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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Amritanshu Sikdar, Unsplash

The Church in South Africa can learn from the experiences of sister Churches around the world. One such learning is in the outreach she is prepared to offer from within her own walls to help her addicted faithful kick the habit asserts Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.

The post Kick the habit in our churches by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters

Catholic worshippers during a Mass in Mozambique.

Recalling the flames that recently devoured a section of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Shrikant Peters reflects on the universality of the Catholic faith that transcends all national boundaries and cultures, and reveals itself in ordinary, everyday situations.

The post Catholic Pride by Shrikant Peters appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

Catholic pilgrims travel as they accompany the statue of Our Lady of Conception during an annual river procession and pilgrimage along the Caraparu River in Santa Izabel do Para

The forthcoming Synod of Bishops on the Amazon could have significant implications for the Church. On the agenda is the discussion of the possibility for married clergy in the Catholic Church as Annemarie Paulin-Campell discovered.

The post Married Priests? — Synod on the Amazon formally opens the discussion by Annemarie Paulin-Campbell appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Solidarity in sodalities — Does the cloth make the (wo)man?

With one of the most important religious events imminent, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya looks at one anomaly surrounding that which should be a universally embraced event by like-minded people.

The post Solidarity in sodalities — Does the cloth make the (wo)man? by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Fr Sylvester David OMI and Bishop Frank Nubuasah SVD

Pope Francis has named two new bishops for Southern Africa. Ricardo da Silva SJ writes.

The post Bishops named for Gaborone and Cape Town by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Facebook and Canva, remixed by Ricardo da Silva SJ

In an outcome certain to further fuel the euthanasia debate, the practice’s best-known practitioner, Sean Davison was sentenced to three years correctional supervision after he was found guilty on three counts of murder, reports Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya,

The post Right-to-die activist sentenced to house arrest for three murders by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Alyssa Kardos

Drama in Soweto

Alyssa Kardos felt a calling to make a meaningful contribution to society. Her mission brought her to our shores, where she did just that.

The post Drama in Soweto by Alyssa Kardos appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

WATCH — Cape Town exposed beyond the beaches

The township of Nyanga is notorious for being the area with the highest number of reported murders in the country. Katleho Khang SNJM and Ricardo da Silva SJ visited the community for a week and discovered that amid the violence there is great hope.

The post WATCH — Cape Town exposed beyond the beaches by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Nkosikho Mbele

In this day and age, where so many issues are viewed with suspicion, there are still those who restore our faith in humanity. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya tells the story of how one man selflessly did the right thing to assist another human being in a tricky situation.

The post A modern-day Good Samaritan by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Euthanasia debate to resurface with murder trial of DignitySA founder

Euthanasia and assisted suicide is seen in the Catholic Church as a violation of Divine Law. The case of murder against DignitySA founder, Sean Davison, to be heard in South Africa re-opens this controversial debate, as Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya reports.

The post Euthanasia debate to resurface with murder trial of DignitySA founder by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Women protest against Mohamed Morsi, Egypt

Be it culture, tradition or religion, we should respect one another’s differences and we should all stand up for one another. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya highlights the fact that our caring should be all-inclusive, not just when an issue affects us directly.

The post It is Christian to defend the rights of all by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Bishop Michael Bransfield, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and Julius Malema, EFF Leader (left to right)

While one can expect to find dirt on individuals and organisations in politics, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya has drawn a parallel with the alarming fact that some churches have their own garbage cans full.

The post It’s not just the EFF’s trash cans that need looking into by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup UEFA qualification game between Iceland and Serbia.

Competition in sport can be a good thing but it can also be detrimental and have devastating effects when competitors, to God-like status. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya looks at how competitors have been put on pedestals to the point where they feel they have to win at all costs.

The post God versus the gods of sport by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Martin Mkoba SJ

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim meets with President John Magufuli of Tanzania.

