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The anti-apartheid activist who fell in love with ‘Laudato Sì’

World leaders are paying tribute to the life and legacy of Denis Goldberg, one of South Africa’s most revered anti-apartheid activists who died last...

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 meeting of...

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 13 February....

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 South Africa's...

Second SONA of 2019 — offers hope, encourages resilience, lacks detail

In his assessment of the latest SONA, Peter-John Pearson, the priest-director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, congratulates the president for his attempts at restoring hope and reinvigorating a listless nation, while warning that inspiring arias alone won't go far.

This is not for laughs, Mr President

Two head of state inaugurations this week might be worlds apart but they are closer in many than first meets the eye. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya writes.

Pulpit Politics or don’t take anything they say in church seriously?

The fast-approaching elections in South Africa seem to have brought a number of politicians to preach their political views from the pulpit of churches. Anthony Egan SJ, a moral theologian and political scientist explores this phenomenon as we hurtle towards voting day.

abaThembu king’s application for presidential pardon begs Biblical wisdom

Imprisoned abaThembu king, Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, has applied for presidential pardon. This action has inspired Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya to consider how the Christian imperative to show care for the imprisoned should apply. He learns that those jailed must at least show themselves to be sorry if they want to be freed.

‘I need South Africa as much as it needs me’

Despite vigorous appeals from South Africa’s president, its uncertain and rapidly declining economic and political outlook is driving many citizens to emigrate. Paulina French has been mulling over her reasons for staying, despite attractive opportunities abroad.

“You, watch this space!” — promises and warnings in Ramaphosa’s SONA2019

You, watch this space! President Ramaphosa repeated this as he addressed the nation for the second time, as their leader. The phrase rings of...

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Back to School: Stop or go?

The new school year in South Africa coincided with a spike in COVID-19 cases. The Ministry of Education announced that the start of the...

Rest in peace good and faithful servant

In a week that has seen the death of at least 11 senior church leaders to COVID-19 worldwide, South Africa also mourns the loss...

The toll of COVID-19 on clergy

Much has been written about the toll of COVID-19 on frontline workers, especially doctors and nurses. Russell Pollitt SJ issues a stark reminder that...

Surviving the second wave is a matter of discipline

President Cyril Ramaphosa's most recent 'family meeting' on 11 January painted a sober picture of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa....