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.
Author: Gunther Simmermacher
As the Church marks 200 years of being established in South Africa, Günther Simmermacher gives an overview of Catholic history in the country.
One of my proudest childhood moments was when my father, a great football journalist, quizzed me about the 1974 World Cup.
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.
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.
In the second of his three articles on ten places where we find Mary in the Holy Land, Günther Simmermacher guides us to the Temple in Jerusalem, the wedding feast in Cana, and through Mary’s sorrow as her Son is crucified.
The Blessed Virgin Mary was a real person of flesh and blood, and the recorded stations of her life are marked by shrines and churches throughout the Holy Land. Günther Simmermacher guides us on a pilgrimage to Mary.
A DARKER SHADE OF PALE, by Beryl Crosher-Segers. Torchflame Books, Durham NC, 2018. 243pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher The rich body of literature on the subject of apartheid has rather neglected the experience of...
This week five years ago, every Catholic journalist in the world was antsy as we awaited the white smoke to rise from the chimney of the Sistine chapel.
Carnivals belong to the days before Ash Wednesday, not to any other time of the year, as GÜNTHER SIMMERMACHER points out.
Was Jesus black? What did Jesus even look like? And does it matter? These questions, and others, came up repeatedly in conversation and on social media over the Advent and Christmas seasons.
It was the Catholic year that was dominated by the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima. In Southern Africa the Church began its year-long jubilee for the 200th anniversary of its establishment here, marked the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, and challenged government and business on several issues. GÜNTHER SIMMERMACHER looks back at 2017.