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When love ends badly

A spate of reporting in Kenya on crimes of passion causes Anthony Aduaka to reflect on the reasons why the principles of...

My home — Africa

Ruvarashe Nyamupangedengu's Matric essay expresses her deep affection for her African heritage. She cherishes her Zimbabwean roots but celebrates that all of Africa is...

A glimpse into the real South Africa

Increasing poverty and the state's indifference to the plight of disenfranchised urban communities cast a pall of gloom over South Africa. Fikile-Ntsikelelo...

Schoolyard violence is a mirror of our society

A disturbing number of schoolyard murders and other acts of violence have shocked South Africa in the last week. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya argues that given...

Prophetic mission of the church still weak and limping

Part of the Church's mission is to be a prophetic voice in the world. However, as Fr. Stan Muyebe points out, a prophetic voice...

My identity is more than a label

Michaela van Nierop writes about being diagnosed with depression and surprisingly, attention deficit disorder (ADD). As she comes to term with her conditions and...

Religious leaders can help to restore national values

The seemingly unending stream of corruption and wrongdoing by high-ranking politicians points to the moral bankruptcy of South Africa's political elite. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya comments that...

Women are (again) barred from voting rights at the Amazon Synod

The Amazon Synod is due to begin in early October. It is expected to discuss and vote on environmental concerns in the Amazon region...

The need to overcome the stigma of mental health diseases

Reflecting on a friend's suicide, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya argues that those suffering from depression often cry out for help, but their cries are not heard....

How about a “wealth line”?

As world leaders gather in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly, the world's poorest nations will look for a greater share...

Albinism Awareness Month – an opportunity to debunk harmful myths

People living with albinism in southern Africa fear for their lives. Many are killed for their body parts, which are then used...

Xenophobia or ignorance: changing the narratives

Anthony Aduaka SJ tries to understand the psychology behind the xenophobic attacks in South Africa in early September. He argues that much of the...

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