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- Claire Mathieson

Run, Ramaphosa, run well A few days ago early morning runners and cyclists bumped into South Africa's new president as he took his morning run in Cape Town. In January exercise enthusiasts in Port Elizabeth also bumped into the president when he was in their city for the ANC's birthday celebrations. Claire Mathieson ponders the lessons a running enthusiast learns on the road. She thinks that many of them could offer Ramaphosa helpful insights as he takes over running the country.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Ramaphosa: “I wanna lend a hand. Send me” South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday, 16 February - after he had been in office for just over 24 hours. It was optimistic and upbeat, something South Africans really needed after a grueling 10 days.

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SONA 2018: A new dawn STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, MR CYRIL RAMAPHOSA 16 FEBRUARY 2018 Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP, Former President Thabo Mbeki, Former Deputy President FW de Klerk, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all esteemed members of the judiciary, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Premiers and Speakers of Provincial […]

- Claire Mathieson

Civil society: It's time to rebuild South Africa All aspects of South African life will be impacted by the change in leadership, but to ensure the change is positive, civil society has reminded us that Jacob Zuma was not the only problem that needed fixing. We need more than just a new president.  

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Time for national introspection South Africans are partly to blame for the Zuma-sized mess our country is in. By not using our vote, by not demanding change, and by being gullible time and time again, we have allowed our politics to be corrupted. And without national introspection, says Mphuthumi Ntabeni, we are doomed to repeat our history.

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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 […]

- Claire Mathieson

Run, Ramaphosa, run well A few days ago early morning runners and cyclists bumped into South Africa's new president as he took his morning run in Cape Town. In January exercise enthusiasts in Port Elizabeth also bumped into the president when he was in their city for the ANC's birthday celebrations. Claire Mathieson ponders the lessons a running enthusiast learns on the road. She thinks that many of them could offer Ramaphosa helpful insights as he takes over running the country.

- Claire Mathieson

Civil society: It's time to rebuild South Africa All aspects of South African life will be impacted by the change in leadership, but to ensure the change is positive, civil society has reminded us that Jacob Zuma was not the only problem that needed fixing. We need more than just a new president.  

- Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu

Lent: Not just a private affair Lent is not just a time of fasting; it represents an opportunity to practise important social responsibilities. Lawrence Ndlovu looks at the call from the country's bishops to help dismantle racism in South Africa, and how Lent can be an opportunity to make an impact in our communities. 

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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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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 […]

- spotlight.africa

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. 

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Fake news is not new says Pope Francis In his message for World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis has asked journalists, and all people of goodwill, to reflect on the spreading of disinformation or fake news. He has told journalists that theirs is not a job but a mission. The Holy Father said that journalism should not be concerned about breaking news but, rather, promoting alternatives, understanding and peace. The pope also said that the first fake news can be found in the scriptures.

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Pope apologises for comments made Aboard the papal plane from Lima to Rome Sunday, Pope Francis said that coments made to Chilean journalists during his trip were not intended to cause pain mfor victims of clerical sexual abuse. Hannah Brockhaus of Catholic News Agency reports.

- 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

Has the ANC entered a season of 'creative destruction'? After the political turmoil of the last few days, including the seeming inability of the ANC to be decisive with President Jacob Zuma, and the postponement of the country's 2018 'State of the Nation Address', Mphuthumi Ntabeni ponders the thesis of Frantz Fanon and asks: has the ANC entered into a season of "creative destruction"?

- Danielle Hoffmeester

It's time to crush the stigma around mental illness As many as one in six South Africans suffer from depression or anxiety. The number is probably far higher, with many not seeking help due to lack of information, lack of help, or fear of social stigma - an idea that must be stopped. Danielle Hoffmeester shares her personal experience in the hope of opening up and continuing very necessary national dialogue and to crush the stigma surrounding this common illness. 

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Mangope is no hero In reflecting on the life of Lucas Mangope, some hard facts seem to have been forgotten. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya argues that a celebration of the late leader's bricks and mortar achievements belongs in the same category as praising colonialism because it brought heathen natives civilisation and Jesus. It is offensive to those who lived under his oppressive regime.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope’s inflight wedding raises questions Headlines and celebrations have surrounded the impromptu wedding ceremony of two flight attendants during a papal flight. The ceremony, officiated by Pope Francis, has, however led to some Catholics asking questions about wedding taking place outside of a church. Russell Pollitt finds out.

- 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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