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Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu

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A Diepkloof, Soweto born Catholic Cleric, writer, poet and speaker. As a writer he has contributed for several publications including The Daily Maverick, The Thinker, The Southern Cross and The South African. Lawrence read philosophy and theology at St John Vianney Seminary Pretoria, Heythrop College, University of London and the Bellarmine Institute in London. He is a trustee of the St Augustine Education Foundation Trust and an Advisory Council Member of the Southern Cross Weekly.

The well-being of priests in times of crisis

People of faith turn to their religious leaders for comfort, spiritual counsel, guidance, and emotional support during times of crisis. Fr. Lawrence...

School violence is but a symptom — It was a matter of time

Violence now permeates most facets of our lives, including schools and homes, where people should feel safe. Recent fatal incidents of violence in schools prompt Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu to look at the uncurbed and developing grammar of violence.

VBS Heist: The poor get ripped off again

Disturbing details are beginning to emerge of an elaborate billion-rand bank robbery seemingly orchestrated by senior politicians, government officials and top-earning corporate professionals. Media...

Archbishop Romero’s Canonisation: A nod to all activists

“It is necessary to prepare a Church of the future, that is less 'clerical' but more 'evangelical'”, argues José María Castillo for Spanish Religious...

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela: This Fight Bears My Name

This poem was penned as a tribute to Madikizela-Mandela and will be published as part of his poetry anthology later this year.This Fight Bears...

The Church and the arts – a fading relationship

The Catholic Church has shaped not only healthcare and education around the world, but has also had a profound impact on art, architecture and music. While the Church's role in society is changing, Lawrence Ndlovu looks at some of the reasons why art especially seems to be losing out from one of its most important historical patrons and asks whether more can't be done by the local Church in Africa. 

Nigeria: Does the Pope understand Africa?

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, of Ahiara Diocese in Imo State, Nigeria, resigned recently after priests and laity rejected his appointment as bishop. In his...

Lent: Not just a private affair

Lent is not just a time of fasting; it represents an opportunity to practise important social responsibilities. Lawrence Ndlovu looks at the call from the country's bishops to help dismantle racism in South Africa, and how Lent can be an opportunity to make an impact in our communities. 

Racism: we have unfinished business

Racism in South Africa is not limited to historical actions and how we address it needs to be mindful and actioned on a daily basis in all areas of our society. Too often we are forced to resort to knee-jerk responses because we have no other outlets to deal with our frustration. Lawrence Ndlovu believes these responses are likely to continue and escalate until we proactively work through the issue of racism in this country - minus the politicking.

When a criticism becomes an attack

The line between criticising the politician and attacking the personality is becoming increasingly blurred at all levels of society. Considering the politics of Bathabile Dlamini, Lawrence Ndlovu asks himself some tough questions on whether he crossed that line and whether it is ever appropriate. 

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The well-being of priests in times of crisis

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Why are some people more “blessed” than others?

Are those that drive luxury cars more blessed than those that rely public transport? Are the rich better Christians than the poor? And should the rich feel guilty for having more than those on the breadline? Lawrence Ndlovu looks at the definition of "blessedness" and the problematic version of prosperity that is only manifest through the collecting of possessions and wealth.

The Church and the arts – a fading relationship

The Catholic Church has shaped not only healthcare and education around the world, but has also had a profound impact on art, architecture and music. While the Church's role in society is changing, Lawrence Ndlovu looks at some of the reasons why art especially seems to be losing out from one of its most important historical patrons and asks whether more can't be done by the local Church in Africa. 

Nigeria: Does the Pope understand Africa?

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, of Ahiara Diocese in Imo State, Nigeria, resigned recently after priests and laity rejected his appointment as bishop. In his...

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