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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.