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LISTEN — Archbishop of Jhb: foreign nationals ‘made a scapegoat for the glaring shortcomings of government and local authorities’

Archbishop Buti Tlhagale preaching at a Mass in Durban to receive and welcome the new coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Durban, Abel Gabuza, said that foreign nationals are “made a scapegoat for the glaring shortcomings of government and local authorities”. The archbishop offered a strong message to the more than 5 000 people gathered at St Henry’s Marist College in Durban, calling Catholic faithful to embrace the stranger in their midst, who today are very much refugee and migrants from across Africa.

Listen to the full homily of Archbishop Tlhagale

This is a developing story and will be updated

* The opinions expressed here by Spotlight.Africa contributors and editors are their own and not official statements of the Society of Jesus in South Africa or of the Catholic Church unless explicitly stated.


  1. Quite Inspiring yet provocative …’ wholesale condemnation of refugees and migrants must be stopped.’ I suppose there is need for a debate on the issue of receiving tithes from drug barons and human traffickers, yet such a debate will bring in issue of receiving tithes, donations, offertory from people involved in black markets and corrupt practises. I assume that this is a global phenomena especially in countries that thrive on drug trade. T


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Ricardo da Silva SJ
Ricardo is a member of the South African region of the Jesuits and an ordained deacon of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2020, he received a master's degree in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York, where he was an African Pulitzer Fellow and reported on religion, mental health, housing and other social injustices. Before moving to the U.S.A., Ricardo served as acting editor of and was on the team at Jesuit Institute South Africa. His preparation for ministry as a Jesuit has taken him to study theology in Brazil, philosophy in the U.K and brief working stints in Zimbabwe and Spain. As a Jesuit, he has ministered to refugees, migrants, people experiencing street homelessness, young adults, seminarians, the elderly, and high school and university students, staff and faculty. Before entering religious life in 2007, Ricardo worked in marketing, communications, and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007. Ricardo holds dual citizenship, having emigrated from Portugal to South Africa at the age of six with his mother.

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