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- 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.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

I support zero-tolerance for sexual abuse, says SA bishop

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka recently travelled to Rome to attend the meeting on 'The Protection of Minors in the Church' called by Pope Francis. In this exclusive interview with spotlight.africa he shared how listening to the victims of abuse brought tears to his eyes. He says that victims need to be put first. The bishop, who is also president of the local episcopal conference, says that he believes in a zero-tolerance approach to abuse. And, he assures us that guilty priests and bishops in southern Africa will be held accountable. By Russell Pollitt SJ.

The post I support zero-tolerance for sexual abuse, says SA bishop by Russell Pollitt SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Nicholas King SJ

Cardinal John Henry Newman // Catholic Church in England and Wales

Pope Francis has attributed a second miracle to the intercession of Cardinal Henry Newman. This means that he can now, officially, be declared a saint of the Church. Nick King, a British Jesuit priest and biblical scholar, who ministered in South Africa for many years and now lives and works in Oxford, delves into Newman’s life in search of what, perhaps, really makes him a saint.

The post Cardinal Newman: a saint? by Nicholas King SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Vatican News

SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha // Vatican Media

When I return home after this meeting “we will be encouraging people to speak up” Bishop Sithembele Sipuka said speaking to Vatican News' Linda Bordoni on the sidelines of the four-day meeting of presidents of bishops’ conferences on “The Protection of Minors in the Church”.

The post SA bishop: Church has been in denial by Vatican News appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Pope Francis confirms Jesuits’ mission for next 10 years

The Jesuits have today announced their “Universal Apostolic Preferences” for the next ten years. These have been decided after a long discernment process and have been confirmed by Pope Francis, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

The post Pope Francis confirms Jesuits’ mission for next 10 years by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

I support zero-tolerance for sexual abuse, says SA bishop

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka recently travelled to Rome to attend the meeting on 'The Protection of Minors in the Church' called by Pope Francis. In this exclusive interview with spotlight.africa he shared how listening to the victims of abuse brought tears to his eyes. He says that victims need to be put first. The bishop, who is also president of the local episcopal conference, says that he believes in a zero-tolerance approach to abuse. And, he assures us that guilty priests and bishops in southern Africa will be held accountable. By Russell Pollitt SJ.

The post I support zero-tolerance for sexual abuse, says SA bishop by Russell Pollitt 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.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg speaks to spotlight.africa

The premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, has once again spoken harsh words of foreign nationals. In his Lent message given exclusively to spotlight.africa, the archbishop of Johannesburg shared his disappointment at these inhumane attitudes, saying that we ought to expect more from our leaders. Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

The post WATCH — Archbishop of Johannesburg invites Premier of Gauteng to be more compassionate to foreigners by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Vatican News

SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha // Vatican Media

When I return home after this meeting “we will be encouraging people to speak up” Bishop Sithembele Sipuka said speaking to Vatican News' Linda Bordoni on the sidelines of the four-day meeting of presidents of bishops’ conferences on “The Protection of Minors in the Church”.

The post SA bishop: Church has been in denial by Vatican News appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Mike Pothier

aMinister Tito Mboweni with SA President Tito Mboweni after delaivering 2019 Budget speech. // GCIS, Flickr

Following the 2019 Budget Speech, it is very clear that the South African economy is still in a big hole, and getting out of it will still be an immense challenge. But, according to Mike Pothier of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, it seems the government is no longer in denial — and that's a good thing!

The post SA’s 2019 Budget reveals a government no longer in denial by Mike Pothier 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.

- Sarah-Leah Pimentel

Pope Francis and Presdents of Bishops' Conferences at Meeting on The Protection of Minors in the Church // Vatican Media

The recent meeting that called the presidents of bishops’ conferences to Rome to discuss the shocking scandals of abuse by priests in the Church, left Sarah-Leah Pimentel disappointed and deflated. Like many others, she is tired of hearing that now we are being ‘called to action’, a litany too often repeated at this meeting. Wasn’t that the purpose of this meeting: to act definitively and respond practically?

The post I expected more than a ‘what now?’ resolution from the Church’s meeting on sex abuse by Sarah-Leah Pimentel appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Paulina French

Angelo Agrizzi testifies at Zondo Commision of Inquiry into State Capture. // eNCA, Youtube

The pitiful shenanigans of Bosasa bosses as revealed at the Zondo Commission have forced the company's directors to cease operations. But why liquidate a company that is not technically insolvent? Paulina French thinks that directors opted for liquidation to ensure they aren't left in financial tatters, themselves; regardless of the devastating consequences for their employees.

The post Bosasa liquidation will leave directors financially unscathed and employees reeling by Paulina French appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Chris Chatteris SJ

xusenru, Pixabay

In an age of artificial intelligence, robots carry out dangerous tasks previously done by humans. Chris Chatteris SJ, argues that although these advances may reduce inhumane and dangerous labour practices, the livelihoods of workers are still threatened.

The post Can robots serve the common good even if they put humans out of work? by Chris Chatteris SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Clerical abuse is not only sexual

In dealing with the sex-pest priest, the Church must not forget the other type of offender in a cassock. Clericalism, warns Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya, can be found on both sides of the sanctuary.

