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- Matthew Charlesworth SJ
Pope appoints new bishops for Rustenburg and Witbank dioceses
Pope appoints new bishops for Rustenburg and Witbank dioceses

At noon today it was announced by the Holy See’s Press Office that the Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Kevin Dowling, C.S.s.R. as Bishop of the Diocese of Rustenburg, and has appointed the Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Pretoria, Fr. Robert Mogapi Mphiwe, to be the new Bishop of Rustenburg. At the same time, it was also announced that the current Bishop of Eshowe, Bishop Xolelo Thaddaeus Kumalo has been transferred to care for the Diocese of Witbank.

Continue reading Pope appoints new bishops for Rustenburg and Witbank dioceses at spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ
In Gratitude: RIP Fr Emil Blaser OP
In Gratitude: RIP Fr Emil Blaser OP

Tributes have been pouring in for Fr Emil Blaser, a pillar of Catholic media in South Africa, who passed away on 16 November. Russell Pollitt S.J shares some of his memories of Fr Emil, whose ministry went beyond the airwaves and is remembered for the attention and care he showed to those he met.

This week the Catholic Church in Southern Africa lost one of its most well-known clergy: Dominican Father Emil Blaser.

Continue reading In Gratitude: RIP Fr Emil Blaser OP at spotlight.africa.

- Patrick Giddy
The Three Popes: Examples of faith, hope and love
The Three Popes: Examples of faith, hope and love

The last four decades have seen the Catholic Church guided by three different popes. Each brought a different gift to the Church. Patrick Giddy reflects on the mission of the three pontiffs against the three marks of the Christian life: faith, hope and love.

“In short, there are three things that endure: faith, hope and love; but of these, the greatest is love.” 

1 Cor 13:13

Our lives are lived through our ideas, our actions or habits of will.

Continue reading The Three Popes: Examples of faith, hope and love at spotlight.africa.

- Stan Muyebe OP
Popular movements as the catalyst for economic transformation
Popular movements as the catalyst for economic transformation

Commenting on a Vatican meeting with popular movements in late October, Stan Muyebe OP observes that economic justice and overcoming inequality are at the heart of Pope Francis’ social teaching. The Holy Father’s first encyclical Evangelii Guadium and a recent letter to grassroots organizations point to a consistent message of hope by calling on communities living on the peripheries to become catalysts for the transformation of global economic systems.

Continue reading Popular movements as the catalyst for economic transformation at spotlight.africa.

- Cameron Upchurch
To sing or not to sing?
To sing or not to sing?

COVID-19 prevented Catholics from regularly attending Mass. Parishes are reopening but safety measures have affected parts of the liturgy. Singing is one of these. Cameron Upchurch explains why singing increases the risk of infection and proposes ways in which other forms of music can be incorporated into the liturgy without disrupting the central focus of worship.

The last Mass this year at which I directed the music with full choir and congregation was on 15 March – the third Sunday of Lent.

Continue reading To sing or not to sing? at spotlight.africa.

- Matthew Charlesworth SJ
Pope appoints new bishops for Rustenburg and Witbank dioceses
Pope appoints new bishops for Rustenburg and Witbank dioceses

At noon today it was announced by the Holy See’s Press Office that the Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Kevin Dowling, C.S.s.R. as Bishop of the Diocese of Rustenburg, and has appointed the Vicar-General of the Archdiocese of Pretoria, Fr. Robert Mogapi Mphiwe, to be the new Bishop of Rustenburg. At the same time, it was also announced that the current Bishop of Eshowe, Bishop Xolelo Thaddaeus Kumalo has been transferred to care for the Diocese of Witbank.

Continue reading Pope appoints new bishops for Rustenburg and Witbank dioceses at spotlight.africa.

- Mahadi Buthelezi
Catholic Business Forum joins civil society to promote moral renewal
Catholic Business Forum joins civil society to promote moral renewal

High-profile corruption cases reflect South Africa’s need for moral regeneration. Mahadi Buthelezi reports on a joint initiative by the Catholic Business Forum and the Moral Regeneration Movement — a civil society organization — to call on citizens and government to envision a society characterized by honesty and integrity.

