Aboard the papal plane from Lima to Rome Sunday, Pope Francis said that coments made to Chilean journalists during his trip were not intended to cause pain mfor victims of clerical sexual abuse. Hannah Brockhaus of Catholic News Agency reports.
Headlines and celebrations have surrounded the impromptu wedding ceremony of two flight attendants during a papal flight. The ceremony, officiated by Pope Francis, has, however led to some Catholics asking questions about wedding taking place outside of a church. Russell Pollitt finds out.
In his first public speech in the Latin American country of Chile, Pope Francis expressed "pain and shame" for clerical sexual abuse. Pope Francis himself had appointed a bishop in Chile who had allegedly covered up for a priest who had abused minors for decades.
The Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba, called for the recall of President Jacob Zuma and a targeted cabinet reshuffle in his Christmas sermon. This sparked a heated debate on social media. Mphuthumi Ntabeni argues that if the Archbishop had not done so, he would have betrayed the very roots of his calling.
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba's Christmas sermon, in which he called for the hasty removal of President Jacob Zuma and a targeted cabinet reshuffle, has attracted a lot of attention. Some say that men of the cloth should stick to preaching and stay out of politics. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya argues that this is absurd. What Makgoba did, he argues, has been and is the business of the church - for thousands of years.
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.
This time last week some 4,000 Catholic youth were embracing their faith at Mini World Youth Day (MWYD), an event which received great reviews all round. For Tim Harris, it was by far the "best image that I have ever seen of the Southern African Church".
Civil society and faith leadership has slammed Jacob Zuma as a "burden" to society and a "disgrace", while praising the country's judiciary which has once again held accountable those who are meant to serve the people of the country.
2017 saw a flood of men and women coming forward with allegations of abuse against numerous people in positions of power. CNA's Mary Rezac looks at what the Church has learnt from it's experience and what it is doing today.
Are those that drive luxury cars more blessed than those that rely public transport? Are the rich better Christians than the poor? And should the rich feel guilty for having more than those on the breadline? Lawrence Ndlovu looks at the definition of "blessedness" and the problematic version of prosperity that is only manifest through the collecting of possessions and wealth.