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“Even when life is devastated by vices and addictions, God is present” says Pope in new exhortation

On Monday, 9 April, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis released the third apostolic exhortation of his pontificate entitled "Gaudete et Exsultate" (Rejoice...

Stephen Hawking: What an atheist can teach believers

World-renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76 after a long struggle with a motor neurone disease on 14 March 2018. Anthony Egan takes a look at his life and the significance of his work, suggesting that there is a lot that Christian can learn from this self-proclaimed atheist.

Ignorance, indifference and fear fuel racism

Racism, in various forms, regularly raises its ugly head in South Africa. However, racism is a global phenomenon. The Catholic bishops in South Africa have, for Lent, asked the Church to reflect on racism. Professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York, Fr Bryan Massingale says that most fundamentally racism is a soul-sickness.

Pope Francis: The First Five Years. Opposition and Future directions

In this final part of a three-part series (read parts one and two), Anthony Egan SJ concludes his examination of the first five years of Pope Francis'...

Pope Francis: The First Five Years. Is resistance to Pope Francis really a resistance to Vatican II?

In this second part of a three-part series (read part one here), Anthony Egan SJ continues to look at the first five years of...

Pope Francis: The First Five Years. A confounding choice?

In this first part of a three-part series, Anthony Egan SJ looks at the first five years of Pope Francis' pontificate. He recalls the...

Land — Where To Now? The issues at hand*

The question of land expropriation without compensation continues to evoke debate in South Africa. It was brought into sharp focus last week when a...

Nigeria: Does the Pope understand Africa?

Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, of Ahiara Diocese in Imo State, Nigeria, resigned recently after priests and laity rejected his appointment as bishop. In his...

A need for democratic capitalism

When Zuma came into office, we had a budget surplus of R20 billion. He left us with a budget deficit of R50 billion and debt of R2,3 trillion. The national budget announced by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba suggests it will take three years to get us back to where we were. "This is provided the looting doesn’t continue; and I don’t see why it shouldn’t, because Zuma left behind on this administration a brigade of looters, which Cyril has still not felt any urgency to rectify," says Mphuthumi Ntabeni who argues that this year's speech showed no imagination, except in the way that it insulted the poor. What we need now, more than ever, he says, is a complete shift in thinking.

Budget 2018: From a new dawn to an old dusk

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 budget and asks if the poor are really being cared for.

SONA 2018: An ethicist’s perspective

While offering no quick fix solutions, Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech was nothing less than a call to renewed cooperation for the common good, says Anthony Egan SJ. He analyses the president's maiden address from a position of Catholic Social Teaching and looks at the ethics that might underpin the president's term.

Reply to SONA 2018

As part of his series of letters to Cyril Ramaphosa, Mphuthumi Ntabeni today responds to the State of the Nation Address asking further questions and advising the new president on how to tackle job creation and inequality.

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