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The Celibacy Debate

When he announced that the bishops of Germany are opening a discussion about the option of changing the discipline of mandatory celibacy for Latin-rite priests, Cardinal Reinhard Marx kicked off 2019 with a topic...

South Africa Needs Unity in Action

Almost a quarter of a century since the optimistic days when the Rainbow Nation stood together in queues to vote in South Africa’s first democratic election, we are acutely aware that racism has not...

Our Prayers in 2019

  As we enter the final year of the decade, we direct our prayers on immediate needs, but also with a view to creating a better, more humane future in the 2020s. For South...

A New Leader for a Diocese of Few Bishops

Pope Francis has made a wise and bold decision by appointing Bishop Abel Gabuza as coadjutor archbishop of Durban, and therefore as Cardinal Wilfrid Napier’s successor. Having been born in Alexandra, Johannesburg, and having...

Calling Back Ex-Catholics

In many Catholic parishes and families one hears the lament that young people abandon the Church, and even their faith, the moment they take off their confirmation outfits.

Our Obligation on the Road

The holiday season is supposed to bring much cheer, but every year it also produces tragedy on our roads and highways. The road death toll over last year’s holiday season was 1527. There was...

A Synod on Women?

Following last month’s Synod of Bishops on Youth, suggestions have been made that the next synod might be dedicated to women. This would be a natural progression: after the two synods on the family...

The Profit in War

  A hundred years ago on November 11 at 11:11, the “war to end all wars” concluded, bringing to a close a global conflict that changed the world. After four years of war, three...

The Viganò Papers

Many Catholics have been left uncertain by the letters issued by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò which sought to implicate Pope Francis in the abuse scandal involving a disgraced US cardinal.

How to Do Halloween

Over the next couple of weeks, many South Africans, especially the young, will plan activities that mark two foreign days of festivities. Both should concern Catholics.

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,...