Author: Gunther Simmermacher

Catholics Who Do the Devil’s Work

The last place you’d expect to find a practising Catholic to ply his trade is in a satanic rock group called Deicide. But so it was with Ralph Santolla, a guitarist who died in June at the age of 51.

Author: Why I Reopened Old Wounds

A memoir by a Catholic author about growing up under apartheid has been a surprise bestseller in South Africa this year. Günther Simmermacher interviewed Beryl Crosher-Segers. What was supposed to be a family memoir...

Visit to a Catholic Land

  There is always something salutary about visiting, if one can, a place with deep Catholic roots — especially if one comes from South Africa, where Catholicism has no significant presence in general life....

Finding Jesus at the Waters

In biblical times, as today, water was vital: to be hydrated, to stay clean, to produce crops, to raise livestock. Water was life. So it is no accident that so many crucial events in the Gospel take place around water: the Sea of Galilee, the River  Jordan, and the various wells and healing pools.

Footballers of Faith!

During this year’s World Cup, we will see many footballers cross themselves as they take to the field or after scoring goals, or exhibit their Christian faith in other ways.

Mary in the Holy Land: Final Stations

In the final of his three articles on sites of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Holy Land, Günther Simmermacher visits the places in Jerusalem where the Church was ‘born’, where Mary fell into eternal sleep, and from where she was assumed into heaven.