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Monthly Archives: October, 2020

Pope Francis: Get your priorities right!

Commenting on Fratelli Tutti, Anthony Egan observes that the parable of the Good Samaritan cannot be left to talk only to political elites, but...

Faith organisations launch campaign to end gender-based violence

A group of faith-based organisations on 8 October 2020 launched a 70-day Joint Faith Action campaign to end gender-based violence and femicide in South...

Can online teaching make for better education?

Mark Potterton describes the online teaching experience of teachers at Sacred Heart College in Johannesburg during the COVID-19 lockdown. His observations form the basis...

Fratelli Tutti: A political theology for our time

Yesterday Pope Francis travelled to Assisi to sign his new encyclical letter, considered the most authoritative and developed form of papal teaching, which is...

‘Fratelli Tutti’ – Encyclical of love that misses the boat on women

The title of Pope Francis' new encyclical, 'Fratelli Tutti' aroused controversy prior to its publication. Catholic women noted that the masculine noun, 'fratelli' excludes...

Vatican releases Pope Francis’ new document “Fratelli tutti” – Brothers (and Sisters) all

On the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, 4 October 2020, the Vatican released the long-awaited encyclical by Pope Francis. Entitled "Fratelli tutti", Brothers...

Religion and spirituality: a journey into the heart of God

The forced closure of churches during the COVID-19 has left Church leaders wondering whether parishioners will come back at all. Mahadi Buthelezi examines the...

World leaders have broken their promises, Pope tells UN

The 2020 edition of the United Nations General Assembly was conducted via videoconferencing, a clear sign that the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over...

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Communique: spotlight.africa to shut down—for now

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted personal and organizational plans across the world. No one was left untouched. Neither was spotlight.africa. It is with a heavy heart...

Wanted: some economic hope

The rand may have strengthened but economists warn that the fundamental weaknesses in South Africa's economic landscape remain. High unemployment and low growth rates...

Catechists, the Spirit is calling!

On 11 May, Pope Francis instituted the formal recognition of the ministry of catechesis, a vocation that is often exercised by the laity. Grant...

Southern African Bishops’ Conference calls for solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Following a flare up violence between Israel and the Palestinian territories, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Bishops' Conference (SACBC) has...