Ntabeni considers whether the series lends itself to constructive and meaningful conversation or whether it's an example of an extreme swing of an entertainment pendulum. 

- Anthony Egan SJ

Uncovering state capture The details of the rise of Jacob Zuma and the related incidences of widespread corruption, and ultimate state capture fill the pages of two South African books, which Anthony Egan believes are both equally essential reading for any South African who wants to stay informed and wants to act.

- Festo Mkenda SJ

Missionary Martyrs of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, 1976-1988 Missionary Martyrs of Rhodesia and Zimbabwe, 1976-1988  by Ted Rogers SJ is an account of thirty Catholic missionaries who were brutally killed in Zimbabwe between 1976 and 1988. Festo Mkenda, SJ looks at the new publication which includes some personal experiences

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