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Monthly Archives: August, 2020

Learning to breathe again

On 24 August, the Catholic Women of South Africa gathered virtually for their annual Day of Prayer. Mahadi Buthelezi reflects on the keynote address,...

Mourning the loss of human touch

Reflecting on the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sean van Staden comments on the importance of human touch and personal contact to foster our relationships with one another and with God.

Can computers really save our schools?

The COVID-19 pandemic has showed the vast chasm in the access to education during the lockdown, mainly because students from poor communities lacked access...

The many kinds of hunger

Seeing the hunger and poverty around her, Levinia Pienaar reflects on her own experience of poverty. She recognises that hunger is often about more...

Tobacco’s hopeless attempt to legitimise its industry

Prior to the lifting of the cigarette ban on 15 August, the tobacco industry said that it had fallen victim to the black market...

Bishops’ statement on government corruption reveals deep frustration

The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) recently criticised the rampant corruption around the purchase of medical material and supplies to fight the COVID-19...

The audacity of corruption

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the dark underbelly of many African societies, where nepotism, corruption, and authoritarianism deprive the citizens of their countries from...

Church and civil society need collaboration to end gender-based violence

August is Women's Month in South Africa. Mahadi Buthelezi says that it is impossible to speak about freedom for women without first eradicating the...

The balance between mission and market in Catholic schools

Increasingly, independent schools are run as businesses. Mark Potterton draws on some of the ideas by John Sullivan in his book "Catholic Schools in...

Catholics and non-Catholics stand with the Bishops of Zimbabwe

On Thursday, 14 August 2020, the Zimbabwean Catholic Bishops' Conference (ZCBC) issued a pastoral letter entitled "The March is not ended". Drawing on the...

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What do you truly desire?

Inspired by a Netflix series and an Ash Wednesday retreat, Sarah-Leah Pimentel reflects on what she wants out of life. She explains that a...

Continued support for Trump casts shadow on global democracy

United States President Joseph R. Biden Jr, has been in office just shy of a month.  Many people, inside and outside of US borders...

Two roads diverged in a wood: Vaccine nationalism or global cooperation?

The squabbles between the United Kingdom and Europe over access to the COVID-19 vaccine reveals a self-centered nationalism in efforts to end the pandemic,...

Vaccine hesitancy, efficacy and rollout

Controversy and misinformation have thwarted the effort of governments around the world in rolling out COVID-19 vaccination programmes. Shrikant Peters, a medical doctor, dispels...