Tanzania was on the brink of collapse. Then, President Magufuli was elected to the highest office and decided to put an end to corruption. Martin Mkoba SJ highlights some of the president's success stories, arguing his is a model for African leadership.

The post The bulldozer — Tanzanian President stamps out corruption by Martin Mkoba SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Mikhail Petersen

DA Election Launch_ Kliptown, Soweto, March 2011

Twisting the truth for self-gain in the global political arena is sadly not uncommon. Mikhail Petersen highlights the uncomfortable truth that South Africa’s democracy has not been spared. Such tactics by the DA, the officialSouth African majority opposition party, greatly compromise the democratic project.

The post The Democratic Alliance sold us lies and paid the price by Mikhail Petersen appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Peter-John Pearson

President Cyril Ramaphosa and first lady Tshepo Motsepe, arrive at Parliament for State of the Nation Address.

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.

The post Second SONA of 2019 — offers hope, encourages resilience, lacks detail by Peter-John Pearson appeared first on 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.

The post Strategic changes or missed opportunities? A look inside SA’s new cabinet by Mike Pothier appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

https://www.flickr.com/photos/governmentza/47940933852/

Immediately after leading him in the taking of the oath of office, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gave the newly inaugurated President, Cyril Ramaphosa, the bible he had sworn on; and thus started a new Justice Mogoeng controversy. In a secular state such as South Africa, is gifting the head of state a bible appropriate ? Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya considers this potential conundrum. Since making public his stance and practice of his faith, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng  has been an issue of […]

The post Does a bible belong in Parliament? by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Lia Marx

Ballot form for 2009 elections in South Africa. // Paul Jacobson, Flickr

With less than three weeks to go to until voting day, Lia Marx is still struggling to decide who to vote for. Is there any value to voting for a smaller political party, she asks. And, if so why is their voice so marginal in the media?

The post Why we hardly hear from the smaller political parties by Lia Marx appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Cameron Upchurch

'Mystic Lamb', a part of the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan Van Eyck, 1432 // Public domain

The Easter Triduum is the high-point of the Catholic liturgical year. Sadly, many are not afforded the opportunity to appreciate the liturgical significance embedded in these ceremonies. Cameron Upchurch highlights the importance of this time, drawing our attention to the Sequence of the Mass of Easter Sunday, an often-overlooked part of the Catholic liturgies at Easter.

The post The Sequence of the Mass of Easter Sunday – An overlooked liturgical treasure by Cameron Upchurch appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Martin Mkoba SJ

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim meets with President John Magufuli of Tanzania.

Tanzania was on the brink of collapse. Then, President Magufuli was elected to the highest office and decided to put an end to corruption. Martin Mkoba SJ highlights some of the president's success stories, arguing his is a model for African leadership.

The post The bulldozer — Tanzanian President stamps out corruption by Martin Mkoba SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Alyssa Kardos

Drama in Soweto

Alyssa Kardos felt a calling to make a meaningful contribution to society. Her mission brought her to our shores, where she did just that.

The post Drama in Soweto by Alyssa Kardos appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

https://www.flickr.com/photos/governmentza/47940933852/

Immediately after leading him in the taking of the oath of office, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng gave the newly inaugurated President, Cyril Ramaphosa, the bible he had sworn on; and thus started a new Justice Mogoeng controversy. In a secular state such as South Africa, is gifting the head of state a bible appropriate ? Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya considers this potential conundrum. Since making public his stance and practice of his faith, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng  has been an issue of […]

The post Does a bible belong in Parliament? by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

President Paul Kagame and First Lady Jeannette Kagame light the Kwibuka21 Flame of Remembrance and begin the 100 days of mourning in Kigali Genocide Memorial, Rwanda // Kwibuka Rwanda, Facebook

As the world celebrates what Rwanda has been able to achieve in the last 25 years and how many Africans seem ready to embrace the Kagame way, the inevitable and uncomfortable question is whether democracy is overrated, asks Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.

