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- Margaret Blackie

Do not go to church President Ramaphosa has allowed the places of worship open for service of not more than 50 people. Dr Margaret Blackie, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University, believes this to be a terrible decision. Whilst many church buildings may be sufficiently large to ensure that people are a good bit more than 1.5m apart, spending an hour or more in the company of others is problematic. Time spent together is as important as […]

- Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

Hope_MyriamZilles_Pixabay On 13 May, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference wrote a pastoral letter offering a message of comfort to “those in distress” amid the physical, financial, emotional and spiritual stresses of the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. The full-text is below, or can be downloaded here. Letter to those in distress…, during the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. As the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa we are concerned in a particular way for our […]

- spotlight.africa

CDDProfile The Catholic Church works extensively throughout Africa to improve the lives of the communities that they serve. One Mozambican think tank goes further. Centro para Democracia e Desenvolvimento is a powerful civil society voice that brings to light the many challenges of a nation that still suffers from poor leadership and armed violence. Centro para Democracia e Desenvolvimento [Centre for Democracy and Development], known as the CDD, is a Mozambican NGO founded in 2018 that provides “critical reflection on the […]

- Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Words of encouragement from the Bishops Earlier this week the Facebook account of the Justice and Peace Department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) published messages of hope from a number of bishops in the SACBC. Their messages are of mercy, hope and confidence in the resurrection, whilst also showing a concern for the poor, the need for solidarity at this time, and a special concern for those affected by gender-based violence in the home during the lockdown. You can download them all here. […]

- Mathibela Sebothoma

Modern media brings the Church into the home Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Church has had to find alternative ways to bring the Mass, and Easter celebrations in particular, into our homes. Mathibela Sebothoma looks at the vital role that communications technologies and social media have come to play as priests find ways to minister to their communities in lockdown. In the early days of Radio Veritas, I presided at the Holy Mass in the studio with less than five people physically present. It was at […]

- Margaret Blackie

Do not go to church President Ramaphosa has allowed the places of worship open for service of not more than 50 people. Dr Margaret Blackie, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science at Stellenbosch University, believes this to be a terrible decision. Whilst many church buildings may be sufficiently large to ensure that people are a good bit more than 1.5m apart, spending an hour or more in the company of others is problematic. Time spent together is as important as […]

- spotlight.africa

Jesuits mourn the passing of former Superior General The Jesuit General Curia in Rome today announced that former Superior General, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás died, today, in Tokyo, Japan. He was a member of the Jesuit community of Loyola House in Kamishakujii, and had been ill for a number of years. He is deeply mourned by the Jesuits of Japan and Asia Pacific, his family and compatriots in Spain, and his many friends around the world. “I offer my sincere condolences to the Jesuit province of Japan, to Fr. […]

- Mark Potterton

Catholic SchoolsMain Catholic Schools Week celebrates the contribution that Catholic schools have made to education and society. Despite these successes, Mark Potterton addresses the very real challenge of financial hardship faced by many Catholic schools. He examines the changing educational environment that places enormous economic pressures on schools and recommends collaboration by Catholic schools to protect their common future. I hope and pray that this crisis will bring out the treasures of who we are called to be as disciples of Jesus, […]

- Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC)

NursesSouthAfrica_SouthAfricanNursingMovementFB On 12 May, the world celebrates International Nurses Day. Nurses play a pivotal role in caring for the sick. This has become even clearer during the COVID-19 pandemic, when family members are unable to visit their loved ones. The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) issued a statement to thank nurses for the work they do. The statement also sends a strong appeal to government to provide nurses with the equipment to protect themselves, following reports that 500 nurses have […]

- Vatican News

The anti-apartheid activist who fell in love with ‘Laudato Sì’ World leaders are paying tribute to the life and legacy of Denis Goldberg, one of South Africa’s most revered anti-apartheid activists who died last week in Cape Town. Because of COVID-19 restrictions an online memorial will be held for him on Friday 8 May. Linda Bordoni of Vatican News reports. Following 87-year-old Denis Goldberg’s death on 29 April, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa ordered the country’s flags to fly at half-mast to observe four days of national mourning. Ramaphosa, himself one […]

- Margaret Blackie

TumisuPixabay As South Africa prepares to ease COVID-19 restrictions on 1 June with the resumption of many economic and educational activities, Margaret Blackie continues her series of articles, calling for collective responsibility through limited social contact and rigorous personal hygiene measures. We are moving to Level 3 lockdown and many people will be returning to work and schools are reopening with some of their learners on 1 June. But Covid-19 is still very much present and spreading. It is currently worst […]

