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Timely reading: “Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge

The ongoing protests in the United States in response to the police killing of George Floyd and discrimination against Black people has prompted an...

Book Review — Open Schools Era (1976-1986)

Dr Mark Potterton reviews a book about the history of Catholic Schools in South Africa by well-known educationalist and Marist Brother Jude Pieterse, in...

Age of Anger: a history of the present

Our society — not just South Africa — seems to have become increasingly violent. People are angry. Political and economic exclusion has often been...

Book review — Anne Hope: The Struggle for Freedom

On 17 October, Stephanie Kilroe launched her new biography about Anne Hope, a South African anti-apartheid activist, the president of the lay Catholic community,...

‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ — the impact of a book on the Catholic Church today

A recent book touting homosexuality among senior clergy in the Catholic Church by French author Frédéric Martel has provoked a mixed reception. Anthony Egan SJ shares the power that he believes such a book could have for the scandal-plagued Catholic Church, today.

REVIEW — Living with the Gods

In 'Living with the Gods', Neil MacGregor says that a set of shared beliefs and assumptions (faith, ideology, religion, etc) are at the centre...

REVIEW — I beg to differ: ministry amid the teargas

Retired South African Methodist Bishop Peter Storey’s autobiography evokes on one level the chaotic and heroic struggle of the churches against apartheid in the second half of the twentieth century. But on a deeper level it is a profound meditation on conscience, courage and what it is to be human writes Anthony Egan SJ.

REVIEW — I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In a World Made For Whiteness

Present happenings in South Africa show a growing urgency and a desperate need for talking about racism; but perhaps in ways that, before, we...

REVIEW — Women, power and the reinforcement of patriarchy

August is a time dedicated to the advancement of women, but despite lots of talk over the years, little has changed. Mphuthumi Ntabeni looks at Mary Beard's seminal book on the origins of misogyny and modern society perpetuates these. 

REVIEW — Pope Francis: Life & Revolution — A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio

Pope Francis: Life and Revolution - A Biography of Jorge Bergoglio (foreword by Sean Patrick O'Malley OFM Cap). Loyola Press, Elisabette Piqué. ISBN-10: 0829442170. 313 pages. I usually get put off quickly...

REVIEW | No Longer At Ease

In 2018 we mark the diamond jubilee of the the 1958 novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This novel was read widely in...

REVIEW — Incorruptible: The story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani

Incorruptible: The story of the murders of Dulcie September, Anton Lubowski and Chris Hani (foreword by Pravin Gordhan). ZAM, Evelyn Groenink, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-6399268-0-3....

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