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Russell Pollitt SJ

Show BioHide BioDirector 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.

24 posts

Popular priest quits Catholic radio programme

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South Africa’s most popular Catholic radio presenter, and founder of the country’s Catholic radio station Radio Veritas, has decided to quit his morning drive show programme: Matins. Fr Emil Blaser has been working in the Catholic and secular media for many ye... More »

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 »

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