- Shrikant Peters

VirusGertAltmanPixabay Although the South African government implemented very strict lockdown measures, the number of new COVID-19 cases during this period have increased exponentially. Irrespective of the criticism or praise the government has received for its actions, Shrikant Peters points out that the country’s health crisis precedes the COVID-19 pandemic, and poverty will exacerbate the country’s ability to effectively contain the rise in infections. As of 21 May 2020, the dashboard for the National Institute of Communicable Diseases reads: Total case numbers: […]

- Stan Muyebe OP

BalancingAct_JandenOudenPixabay Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ reminds us that health of the natural world and the health of the soul are inextricably connected. Fr. Stan Muyebe reflects on the need for inner healing , which will in turn bring healing and restore the balance of the natural world. We are celebrating the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’ at a time when humanity is struggling with three global tragedies: COVID-19, climate change and the global economic recession. Influenced by a technocratic and […]

- Chris Chatteris SJ

Redistribution or Revolution? Beyond the devastating effect of COVID-19 on human life and livelihoods, there is a desire for something better to emerge from this crisis. For some, like Chris Chatteris, it is a more equitable society. He argues that this is only possible by means of redistribution of wealth that gives the poor a greater share in the goods that many of us take for granted. As we celebrate Laudato Si week, this article serves as reflection to Pope Francis’ “appeal for […]

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Fear_KorhanErdolPexels As South Africa enters the second phase of its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, Sarah-Leah Pimentel reflects on the changing mood in the country. Optimism has given way to fear, which is manifesting in negative emotions. She offers some strategies that can help to diffuse the anger and frustration that many people are feeling. The mood in South Africa has shifted noticeably over last couple of weeks. When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown, South Africans — for […]

- Shrikant Peters

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. For some time […]

- Shrikant Peters

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 […]

- Stan Muyebe OP

FarmWorkersJusticePeaceCommission 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.

- Mike Batley

SouthAfricanMoney South Africa’s financial situation remains constrained despite hopes that President Cyril Ramaphosa would create much-needed jobs and restore investor confidence. Mike Batley warns of the dangers of unilateral solutions for South Africa’s economic challenges. He calls for a more holistic and reflective approach to overcome the endemic structural inequalities of our economic landscape. Recent major news stories about the new levels of unemployment in our country have rightly been labelled as an indication that we are in a “crisis”. Added […]

- Stan Muyebe OP

TshekisoTebaloMiners The 26 July settlement to compensate former miners who contracted lung diseases is a victory that merits celebration. Stan Muyebe warns, however, that those affected will draw direct benefit from this ruling only if the trust charged with compensating the miners is well-managed. The Justice and Peace Commission continues to promote the transformation of the extractive industry to eliminate mining-related illnesses. On 26 July, the Gauteng High Court approved a R5 billion settlement between gold mining companies and former mineworkers […]

- Anthony Aduaka SJ

OverSummitizationAfrica Africa appears to have captured the interests of the world’s key political and economic powers. Anthony Aduaka SJ observes that a spate of recent summits that bring African leaders together with political heavyweights, seemingly, to foster deeper multilateral ties and sign attractive trade deals, represent a new form of African dependency on the West. He calls on African leaders to put aside narrow political or personal interests and ensure that any bilateral partnerships benefit Africa equally. In one of his […]

- Jesuit Communications Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops appeal for food aid for starving millions In December 2019, the United Nations warned that Zimbabwe faces a “man-made” famine. Drought, hyperinflation, and poor economic and agricultural policies have transformed the once abundant “bread-basket” of Southern Africa into an arid wasteland. Nearly 8 million people will face severe food shortages this year. The Zimbabwean Catholic Bishop’s Conference has called for US$1 million to address the most severely-affected by the famine. Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops have made an urgent appeal for food aid in cash or kind amid a […]

- Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar

Jesuit Superiors on the situation in Cameroon Cameroon is a country of deep-seated divisions. In particular, the English-speaking North West and South West regions have repeatedly been excluded from the political process in the mainly French-speaking country. In 2017, Anglophone separatists began attacking government institutions and civilians perceived to support the government. Government forces have responded to the attacks but have been accused of using excessive force against civilians, torture, abuse, and the destruction of homes and property in Anglophone villages. The violence has resulted in 3,000 […]

- Anthony Aduaka SJ

VanessaNakate Associated Press (AP) recently cropped Ugandan climate change activist, Vanessa Nakate, from a group photograph in which she appears with her peers at the World Economic Forum. Anthony Adauka SJ points out that incidents like this are not new, and are indicative of the underlying racism that continues to exist. He argues that we cannot speak about care for our common home and equality until we’ve eliminated all forms of exclusion. “But they don’t know it is also risen, with […]

