Southern Africa's Catholic Weekly

Jesus Makes a Case for Priestly Celibacy

In the Cleansing of the Temple, Jesus quoted a passage from Isaiah 56:7, namely: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (Mk 11:17). The American theologian Brant Pitre reflected on...

Cardinal Napier Hails Pope’s ‘Genius’

Staff Reporter & Cindy Wooden – Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has hailed Pope Francis’ genius in following the two synods of bishops on the family with the current one on youth. The cardinal-archbishop of Durban said...

Mary as Mother and Advocate

Fr Sekabata Solomon Mphela OFM, Johannesburg – The feast of St Francis falls in October  during the month of the rosary, and I have often wondered,  who was the Blessed Virgin Mary for St...

No Stopwatch When Praying!

Tom Drake, Johannesburg – Different folks, different strokes! I have always had a problem with set prayers rattled off in community, or perhaps even on one’s own. It seems to me that prayer is,...

Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Aid agencies and Catholic officials are sounding the alarm on Yemen’s spiraling humanitarian crisis, calling on the combatants to end the war and make badly need assistance available. Yemen is facing the largest humanitarian...

The Beautiful Abbot Pfanner Trappist Trail     

A group of hiking pilgrims completed the Abbot Pfanner Trappist Trail in KwaZulu-Natal. BARBARA MASON was in that group and recorded her experience. Our group of pilgrims set off from Mariannhill Monastery in Pinetown,...

Our Missionary Mandate

On Mission Sunday we recall with gratitude the great legacy of priests and religious who over the past 150 years left their home countries to bring the Good News to our region. Even today,...