Southern Africa's National Catholic Weekly

Are Our Parishes catholic?

Happy Birthday to all of us. Pentecost is often called the birthday of the Catholic Church and so that means we can all indulge in a piece of cake  — and it has got to a pretty large cake to accommodate 1985 candles!

Marian Spirituality: A Collective Tradition

Br Simeon Banda FMS – Catholics have a long tradition of Marian devotions and praying the Rosary. Two months have been dedicated to these: May and October. Many male and female consecrated men share...

Father Emil Blaser Hangs Up His Morning Mic

After 17 years, Fr Emil Blaser OP hung up the microphone on his Radio Veritas morning show “Matins” on May 11, with many past interviewees paying tribute to South Africa’s radio pioneer. Over the years, Fr Blaser has interviewed hundreds of eminent people including bishops, nuncios and ambassadors, and got to know many people who have become his friends.

Christ’s Disciples Will be Led Were They Do Not Want to Go

Pope Francis focused his homily on the day’s reading from St. John’s Gospel (21:15-19). Jesus asks Simon Peter three times, “Do you love me,” and each time that Simon Peter replies he does, Jesus tells him to feed and tend his sheep. He then forewarns his disciple that following him would lead to going “where you do not want to go.”

Race and Our Future

On reading the headline, some readers might have decided not to read on. That would be a pity, because the debates on race and racism are important — and they concern us all.

Without the Holy Spirit, Nothing Happens

I was an undergrad in philosophy at The Catholic University of America when I had the opportunity to attend an off-campus lecture by Rev. Alexander Schmemann, dean of St. Vladimir Orthodox Seminary in New...