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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.

Bishops cautiously congratulate new ANC leadership

Two South African Bishops have told Spotlight Africa that while they congratulate the new leadership of the ANC they want to see evidence that the leadership is serious about moral and ethical governance. They also react to the ANC's call for radical economic transformation and land expropriation without compensation.

#ANC54 Did SA’s politics just get a whole lot more messy and unruly?

Did the ANC vote create just the right kind of environment Jacob Zuma needs to continue as he has been? Russell Pollitt SJ asks who really won?

Mini World Youth Day — Durban style

From the 6-10 December more than 4,000 young people, some 20 bishops and scores of priests and religious will gather in Durban for Mini...

Attempt to dissolve Parliament reckless

Why is the move by opposition parties to dissolve Parliament is “ridiculous, impulsive and reckless”?Russell Pollitt SJ of The Jesuit Institute South Africa explains.

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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...

Being in South Africa is a “surprise of the Spirit” says golden jubilarian.

Professor of theology and well-known champion of the dignity of women, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sister, Susan Rakoczy, celebrated her golden...

“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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