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

CardinalAmbongoCongoTVYoutube A statement by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) accusing political groups of fuelling ethnic tensions in the country has generated controversy in the region. Sarah-Leah Pimentel examines the Church’s duty in speaking out against any form of oppression, but points out the dangers that can cloud a sound discernment in speaking truth to power. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a place of untold hardships. Violence, countless rebel groups, belligerent political groups, […]

- Ncamiso Vilakati

FedericoTak_Lockdown_Pixabay 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 […]

- Shrikant Peters

VirusGertAltmanPixabay 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 […]

- Chris Chatteris SJ

FirefightersPixabay 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. An area the size of Manhattan is going up […]

- Martin van Nierop

Amazon1_MartinVNierop 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.

- Chris Chatteris SJ

Bob Blob, Unsplash 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.

- Margaret Blackie

FaceMask_MohamedHassan_Pixabay There are divergent views on whether the use of masks in public can help to slow the spread of COVID-19. Margaret Blackie looks at the example of the Czech Republic, which to date has had one of the lowest infection rates in Europe. Its citizens adopted the use of masks within a week. Masks alone cannot stop the virus, but the principle of “I protect you; you protect me” can only help to stem its spread. Several countries seem to […]

- Chris Chatteris SJ

Environmentalists have noted that the precipitous drop in economic activity, particularly in China, has caused a dramatic fall in the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases being pumped into our longsuffering atmosphere. The spread of the coronavirus was exacerbated by air travel. The virus itself crossed over from animals to humans because of the unsanitary conditions in which animals and human beings co-habited. Chris Chatteris says that the coronavirus serves as a warning that the way we live is not sustainable in the long run. In order to avoid ecological collapse will require us to live and work in more environmentally friendly ways. Until the pandemic has run its course, we won’t […]

- Martin van Nierop

QueridaAmazoniaSynodWebsite The recently published Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis, at surface value, focuses almost exclusively on the environment. Martin van Nierop highlights some of the passages that most clearly communicate the spirit of Querida Amazonia, but leaves us with the warning that any option for the environment is also an economic and social challenge. Ultimately, he reminds us that Pope Francis’ appeals cannot reside solely on paper, but must take shape in our hearts and lives. Pope Francis has written the […]

- Annemarie Paulin-Campbell

RoleWomenChurch The Pope’s eagerly awaited post-synodal apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia was released on 12 February, and responds to the 6-26 October 2019 Synod on the Amazon. Dr. Annemarie Paulin-Campbell notes the general theme of inclusivity but notes that the document continues to exclude women from sacramental ministry. I have been asked to specifically reflect on the document in relation to what it says about women. In fact the document says very little about women, as this is not its focus. The […]

- Anthony Aduaka SJ

VanessaNakate Associated Press (AP) recently cropped Ugandan climate change activist, Vanessa Nakate, from a group photograph in which she appears with her peers at the World Economic Forum. Anthony Adauka SJ points out that incidents like this are not new, and are indicative of the underlying racism that continues to exist. He argues that we cannot speak about care for our common home and equality until we’ve eliminated all forms of exclusion. “But they don’t know it is also risen, with […]

- Kelsey Hauptfleisch

Lessons from lockdown: Searching for something more The forced time at home, following the declaration of the lockdown  has brought Kelsey Hauptfleisch to surprising realisations about herself. By sharing them with our readers, she hopes to inspire others to consider the personal lessons they’ve acquired during this time. It’s been over two weeks since this crazy situation began.  I wouldn’t be the first to mention that the anxiety of this time can be crippling for us, and those around us as we think of the weeks still […]

- Gloria Marsay

Hope_ShonEjai_Pixabay Times of great crisis often produce great despair. We cannot see beyond the uncertainty and confusion of the present. Many people are feeling this way while sitting at home waiting to find out if we are doing enough to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19 infections. Many are wondering what will become of our jobs, our investments, the country, and the resilience of the most vulnerable members of our society to overcome this crisis. Gloria Marsay writes that active hope becomes […]

- Michaela van Nierop

BarbaraJacksonPixabay Michaela van Nierop relates how growing up in a Catholic home and attending a Protestant school left her frustrated because the two religious traditions share the same foundation but rarely seemed to find common ground. This experience left her unreceptive to organized religion. One night at university, she found herself in a vulnerable situation and said a silent prayer. What happened next allowed her to once again encounter Jesus among a community of believers. I remember during welcoming week of […]

