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Sarah-Leah Pimentel

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Sarah-Leah is Johannesburg-born and raised but now lives and is inspired by the ocean in Cape Town. A former teacher and current open source media analyst and translator, she has worked in the field of open source media monitoring for the last ten years. Sarah-Leah is about to take a leap of faith in teaming up with some great minds to start a new company that provides open source intelligence to public and private entities to assist them in monitoring and responding to political and security risks. Born and raised a Catholic, the Church's social teaching is both a challenge and inspiration to her. She also writes a monthly column in The Southern Cross.

Archdiocese of Cape Town gains two new priests and one deacon

On Saturday, 10 August, the Archdiocese of Cape Town celebrated the ordination of two men to the priesthood and another to the diaconate at...

IN-DEPTH — Crackdown on democratic freedoms thwarts prospects for lasting peace in Africa

Frustrated by an endless lack of governance by African leaders, many question whether democracy is a valid system of governance on the continent. Sarah-Leah Pimentel examines the impact of an authoritative leadership style on lasting stability.

Does religion yield a stronger moral compass?

The question of whether believers, in all their forms, have a stronger moral compass than non-believers, is unpacked here by Sarah-Leah Pimentel. She presents both sides of the argument, leading us to understand that “religious and non-religious groups were both able to exhibit compassion in a range of scenarios”.

For whom the bell tolls: prayer or noise?

The sounds made by people gathered for prayer are considered, by some, a serious public nuisance and a violation of religious freedom. A heated social media exchange on this issue provoked Sarah-Leah Pimentel to write.

I expected more than a ‘what now?’ resolution from the Church’s meeting on sex abuse

The recent meeting that called the presidents of bishops’ conferences to Rome to discuss the shocking scandals of abuse by priests in the Church, left Sarah-Leah Pimentel disappointed and deflated. Like many others, she is tired of hearing that now we are being ‘called to action’, a litany too often repeated at this meeting. Wasn’t that the purpose of this meeting: to act definitively and respond practically?

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Underlying racism and other-isms of the Church as institution

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For whom the bell tolls: prayer or noise?

The sounds made by people gathered for prayer are considered, by some, a serious public nuisance and a violation of religious freedom. A heated social media exchange on this issue provoked Sarah-Leah Pimentel to write.

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