Category: Editorials

St Eugne de Mazenod and St Dominic

Thank You, Missionaries

The Church in Southern Africa was built by missionaries. Men and women belonging to diverse religious orders left home and family, mostly in Europe, to spread the Gospel on the southern tip of Africa...

A statue of St Francis with religious symbols at the entry to the Eremo delle Carceri sanctuary near Assisi. St Francis travelled to Damietta, in modern-day Egypt, to talk about peace with an Islamic leader. Such a dialogue is needed today.

Beating the Terrorists

The terrorists are winning in the West — and the West shares in the responsibility for that. The aim of jihadist terrorism is to strike fear, prejudice and hatred into the hearts of Westerners....

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Vote Wisely

When South Africans go to the polls on August 3 to elect their municipal governments, more will be at stake than which local politicians and community leaders are voted into positions of influence. This...

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Call in the Media Experts

The Church’s handling of the distressing news of Oblate Father Patrick Mohohlo Maselwane’s death this month has provided an object lesson in how not to do public relations in the modern media age of...

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Truth and Truthfulness

While apartheid is no more on the statute books, the Diakonia Council of Churches (DCC) persists in its worthy task of discouraging racial and any other prejudices that are still haunting the social fabric...

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Pontiffs of the Present Day

Armenia is the latest land to receive a papal pastoral visit, as we report in this issue. Pope Francis’ intent was to promote Christian unity there and also to honour the survival of Armenian...

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Married Life as the Full Catastrophe

Guest editorial by Michael Shackleton – In the 1960s movie Zorba the Greek, based on the best-selling novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba is asked: “Are you married?” His disarmingly hyperbolic response is: “Yes, I’m married....

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Schools Must Aid Healing

Guest Editorial by  Mduduzi Qwabe- During the days of apartheid, one of the propaganda tools used by the administration was the national school curriculum. n the current climate of racial unease, the case for...

A rosary hangs from a statue of Jesus at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, N.Y. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Halftime in the Holy Year

We have passed the halfway point of the extraordinary Year of Mercy, and this presents us with a timely opportunity to take stock of the impact the Holy Year has had on our Church,...