Ricardo is a member of the South African region of the Jesuits and an ordained deacon of the Roman Catholic Church. He is an alumnus of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York, and a recipient of the 2019/20 Pulitzer African Fellowship. While there, he 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.
New English translations of three important liturgical texts were presented at the opening Mass of the first bi-annual Plenary Session of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC), taking place in Mariannhill, KwaZulu-Natal. Ricardo da Silva SJ reports from the meeting.
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.
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