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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. 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.

Bishops in South Africa unexpectedly announce new English translation of liturgical rites

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.

WATCH — ‘Denied Access’ – A new documentary film on forced migration by Jesuit Institute

Seventy years to the day after the promulgation of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the Jesuit Institute South Africa has launched its latest...

Bishop Gabuza of Kimberley named Coadjutor Archbishop of Durban

Pope Francis has announced the appointment of Bishop Abel Gabuza as Coadjutor Archbishop of Durban. The news was communicated to Gabuza on 26 November...

World AIDS Day 2018: ‘Know your status’ — is this really the best we can do?

'Know Your Status' is the global theme chosen to commemorate the 30th World AIDS Day on 1 December 2018. Ricardo da Silva SJ asks whether...

Raising the bar for Church communicators in southern Africa

Catholic communicators from the nine southern African countries represented by the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops in Southern Africa (IMBISA) were put through their paces during an...

‘Daddy!’, he cried

A story told by a co-presenter at a recent workshop that Ricardo da Silva SJ was involved with impacted him greatly. It triggered an...

Raising young people to be responsible online citizens

The safety of young people online is of paramount concern to societies today. The Jesuit Institute South Africa and the Catholic Institute of Education...

Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation after it’s alleged that he failed to act on sexual abuse

Pope Francis has received the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington after weeks of mounting pressure for the senior US prelate to resign....

Justice and Peace Commission calls for Nene to resign as SA Finance Minister

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) issued a statement this morning, Monday, 08 October, calling for SA...

More than 150 years and counting — Documentary on the Holy Family Sisters in SA

Many religious congregations of women have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in South Africa in health, education and pastoral care. Seldom have they been...

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WATCH — Coadjutor Archbishop Abel Gabuza on bishops, politics and arriving in Durban

Coadjutor Archbishop Abel Gabuza speaks to Ricardo da Silva SJ, acting editor of spotlight.africa, as he prepares to be officially received in the Archdiocese...

South African President and Catholic Bishops address war against women and children

Following the killings of several women and children in South Africa in the past week, President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Southern African Bishops' Conference's...

More than 150 years and counting — Documentary on the Holy Family Sisters in SA

Many religious congregations of women have worked tirelessly behind the scenes in South Africa in health, education and pastoral care. Seldom have they been...

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.

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