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Natural evil and God: from Voltaire’s “Candide” to Camus’ “The Plague”

Every age has its cataclysm and every generation asks how a loving God can permit suffering. The COVID-19 pandemic has so far killed just...

Beyond the spectrum of colour!

Over the past few months, we have witnessed worldwide calls for an end to racial oppression in all its forms. Social media platforms and...

What a Sudanese girl taught me about Saint Maria Goretti

The life and death of Saint Maria Goretti is often told as a warning against giving in to sexual pleasure. Levinia Pienaar relates an experience during her time as an African-Union United Nations peacekeeper in Sudan, reflecting on this in the light of her experience of catechesis in her childhood parish. Her experience brings home the stark reality that girls and women are powerless to fend off their attackers.

Tradition as an antidote to liberalism and clerical abuse

Reflecting on a new book by Michel Camdessus and others entitled "Transformer L'Eglise Catholique" , Patrick Giddy explains how individualism fuels clericalism. A different...

A reading of the new instruction by the Congregation for the Clergy

The Vatican has published an Instruction focusing on the evangelising mission of parish communities. Bruce Botha provides an assessment of the document and places...

Remembering Ennio Morricone and his sense of the Sacred

The Oscar-winning composer, Ennio Morricone, whose music defined the atmosphere and success of hundreds of films of all genres, has died in Rome, aged...

The well-being of priests in times of crisis

People of faith turn to their religious leaders for comfort, spiritual counsel, guidance, and emotional support during times of crisis. Fr. Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu...

Bishops’ J&P Commission: Open letter to SA Youth

To commemorate Youth Day on 16 June 2020, the Justice & Peace department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) penned a letter...

Do not go to church

President Ramaphosa has allowed the places of worship open for service of not more than 50 people. Dr Margaret Blackie, a senior lecturer in...

SACBC offers hope in times of distress

On 13 May, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima, the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference wrote a pastoral letter offering a message...

Catholic Think Tank in Mozambique speaks truth to power

The Catholic Church works extensively throughout Africa to improve the lives of the communities that they serve. One Mozambican think tank goes further. Centro...

Words of encouragement from the Bishops

Earlier this week the Facebook account of the Justice and Peace Department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) published messages of hope...

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