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Monthly Archives: January, 2018

Nuncio calls on bishops to be an ‘oasis of hope’

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Peter Wells has called on the Church's leadership to focus on communication in Southern Africa. Firstly, to engage with and listen to youth in the light of the upcoming Youth Synod and, secondly, to consider how the Church communicates credibly and consistently through the media – especially in the age of ‘fake news’ and ‘infotainment’. In the second part of his address he spoke about the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and explained how the Holy See is careful to insist on integral human development that resists any form of ‘ideological colonisation’. Matthew Charlesworth SJ reports on the address.

Brislin: We all need to work for the country we want

During his opening address of the January plenary of the SACBC, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town has confronted problems facing society of the current time and encouraged members of the Church to remain hopeful, and to work for the country we all want.

“Master evangeliser” lauded by bishops

The bishops of Southern African have lauded evangelisation work of Irish missionary Msgr Barney McAleer during their bi-annual plenary, currently taking place in Pretoria.

Bishops’ Plenary Opening Mass: “What is truth?”

The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) January Plenary opened with a mass celebrated by Conference President, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town on the evening of 23 January. Spotlight Africa was there to learn more about the Church's plans for the year ahead.

Pope apologises for comments made

Aboard the papal plane from Lima to Rome Sunday, Pope Francis said that coments made to Chilean journalists during his trip were not intended to cause pain mfor victims of clerical sexual abuse. Hannah Brockhaus of Catholic News Agency reports.

Mangope is no hero

In reflecting on the life of Lucas Mangope, some hard facts seem to have been forgotten. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya argues that a celebration of the late leader's bricks and mortar achievements belongs in the same category as praising colonialism because it brought heathen natives civilisation and Jesus. It is offensive to those who lived under his oppressive regime.

Racism: we have unfinished business

Racism in South Africa is not limited to historical actions and how we address it needs to be mindful and actioned on a daily basis in all areas of our society. Too often we are forced to resort to knee-jerk responses because we have no other outlets to deal with our frustration. Lawrence Ndlovu believes these responses are likely to continue and escalate until we proactively work through the issue of racism in this country - minus the politicking.

Pope’s inflight wedding raises questions

Headlines and celebrations have surrounded the impromptu wedding ceremony of two flight attendants during a papal flight. The ceremony, officiated by Pope Francis, has, however led to some Catholics asking questions about wedding taking place outside of a church. Russell Pollitt finds out.

CPLO: Understanding State Capture

Mike Pothier, Research Co-ordinator of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) takes a look at the state of our state's State Capture. This was first published as a Briefing Paper by the CPLO. 

History of the ANC: The rise of black intellectualism

As part of his series on the true history of the ANC, Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at the life of John Tego Jabavu, one of the leading black intellectuals in South Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth century, and his role in the foundation of the party - a party with a past and present rich in factionalism. 

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