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Monthly Archives: January, 2020

Rediscovering church

Michaela van Nierop relates how growing up in a Catholic home and attending a Protestant school left her frustrated because the two religious traditions...

OR Tambo is emerging as the continent’s ‘narco’ airport

Fr. John Wotherspoon is a prison chaplain in Hong Kong. Many of the offenders he ministers to are drug mules. His work...

The theological debate on celibacy — Part 1

A soon-to-be released book by Cardinal Robert Sarah (with initial contributions by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) examines, among other things, celibacy and the priesthood. The...

SACBC launches new Pastoral Plan at Regina Mundi

Crowds gathered to celebrate the launch of the new Pastoral Plan. Together with all the Bishops of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’...

Enoch Mpianzi: Demanding justice with compassion

Following the tragic death of young Enoch Mpianzi during a school camp, Fikile-Ntisikelelo Moya reminds us that despite the rightful call for...

Church in the Congo: The delicate balance of speaking truth to power

A statement by Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) accusing political groups of fuelling ethnic tensions in the country...

SACBC President speaks on Church’s pastoral plan, Eskom and electoral reform

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) began their bi-annual plenary session on 22 January 2020 in Pretoria, Gauteng. In his opening...

The new offices of the SACBC: A heart encouraging action

The new offices of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) were recently blessed and officially opened. Below is Bishop Jan de...

Me, Myself and Ranjeni: The unbearable heaviness of being

Pope John XXIII wrote in 'Pacem in Terris' that a person "has a natural right to be respected", to a "good name", "to freedom in investigating the truth", "and — within the limits of the moral order and the common good — to freedom of speech and publication," "the freedom to pursue whatever profession he or she may choose", and “to be accurately informed about public events”. To further the rights proclaimed in the Pope's 1963 letter, spotlight.africa publishes this article by Ranjeni Munusamy.

Overcoming whiteness in religious art

Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya observes that religious art in his parish and many African parishes depict religious figures as white, while black people are...

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Education: Rethinking the pressure of exams

Schools spend too much time preparing students for exams, says Mark Potterton, who has served as the Chief Operating Officer for Umalusi,...

Do churches heal or perpetuate gender-based violence?

Continuing her exploration of the relationship between poorly interpreted Scriptures and patriarchy, Mahadi Buthelezi presents the correlations she sees between toxic masculinity and gender-based violence. She warns that the rigid application of Church teaching and the poor formation of those in parish ministry only perpetuate the continued violence against women.

Remembering Ennio Morricone and his sense of the Sacred

The Oscar-winning composer, Ennio Morricone, whose music defined the atmosphere and success of hundreds of films of all genres, has died in...

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.