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Peter-John Pearson

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Peter-John Pearson is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cape Town. He is currently the director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in Cape Town. He is also Vicar-General of the Archdiocese. Fr Pearson is a well-know lecturer and speaker - specifically on Catholic Social Teaching.

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Trafficking in Persons meeting in Maputo

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While the markets have reacted positively to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's Budget Speech, the local Church and civil society have raised concerns on the impact the budget will have on the country's poor and vulnerable. Fr Peter-John Pearson looks at the budget from a position of Catholic Social Teaching. 

Catholic Social Teaching’s judgement on Ramaphosa

A number of people have anaylsed and responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address. Fr Peter-John Pearson reflects on the speech in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. He explains why he thinks that Ramphosa's address does echo poignant issues outlined in Catholic Social Teaching. 

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