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Exclusive: SA member of abuse commission speaks

In an exclusive interview with Spotlight, South African Precious Blood Sister and Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Sr Hermenegild Makoro, speaks about being reappointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM) by Pope Francis.

Good for the market may not be good for all

While the markets have reacted positively to Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's Budget Speech, the local Church and civil society have raised concerns on the impact the budget will have on the country's poor and vulnerable. Fr Peter-John Pearson looks at the budget from a position of Catholic Social Teaching. 

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.

Has Cyril hit the bullseye?

Civil society has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden address to the nation during SONA 2018 and his government’s plans to get the country back on its development pathway.

Pope ends standoff over bishop in Ahiara

Pope Francis has ended the standoff regarding the appointment of Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke as bishop of the diocese of Ahiara in southern Nigeria. Vatican City's Agenzia Fides reports. Read the full press release from the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples.

Catholic Social Teaching’s judgement on Ramaphosa

A number of people have anaylsed and responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address. Fr Peter-John Pearson reflects on the speech in the light of Catholic Social Teaching. He explains why he thinks that Ramphosa's address does echo poignant issues outlined in Catholic Social Teaching. 

South African sister reappointed to Abuse Commission by Pope

South African Precious Blood Sister and Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Sr Hermenegild Makoro, has been reappointed to the Pontifical...

Run, Ramaphosa, run well

A few days ago early morning runners and cyclists bumped into South Africa's new president as he took his morning run in Cape Town. In January exercise enthusiasts in Port Elizabeth also bumped into the president when he was in their city for the ANC's birthday celebrations. Claire Mathieson ponders the lessons a running enthusiast learns on the road. She thinks that many of them could offer Ramaphosa helpful insights as he takes over running the country.

Civil society: It’s time to rebuild South Africa

All aspects of South African life will be impacted by the change in leadership, but to ensure the change is positive, civil society has reminded us that Jacob Zuma was not the only problem that needed fixing. We need more than just a new president.  

Lent: Not just a private affair

Lent is not just a time of fasting; it represents an opportunity to practise important social responsibilities. Lawrence Ndlovu looks at the call from the country's bishops to help dismantle racism in South Africa, and how Lent can be an opportunity to make an impact in our communities. 

Pope to priests: Keep it short!

During his regular Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis turned his attention to the homily at Mass. Using large portions of his reflection on the homily from his 2103 Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father again addressed the quality of homilies which, he said, can be "overly long" or "lack focus" or are simply "incomprehensible". He also said that the listeners can be "prejudiced" or "create obstacles".  Catholic News Agency's Elise Harris reports. 

SA not ready for WYD yet, says archbishop

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. He said that he is skeptical about South Africa's ability to host World Youth Day (WYD) at the moment. The archbishop said that there would need to be a series of  events first before WYD could be hosted in South Africa.

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