The way the Church has observed Lent has changed since the early days of the Church. Professor MICHAEL OGUNU charts the development of Lent, and explains how we best follow the 40 days leading up to Easter today.
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In response to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia, three bishops presented a statement about the “immutable truths” of sacramental marriage, and four cardinals sent a dubia to Pope Francis — and then made sure that the press gave it full coverage.
Catholics must speak with originality and deeper insight as they engage with the issues of today, instead of just joining in an “orgy of Zuma-bashing”, a bishop said at a Mass to celebrate 200 years of the Church in Southern Africa.
Mgr Vincent Hill, Pretoria – Some people, also in the Church, resist any reform, especially if it requires changing themselves. Isaac Newton stated the physical law that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The same applies to every change. Some get left behind, others try to reverse decisions made, showing they do not understand or accept the changes.
Canadian Bishop Remi De Roo is one of the last bishops alive to have attended all four sessions of Vatican II. Now 93 years old, he tells ALICIA VON STAMWITZ about his view of the Church in the era of Pope Francis.
Eucharistic Procession to mark the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Church in South Africa – from Holy Cross District Six to St Mary’s Cathedral! (All Photos: Gunther Simmermacher) More Stories: Cremation and the...
A memorial service was held for the writer of history articles recently published in The Southern Cross, who died suddenly while in Mexico. Martin Keenan’s articles on the early Church in the Cape had appeared in The Southern Cross over the past few months.
A veteran media priest and a popular fixture in the Cape Town Church, Fr Ralph de Hahn is celebrating 60 years as a priest. NEREESHA PATEL spoke to him.
The first parish in South Africa had outbreaks of hostility between priests and some laity in the 1820s and ‘30s, as MARTIN KEENAN explains.
In his previous article on the history of the early Church in South Africa, MARTIN KEENAN showed that there was no ‘persecution’ of Catholics at the Cape, but this week he explains that there was anti-Catholic prejudice in the 1820s and ‘30s.
The earliest Catholic structure of any kind on South African territory was built by the Portuguese before 1506, but it wasn’t until 1823 that the first purpose-built Catholic chapel for public worship was constructed. MARTIN KEENAN explains.
Martin Keenan has researched the history of the early Catholic Church in South Africa, and especially Cape Town. In this interview, he explains why the 200th anniversary of the Catholic Church’s presence in South Africa is so important.