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Our Call to Dialogue

A keyword which underpins the dominant theme of Pope Francis’s pontificate — that of mercy — is revealing itself: dialogue.

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Pope Francis, the Prophet

Guest editorial by Michael Shackleton It is only since Vatican II that the popes have become travellers. Pope Paul VI led the way in 1964 when he visited the Holy Land. After that, he kept on the move to the extent that he became known as the “Pilgrim Pope”.

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Heritage Day and the Future

Guest Editorial by Michael Shackleton Heritage Day in South Africa is celebrated this week to mark the contribution that South Africans of all cultures and backgrounds have made to the building up of our young nation.

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The Annulment of a Marriage

Guest Editorial by Michael Shackleton Christ said: “A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one. So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19:5).

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A Saint for South Africa

Guest editorial by Bishop Victor Phalana The cult of martyrs arose early in the history of the Church. Altars and shrines arose over martyrs’ tombs and they were honoured during liturgical celebrations and through private devotions.

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Let’s talk about Sex

The bishops of Southern Africa must be commended for their new campaign against pornography, “Pure love, not porn”, and for the content of that initiative’s message.

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