From Our Vaults 33 Years Ago: 11 September 1988
The pope in Southern Africa
On the front-page, The Southern Cross welcomes Pope John Paul II as the pontiff prepares to visit two countries in the SACBC territory — Botswana and Swaziland — as well as Lesotho (to beatify the missionary Fr Joseph Gérard OMI on September 15), Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The pope is not visiting South Africa and Namibia because of the apartheid regime.
SACC HQ bomb condemned
In a letter to South African Council of Churches secretary-general Rev Frank Chikane, the Catholic bishops condemned the bombing of the council’s Johannesburg headquarters Khotso House by operatives of the apartheid regime. (Shortly after, the SACBC’s own headquarters, Khanya House in Pretoria, would be bombed.)
SACBC on ECC restrictions
Newly-announced restrictions on the End Conscription Campaign (ECC) are “yet another example of the government’s failure to address the root cause of the problems confronting the country”, said the SACBC in a statement.
Pope meets jazz legend
Pope John Paul II has met with the legendary US jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, who has recorded an album of the pope’s poetry sung to jazz accompaniment.
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