On Good Friday we behold the Lord on the Cross, sharing in the despair of his followers at the cruel death Jesus suffers. Unlike the disciples on that Friday, we live with the joyful anticipation of the Risen Christ.
At a time when the Church places new accents in its mission to evangelise those of no belief and those who have left the Church, a special responsibility resides with all the faithful to take care in how we present Catholic beliefs.
The plan by the bishops of Southern Africa to establish a Council for the Laity must be commended. The bishops have rightly recognised that they need recourse to drawing from the skills, experiences and insights of lay people, and to give them a voice.
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.
Pope Francis got himself into some hot water this month when he seemed to endorse some forms of physical punishment for children.
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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