In an exclusive interview with Spotlight Africa, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town speaks to Ranjeni Munusamy about South Africa’s political situation, the Church’s image, its approach to gay people and why the Catholic Church might have disappointed some people by not being outspoken on the challenges facing South Africa.
Apart from their destructive power, the possession of nuclear weapons robs the world of desperately needed resources which should be availed for other priorities such as eliminating poverty and the extension of healthcare, education and human rights. Peter-John Pearson looks at the Catholic Social Teaching on international peacekeeping.
The Church's voice could have great value in South Africa, but its delivery needs work so that more can hear it clearly. But is that enough? Fr Lawrence Ndlovu argues that the Church has the knowledge, the capacity and the mandate to turn words into action. A pastoral response in South Africa must move beyond a paper-based statement.
The Justice and Peace (J&P) commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) has called on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate rights violations and deprivation of mobile clinic services in some parts of the KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and North West Province.
As the Church prepares to celebrate the first World Day of the Poor, an event announced by Pope Francis last year, one Vatican official said it will be an opportunity to grow in mercy and charity, shaping attitudes toward the poor and needy.