- Michaela van Nierop

Photo by Clodagh Da Paixao on Unsplash A minor accident over the New Year period made Michaela van Nierop think about how internal scars are far more difficult to speak about and overcome than the ones we bear on the outside. Despite this, she explains that the internal and external marks shape who we are and become, but they are also a sign that we still alive and that life holds many more opportunities. Now that we have stepped into a new decade, things should be different. […]

- Michaela van Nierop

RyanMcGuirePixabaySad While Michaela van Nierop continues to work through the trauma of being the victim of a sexual assault, she is trying to move on. She seeks the answers to so many emotions, including resentment, forgiveness and how to deal with a loved one’s betrayal. In my previous article, I spoke about how I had to learn how to stop turning anger into guilt. I had to learn to create boundaries and communicate these effectively. Another by-product of anger is resentment. […]

- Mike Batley

prisonersIchigo121212Pixabay On 8 May, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola announced that 19 000 low-risk inmates will receive early parole in efforts to decongest prisons during the COVID-19 outbreak. Mike Batley welcomes the decision but warns that released prisoners will require close accompaniment from the public sector and civil society to reintegrate them into their communities, especially during the current economic slump. Recently a number of organisations under the banner of The Detention Justice Forum sent an open letter to […]

- Sofia Neves

Harvey Barrison, Flickr The COVID-19 public emergency in South Africa and the world has spurred individuals, communities and governments to support each other in unprecedented acts of empathy. Sofia Neves from Salesian Life Choices imagines a more equitable country in which citizens come together to find solutions to the nation’s current and future challenges. Safety measures against the spread of COVID-19 includes physical distancing and isolation, amongst others. However, while we are physically isolated, across Cape Town it seems we have never been as […]

- Stephan de Beer

Homelessness_TurnAround180 The media reporting of hastily-cobbled plans to provide shelters for South Africa’s homeless people mostly focused on the failings of the initiatives. Stephan de Beer shares the miracle of what happened in Tshwane when government and civil society came together to provide a solution for the homeless. Many challenges remain, but the cooperation and good will that has been created may become the foundation for a far more feasible program to assist homeless people. The Japanese symbol for crisis famously […]

- Stan Muyebe OP

FoodAidGiftGivers As the lockdown progresses, the poor are the hardest hit. At the best of times, their ability to buy food is based daily or weekly wages. Stan Muyebe argues that this is not a new problem, but has been a growing crisis for decades as food becomes commodified and structures that the poor previously had to access food cheaply are fast disappearing. Over the past few weeks we have witnessed urgent calls for food relief for the poor, as well […]

- Mike Batley

ScalesofJusticeSuccoPixabay The Zondo Commission’s hearings into state capture appear to be never ending, prompting calls for other creative ways to ensure that the perpetrators make right the immense harm they inflicted through the rampant misuse and theft of public money. Mike Batley from the Restorative Justice Centre proposes that restorative justice can be an effective way to ensure restitution, and compel the perpetrators to admit responsibility for their actions without overburdening the court system and avoiding years of litigation.   The […]

- Mark Potterton

Catholic SchoolsMain Catholic Schools Week celebrates the contribution that Catholic schools have made to education and society. Despite these successes, Mark Potterton addresses the very real challenge of financial hardship faced by many Catholic schools. He examines the changing educational environment that places enormous economic pressures on schools and recommends collaboration by Catholic schools to protect their common future. I hope and pray that this crisis will bring out the treasures of who we are called to be as disciples of Jesus, […]

- Stephan de Beer

Homeless_Cover Two weeks into the national lockdown, media reports have emerged about how various towns and cities in South Africa are responding to the needs of the homeless amid the real threat of contamination, political positioning, and collaborative engagement between government and civil society. Stephan de Beer from the National Homeless Network describes some of what he has observed and reflects on the moral duty of people of faith to reach out to the homeless, and all vulnerable people, during this […]

- Anthony Egan SJ

After 75 Years: The life, legacy and witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer 9 April 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian and pastor executed by the Nazis as an outspoken critic of the national socialist ideals. He was the founding member of a Christian community – the Confessing Church – that countered Aryan and anti-Semitic ideals and belonged to Germany’s Resistance movement that sought to overthrow Adolf Hitler. Anthony Egan reflects on the significance of Bonhoeffer’s theology today and his legacy as a Christian witness […]

