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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.