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Pope’s Easter Urbi et Orbi message: “The contagion of hope”

Pope Francis’ 'Urbi et Orbi message on Easter Sunday challenges us to ban indifference, self-centredness, division and forgetfulness during this time of...

President extends lockdown, calls for increased community testing, and urgent construction of medical equipment

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the continuing efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The President’s address followed a...

A virus that could change the world

Lockdowns and physical distancing — to contain the spread of COVID-19 — have ushered in a different way of life. Gone is...

Masks for all: Protecting one another

There are divergent views on whether the use of masks in public can help to slow the spread of COVID-19. Margaret Blackie looks at...

President declares 21 day lockdown to stop COVID-19 progression

On 23 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared nationwide lockdown beginning at midnight on 26 March. This means that South Africans will only...

Covid-19 – is the drastic action overreaction?

On 15 March, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the people of South Africa to communicate a series of measures that the government is...

Archdiocese of Cape Town implements coronavirus prevention measures.

As South Africa confirms its first coronavirus case, the Archdiocese of Cape Town is proactively implementing measures to prevent the spread of...

CPLO Unpacks the 2020 Budget Speech

South Africa's Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, in his Budget Speech on 26 February, brought some relief, a few surprises, and indications that the government...

SONA was an ‘opportunity lost’ to reassure public – CPLO

The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) has released its reading of President Cyril Ramaphosa's 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on...

SACBC audience with the president — conversion of heart and soul

The Southern African Bishop's conference met with President Cyril Ramaphosa in January, during which they presented the new pastoral plan in the context of...

Enoch Mpianzi: Demanding justice with compassion

Following the tragic death of young Enoch Mpianzi during a school camp, Fikile-Ntisikelelo Moya reminds us that despite the rightful call for...

Me, Myself and Ranjeni: The unbearable heaviness of being

Pope John XXIII wrote in 'Pacem in Terris' that a person "has a natural right to be respected", to a "good name", "to freedom in investigating the truth", "and — within the limits of the moral order and the common good — to freedom of speech and publication," "the freedom to pursue whatever profession he or she may choose", and “to be accurately informed about public events”. To further the rights proclaimed in the Pope's 1963 letter, spotlight.africa publishes this article by Ranjeni Munusamy.

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