In a letter from Fr General Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior-General of the Society of Jesus, and Fr Antoine Kerhuel, S.J., secretary of the Society, dated Monday, 8 June 2020, the Feast of St Jacques Berthieu, S.J., it was announced that the new Southern African Province of the Society of Jesus, comprising of the nine territories of the Republics of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia,  Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and the Kingdoms of Lesotho, and Eswatini will be established on Thursday, 25 March 2021, in:

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- Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Words of encouragement from the Bishops

Earlier this week the Facebook account of the Justice and Peace Department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) published messages of hope from a number of bishops in the SACBC. Their messages are of mercy, hope and confidence in the resurrection, whilst also showing a concern for the poor, the need for solidarity at this time, and a special concern for those affected by gender-based violence in the home during the lockdown.

Continue reading Words of encouragement from the Bishops at spotlight.africa.

- Mathibela Sebothoma

Modern media brings the Church into the home

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Church has had to find alternative ways to bring the Mass, and Easter celebrations in particular, into our homes. Mathibela Sebothoma looks at the vital role that communications technologies and social media have come to play as priests find ways to minister to their communities in lockdown.

In the early days of Radio Veritas, I presided at the Holy Mass in the studio with less than five people physically present.

Continue reading Modern media brings the Church into the home at spotlight.africa.

- Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Touch, the sacraments and the power of the imagination

As Holy Week begins, Catholics are doing what they can to access Mass online and are rediscovering the official prayers of the Church and the tradition of family prayers. Despite this, the hunger for the Sacraments has resulted in great spiritual suffering. Annemarie Paulin-Campbell queries whether in these times, it might be possible to create exceptions where priests could use technology to administer the sacraments or allow the laity to become mediators of the sacramental graces.

Continue reading Touch, the sacraments and the power of the imagination at spotlight.africa.

- Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Pope appoints Rt. Rev. Zolile Peter Mpamabani SCJ as Archbishop of Bloemfontein

Pope Francis has appointed Zolile Peter Mpamabani SCJ as the Archbishop of Bloemfontein. The archbishop-elect has been working as the Bishop of Kokstad since 2013.

In a press release from the Vatican at noon on 1 April, the Holy See announced that the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Jabulani Adatus Nxumalo of Bloemfontein. At the same time he has appointed Zolile Peter Mpambani, who up until now was the Bishop of the Diocese of Kokstad.

Continue reading Pope appoints Rt. Rev. Zolile Peter Mpamabani SCJ as Archbishop of Bloemfontein at spotlight.africa.

- Paulina French

We are the Church

2020 is not turning out to be what we expected. The economy is in dire straits, schooling has been disrupted, and community-based worship has been suspended as a result of the national lockdown in efforts to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Paulina French explains her decision to stop going to Mass, even before the lockdown. Even though it was a difficult choice, she felt that it was more important to protect those around her.

Continue reading We are the Church at spotlight.africa.

- Mike Pothier

The Vatican and money: A sign of contradiction?

The international media, on 6 June 2020, ran a story about a financial scandal involving an Italian businessman and the Vatican. Mike Pothier comments on the story, pointing out that the financial dealings of the Vatican are at odds with the values of Christianity that Jesus exemplified during his earthly ministry.

A long time ago a newly-ordained bishop shared this joke with me: “How do we know that the Apostolic Succession is true?

Continue reading The Vatican and money: A sign of contradiction? at spotlight.africa.

- Margaret Blackie

What kind of a church have we created?

The South African Council of Churches has welcomed the South African government’s decision to allow places of worship to resume services for groups of no more than 50 people. Margaret Blackie questions this enthusiasm at a time when the risk of COVID-19 contamination is the greatest. She argues that an individual hunger to go to church that endangers the community runs counter to the core message of the Gospels.

South Africa has just entered Level Three lockdown in the nationwide response to COVID-19.

Continue reading What kind of a church have we created? at spotlight.africa.