The post The enigma that is Rwanda by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Fred Kearney, Unsplash

The outrage over threats to burn Louis Myburgh’s corruption-exposing book pretends South Africa has an acceptable culture of protest, concludes Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya.

The post Why are we outraged by the burning of books? by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on 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.

The post The new asceticism by Chris Chatteris SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Israel Folau catches a high ball // David Molloy, Flickr

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.

The post Folau gives faith a bad name by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Raymond Baker interviewed in Nairobi, Kenya by Ricardo da Silva SJ // spotlight.africa

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.

The post WATCH — Illicit Financial Flows grow poverty in the developing world by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

Thomas Pogge, professor of philosophy and international affairs at Yale University addresses Tax Justice Conference in Nairobi // Ricardo da Silva SJ, spotlight.africa

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.

The post Tax Justice Conference ‘Dividends’ by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

Attiya Waris, professor of fiscal law, on tax justice and its intersections with gender justice // Ricardo da Silva SJ, spotlight.africa

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.

The post The ethics of tax justice by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ — the impact of a book on the Catholic Church today

A recent book touting homosexuality among senior clergy in the Catholic Church by French author Frédéric Martel has provoked a mixed reception. Anthony Egan SJ shares the power that he believes such a book could have for the scandal-plagued Catholic Church, today.

The post ‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ — the impact of a book on the Catholic Church today by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on 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. Penguin Books (Imprint: Allen Lane). Published: 17/09/2018. ISBN: […]

The post REVIEW — Living with the Gods by Mphuthumi Ntabeni appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ

Peter Storey at the launch of his autobiography in Cape Town. // Izak de Vries, Twitter

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.

The post REVIEW — I beg to differ: ministry amid the teargas by Anthony Egan SJ appeared first on 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 […]

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- 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. 

The post REVIEW — Women, power and the reinforcement of patriarchy by Mphuthumi Ntabeni appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Br Alois at a prayer gathering in Basel City // Spotlight.Africa

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 […]

The post South Africa teaches the world to hope, Taizé Prior says by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope Francis greets a young auditor at the closing mass of the Synod of Bishops on Youth //Vatican Media

On Sunday 28 October Pope Francis celebrated mass in St Peter’s Basilica to mark the end of the month-long worldwide gathering of bishops for the Synod on Young People. The final document of the Synod was released late Saturday evening. Russell Pollitt SJ has been following the Synod in Rome, he takes a look at the final document.  Late in the evening of Saturday 27 October the final document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and […]

The post Synod 2018 – ENDS: Women, sex abuse & a synodal Church by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Pope Francis surrounde by Synod Fathers at Mass in St Peter's Basilica //Vatican Media

The Primate of all Ireland said at Friday’s Synod of Bishops press briefing that he has not engaged with and encouraged young people enough, writes Russell Pollitt SJ from Rome. A graced month Both Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Austria and Archbishop Eamon Martin of Ireland said that the Synod has been a time of grace – despite their personal apprehension before it started. Cardinal Schönborn said that when appointed he was concerned about being away from Vienna for such a long time. […]

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- Russell Pollitt SJ

Synod Father and an auditor address the press on Thursday //Vatican Media

On Thursday two main issues were discussed at the press briefing for the Synod of Bishops on Young People: Synodality as the way forward and the scandal of sex abuse in the Church. Russell Pollitt SJ writes from Rome. The Synod Fathers and auditors did a 6 kilometer pilgrimage today from Monte Mario to St Peter’s. At St Peter’s, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, presided at Mass.  The Holy Father […]

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- Russell Pollitt SJ

Holy See Press Briefing for Synod on Youth //Vatican Media

Although many young people attend mass and go to confession, and despite 12 years of catechism, God still remains an abstract thought for them, a bishop says at Wednesday’s press briefing. Russell Pollitt SJ reports from Rome. On Wednesday the Synod Fathers discussed the draft of the final document of the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. A letter to young people, from the Synod, was also read out in the General Assembly. It is […]

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