Active citizenship involves recognizing poor stewardship of the country’s resources and holding political and business leaders accountable for their actions. The recent spate of arrests by South Africa’s specialised crime unit, the Hawks, of high-profile businesspeople with links to political power point to a long trajectory of moral decay in our society.

Continue reading Catholic Business Forum joins civil society to promote moral renewal at spotlight.africa.

- spotlight.africa
Webinar — COVID-19: Faith and the crisis of capitalism
Webinar — COVID-19: Faith and the crisis of capitalism

An all-Catholic panel will host a webinar on 16 October, 2020 at the Jozi Book Fair. The panelists will discuss the response of faith communities to the various crises unfolding in South Africa. spotlight.africa reports.

The Jozi Book Fair is an annual event that seeks to foster a culture of reading and writing among poor and working class communities. The theme of 2020 edition of the Jozi Book Fair is, appropriately, “Literature in the Time of COVID-19.”

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the Jozi Book Fair to move its activities online.

Continue reading Webinar — COVID-19: Faith and the crisis of capitalism at spotlight.africa.

- Mahadi Buthelezi
Faith organisations launch campaign to end gender-based violence
Faith organisations launch campaign to end gender-based violence

A group of faith-based organisations on 8 October 2020 launched a 70-day Joint Faith Action campaign to end gender-based violence and femicide in South Africa. Their aim is to work with faith communities to overcome harmful attitudes to women and girls, both within their own communities and in wider society. Mahadi Buthelezi reports.

A collective of faith-based organisations (FBOs) have observed a sharp increase in gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) especially during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Continue reading Faith organisations launch campaign to end gender-based violence at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Egan SJ
Fratelli Tutti: A political theology for our time
Fratelli Tutti: A political theology for our time

Yesterday Pope Francis travelled to Assisi to sign his new encyclical letter, considered the most authoritative and developed form of papal teaching, which is entitled in Italian Fratelli Tutti (a citation from one of St. Francis’s admonitions to his early Franciscan brothers), but in English means ‘Siblings’, or ‘Brothers and Sisters all’. Pope Francis released his encyclical today, on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Anthony Egan SJ offers five observations about this important document.

Continue reading Fratelli Tutti: A political theology for our time at spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel
Politics and religion in (not so polite) society
Politics and religion in (not so polite) society

The recent US election had less to do with mature debate and more with lobbying and finger-pointing to garner votes. Sarah-Leah Pimentel is especially disappointed with the part that Christians played in further dividing a fractured nation. Despite that, she believes that it is possible for politics and religion to coexist and contribute to a better society for all.

There are three topics one should avoid in polite society: money, religion, and politics.

Continue reading Politics and religion in (not so polite) society at spotlight.africa.

- Jennifer Morris
Time to divorce America
Time to divorce America

For countless generations, America has represented a place of hope and opportunity. Jennifer Morris describes her disappointment with the turn that US politics has taken but recognizes that the decline in basic freedoms is not new. This piece was previously published on Medium.

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.”

George Orwell

It’s November, and that means that it’s time to admit that I’ve spent most of 2020 sulking. 

Continue reading Time to divorce America at spotlight.africa.

- Mark Potterton
Class of 2020: Matric exams in a pandemic are unfair
Class of 2020: Matric exams in a pandemic are unfair

The Class of 2020 began their Matric exams on 5 November. This year’s Matrics have weathered a pandemic, disrupted schooling, and for many, the emotional trauma of having lost loved ones. Many of their parents lost their jobs and some homes were hubs of domestic abuse and other violence. Mark Potterton asks whether, in this context, Matric exams are a fair way to assess the students’ mastery of their schoolwork and readiness for further education or employment.

Continue reading Class of 2020: Matric exams in a pandemic are unfair at spotlight.africa.

- Patrick Giddy
Equality within Catholic leadership structures promotes greater joint responsibility
Equality within Catholic leadership structures promotes greater joint responsibility

There is a growing distrust for formal leadership structures. This partly stems from a crisis of leadership, both in society and the Church. Patrick Giddy reflects on a recent article by theologian Nicholas Healey that promotes Catholic leadership that is less hierarchical. Giddy tries to imagine a leadership structure where both the laity and the clergy study and contribute to Church teaching.

