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Cardinal to youth: You have a vocation!

During his homily at Mini World Youth Day Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban has called on young Catholics to answer the call to their vocations which will help them cope in today's world.

It really is a great time to be a young Catholic

Four thousand young and excited Catholics have descended on Durban for Mini World Youth Day (MWYD) to connect spiritually, learn from each other and Church leadership, and celebrate their faith.

EXCLUSIVE: Archbishop Brislin speaks on the politics of Catholic leadership and the need for a healing Church in a divided country

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.

Pope Francis condemns all nuclear weapons

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.

Beyond pastoral statements: Towards a comprehensive response

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. 

Mini World Youth Day — Durban style

From the 6-10 December more than 4,000 young people, some 20 bishops and scores of priests and religious will gather in Durban for Mini...

Pope calls for action on Rohingya crisis

During his visit to Bangladesh, Pope Francis has said It is imperative that the international community take decisive measures to address the Rohingya crisis.

Syria: most deaths from poor healthcare not bullets

CNA's Elise Harris looks at the leading cause of deaths in Syria: a poor healthcare system. 

Zimbabwe is between a crisis and an opportunity says faith leadership

Zimbabwe's faith leaders have called for calm, national prayer, respect and a government of national unity amid the political upheaval. 

Rural mobile clinics need probing – J&P

 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. 

A deafening silence: what I need the bishops to say

During a time of political and social turmoil silence can speak louder than words. One priest asks why the country's bishops have yet to raise their voices. 

World Day of the Poor highlights change of attitude

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.

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