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In Madagascar, Pope Francis says that joy lightens the demands of discipleship

Pope Francis celebrated Sunday Mass on 8 September in Antananarivo, Madagascar, as part of his 4-10 September pastoral visit to Southern Africa. He had already been in Maputo and travels on to Mauritius on Monday, 9 September. The Catholic News Agency reports on the Mass at the diocesan grounds of Soamandrakizay.

Amnesty International wants Pope Francis to focus on human rights during African visit

Pope Francis begins a three-leg pastoral visit to Southern Africa on 4 September. Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, has called on the pontiff to...

‘Horrendously hard, cruel and atrocious’ — This economy kills!

88 years ago Pope Pius XI issued an economic critique. Élio Gasda SJ, a Brazilian moral theologian, shows that in the Catholic view, the economy should not be devoted to the enrichment of a few but to the principles of social justice and solidarity.

WATCH — Archbishop Tlhagale pleads with young people: ‘Please, rise, vote.’

Speaking to, the archbishop of Johannesburg, Buti Tlhagale OMI, has made a special appeal to young people, begging them to “exercise their right to vote.” He has also appealed to South Africa’s young people to act decisively against xenophobic violence, as Ricardo da Silva SJ reports.

Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop for Pretoria

Pope Francis has received the resignation of Archbishop William Slattery of Pretoria, having reached the age of retirement and has appointed Bishop Dabula Mpako of Queenstown to succeed Slattery in Pretoria.

Religion cannot justify terrorist ​acts – says Moroccan Foreign Minister

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Nasser Bourita — speaking to Russell Pollitt SJ — thinks that there is a convergence between the thinking of Pope Francis and the Moroccan king, Mohammed VI.

Pope Francis will visit Morocco as ‘Servant of Hope’

Pope Francis will make an apostolic visit to the North African nation of Morocco from the 30-31 March. Russell Pollitt SJ is in Morocco ahead of the visit and writes from the capital city, Rabat.

IN DEPTH — Clerical sexual abuse: deal with the rotten apples but fix the barrel too

Our new 'In Depth' feature is intended to allow writers the necessary space to develop their arguments critically. Mike Pothier, an advocate looks at the decision to remove priests and cardinals from the priestly state. For a number of reasons, he finds it problematic and he finds it problematic and insulting — read why.

I expected more than a ‘what now?’ resolution from the Church’s meeting on sex abuse

The recent meeting that called the presidents of bishops’ conferences to Rome to discuss the shocking scandals of abuse by priests in the Church, left Sarah-Leah Pimentel disappointed and deflated. Like many others, she is tired of hearing that now we are being ‘called to action’, a litany too often repeated at this meeting. Wasn’t that the purpose of this meeting: to act definitively and respond practically?

Clerical abuse is not only sexual

In dealing with the sex-pest priest, the Church must not forget the other type of offender in a cassock. Clericalism, warns Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya, can be found on both sides of the sanctuary.

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