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What SA Cleric Told The Pope

Pope Francis prays St Thomas More’s “Prayer for Good Humour” every morning, he told a South African cleric at a private audience in the Vatican. Anglican Father Michael Lapsley, director of the Institute for...

What Your Child’s Sore Tummy May be Telling You

If your child complains of a sore tummy, it might be due to anxiety disorder, a mental problem that can have life-long effects. The good news is that anxiety is treatable. The Southern Cross...

CWD: May this Agency Rise from the Ashes

  My personal association with Catholic Welfare & Development (CWD)—the welfare agency of the archdiocese of Cape Town which had to close its doors in November—makes me think of the 1980s. It calls to...

It’s 71 Years for the Knights of Da Gama!

This year the Gauteng regional Knights of Da Gama celebrated their 56th convention as well as the 71st year of the Knights of Da Gama. The event took place at Our Lady of Lebanon church...

CWD: Requiem for a Great Organisation

Once it was one of the great welfare organisations of the Southern African Church; in November it closed its doors. Over two articles, SYDNEY DUVAL looks at the growth and legacy of Catholic Welfare & Development,...

Catholic Political Analyst: Our New Cabinet

 By Mike Pothier – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet contains quite a number of bold and unexpected appointments, and he has certainly shifted the balance in favour of female and younger politicians. At the same...

Let the Swiss Guards plan your gourmet meals

THE VATICAN COOKBOOK: 500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican, by the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Sophia Institute Press, 2018. 204 pp. Reviewed by Regina...

In Search of the Historical Jesus

The study of the historical Jesus was the subject of a day-long workshop delivered by three leading biblical scholars. The workshop was presented at Holy Redeemer parish in Bergvliet, Cape Town, by Oblate Father...

Priest’s prison book will rattle your conscience

LIGHT THROUGH THE BARS: Understanding And Rethinking South Africa’s Prisons, by Fr Babychan Arackathara. Burnet Media, 2019. 216pp. R220 Reviewed by Fr Ralph de Hahn This book by Fr Babychan Arackathara MSFS, a zealous...

Deacon reflects on his ministry

A DEACON’S REFLECTION, by Deacon Greg Garnie. SA Catholic Online Books, 2018. 90pp. Reviewed by Michael Shackleton Pope Paul VI reinstated the permanent diaconate into the Church’s ministry in 1967. His motu proprio “Sacrum...