- Margaret Blackie

Do not go to church

President Ramaphosa has allowed the places of worship open for service of not more than 50 people. Dr Margaret Blackie, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University, believes this to be a terrible decision.

Whilst many church buildings may be sufficiently large to ensure that people are a good bit more than 1.5m apart, spending an hour or more in the company of others is problematic.

Continue reading Do not go to church at spotlight.africa.

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Jesuits mourn the passing of former Superior General

The Jesuit General Curia in Rome today announced that former Superior General, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás died, today, in Tokyo, Japan. He was a member of the Jesuit community of Loyola House in Kamishakujii, and had been ill for a number of years. He is deeply mourned by the Jesuits of Japan and Asia Pacific, his family and compatriots in Spain, and his many friends around the world.

“I offer my sincere condolences to the Jesuit province of Japan, to Fr.

Continue reading Jesuits mourn the passing of former Superior General at spotlight.africa.

- Mark Potterton

How do we save our Catholic schools from financial disaster?

Catholic Schools Week celebrates the contribution that Catholic schools have made to education and society. Despite these successes, Mark Potterton addresses the very real challenge of financial hardship faced by many Catholic schools. He examines the changing educational environment that places enormous economic pressures on schools and recommends collaboration by Catholic schools to protect their common future.

I hope and pray that this crisis will bring out the treasures of who we are called to be as disciples of Jesus, and to be the field hospital that Pope Francis dreams of.

Continue reading How do we save our Catholic schools from financial disaster? at spotlight.africa.

- Margaret Blackie

Navigating the eased COVID-19 restrictions

As South Africa prepares to ease COVID-19 restrictions on 1 June with the resumption of many economic and educational activities, Margaret Blackie continues her series of articles, calling for collective responsibility through limited social contact and rigorous personal hygiene measures.

We are moving to Level 3 lockdown and many people will be returning to work and schools are reopening with some of their learners on 1 June. But Covid-19 is still very much present and spreading.

Continue reading Navigating the eased COVID-19 restrictions at spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters

COVID-19 and the original sin of South Africa

Although the South African government implemented very strict lockdown measures, the number of new COVID-19 cases during this period have increased exponentially. Irrespective of the criticism or praise the government has received for its actions, Shrikant Peters points out that the country’s health crisis precedes the COVID-19 pandemic, and poverty will exacerbate the country’s ability to effectively contain the rise in infections.

Continue reading COVID-19 and the original sin of South Africa at spotlight.africa.

- Stan Muyebe OP

Laudato Si’ revisited: God heals our spiritual disconnectedness

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ reminds us that health of the natural world and the health of the soul are inextricably connected. Fr. Stan Muyebe reflects on the need for inner healing , which will in turn bring healing and restore the balance of the natural world.

We are celebrating the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ at a time when humanity is struggling with three global tragedies: COVID-19, climate change and the global economic recession.

Continue reading Laudato Si’ revisited: God heals our spiritual disconnectedness at spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ

Redistribution or Revolution?

Beyond the devastating effect of COVID-19 on human life and livelihoods, there is a desire for something better to emerge from this crisis. For some, like Chris Chatteris, it is a more equitable society. He argues that this is only possible by means of redistribution of wealth that gives the poor a greater share in the goods that many of us take for granted. As we celebrate Laudato Si week, this article serves as reflection to Pope Francis’ “appeal for renewed dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet.”

Some economic historians believe that greater equality was one of the outcomes of the catastrophic bubonic plague of the 14th century.

Continue reading Redistribution or Revolution? at spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Anger lives next-door to fear

As South Africa enters the second phase of its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, Sarah-Leah Pimentel reflects on the changing mood in the country. Optimism has given way to fear, which is manifesting in negative emotions. She offers some strategies that can help to diffuse the anger and frustration that many people are feeling.

The mood in South Africa has shifted noticeably over last couple of weeks.

Continue reading Anger lives next-door to fear at spotlight.africa.

