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Russell Pollitt SJ

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Director of the Jesuit Institute South Africa and Editor-in-Chief of spotlight.africa. He studied the social sciences, theology and communications. He worked as pastor of the Jesuit’s downtown parish in Johannesburg, South Africa, for 7 years before moving to the Jesuit Institute. He is interested in the relationship between faith and society and the contribution that faith can make to public policy. He regularly comments on politics in South Africa and issues in the Catholic Church. He conducts workshops in South Africa on social media and the human person.

The toll of COVID-19 on clergy

Much has been written about the toll of COVID-19 on frontline workers, especially doctors and nurses. Russell Pollitt SJ issues a stark reminder that...

In Gratitude: RIP Fr Emil Blaser OP

Tributes have been pouring in for Fr Emil Blaser, a pillar of Catholic media in South Africa, who passed away on 16 November. Russell...

Beatitudes are “Christian’s identity card” Pope says in Mauritius

Pope Francis celebrated mass in Port Louis, Mauritius, on the last full day of his week-long African apostolic visit. Twenty-two South Africans were in Port Louis for the mass. They were part of The Southern Cross, Spotlight Africa and Radio Veritas pilgrimage. Russell Pollitt SJ writes from Mauritius.

Size doesn’t matter — Pope Francis tells Christians in Morocco

On Sunday Pope Francis visited a social centre on the outskirts of Rabat. He then met with the faithful, religious and priests before celebrating Mass, bringing to an end his apostolic visit to Morocco. Russell Pollitt SJ writes from Rabat.

Religion cannot justify terrorist ​acts – says Moroccan Foreign Minister

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Nasser Bourita — speaking to Russell Pollitt SJ — thinks that there is a convergence between the thinking of Pope Francis and the Moroccan king, Mohammed VI.

Pope and Moroccan King call for interreligious solidarity

Pope Francis is in Morocco for his two-day apostolic visit to the North African country which is 99% Muslim. He was warmly greted by King Mohammed VI, called 'Commander of the Faithful'. Russell Pollitt SJ reports on this historic encounter from Morocco.

Pope Francis will visit Morocco as ‘Servant of Hope’

Pope Francis will make an apostolic visit to the North African nation of Morocco from the 30-31 March. Russell Pollitt SJ is in Morocco ahead of the visit and writes from the capital city, Rabat.

I support zero-tolerance for sexual abuse, says SA bishop

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka recently travelled to Rome to attend the meeting on 'The Protection of Minors in the Church' called by Pope Francis. In this exclusive interview with spotlight.africa he shared how listening to the victims of abuse brought tears to his eyes. He says that victims need to be put first. The bishop, who is also president of the local episcopal conference, says that he believes in a zero-tolerance approach to abuse. And, he assures us that guilty priests and bishops in southern Africa will be held accountable. By Russell Pollitt SJ.

South Africa teaches the world to hope, Taizé Prior says

Br Alois Löser is the Prior of the ecumenical Community of Taizé in France. Next year he will visit South Africa where his community...

Excommunicate abuser priests, says SA Archbishop

In a powerful homily at the ordination of four new priests, the Archbishop of Johannesburg addressed the sexual abuse of minors. He said that...

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“Master evangeliser” lauded by bishops

The bishops of Southern African have lauded evangelisation work of Irish missionary Msgr Barney McAleer during their bi-annual plenary, currently taking place in Pretoria.

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