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Monthly Archives: February, 2020

Bishop invites all to heed Pope Francis’ message of reconciliation

Bishop José Luís Ponce de León, the bishop of Manzini in eSwatini has produced a short video in which he encourages the...

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...

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...

CPLO Unpacks the 2020 Budget Speech

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...

The exploitation of human suffering for political gain

The parliamentary debate on 18 February, that was meant to reflect on the previous week's State of the Nation Address, unravelled into...

Querida Amazonia and the environment

The recently published Apostolic Exhortation by Pope Francis, at surface value, focuses almost exclusively on the environment. Martin van Nierop highlights some of the...

Querida Amazonia – radical call to ecological conversion misses the boat on women.

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...

The uncommon cold – a healthy response to the coronavirus

The recent outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has, understandably, created a lot of anxiety, especially among those whose immune systems may be...

SONA was an ‘opportunity lost’ to reassure public – CPLO

The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) has released its reading of President Cyril Ramaphosa's 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on...

A Dialogue with Querida Amazonia

The Vatican released Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia on 12 February, responding to the 2019 Synod on the pastoral challenges in the Amazon...

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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.