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New ‘army’ took to township’s street

Curious people watched as a young girl dressed in rustic clothes rode a donkey in the streets of Wallacedene township near Kraaifontein in Cape Town. The girl was escorted by shepherds and angels through...

A useful guide to the story of St Bernadette

LOURDES 2019, by Paul De Marco. Published by lulu.com. 2018. 168pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher In terms of annual visitors, Lourdes is the world’s third-biggest Marian shrine; in terms of reported miracles, perhaps none...

Can business methods fix SA Church?

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH—200 YEARS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: The Six Transitional Phases, by Marumagae Moshe. SA Catholic Online Books. 2019. 153pp. Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher South Africans “are good at producing good policy documents but...

Priest shows the way to ‘becoming love’

BECOME LOVE: Gradual Growth and Transformation from John to Francis, by Larry Kaufmann CSsR. Redemptorist Pastoral Publications. 2019. 180pp Reviewed by Tally Palmer I am writing at my study window. A cool, clear day...

A township priest in the struggle

TOWNSHIP GOD: More Than Meets the Eyes, by Paddy Noonan OFM. Write-on Publishing, 2017. 244pp. R195 Reviewed by Mandla Zibi Although it might at first appear so, this is not a book about liberation...

Retreat Helps Ease Rural Priests’ Isolation

By Selby Makgotho – Priests in rural areas are often isolated from one another, so it is important that they come together from time to time, according to the bishop of Polokwane diocese. Bishop Jeremiah...

Exclusive: Talk on John Bradburne by his friend

On September 5, 1979 the English mystic, poet and lay Franciscan John Bradburne was executed by rogue ZANU guerrillas fighting in the Zimbabwean Independence War. Bradburne had refused to leave the Mutemwa Leprosy Settlement,...

Bishop: Rise Up Against Attacks On Women!

After the spate of brutal attacks on women, including rape and murder, BISHOP VICTOR PHALANA is calling for a change in attitudes, calling on women to rise up and men to change their ways....

The life of a model of Catholic Social Teaching

ANNE HOPE: The Struggle for Freedom, Stephanie Kilroe. Darton, Longman & Todd. 2019. 155pp. Reviewed by Fr Larry Kaufmann CSsR What a joy it is to learn more about the Catholic activist Anne Hope...

Italian Consul Visits Neocat Seminary

Italian consul Emanuele Pollio, visiting the Redemptoris Mater seminary of the Neocatechumenal Way in Rondebosch, Cape Town, said the seminary is important as it gives strength to new evangelisation. The seminary is home to diocesan missionary...

The Cult of Clericalism

By Chris McDonnell – When we come to discuss clericalism, confusion of language can give rise to many problems. Our common sharing, both priests and laity, of baptism is the first calling that unites...