- Stan Muyebe OP

The R5 billion silicosis settlement is a victory, but miners’ struggle for justice continues

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 who contracted silicosis and tuberculosis (TB) after working in the gold mines from 1965 onwards.

Continue reading The R5 billion silicosis settlement is a victory, but miners’ struggle for justice continues at spotlight.africa.

- Mike Pothier

Legal sanctions against public protector suggest incompetence or deliberate sabotage

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.

Continue reading Legal sanctions against public protector suggest incompetence or deliberate sabotage at spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ

Nostalgics, not Nazis but dangerous nonetheless

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.

Continue reading Nostalgics, not Nazis but dangerous nonetheless at spotlight.africa.

- Peter-John Pearson

Second SONA of 2019 — offers hope, encourages resilience, lacks detail

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.

Continue reading Second SONA of 2019 — offers hope, encourages resilience, lacks detail at spotlight.africa.

- Mike Pothier

Strategic changes or missed opportunities? A look inside SA’s new cabinet

South Africa’s newly appointed cabinet is “undoubtedly an improvement” on its recent predecessors, but has President Cyril Ramaphosa’s changes been significant enough to result in the turnaround the country needs? Mike Pothier, Programme Manager at the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office takes a closer look at the new-look government.

Continue reading Strategic changes or missed opportunities? A look inside SA’s new cabinet at spotlight.africa.

- Matthew Charlesworth SJ

In another prison? Migrants in Johannesburg

On Tuesday, 10 December 2019, in commemoration of the United Nation’s Human Rights Day, the Jesuit Institute South Africa, in collaboration with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), premiered their new 21-minute documentary entitled “In Another Prison? Migrants in Johannesburg.” The documentary highlights the trauma that female migrants and refugees suffer on their journey to Johannesburg as a result of gender-based violence; a chilling reminder at the close of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

Continue reading In another prison? Migrants in Johannesburg at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Aduaka SJ

When love ends badly

A spate of reporting in Kenya on crimes of passion causes Anthony Aduaka to reflect on the reasons why the principles of love have become so distorted. He calls for a restoral of values and the importance of healthy relationships in the family. He adds that the church can play a pivotal role in giving young people a healthy understanding of love.

An analysis of Standard Media Kenya reveals that between April 2018 and September 2019 10 women were murdered in various circumstances after something went wrong in their relationships.  

Continue reading When love ends badly at spotlight.africa.

- Stan Muyebe OP

Albinism Awareness Month – an opportunity to debunk harmful myths

People living with albinism in southern Africa fear for their lives. Many are killed for their body parts, which are then used in rituals. Stan Muyebe OP calls on government to enact legislation that deliberately cracks down on the ritual killings of people living with albinism, and further urges parishes to use Albinism Awareness Month to create awareness and debunk the myths that encourage violence.

September is Albinism Awareness Month.

Continue reading Albinism Awareness Month – an opportunity to debunk harmful myths at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Aduaka SJ

Xenophobia or ignorance: changing the narratives

Anthony Aduaka SJ tries to understand the psychology behind the xenophobic attacks in South Africa in early September. He argues that much of the distrust by black South Africans towards other black Africans stems from South Africa’s failure to overcome the racial divisions of apartheid and create the educational and economic conditions for black South Africans to overcome historic injustices.

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23:34)

I am aware that so many people have analysed the situation in South Africa and have given reasons why such incidents should not be part of the historicity of South Africa as a country.

Continue reading Xenophobia or ignorance: changing the narratives at spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Not playing nicely…

The decision by the Zambian Football Association to refuse to play an international friendly against South Africa in protest of the xenophobic attacks, reminds us that sometimes sport can be a useful weapon of international diplomacy and punishment. With so many other countries on the continent that flagrantly abuse human rights, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya asks why this tool is used so sparingly.

It was not the first time that a state had used sport to register its disapproval of the actions (or inactions) of another state.

Continue reading Not playing nicely… at 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.

Continue reading The new asceticism at spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Folau gives faith a bad name

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.