The post Clerical abuse is not only sexual by Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

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A conference on tax justice and poverty held in Nairobi from 12-14 March 2019, repeatedly revealed the connivance of the rich at the disastrous expense of the poor. Ricardo da Silva SJ, was incensed after finding a study into the illicit exit of monies from developing world countries. Conservative estimates show that South Africa loses 5.9 billion USD annually due to illicit financial flows — that’s 85 billion ZAR.

The post Stats show the rich really do get richer while the poor get poorer by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Vatican News

SACBC President, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha // Vatican Media

When I return home after this meeting “we will be encouraging people to speak up” Bishop Sithembele Sipuka said speaking to Vatican News' Linda Bordoni on the sidelines of the four-day meeting of presidents of bishops’ conferences on “The Protection of Minors in the Church”.

The post SA bishop: Church has been in denial by Vatican News appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Mike Batley

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South African leaders, whether in business, government or even the non-profit sector, offer us little to desire or indeed to aspire to if we consider the mounds of evidence of corruption and criminality revealed on a daily basis across the country's top brass. Mike Batley suggests that they could do worse than look to the Christian ethical principle of the “common good”, and take new direction from old wisdom.

The post In business and politics, the ‘common good’ should be our trump card by Mike Batley appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Paulina French

Helen Zille, former DA leader. // The Democratic Alliance, Flickr

Helen Zille, the previous leader of the Democratic Alliance, South Africa's largest opposition party, provoked a social media storm when she threatened to initiate a "tax revolt" if the country's corruption history wasn't timely tackled. Paulina French investigates what this would mean for our society's poorest and also the moral implications of such action, taking the Catholic Church's social teaching into account.

The post Calling for a tax revolt is immoral by Paulina French appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Mike Batley

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The concept of restorative justice can seem fable-like to many. A kind of wishful thinking that begs for a dose of reality. Mike Batley looks at epidemic levels of violence in South Africa. He argues that much of the research into the subject leads to the conclusion that restorative justice offers a “more constructive point of departure and direction than the usual punitive and retributive approach.” As South Africans we are subjected daily to multiple accounts of violence – in […]

The post You can’t fight violence with violence by Mike Batley 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.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Pixabay

A conference on tax justice and poverty held in Nairobi from 12-14 March 2019, repeatedly revealed the connivance of the rich at the disastrous expense of the poor. Ricardo da Silva SJ, was incensed after finding a study into the illicit exit of monies from developing world countries. Conservative estimates show that South Africa loses 5.9 billion USD annually due to illicit financial flows — that’s 85 billion ZAR.

The post Stats show the rich really do get richer while the poor get poorer by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Chris Kiptoo, principal secretary of the Kenyan department of trade addresses Tax Justice conference // Ricardo da Silva SJ, spotlight.africa

Three Jesuit organisations have commissioned research to study correlations between tax and poverty. The final report was presented at a conference taking place in Nairobi Kenya. Ricardo da Silva SJ was at the launch of the report.

The post Tax Justice: more about human dignity and wellbeing than money by Ricardo da Silva SJ 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.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Pixabay

A conference on tax justice and poverty held in Nairobi from 12-14 March 2019, repeatedly revealed the connivance of the rich at the disastrous expense of the poor. Ricardo da Silva SJ, was incensed after finding a study into the illicit exit of monies from developing world countries. Conservative estimates show that South Africa loses 5.9 billion USD annually due to illicit financial flows — that’s 85 billion ZAR.

The post Stats show the rich really do get richer while the poor get poorer by Ricardo da Silva SJ appeared first on spotlight.africa.

- Ricardo da Silva SJ

Chris Kiptoo, principal secretary of the Kenyan department of trade addresses Tax Justice conference // Ricardo da Silva SJ, spotlight.africa

Three Jesuit organisations have commissioned research to study correlations between tax and poverty. The final report was presented at a conference taking place in Nairobi Kenya. Ricardo da Silva SJ was at the launch of the report.

The post Tax Justice: more about human dignity and wellbeing than money by Ricardo da Silva 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: […]

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- 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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Mar 20, 2019 at 10:10am
Episode 2 is out now!
@rpollittsj chats with Joburg blogger, Heather Mason ( @2summers). Listen to what she had to say about living in Johannesburg, its hidden gems and coping with the tragic end of a love-relationship.
Listen here: https://t.co/qIkLoIN1SB

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Mar 20, 2019 at 7:59am
At the ⁦ @ScalabriniCT⁩ after the screening of #DeniedAccess last night. The team from ⁦ @CPLO_SA⁩ ⁦ @SAJesuits⁩ ⁦ @JesuitInstitute⁩ & ⁦ @SIHMA_africa⁩ that continue to highlight the plight of #migrants, #Refugees & #stateless persons. #statelessness https://t.co/9kkWeVJouM SAJesuits photo
Mar 19, 2019 at 4:26pm
Rampe Hlobo SJ ( @rampehlobo), priest responsible for social apostolate of @SAJesuits, refers to ‘unavoidable phenomenon of migration in 21st Century’, at the #CapeTown launch of @JesuitInstitute #doccie #DeniedAccess. https://t.co/NwOQITJEDj