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Monthly Archives: July, 2020

COVID-19 – just how bad is it in South Africa?

On 12 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa painted a pessimistic picture of South Africa's battle against COVID-19. Hospitals are struggling to keep up and the...

President’s address sends a mixed message

Reacting to President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to the nation on 12 July, Matthew Charlesworth comments that the President could have done more to foster...

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, the South...

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 Rome, aged...

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.

Missing Mass reminds me of a Christmas in Darfur

As we enter Day 100 of lockdown, the hunger and suffering of many Catholics who long to attend Mass in person continues to grow....

Mother Church without women in leadership

The role of women in the Church remains a contested space. Mahadi Buthelezi, our new spotlight.africa contributor, examines biblical representations of women, from the...

Timely reading: “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The ongoing protests in the United States in response to the police killing of George Floyd and discrimination against Black people has prompted an...

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Religious desecration as an act of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

The military conflict in northern Ethiopia has drawn the attention of the world's media and faith-based news websites have also reported on the destruction...

Resurrection moments: From abuse to healing

The central message of Easter is Christ's resurrection and the promise of eternal life for all who believe in him. But we also live...

Society of Jesus announces formation of new Southern Africa Province

The Society of Jesus has undergone a restructuring process to correspond with the needs of its apostolic mission and its available resources. Some 350...

Jesuit Refugee Service calls for COVID-19 vaccine access for refugees

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has urged countries to ensure that refugees and displaced people are included in the COVID-19 vaccination programs of the...