Continue reading Folau gives faith a bad name at spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

WATCH — Illicit Financial Flows grow poverty in the developing world

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.

Continue reading WATCH — Illicit Financial Flows grow poverty in the developing world at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

Tax Justice Conference ‘Dividends’

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.

Continue reading Tax Justice Conference ‘Dividends’ at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

The ethics of tax justice

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.

Continue reading The ethics of tax justice at spotlight.africa.

- Stan Muyebe OP

The Amazon Synod and the extractive industry — lessons for the Church in Africa

The Final Document of the Amazon Synod provides, among other things, a powerful contribution to Catholic social teaching and the Church’s pastoral response to the communities directly affected by the extractive industry. Stan Muyebe OP comments that African economies could learn a great deal from the Synod discussions, especially its criticism of unbridled extractivism as a model for economic development.

Much of the commentary around the Amazon synod has rightly focused on its doctrinal pronouncements, especially about married priests and pantheism. 

Continue reading The Amazon Synod and the extractive industry — lessons for the Church in Africa at spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ

Marlboro man moment for the car and oil giants

The Marlboro Man was the iconic advertisement campaign that ran through the second half of the 20th century to popularise smoking. Its heritage, says Chris Chatteris SJ, is lung disease, something that the tobacco campaigns already knew as they were promoting their toxic product. He says that today’s oil and automotive industries face a similar legacy, unless they are able to cut carbon emissions drastically and transform the way we consume energy.

It’s time to put oil companies and auto manufacturing bosses on notice that they’re facing their Marlboro Man moment.

Continue reading Marlboro man moment for the car and oil giants at spotlight.africa.

- Stan Muyebe OP

Ecological conversion – Mining should be banned in water source areas

The drought in Gauteng has once again drawn attention to the ongoing issue of water scarcity in South Africa. Stan Muyebe OP examines the impact of mining in areas that are recognised as important sources of water. He calls for private and public ecological conversion by putting pressure on government to implement policies that better protect this precious resource, such as a ban on mining activities in water catchment areas.

The response to the water crisis in South Africa requires both behavioural and policy change.

Continue reading Ecological conversion – Mining should be banned in water source areas at spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Water scarcity — Don’t panic but change consumption habits

Parts of South Africa are, once again, facing water scarcity. The authorities are refraining from describing the emptying dams as a crisis, but Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moyo says that the current drought in Gauteng is a reminder to South Africans that the water that flows so easily from our taps is a precious commodity for those who live without it. It urges us to further solidarity with the plight of the poor and challenges us to change our own consumption habits.

Continue reading Water scarcity — Don’t panic but change consumption habits at spotlight.africa.

- Michaela van Nierop

Anger management — the art of boundaries and communication

Anger is often perceived as a negative emotion with hurtful consequences. Michaela van Nierop shares how she has learnt to process anger. She speaks about the need to o establish healthy boundaries and communicate these clearly to the people around her. This has helped to boost her self-esteem and to resolve conflict in a healthier way.

An emotion I have always had trouble understanding is anger. Anger is often a reactive response to cover up hurt, insecurity, loss, or betrayal.

Continue reading Anger management — the art of boundaries and communication at spotlight.africa.

- Mike Batley

Restorative justice as a response to theft, fraud and corruption charges

The Zondo Commission’s hearings into state capture appear to be never ending, prompting calls for other creative ways to ensure that the perpetrators make right the immense harm they inflicted through the rampant misuse and theft of public money. Mike Batley from the Restorative Justice Centre proposes that restorative justice can be an effective way to ensure restitution, and compel the perpetrators to admit responsibility for their actions without overburdening the court system and avoiding years of litigation.  

Continue reading Restorative justice as a response to theft, fraud and corruption charges at spotlight.africa.

