Category: Church History

A Changing Church: Some Can, Some Can’t

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.

Southern Cross Historian Dies Suddenly

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.

In Search of South Africa’s First Chapels

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.