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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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- José Luís Ponce de León

Fake news manipulates readers says bishop

Rumours have spread on social media that Pope Francis is "cancelling" the Bible and that Christians are being killed en masse by Muslims. Both of these claims are false. Bishop José Luís Ponce de León wonders why we are so gullible. He reflects on ways in which we can ensure that we don't create nor promote fake news. 

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- Danielle Hoffmeester

Own your anger: Finding inspiration in Mam’ Winnie

Black women in particular face a multitude of racist and gendered oppressions in South Africa. Danielle Hoffmeester, reflecting on the life and death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, argues that anger from black women is not only expected, but necessary. She believes that women need to begin to acknowledge the validity of their anger and translate it into positive action in the service of a non-racist, gender-just South Africa. 

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

The making of a terrorist state

Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya looks at the increasing incidents of violence in the country and examines the disappointing response by the police and the State in reacting to them. He argues that rather than just doing nothing in the face of violent crime, there is evidence that the State's and the police's inaction actually encourages further violence. He argues that civil society, and the Church, need to stand up and condemn not only the violence in society, but the State and police service's inaction as well.

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- Paul Trewhela

The moral problem of Winnie Mandela

From freedom fighter to tyrant and struggle icon, Winnie Mandela's life was complex and remembering her could pose a moral problem. Former political prisoner, Paul Trewhela, reflects on the late leader's life and the moral issue such a reflection could hold for many.  Winnie Madikizela Mandela was not a safe pair of hands. True, life was far easier, calmer and less frightening and stressful for her husband in his almost 30 years on Robben Island and in other prisons than […]

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- spotlight.africa

Pope's abuse prevention commission prioritises survivors, education

Pope Francis' Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors met in Rome to listen to survivors of clerical sexual abuse and to discuss abuse prevention education and ways the Church might work more closely with abuse survivors. Catholic News Agency's Elise Harris reports. 

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Laywomen among new appointees to Vatican’s doctrine office

On Saturday, 21 April 2018, Pope Francis announced the historic senior appointment of three laywomen as consultors to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Catholic News Agency's Hannah Brockhaus reports. On Saturday Pope Francis named five new consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including three female academics and two priests. The women are Dr. Linda Ghisoni, professor of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Dr. Michelina Tenance, professor of theology at the Pontifical […]

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Missionaries were not in cahoots with the colonial regime says Archbishop of Johannesburg

On Saturday 21 April 2018 the Archdiocese of Johannesburg celebrated a mass of thanksgiving to mark the Catholic Church's 200-year presence in South Africa. The spotlight.africa team was there to report on this important occasion. The Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg celebrated 200 years of the Catholic Church in South Africa at a mass of thanksgiving led by Archbishop Buti Tlhagale on Saturday 21 April 2018. The mass was held on the plot of land upon which will be built the […]

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- Anthony Egan SJ

Cardinal Burke's theological can of worms

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s remarks at a recent conference in Rome, Anthony Egan says, open up the ongoing tensions in the Church over teaching authority, the primacy of the papacy and ultimately our understanding of truth. Burke made headlines when he claimed that disobeying the pope might be a necessary way forward.

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Pope Francis admits 'serious mistakes' in handling of Chile abuse cases

In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex abuse crisis and asked for forgiveness. The pope summoned Chile’s bishops to Rome to address the issue, and invited victims to meet with him as well. Catholic News Agency's (CNA) Elise Harris reports. Referring to a recent investigation of abuse cover-up in Chile carried out by Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Pope Francis said that after a “slow reading” of the […]

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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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- spotlight.africa

Laywomen among new appointees to Vatican’s doctrine office

On Saturday, 21 April 2018, Pope Francis announced the historic senior appointment of three laywomen as consultors to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Catholic News Agency's Hannah Brockhaus reports. On Saturday Pope Francis named five new consultors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, including three female academics and two priests. The women are Dr. Linda Ghisoni, professor of canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Dr. Michelina Tenance, professor of theology at the Pontifical […]

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- Bryan Massingale

Martin Luther King Jr

This month we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  Here, Fr Bryan Massingale reflects on the spiritual life of America's civil rights hero and the importance it held for him. Fr Massingale will be the lecturer for the 2018 Winter Living Theology series in South Africa this June and July.  