- Stephan de Beer

The social isolation of homeless persons: creating communities of care

Isolation is a new experience for many of us. For the homeless it is a constant way of life. Their social isolation places them at the margins of society where they are ignored or even criminalized. Stephan de Beer writes that the National Homeless Network is working to ensure that homeless people enjoy the same rights as all other South Africans. In particular, they are working with local municipalities to make provisions so that homeless people can also be safe in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Continue reading The social isolation of homeless persons: creating communities of care at spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters

The influence of economics on health

Many South Africans had hoped that the 2020 Budget Speech on 20 February would provide greater clarity on plans for the National Health Insurance (NHI) plan. However, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni mentioned the NHI only once, in passing. Shrikant Peters observes that despite the moral duty to grant quality healthcare to all sectors of the South Africa population, the feasibility of NHI is at the mercy of economic performance. An improved economy, he says, will result in a healthier population and increased taxpayer funding for the NHI.

Continue reading The influence of economics on health at spotlight.africa.

- Stan Muyebe OP

The exploitation of  human suffering for political gain

The parliamentary debate on 18 February, that was meant to reflect on the previous week’s State of the Nation Address, unravelled into a mudslinging match as ANC and EFF MPs accused each other of domestic abuse. The spectacle undermined the great efforts in the country to draw attention to and overcome gender-based violence. Stan Muyebe OP points out that the events in Parliament are symptomatic of a society in which everything can be exploited for its commercial, political and entertainment value.

Continue reading The exploitation of human suffering for political gain at spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters

The uncommon cold – a healthy response to the coronavirus

The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has, understandably, created a lot of anxiety, especially among those whose immune systems may be weak. That, however, says Shrikant Peters, is no excuse for discrimination, human rights violations, or any other form of harmful stereotyping. All people are created in God’s image and deserve respect and, should they contract the illness, access to dignified and adequate healthcare.

Although it has captured the imagination and invoked fear in global audiences only recently, coronaviruses have existed for many years.

Continue reading The uncommon cold – a healthy response to the coronavirus at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

The theological debate on celibacy — Part 2

The Church awaits Pope Francis’ response to the topics discussed at the Amazonian Synod, including priestly celibacy. Meanwhile, Cardinals Robert Sarah and Joseph Ratzinger have emphasised celibacy as a necessary condition for valid priesthood. Anthony Egan SJ concludes this two-part series by making the case for voluntary celibacy as a possible solution to some of the challenges of the priesthood today. In a previous article, he traced the historical developments that resulted in mandatory celibacy for priests in the Western rite.

Continue reading The theological debate on celibacy — Part 2 at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

The theological debate on celibacy — Part 1

A soon-to-be released book by Cardinal Robert Sarah (with initial contributions by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) examines, among other things, celibacy and the priesthood. The timing of the publication is crucial, preceding a much-awaited response from Pope Francis on the topics  discussed at the Amazonian Synod, including priestly celibacy. This is the first of a two-part series by Anthony Egan SJ, in which he argues that the priesthood has historical and sociological — rather than theological — foundations.

Continue reading The theological debate on celibacy — Part 1 at spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters

The National Health Insurance — vision and practical implications

The proposals for a state-funded National Health Insurance (NHI) policy have generated a great deal of media reporting and reaction. While many people agree that global access to quality healthcare is a national priority, there are equally significant concerns about the cost and quality of the future NHI. Shrikant Peters unpacks the values underpinning the NHI and the implications of the proposals in their current format.

The National Department of Health recently published the NHI Bill, which sets out a roadmap to re-create the South African healthcare system.

Continue reading The National Health Insurance — vision and practical implications at spotlight.africa.

- Stephan de Beer

When refugees have faces and names – affirming our common humanity

The recent tensions involving refugees camped outside the Unite Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR) in Cape Town and Johannesburg made national headlines, with many news reports describing the refugees’ demands as unrealistic and their behavior as aggressive. Stephan de Beer spoke with many of the refugees in Pretoria and realized that each story was a unique account of the “deep trauma” of people who have suffered years of fear, war, physical and emotional violence, and disregard.

