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Monthly Archives: December, 2020

Life is more than dust devils

Shrikant Peters describes the emotional toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on healthcare workers in 2020. He reminds us that life is more...

The Wise men, shepherds and the Judge: the story of the Class of 2020

Controversy has raged over two leaked Matric exams. The Department of Education called for a rewrite, but the High Court have ruled against this....

NGOs struggle for survival as donor funds dry out

Many of South Africa's most vulnerable groups rely on the non-profit sector for much-needed support, from food and shelter, to education and legal services....

Mercy conquers doctrine in the Catholic Church’s response to HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day is celebrated on 1 December each year. The Catholic Church has for decades been immersed in pastoral activities to care for...

Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”

With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron...

COVID-19: Christmas parties and beach holidays

2020 has been a difficult year and many are looking forward to a break and hope to spend Christmas and New Year with family...

Advent and the wait for COVID-19 to be over

As the Church begins a new year, marked as usual with the period of Advent to prepare and wait for Christmas, Grant Tungay reflects...

Restorative justice offers some alternatives to addressing gender-based violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women started on 25 November. The emphasis of this annual campaign is behavioural change to stop...

Kevin Dowling C.Ss.R — Pastor bonus

On 25 November, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Kevin Dowling C.Ss.R, who has served the Diocese of Rustenberg for 30 years. Mike...

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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...