The “New Catholics” are here to stay, says theologian Nicholas Healey, in his contribution to the volume on New Theological Practices for the Contemporary Catholic Church (2018).[1]

Studies have pointed to a growing number of Catholics who are “self-distancing” from the teaching offered by the Church’s formal leadership structures.

Continue reading Equality within Catholic leadership structures promotes greater joint responsibility at spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters
Getting back to normal — Is it even possible?
Getting back to normal — Is it even possible?

The world has changed dramatically in less than a year. Shrikant Peters looks beyond the immediate health crisis and examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on every aspect of one’s socio-economic, political, and personal life. Unless we build more robust solutions, he says, our current global systems leave little room for pursuit of the common good and will result in the increased isolation of marginalized communities.

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that history will remember 2020 as the year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Continue reading Getting back to normal — Is it even possible? at spotlight.africa.

- Paulina French
Medium Term Budget: Policy statement of despair
Medium Term Budget: Policy statement of despair

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered his Medium-Term Budget speech on 28 October 2020, painting a sober picture of South Africa’s economic recovery prospects. Paulina French examines the key elements of the Minister’s speech and concludes that the government’s financial policy does not augur well for the country’s impoverished population.

During Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni’s Medium-Term Budget Speech on 28 October 2020, most South Africans waited to find some hope embedded in his speech.

Continue reading Medium Term Budget: Policy statement of despair at spotlight.africa.

- spotlight.africa
Education: Promises, promises… no delivery
Education: Promises, promises… no delivery

After much confusion, schools in South Africa reopened on 8 June for Grade 7 and 12 learners. The resumption of classes even though the promises by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to deliver water and personal protection equipment did not materialise. A teacher, who has asked to remain anonymous, shares her concerns about the lack of preparedness that places teachers and students and, by extension, their families at risk.

On 19 May 2020 came Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s announcement that schools would be reopening on 1 June 2020.

Continue reading Education: Promises, promises… no delivery at spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters
COVID-19 and the blame game
COVID-19 and the blame game

Shrikant Peters continues his series looking at the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s medical resources. In this piece, he examines the statistical models that point to a sharp increase in the number of infections nationwide, which will place heavy strain on the number of available hospital beds. He addresses the already high infection rates in the Western Cape and warns that the rest of the country is only a few weeks away from presenting similar figures.

Continue reading COVID-19 and the blame game at spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters
The influence of economics on health
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
Farm workers’ struggle for dignified working and living conditions
Farm workers’ struggle for dignified working and living conditions

Farm workers are among the most exploited of labourers in South Africa. Stan Muyebe OP explains the challenges around the precariousness of labour in our strained economy and shines a light on the efforts of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) Justice and Peace Commission to secure basic rights for rural farm workers.

Continue reading Farm workers’ struggle for dignified working and living conditions at spotlight.africa.

- Fernando C. Saldivar SJ
The world after the pandemic: A glimpse into the work of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa
The world after the pandemic: A glimpse into the work of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa

Increasingly we are beginning to see that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic extend beyond health. The prolonged shutdown of economies has hit poorer countries, including many in Africa, the hardest. Fernando Saldivar S.J describes the work of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa’s (JENA) work for the Vatican COVID-19 Commission. JENA issues a stark warning that conflict and poverty are likely to continue long after the virus has been overcome.

In March 2020, Pope Francis called on the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development to establish a COVID-19 Commission to bring together the Church’s resources and begin reflecting on the needs of the post-pandemic world.

Continue reading The world after the pandemic: A glimpse into the work of the Jesuit Justice and Ecology Network Africa at spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel
Church condemns attack on school in Cameroon’s restive region
Church condemns attack on school in Cameroon’s restive region

Church leaders have condemned the 24 October attack by unidentified gunmen on a school in Cameroon which left several children dead and others injured. It is thought that the massacre is part of ongoing tensions between Cameroon’s French and English-speaking communities that began in 2016. Sarah-Leah Pimentel reports.

