Russell Pollitt SJ

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.


17 posts

Budget 2018: From a new dawn to an old dusk

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South Africa was gripped by a renewed sense of national pride after the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the country's new president. The 2018 Budget Speech, however, has brought many South Africans back to earth. Russell Pollitt takes a first glance at the budg... More »

Jesuits: We must improve our advocacy

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Jesuits and their collaborators from across the globe, who are members of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network (GIAN), gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early February, to look specifically at issues related to migration. Last year the meeting took pl... More »

SA not ready for WYD yet, says archbishop

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Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, has told Spotlight Africa that although Mini World Youth Day (MWYD), which was held in Durban in December was a great success, there were also difficulties... More »

Bishop Sithembele Sipuka speaks to Spotlight

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On the last day of the bishops' January plenary session in Pretoria, Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, bishop of Mthatha and first vice-president of the bishops' conference, spoke to Fr Russell Pollitt. In the interview he clarified the remarks he made about lazy, mat... More »

Bishops meet with other faith leaders

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Representatives from the Muslim, Bahai, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and various Christian communities spent time with the Catholic bishops of Southern Africa in Pretoria where they reflected on the Church's role in society over the past 200 years and discussed way... More »

Fake news is not new says Pope Francis

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In his message for World Day of Social Communications, Pope Francis has asked journalists, and all people of goodwill, to reflect on the spreading of disinformation or fake news. He has told journalists that theirs is not a job but a mission. The Holy Father s... More »

Pope’s inflight wedding raises questions

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Headlines and celebrations have surrounded the impromptu wedding ceremony of two flight attendants during a papal flight. The ceremony, officiated by Pope Francis, has, however led to some Catholics asking questions about wedding taking place outside of a chur... More »