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Catholic Archbishop horrified by Israeli Defence Force attack

Last week Friday, 30 March 2018, saw tensions escalate in Gaza to make it the worst day since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war. Archbishop Stephen Brislin, Catholic Archbishop of Cape Town, reacts with horror to the massacre and has issued a statement supporting a call for a United Nations commission of inquiry into the 'Passover Massacre'. He says his "solidarity and prayers are with those who work tirelessly for justice and peace in the Holy Land." Among those who joined in […]

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

The civil rights movement is far from over - the story of Marielle Franco

As we commemorate the tragic events at Sharpeville in 1960 with Human Rights Day in South Africa, Ricardo da Silva SJ reports on the shocking murder last week of one of the most promising women in Brazilian politics, Marielle Franco, a heinous act among many others that suggest the civil rights movement is far from over. 

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- Paulina French

The Davis Tax Committee – No April Fools’ Joke

April saw the first increase in VAT since 1993 in South Africa and also the Closing Report of the Davis Tax Committee appointed in 2013 by the then Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan to study SA's tax policies  This increase in VAT will especially affect the most poor in society as Paulina French and Ricardo da Silva SJ, conclude.

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- Anthony Egan SJ

Cardinal Burke's theological can of worms

Cardinal Raymond Burke’s remarks at a recent conference in Rome, Anthony Egan says, open up the ongoing tensions in the Church over teaching authority, the primacy of the papacy and ultimately our understanding of truth. Burke made headlines when he claimed that disobeying the pope might be a necessary way forward.

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- Ricardo da Silva SJ

"Even when life is devastated by vices and addictions, God is present" says Pope in new exhortation

On Monday, 9 April, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis released the third apostolic exhortation of his pontificate entitled "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Rejoice and be glad!). The exhortation focuses on holiness in everyday life. Pope Francis says: "Even when someone’s life appears completely wrecked, even when we see it devastated by vices or addictions, God is present there." He exhorts us all "to find the Lord in every human life." Ricardo da Silva looks at the exhortation and offers […]

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- Anthony Egan SJ

Stephen Hawking: What an atheist can teach believers

World-renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76 after a long struggle with a motor neurone disease on 14 March 2018. Anthony Egan takes a look at his life and the significance of his work, suggesting that there is a lot that Christian can learn from this self-proclaimed atheist.

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- Bryan Massingale

Ignorance, indifference and fear fuel racism

Racism, in various forms, regularly raises its ugly head in South Africa. However, racism is a global phenomenon. The Catholic bishops in South Africa have, for Lent, asked the Church to reflect on racism. Professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York, Fr Bryan Massingale says that most fundamentally racism is a soul-sickness.

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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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- 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,

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April 25, 2018 at 1:29pm
The Gospel is about change, about liberation. The GIAN networks are our effort to be a catalyst for this change. I ask you to find the passion and the mission that can re-energize these structures. @SJES_Rome @jesuitnews @TheJesuits @jesuitnetwork https://t.co/4PkD8dVgCY SAJesuits photo
April 25, 2018 at 1:28pm
"Advocacy is not an easy task and the Society needs to improve the ways we do it. We need to be focused, specific and targeted." Fr. General @SJES_Rome @jesuitnews @TheJesuits @jesuitnetwork
April 25, 2018 at 1:28pm
We are not deciding our apostolic preferences, we are proposing our preferences to the Holy Father because our mission should be given by the Church @SJES_Rome @jesuitnews @TheJesuits https://t.co/jURGBdR7ha SAJesuits photo
April 24, 2018 at 4:35pm
Winter Living Theology 2018: Presented by Fr Bryan Massingale For more info: wlt @jesuitinstitute.org.za | 011 482 4237

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April 24, 2018 at 4:35pm
Starting meeting of conference social apostolate coordinators and GIAN Leaders at Rome with Fr. General. "This is a meeting for discernment and apostolic planning.” @SJES_Rome @jesuitnews @TheJesuits https://t.co/9vS5TUASI4 SAJesuits photo