On Saturday, 24 October, unknown gunmen entered a private highschool in Kumbe, in Cameroon’s Southwest Region, and opened fire on children aged between 12 and 14 as they sat at their lessons.

Continue reading Church condemns attack on school in Cameroon’s restive region at spotlight.africa.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel
The Mozambican bishop on the frontline of a humanitarian crisis
The Mozambican bishop on the frontline of a humanitarian crisis

Armed insurgency has created a humanitarian crisis in northern Mozambique. The Catholic Church in the Diocese of Pemba — under the leadership of Bishop Luiz Lisboa — is helping the communities who have been displaced by the violence and calling for greater engagement from the Mozambican Government and international aid agencies. Sarah-Leah Pimentel reports.

When he was appointed as the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pemba in northern Mozambique in 2013, Brazilian-born Luiz Fernando Lisboa could hardly have imagined that seven years later, he would be on the frontlines of a humanitarian emergency and much less that he would attract the attention of both Pope Francis and the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi.

Continue reading The Mozambican bishop on the frontline of a humanitarian crisis at spotlight.africa.

- Anthony Aduaka SJ
The audacity of corruption
The audacity of corruption

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the dark underbelly of many African societies, where nepotism, corruption, and authoritarianism deprive the citizens of their countries from living with dignity and in freedom. Anthony Aduaka writes how corruption in his native Nigeria has escalated to such an extent that billions of dollars disappear without explanation.

Each time Nigerians sing their national anthem, it brings back memories of hope in the struggle for a better Nigeria.

Continue reading The audacity of corruption at spotlight.africa.

- Levinia Pienaar
Lessons under the tree: building a school in South Sudan
Lessons under the tree: building a school in South Sudan

The wanton vandalism of hundreds of South African schools during the current lockdown prompted Levinia Pienaar to reflect on the disregard for education in some communities. She compares this attitude with an experience of building a school in war-torn Juba, South Sudan.

The recent widespread vandalism at schools has made me sad and angry. Although our education system is far from perfect and many of our schools lack much needed infrastructure, we have one of the best school infrastructures on the continent.

Continue reading Lessons under the tree: building a school in South Sudan at spotlight.africa.

- Ncamiso Vilakati
Stay home and all will be well
Stay home and all will be well

Ncamiso Vilakati is a priest from eSwatini who is currently studying in Rome. He has witnessed the devastation of the coronavirus first hand. He shares his experiences of being in lockdown and his hopes for his return to his homeland. He also makes a very urgent plea for the citizens of Southern Africa to take the dangers of the coronavirus seriously and to put aside petty politics. Instead, he calls for a spirit of responsibility, national unity and discipline as the only way to prevent a massive loss of life.

Continue reading Stay home and all will be well at spotlight.africa.

- Shrikant Peters
The uncommon cold – a healthy response to the coronavirus
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.

- Chris Chatteris SJ
Amazon fires — political ploy to privatise public land
Amazon fires — political ploy to privatise public land

The massive forest fires in the Amazon have reached unprecedented proportions. Chris Chatteris comments on the lack of political goodwill in putting an end to the fires, and far more importantly, a change to environmental policies. The victims, he says, are the world’s people, but expresses hope that public activism will put politicians under increasing pressure to change the way we treat our common home.

The Amazon rain forests are burning.

Continue reading Amazon fires — political ploy to privatise public land at spotlight.africa.

- Martin van Nierop
Burning Amazon — World’s lung under threat
Burning Amazon — World’s lung under threat

Martin van Nierop responds to the reports of widescale fires in the Amazon that have made headlines in the international media. He relates his experience of visiting the Amazon and the people who he met there. Nierop reflects on the direct consequences these fires have for those communities and the far-reaching impact on climate change in South Africa and worldwide.

Continue reading Burning Amazon — World’s lung under threat at spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ
Teen climate change activist challenges global economic model
Teen climate change activist challenges global economic model

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has captured the imagination of climate change activists. Chris Chatteris SJ examines the environmental impact of a consumer economy on the future of the planet.

