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Can God protect us from COVID-19?

Many Christians have criticized the decision by governments around the world to ban public gatherings, including church worship. Margaret Blackie says that...

Lockdown disruption: The real impact on the lives of citizens

The South African government's announcement of a national lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 caught many people by surprise. It came...

Stay home and all will be well

Ncamiso Vilakati is a priest from eSwatini who is currently studying in Rome. He has witnessed the devastation of the coronavirus first...

Finding peace during lockdown

South Africa will wake up to a nationwide lockdown on 26 March and many other countries around the world are already facing...

Greed, selfishness and venality increase the power of the virus

We are interdependent. As a global community we are facing the largest health, economic, and social challenge in this millennium. Ranjeni Munusamy...

A far more serious disease than coronavirus

The coronavirus has now spread to all continents and, in response, nations are issuing travel restrictions or placing entire cities on lockdown...

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.

Waiting for the Messiah in imperfect times

It is nearly Christmas but Sarah-Leah Pimentel finds it difficult to focus on the meaning of the season in the midst of bad...

Idolatry and the Amazon Synod — wooden carvings and religious forms

Mike Pothier comments that the media storm around the controversial display of an indigenous Andean goddess at the Amazon Synod distracted the...

Miles of Hope — sporting and economic marathons

Paulina French recently ran the Soweto Marathon and shares her experiences: from the welcome the runners received from Soweto residents to the...

Water scarcity — Don’t panic but change consumption habits

Parts of South Africa are, once again, facing water scarcity. The authorities are refraining from describing the emptying dams as a crisis,...

The controversial artwork — distasteful or an uncomfortable introspection?

South African social media was awash this week with speculation about a final art project by a Richard's Bay matriculant, Gary G....

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Education: Rethinking the pressure of exams

Schools spend too much time preparing students for exams, says Mark Potterton, who has served as the Chief Operating Officer for Umalusi,...

Do churches heal or perpetuate gender-based violence?

Continuing her exploration of the relationship between poorly interpreted Scriptures and patriarchy, Mahadi Buthelezi presents the correlations she sees between toxic masculinity and gender-based violence. She warns that the rigid application of Church teaching and the poor formation of those in parish ministry only perpetuate the continued violence against women.

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...

REVIEW — Utopia for Realists

Published almost two years ago, Rutger Bregman’s ‘Utopia for Realists’ is timely now. Bregman’s vision is worth paying attention to when our world needs a fresh understanding of justice and how it might be meted out across nations and people, writes Chris Chatteris SJ.