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Humanitarian crisis in the English-speaking area of Cameroon: Bishops exhort to dialogue

Fides News Agency reports that the Catholic Bishops of Cameroon have expressed their enormous concern condemning “the brutal repression of the army against an independence movement in the English-speaking regions of the country” that has fueled an escalation of humanitarian crisis and has forced 160 thousand people to flee to Cameroon with 26 thousand destined for Nigeria. “Only Caritas was, with difficulty, able to access these areas persecuted by fear and death”. The Bishops of Cameroon denounce “gruesome violence” while […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

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Mphuthumi Ntabeni examines the state of literature in South Africa and asks why literary prizes are so scarce and why the development of culture and literacy are so under-prioritised, especially by funders and the SA corporate sector who are dwarfed in their generosity by those in other African countries. As he points out, the consequences for our own culture and understanding of history are dire if this state of affairs is permitted to persist. The Sunday Times literary prizes, the […]

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- Russell Pollitt SJ

Jesuits in Africa meet to plan social justice ministries

The Jesuits of Africa and Madagascar who are involved in the Society of Jesus’ ministries of social justice on the continent have been meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to uate their ministry. They have also worked on a strategic plan for the next five years. Russell Pollitt reports from Nairobi. Jesuits involved in the ministry of the social apostolate in Africa and Madagascar met from 7-10 May in Nairobi, Kenya, to uate their work and develop a strategic plan for the […]

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- Chris Chatteris SJ

Old mine sites: a power-filled opportunity

An ambitious bioengineering project on an old mine site in Welkom might just be the innovative spark needed to fuel a “whole new way of looking at electricity and its distribution” writes Chris Chatteris SJ. However, if it is to succeed in its quest to bring about a just energy transition (JET),  it may also find itself battling centralised, monopolised and largely coal-powered competition.  How’s this for human ingenuity? The rehabilitation of the slimes-dam of an old mine near Welkom […]

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- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Guns, drums and accordions

For nearly 20 years, a tiny Lesotho village has been at the epicentre of a deadly turf war among music gangs. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya explains how these killings have even spread across borders and threaten the education and health of those caught in the deadly crossfire. In what darkly resembles the bloody gangster rap blood fest in the United States of America during the 1990s a tiny Lesotho village is a hotbed of bloodletting and strife that has even spilled over […]

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Chilean abuse victim: Pope told me to accept being gay, God made me this way.

In an interview with El País, Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of the Chilean clergy sexual abuse crisis who was invited to Rome for Pope Francis to meet and apologise to, reported that the Pope told him: “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like that and he loves you like that and I do not care. The Pope loves you as you are, you have to be happy with who you are”. Catholic News Agency […]

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Pope Francis announces names of fourteen new cardinals

In a surprise move on Pentecost Sunday Pope Francis announced that he would be creating 14 new cardinals. He told the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square, after his Regina Caeli prayer, that the Consistory will take place on 29 June. In the surprise announcement following his Regina Caeli address, the Pope noted that the places from which the new cardinals come “expresses the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men […]

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Canonisation date announced for Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VIinfo

On Saturday, 19 May, Pope Francis announced the date for the canonisation of Archbishop Oscar Romero who was gunned down in El Salvador in 1980. Many Catholics believe that Romero is a saint and should have been canonised already for his stance against violence and injustice. Pope Paul VI oversaw much of Vatican II, promulgated a new Roman Missal in 1969 and published the encyclical Humane Vitae. Hannah Brockhaus of Catholic News Agency (CNA) wrote this report. Following a meeting […]

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BREAKING NEWS: All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

For the past few days the bishops of Chile have been in Rome meeting with Pope Francis. He summonsed them to the Vatican after it emerged that the pope had not been given accurate information about a bishop, Juan Barros, who was accused of covering up sex abuse. Elise Harris of Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports. At the close of their 3-day meeting with Pope Francis, all Chilean bishops asked victims of the country’s abuse scandal for forgiveness and presented […]