Continue reading Teen climate change activist challenges global economic model at spotlight.africa.

- Mark Potterton
Breaking the silence of abuse in schools
Breaking the silence of abuse in schools

The horrific account of sexual abuse at Parktown Boys is the subject of veteran journalist Sam Cowen’s new book. Mark Potterton examines the merits of the account but expresses ethical concerns regarding the victims’ right to privacy.

Sam Cowen is a former TV and radio presenter who has been in the media industry for over two decades. She revisits the Parktown Boys High School abuse tragedy in her recent book, Brutal School Ties: The Parktown Boys’ Tragedy released earlier this year by Melinda Ferguson Books.

Continue reading Breaking the silence of abuse in schools at spotlight.africa.

- Matthew Charlesworth SJ
Thoughts on Guy Ferrer’s “T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E.”
Thoughts on Guy Ferrer’s “T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E.”

Matthew Charlesworth visited his former high school, where he encountered an artistic composition that prompted a deeper spiritual reflection. The artwork calls for greater religious tolerance, but Charlesworth suggests that it reveals a far more encompassing image of God and the spiritual quest that necessarily values a tolerance that must lead us towards genuine fraternity.

“T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E.”, by sculptor and artist Guy Ferrer, is composed of nine bronze sculptures, each representing a letter of the word “tolerance” and depicting aspects of a religion, belief or spirituality.

Continue reading Thoughts on Guy Ferrer’s “T.O.L.E.R.A.N.C.E.” at spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ
Cynicism is the lazy thinker’s theory for everything
Cynicism is the lazy thinker’s theory for everything

Rutger Bergman (2020) has published a new book in which he examines the inclinations of human nature and dismantles the pessimistic view of humankind. Chris Chatteris provides a review of Bregman’s treatise, offering a more hopeful perspective on our ability to work together for the common good.

Rutger Bregman, in his new book Humankind: A Hopeful History plays two philosophers — Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau — up against each other to determine whether, by nature, humankind is tends towards survival of the fittest or cooperation.

Continue reading Cynicism is the lazy thinker’s theory for everything at spotlight.africa.

- Patrick Giddy
Tradition as an antidote to liberalism and clerical abuse
Tradition as an antidote to liberalism and clerical abuse

Reflecting on a new book by Michel Camdessus and others entitled “Transformer L’Eglise Catholique” [Transforming the Catholic Church], Patrick Giddy explains how individualism fuels clericalism. A different approach to vocational discernment drawing on the traditions of the pre-modern Church — could stem some of the current ecclesial abuses.

Our liberal, enlightened culture prioritizes individual agency. Modern culture predicates human fulfillment on the freedom of each person to make decisions about their unique path in life.

Continue reading Tradition as an antidote to liberalism and clerical abuse at spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ
REVIEW — Utopia for Realists
REVIEW — Utopia for Realists

Published almost two years ago, Rutger Bregman’s ‘Utopia for Realists’ is timely now. Bregman’s vision is worth paying attention to when our world needs a fresh understanding of justice and how it might be meted out across nations and people, writes Chris Chatteris SJ.

Continue reading REVIEW — Utopia for Realists at spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ
South Africa teaches the world to hope, Taizé Prior says
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.

- Russell Pollitt SJ
Synod 2018 – ENDS: Women, sex abuse & a synodal Church
Synod 2018 – ENDS: Women, sex abuse & a synodal Church

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 Vocational Discernment was released.

Continue reading Synod 2018 – ENDS: Women, sex abuse & a synodal Church at spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ
Synod 2018 – Now “determined in missionary spirit”
Synod 2018 – Now “determined in missionary spirit”

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.

Continue reading Synod 2018 – Now “determined in missionary spirit” at spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ
Synod 2018 – “Synodality” is the keyword
Synod 2018 – “Synodality” is the keyword

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.  

Continue reading Synod 2018 – “Synodality” is the keyword at spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ
Synod 2018 – God is an abstract thought for the young
Synod 2018 – God is an abstract thought for the young

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.

Continue reading Synod 2018 – God is an abstract thought for the young at spotlight.africa.

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