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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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Understanding the Bible

An old platitude has it that Catholics are ignorant of the Bible because they don’t read it. Whether or not that is true today merits some inspection, but it cannot be said that modern Catholics are discouraged from engaging with Scripture.

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Our Hopes for Southern Africa’s Youth Day

For many young Catholics, attending the huge World Youth Day gatherings is a dream goal; for most of them, however, that aspiration will not be realised.

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Suicide: A pastoral response

This week’s column by Fr Ron Rolheiser OMI will resonate deeply with people who have encountered the tragedy of suicide, and also gives support to those who have been at the abyss of ending their lives. Fr Rolheiser emphasises that most cases of suicide are caused by mental pathology and are not subject to free […]

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The Mandela Cult

A recent opinion piece in the secular press by a young writer took issue with the “Mandelification of the struggle”. In her Sunday Independent article, Mailaka wa Azania points to “a deliberate process of socialisation spanning decades” that constructed a personality cult around Nelson Mandela which ignores the contribution of others—individuals, movements and the unnamed […]

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At the Lord’s Table

The question of how to provide pastoral care to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics will form a focal and contentious part in the Synod of Bishops on the Family in October.

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