- Mike Pothier

Querida Amazonia, Redemptorist Publications Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia, generated a great deal of commentary immediately after its publication in February. Mike Pothier argues that it is necessary to read the text reflectively to find its treasures and assess its weaknesses. He focuses on five passages that encapsulate the main themes of the apostolic exhortation. Now that the dust has settled concerning Pope Francis’ decision not to endorse the idea of married priests in the Amazon region, we can read his Apostolic Exhortation […]

- Mike Pothier

Minister Tito Mboweni with SA President Tito Mboweni after delivering 2019 Budget speech. // GCIS, Flickr South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, in his Budget Speech on 26 February, brought some relief, a few surprises, and indications that the government is finally prepared to put the brakes on unproductive public spending. Mike Pothier, the programme manager for the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO), assesses some of the reassuring signs and areas of concern emerging from the 2020 Budget Speech. The fact that Tito Mboweni came up with a small amount of personal tax relief in yesterday’s […]

- Mark Potterton

Book Review: Open Schools Era (1976-1986) Dr Mark Potterton reviews a book about the history of Catholic Schools in South Africa by well-known educationalist and Marist Brother Jude Pieterse, in collaboration with Robyn Picas. Pieterse, J. in collaboration with Picas R, (2020). Open Schools Era (1976 -1986) Johannesburg: Marist Brothers 124 pages. R250 The Open Schools Era by Br. Jude Pieterse, F.S.M., was published in April. Unfortunately, the book launch never took place because of lockdown restrictions. About the author Br. Jude, a Marist brother, was […]

- Chris Chatteris SJ

AgeAnger, Pankaj Mishra Our society — not just South Africa — seems to have become increasingly violent. People are angry. Political and economic exclusion has often been pinpointed as the reason for the anger and resentment of our times. Chris Chatteris SJ reviews the 2017 treatise by Indian novelist and thinker, Pankaj Mishra, Age of Anger: A history of the present, who explains that the current extremist movements are inspired less by religion than they are by exclusion. If you’re looking for a […]

- Anthony Egan SJ

AnneHopeStruggleFreedom On 17 October, Stephanie Kilroe launched her new biography about Anne Hope, a South African anti-apartheid activist, the president of the lay Catholic community, The Grail, and the founder of community development programme, Training for Transformation, at St. Augustine College. Anthony Egan SJ reviews the book, describing it as a “spiritual biography” that shows “how deep faith engages with the public and private lives of a complex person.” Although Anne Hope (1930-2015) was well-known in certain Catholic circles in southern […]

- 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.

- 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: […]

- Salesian Life Choices

VisualTagMx_Pexels As we celebrate the hope new life during Easter, Salesian Life Choices shows how the youth of the Western Cape, South Africa are also offering hope and helping to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They are using their access to technology to educate their communities about the virus and measures to prevent contracting it. They are also already thinking about how to help with the “reconstruction” that President Cyril Ramaphosa called for during his address to the nation on 9 April. […]

- Sivuyiso Mvani

FutureJanAertsPixabay The recent announcement of the 2019 Matric results showed an increase in the pass rate for learners across South Africa, but many pundits feared that access to financing and a poor economic environment could hamper the dreams of many school leavers. spotlight.africa has asked a few school leavers how they feel about their future. Sivuviso Mvani, a participant of the Salesian Life Choices programme, is hopeful about his future. He reminds his peers that they are “African pioneers” who can […]

- Luc Bourgoin

TaizeStanislawDziuba03 Br. Luc Bourgoin, from the Taizé Community in France, has been working in Cape Town for the past 18 months to prepare a Pilgrimage of Trust, which took place from 25-29 September. He describes how Taizé has had ties with South Africa since the 1970s, and how this pilgrimage brought together young people from all over the world to celebrate their cultural diversity and unite in prayer around their common faith. He also highlights the need for silence and prayer […]

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

PilgrimsArrivingLucAlois This is the second of a three-part series, containing stories of hope by the participants at the recent Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust held in Cape Town between 25-29 September. The stories were written during one of the workshops held at Holy Redeemer parish (Bergvliet) as part of the morning programme as one of the host parishes. Sarah-Leah Pimentel compiles their experiences about how they have overcome difficulties, discovered God’s plan for their lives and are making a difference in the […]

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

TaizeLukeGoemans01 The Taizé community held a Pilgrimage of Trust in Cape Town between 25-29 September. Each morning, the pilgrims gathered at the parishes of their host families for morning prayer and different workshops. At Holy Redeemer parish (Bergvliet), the pilgrims made sleeping bags for the poor, learnt about prison ministry, and wrote their own stories of hope. Sarah-Leah Pimentel has compiled their experiences about how they have overcome difficulties, discovered God’s plan for their lives and are making a difference in […]

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