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Why suffering is salvific

BY FR RALPH DE HAHN Despite the incredible advances in medical science and psychotherapy  all humanity suffers under the sentence of death. This suffering is woven into the very fabric of human experience.

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Our big debt to nuns

BY WINNIE GRAHAM Last month’s murder of Sr Mary Paule Tacke, the nun responsible for founding homes for orphaned children in the Eastern Cape, has highlighted the importance of making better known the work being done by religious sisters round South Africa.

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Porn on SA’s TV screens: What to do?

The broadcasting authority has given the go-ahead for pornography on South African TV. MICHAEL MAYER explains why this is very bad news and what Catholics can do about it.

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Why we must suffer the little children

BY ANTHONY GATHAMBIRI One day, in a certain outstation where I come from, a visiting priest was giving a homily. He was preaching about love and everyone was being moved by his sermon.

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Biblical slaughter can teach us

BY DAVID BRATTSTON Mass slaughter of the enemies of God’s elect is commanded time and again throughout the Old Testament. God both ordered and approved putting the populations of whole cities and nations to death. How do we reconcile such merciless bloodlust with the message of the meek and compassionate Jesus who preached that the Holy [...]

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Why Jesus went to hell

BY CHRIS BUSSCHAU In a letter to the editor, reader Lou Corbitt (April 23) expressed discomfort with the new English translation of the Creed, in particular the section which reads: “He descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead.”

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