Category: Napier

This was the Synod

The primary purpose of the synod on the “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation”—or Synod 14—was in general to proclaim the Gospel of the Family as an integral part of...

Plan families God’s way

Believe it or not, a bishops’ conference in Europe reported that many of the laity rejected the Church’s teaching on family planning because the “Rhythm Method” had proved totally unreliable. Believe it or not,...

Hope in a time of desolation

Allow me to share an experience that happened just after the election of Pope Francis. The pope was celebrating a simple morning Mass with those cardinals who had remained at the Santa Marta guesthouse...

WYD pilgrims were prepared for Rio

The memories of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro are etched sharply in the mind, heart and soul. They were and are unforgettable, because they were part of a spiritual and deep personal process...

Getting the picture

About a year ago, a group of concerned Catholics in Durban struck upon the idea of starting a group called “Catholics Awake”. Their aim was to support the archdiocese with various projects, through which...

How to be a here-and-now Christian

It all started with the inspiration that was given Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from above, when upon the vote for his election as the new pope reaching the required two-thirds majority, his neighbour turned...

My special time in Rome

There are two major differences between the conclave of 2005 and that of 2013. The first is that the failing health of Pope John Paul II had given us ample notice that his pontificate was...

Why an African pope?

The shock resignation of Pope Benedict triggered off an enormous amount of debate and speculation about his successor. Some, particularly the Western media, are identifying Africa as the place from which the pope should...