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Stand up to the SABC

Catholics will feel snubbed by the decision by the SABC to renege on its promise, made in 2010, to broadcast the pope’s Christmas Eve Mass live every year. This is an issue around which Catholics must be called to unite.

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The mental health stigma

The recent death by suicide of the actor Robin Williams, who reportedly suffered from bipolar depression, brought the question of mental health into the public spotlight.

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Catholics and atheists

Pope Benedict XVI surprised many in 2011 when he invited atheists to participate in his interfaith peace gathering in Assisi. Likewise, Pope Francis is comfortable talking about matters of faith with atheists, as he did in two interviews with Italian veteran journalist Eugenio Scalfari.

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Israel peace is possible

In the public discourse on the conflict between Israel and Palestine there always has been an emphasis on balance and avoidance of bias, at least among the middle-ground.  The mantra has always been that “there is wrong on both sides”, without much interrogation into the depth of the respective sides’ liabilities. After Israel’s merciless scorched-earth [...]

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The rape epidemic

The systematic rape of women and children has always been a weapon of war, and this remains unchanged. Innumerable accounts from survivors of mass rape exist, even from recent conflicts.

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The Power of the Pen

As South Africa’s only Catholic weekly, The Southern Cross enjoys a particular benefit, but one that also presents certain challenges.

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