Every year during Advent — and, increasingly, weeks before that — we are likely to hear the call to observe “the true meaning of Christmas”. Usually the phrase intends to highlight positive seasonal virtues which might be summed up as representing a general generosity of spirit.
GUEST EDITORIAL BY JOHAN VILJOEN December 1 is World Aids Day, an opportune moment to evaluate the past and assess the future. Aids has been with us for more than 30 years. During that time it has killed millions worldwide — cutting short lives, destroying families and bringing about unimaginable suffering.
The idea that Pope Francis and the Vatican advocated canvassing the views of the faithful on issues such as same-sex marriage and divorce excited the public to such lengths that the Vatican saw a need to put a damper on expectations.
The Holy Land is sometimes called the “Fifth Gospel”. It is an apt term as the land of Christ, his blessed mother, the apostles and the prophets tells the story of our faith in ways the traditional Gospels cannot.
For every Catholic parent, it is a question of perennial concern: will their children continue to practise the faith beyond their day of confirmation?
GUEST EDITORIAL BY MICHAEL SHACKLETON Corruption is a word and concept that South Africans are increasingly being made aware of. In their recent pastoral letter, our bishops have asked us to look with greater attention to the damage caused in society and in the Church by rampant corruption.
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- Movie Review – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom December 4, 2013
- Finding the true meaning of Christmas December 4, 2013
- Video: Witness – Fr James Flavin December 4, 2013
- Who exactly wrote John’s gospel? December 3, 2013
- What politics is there for December 2, 2013