Continue reading When refugees have faces and names – affirming our common humanity at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

“Song of Songs” and the crisis of celibacy

Anthony Egan SJ recently gave a series of lectures on Old Testament literature and became intrigued by the sexualised language of Song of Songs. Reading it more closely, he posits that this text provides an appropriate and timely reflection on celibacy as a requirement for the priesthood. Celibacy, he says can be both a path to deeper union with God or a distraction to spiritual growth and maturity.

Recently I had the unlikely opportunity to teach a course on “Old Testament Prophets and Wisdom Literature” to undergraduate theology students at St Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg.

Continue reading “Song of Songs” and the crisis of celibacy at 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.

Continue reading REVIEW — Living with the Gods at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

REVIEW — I beg to differ: ministry amid the teargas

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.

Continue reading REVIEW — I beg to differ: ministry amid the teargas at 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 what has brought her to see her faith as  “a living framework for understanding God’s work in the world”, in a way that does not negate or lessen the pain and violence of her past and that of countless others – not only black.

Continue reading REVIEW — I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made For Whiteness at spotlight.africa.

- 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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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW — Pope Francis: Life & Revolution — A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio

Pope Francis: Life and Revolution – A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio (foreword by Sean Patrick O’Malley OFM Cap). Loyola Press, Elisabette Piqué. ISBN-10: 0829442170. 313 pages.

I usually get put off quickly by hagiography – books of admiration. Elisabetta Piqué’s book, Pope Francis: Life & Revolution, starts too much on this note and I nearly put it down. I am grateful I persevered.

In the beginning the book reflects on the personality and character of the Pope Francis, but instead of piling on praise, the book immerses the reader in the wealth of personal information the book contains and that’s where its value lies.

Continue reading REVIEW — Pope Francis: Life & Revolution — A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio at spotlight.africa.

- Luc Bourgoin

Taizé pilgrimage of trust — a space for silence and prayer

Br. Luc Bourgoin, from the Taizé Community in France, has been working in Cape Town for the past 18 months to prepare a Pilgrimage of Trust, which took place from 25-29 September. He describes how Taizé has had ties with South Africa since the 1970s, and how this pilgrimage brought together young people from all over the world to celebrate their cultural diversity and unite in prayer around their common faith.

Continue reading Taizé pilgrimage of trust — a space for silence and prayer at spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Stories of hope — Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series, containing stories of hope by the participants at the recent Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust held in Cape Town between 25-29 September. The stories were written during one of the workshops held at Holy Redeemer parish (Bergvliet) as part of the morning programme as one of the host parishes. Sarah-Leah Pimentel compiles their experiences about how they have overcome difficulties, discovered God’s plan for their lives and are making a difference in the lives of others.

Continue reading Stories of hope — Part 2 at spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Stories of hope — Part 1

The Taizé community held a Pilgrimage of Trust in Cape Town between 25-29 September. Each morning, the pilgrims gathered at the parishes of their host families for morning prayer and different workshops. At Holy Redeemer parish (Bergvliet), the pilgrims made sleeping bags for the poor, learnt about prison ministry, and wrote their own stories of hope. Sarah-Leah Pimentel has compiled their experiences about how they have overcome difficulties, discovered God’s plan for their lives and are making a difference in the lives of others.

Continue reading Stories of hope — Part 1 at spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Cape Town hosts Taizé pilgrimage of trust —25-29 September

From 25 to 29 September, Cape Town will host an international youth pilgrimage of trust, organized by the France-based Taizé community. Sarah-Leah Pimentel writes about the healing potential of this event that brings together young people of different faiths and cultures, especially after the violence in South Africa over the last few weeks.

Cape Town will be transformed into a celebration of youth and faith between 25 and 29 September.

Continue reading Cape Town hosts Taizé pilgrimage of trust —25-29 September at spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

South Africa teaches the world to hope, Taizé Prior says

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 and his hopes for the Cape Town meeting.

Continue reading South Africa teaches the world to hope, Taizé Prior says at spotlight.africa.

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