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Category: Editorials 2008

Our prayers for 2009

As we leave behind the year 2008 and enter 2009, we reflect on a year of political and social trauma in Southern Africa, an economic...

Liturgical anger

The sheep are not happy with their shepherds. In recent weeks, The Southern Cross has received a flood of letters, many published this week, concerning...

The bishop’s load

The late Archbishop Denis Hurley had many friends and admirers, yet he would sometimes complain of the loneliness his position brought. It can indeed be...

Guiding the voters

As South Africa’s political parties are launching their election campaigns—and in at least one instance, themselves — the pastoral letter issued by our bishops on...

AIDS: A new strategy

When a decade ago the experts drew up their worst-case scenario for HIV/Aids in Africa, they failed to anticipate the furious extent of the disease....

Better preaching

History may well record Barack Obama’s acceptance speech after being elected the 44th president of the United States as a classic in public oration. If...

Fit for the priesthood

When the Church accepts a young man for training towards the priesthood, it must be vigilant that the candidate is well equipped to live what...

A new market

The experts are telling us that economics may never be the same again after the consequences of the recent collapse have played themselves out. If...

Ballots, not blood

For South Africa’s young democracy, the split in the African National Congress represents a major test for the country’s capacity of tolerating political challenges. Our...

Our mission today

ON World Mission Sunday, this year on October 19, Catholics are asked to reflect on and pray for the Church’s evangelising missionary endeavours, as well...