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The solid grounds of the CDF’s new economics document

A new Vatican Document, “Considerations for an Ethical Discernment Regarding Some Aspects of the Present Economic-Financial System,” was approved by Pope Francis and released on  the 17 May at a Vatican news conference with Archbishop Luis F. Ladaria, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. The document explains that “[t]here can be no area of human action that legitimately claims to be either outside […]

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BREAKING NEWS: All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

For the past few days the bishops of Chile have been in Rome meeting with Pope Francis. He summonsed them to the Vatican after it emerged that the pope had not been given accurate information about a bishop, Juan Barros, who was accused of covering up sex abuse. Elise Harris of Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports. At the close of their 3-day meeting with Pope Francis, all Chilean bishops asked victims of the country’s abuse scandal for forgiveness and presented […]

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Humanitarian crisis in the English-speaking area of Cameroon: Bishops exhort to dialogue

Fides News Agency reports that the Catholic Bishops of Cameroon have expressed their enormous concern condemning “the brutal repression of the army against an independence movement in the English-speaking regions of the country” that has fueled an escalation of humanitarian crisis and has forced 160 thousand people to flee to Cameroon with 26 thousand destined for Nigeria. “Only Caritas was, with difficulty, able to access these areas persecuted by fear and death”. The Bishops of Cameroon denounce “gruesome violence” while […]

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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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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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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Part 1: Catholic Social Teaching and the rights of workers

Worker’s Day is on the 1 May. In a two-part series Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at what the Catholic Church, specifically Catholic Social Teaching, says about the rights of workers and the duties of employees. Many Catholics do not know that the Church was at the forefront ─ and played a major role ─ in shaping global industrial policies. He attempts to apply the teachings of Catholic Social Teaching to labour relations in South Africa. This is part one. Since the publication of […]

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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Part 2: Catholic Social Teaching and the rights of workers

Worker’s Day is on the 1 May. In a two-part series Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at what the Catholic Church, specifically Catholic Social Teaching, says about the rights of workers and the duties of employees. Many Catholics do not know that the Church was at the forefront ─ and played a major role ─ in shaping global industrial policies. He attempts to apply the teachings of Catholic Social Teaching to labour relations in South Africa. This is part two. Catholic Social […]

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- Danielle Hoffmeester

The fluidity of Colouredness

The architects of apartheid classified people and segregated them to try an assert their supremacist attitudes. Their policies divided people and created animosity between the groups they classified. Danielle Hoffmeester looks at how the so-called ‘Coloured’ identity has become more fluid. She says that it is emerging from the stereotypes of the past and a new identity is being constructed, remaining true to the notion that an understanding of the past is crucial to the formation and socialisation of the […]

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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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- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

REVIEW: No Longer At Ease

In 2018 we mark the diamond jubilee of the the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This novel was read widely in South Africa as a school set-work. Mphuthumi Ntabeni takes a look at another of Achebe’s works, No Longer At Ease. He says that this is a great companion work and continuation of Things Fall Apart.  “It introduces complexity into the story of how colonialism and Christianity break African culture with tragic and progressive consequences,” Ntabeni writes. No Longer […]

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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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May 22, 2018 at 6:04pm
Chilean abuse victim: Pope told me to accept being gay, God made me this way
https://t.co/n3QTnpHM91
May 22, 2018 at 6:04pm
Archbishop Romero’s Canonisation: A nod to all activists
by Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu @NdlovuLawrence https://t.co/pUqNoTsI1S
May 21, 2018 at 12:29am
Reflection for Pentecost Sunday - Year B by Russell Pollitt SJ @rpollittsj https://t.co/8i8Di11LbJ
May 21, 2018 at 12:28am
Taking Back the Shadow by Annemarie Paulin-Campbell @annemariepc_c https://t.co/RK9sbZ7xnN
May 21, 2018 at 12:28am
Canonisation date announced for Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI
https://t.co/eTuqVycafI
May 21, 2018 at 12:28am
All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope https://t.co/vvjmLUdPFb