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A Poisonous Brew

Recent incidents of xenophobic violence have raised fears of a repeat of the anti-migrant pogroms of 2008, with a poisonous brew of prejudice and criminality seeming to bubble beneath the surface of our society.

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Discipline and Dignity

Pope Francis got himself into some hot water this month when he seemed to endorse some forms of physical punishment for children.

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Open Dialogue in Church

Almost two years into the papacy of Pope Francis, it has become clear that this pontiff thrives on hearing different opinions in the Church.

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Mercy for Eugene de Kock

In trying to make sense of the release on parole of Eugene de Kock, a serial killer whose crimes against humanity earned him the moniker “Prime Evil”, we rightly invoke the terminology of forgiveness, but the key word really is mercy.

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SA’s light of hope dims

Twenty-five years ago, on February 11, 1990, tens of thousands of people crowded on Cape Town’s Grand Parade, and millions of people in South Africa and around the world sat in front of their television sets, to get the first public glimpse of Nelson Mandela following his release from 27 years in captivity.

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A Breath of Fresh Air?

BY ACTING EDITOR FR CHRIS CHATTERIS SJ A big Pope Francis story this year will be his anticipated encyclical on climate change. According to Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the encyclical and two meetings of faith leaders are being planned to feed into the United Nations Climate Change Conference […]

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