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Russell Pollitt SJ

Director of the Jesuit Institute South Africa and Editor-in-Chief of 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.

Synod 2018 – “Synodality” is the keyword

On Thursday two main issues were discussed at the press briefing for the Synod of Bishops on Young People: Synodality as the way forward...

Synod 2018 – God is an abstract thought for the young

Although many young people attend mass and go to confession, and despite 12 years of catechism, God still remains an abstract thought for them,...

Synod 2018 – Young people are used-less, not useless

Russell Pollitt SJ reports from Rome that at the Tuesday briefing for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Cardinal Tagle from the Philippines...

Synod 2018 – We must ask for forgiveness

At Monday’s press briefing for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, a bishop said that the Church must ask young people for forgiveness...

Synod 2018 — Young people want us to speak out

A number of topics were covered in the Saturday press briefing for the Synod of Bishops on Young People. These included the bishops giving...

Synod 2018 — Ministering online

The sad reality of migrant youth and their families and how the Church should use the digital world was the focus of the daily...

Synod 2018 — A Christian obligation to welcome migrants

An Ethiopian Cardinal addressed the issue of migration at length today. He lamented how African migrants are treated in Europe, says Russell Pollitt SJ...

Synod 2018 — Becoming “digital missionaries”

Today at the Synod briefing the press were told that a repeated theme in conversation in the Synod assembly was how the Church can...

LISTEN Synod 2018 — Young people in the Church “are tired and bored” says young Iraqi

26-year-old Iraqi, Mr Safa al Abbia, shared his experiences as a young Chaldean Catholic in war-torn Iraq. He spoke with Russell Pollitt SJ in...

Synod 2018 — Drugs and persecution – the forgotten issues

At the daily press briefing for the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Discernment, two forgotten issues were addressed by the...

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