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President’s address sends a mixed message

Reacting to President Cyril Ramaphosa's address to the nation on 12 July, Matthew Charlesworth comments that the President could have done more...

Missing Mass reminds me of a Christmas in Darfur

As we enter Day 100 of lockdown, the hunger and suffering of many Catholics who long to attend Mass in person continues...

Mother Church without women in leadership

The role of women in the Church remains a contested space. Mahadi Buthelezi, our new spotlight.africa contributor, examines biblical representations of women,...

COVID-19 and the devil’s peak

The numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to increase daily and medical facilities in several provinces have already announced that they have reached...

The Vatican and money: A sign of contradiction?

The international media, on 6 June 2020, ran a story about a financial scandal involving an Italian businessman and the Vatican. Mike...

Underlying racism and other-isms of the Church as institution

Despite the worldwide demonstrations in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, Sarah-Leah Pimentel argues that racism cannot...

A mother’s experience of home schooling during COVID-19

As schools prepare to receive the first group of students next week, Justine Limpitlaw describes her experience with online schooling as a...

Navigating the eased COVID-19 restrictions

As South Africa prepares to ease COVID-19 restrictions on 1 June with the resumption of many economic and educational activities, Margaret Blackie...

COVID-19 and the original sin of South Africa

Although the South African government implemented very strict lockdown measures, the number of new COVID-19 cases during this period have increased exponentially....

Laudato Si’ revisited: God heals our spiritual disconnectedness

Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' reminds us that health of the natural world and the health of the soul are inextricably connected....

Redistribution or Revolution?

Beyond the devastating effect of COVID-19 on human life and livelihoods, there is a desire for something better to emerge from this...

Anger lives next-door to fear

As South Africa enters the second phase of its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, Sarah-Leah Pimentel reflects on the changing...

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The need for ongoing healing from the wounds of racism

South African bishops have been condemning the presence of racism and racist attitudes for nearly 80 years. Mike Pothier reflects on the...

A call for women to use their privilege to uplift others

Women's Day on 9 August recalls the 1956 Women's March on the Union Buildings to protest the apartheid laws. Mahadi Buthelezi challenges...

Ethics for educators in a time of disaster

On 23 July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that schools would close for a second time this year. The reasons given is that...

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...