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Ricardo da Silva SJ

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Ricardo is a member of the South African region of the Jesuits and an ordained deacon of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2020, he received a master's degree in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York, where he was an African Pulitzer Fellow and reported on religion, mental health, housing and other social injustices. Before moving to the U.S.A., Ricardo served as acting editor of spotlight.africa and was on the team at Jesuit Institute South Africa. His preparation for ministry as a Jesuit has taken him to study theology in Brazil, philosophy in the U.K and brief working stints in Zimbabwe and Spain. As a Jesuit, he has ministered to refugees, migrants, people experiencing street homelessness, young adults, seminarians, the elderly, and high school and university students, staff and faculty. Before entering religious life in 2007, Ricardo worked in marketing, communications, and brand management before joining the Jesuits in 2007. Ricardo holds dual citizenship, having emigrated from Portugal to South Africa at the age of six with his mother.

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WATCH — Cape Town exposed beyond the beaches

The township of Nyanga is notorious for being the area with the highest number of reported murders in the country. Katleho Khang SNJM and Ricardo da Silva SJ visited the community for a week and discovered that amid the violence there is great hope.

Bishops named for Gaborone and Cape Town

Pope Francis has named two new bishops for Southern Africa. Ricardo da Silva SJ writes.

Fr Smangaliso Mkhatshwa writes to journalist Ranjeni Munusamy asking her to vote

Prominent political journalist and committed Catholic, Ranjeni Munusamy has said that she will likely be unable to vote given the lacklustre state of politics in South Africa at present. But one of the country’s best-known Catholic priest's, Smangaliso Mkhatshwa is trying hard to get her to change her mind. Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

WATCH — Archbishop Tlhagale pleads with young people: ‘Please, rise, vote.’

Speaking to spotlight.africa, the archbishop of Johannesburg, Buti Tlhagale OMI, has made a special appeal to young people, begging them to “exercise their right to vote.” He has also appealed to South Africa’s young people to act decisively against xenophobic violence, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

WATCH — Bishop Dabula Mpako, the next archbishop of Pretoria

Pope Francis has named the next archbishop Pretoria. Bishop Dabula Mpako of Queenstown diocese is the archbishop-elect of Pretoria, was in Pretoria this week. He spoke to Ricardo da Silva SJ about his appointment, leaving the diocese of Queenstown and his hopes for his new archdiocese.

Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop for Pretoria

Pope Francis has received the resignation of Archbishop William Slattery of Pretoria, having reached the age of retirement and has appointed Bishop Dabula Mpako of Queenstown to succeed Slattery in Pretoria.

WATCH — Secretary-General to bishops: ‘Please stop talking but act’

The secretary-general of the SACBC, Sr Hermenegild Makoro CPS, in an exclusive interview with spotlight.africa was emphatic in stressing that policies and protocols alone “won’t help us” dealing definitely with sexual abuse in the Church — bishops need now to act.

WATCH — Illicit Financial Flows grow poverty in the developing world

Raymond Baker is the president of Global Financial Integrity and an international authority on financial crimes. Ricardo da Silva SJ asks about Illicit Financial Flows, their impact on developing nations and why it's important for people of faith to act.

Stats show the rich really do get richer while the poor get poorer

A conference on tax justice and poverty held in Nairobi from 12-14 March 2019, repeatedly revealed the connivance of the rich at the disastrous expense of the poor. Ricardo da Silva SJ, was incensed after finding a study into the illicit exit of monies from developing world countries. Conservative estimates show that South Africa loses 5.9 billion USD annually due to illicit financial flows — that’s 85 billion ZAR.

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