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Are we Charlie?

BY ACTING EDITOR FR CHRIS CHATTERIS SJ To identify oneself directly with the victims of some terrible event or monstrous injustice has become almost fashionable, ever since John Kennedy’s visit to West Berlin in 1963 when, in solidarity with the people who were divided by the Iron Curtain, he famously said: “Ich bin ein Berliner.” […]

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Cardinals from the Peripheries

ACTING EDITOR FR CHRIS CHATTERIS SJ It must have been quite a surprise for Bishop Soane Patita Panini Mafi (just 53) from Tonga, a Pacific island nation of only 103 000 people, to receive a red hat. No doubt the new cardinals from New Zealand, Myanmar, Cape Verde, Ethiopia and Mozambique had similar reactions. Everyone […]

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Francis, the Dalai Lama and Raul Castro

ACTING EDITOR: FR CHRIS CHATTERIS SJ Did the “turn towards the world” of the Second Vatican Council include a pivot in the direction of politics? Two events towards the end of 2014 answered this question with a resounding “yes”.

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A Prosperous New Year?

Acting editor Fr Chris Chatteris SJ There’s definitely more and more of them about — books on the end of economic growth are now coming at us thick and fast, books like The End of Growth, by Richard Heinberg. Is this a genuine sign of the times? As we move into 2015 with the price […]

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Our Prayers for 2015

As we change our calendars from 2014 to 2015, we give thanks to God for his abundant graces, even those we are unable to discern in times of difficulty.

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Christmas Trek and Back

GUEST EDITORIAL BY PULENG MATSANENG South Africa’s migratory culture makes the Christmas season especially vibrant. People plan for the season as early as the beginning of the year; many in the townships taking part in savings clubs.

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