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Category: Reviews

Poetry collection offers comfort

THE WAY HOME: Poems for the Human Spirit, by Augustine Shutte. Kirkwood Press, 2017. 101pp. R120 Reviewed by Margaret Blackie The South African theologian Augustine Shutte died just over a year ago. This short anthology...

To be friends with God this Lent

DEEPENING FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD: Daily Reflections for Lent, by Anthony Egan SJ, Trevor Hudson & Russell Pollitt SJ. Jesuit Institute SA, Johannesburg (2017). 129pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher More Stories: An Ordinary Life In An...

A Christian life to savour, sip by sip

A VOICE WITHIN CHURCH AND SOCIETY: A Personal Anthology, by Michael Nuttall. Cluster Publications, Pietermaritzburg,  2015. 262 pp. Reviewed by Fr Kevin Reynolds More Stories: Book on missionaries killed in Zim war tells untold story...

How Jansen turned around a university

LEADING FOR CHANGE: Race, Intimacy and Leadership on Divided University Campuses, by Jonathan Jansen. Routledge, 2016. 227pp Reviewed by Paddy Kearney More Stories: Book on missionaries killed in Zim war tells untold story An Ordinary...

Finding St Francis in SA today

ST FRANCIS UNCENSORED, by Patrick Noonan OFM. Choice Publishing, Ireland. 2016. 197pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher Seconds after Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected pope in March 2013, his Brazilian...

How God’s Spirit is with us all the time

SANCTIFYING THE SPIRIT, by Julia Beacroft. Sancio Books, UK. 2016. 390pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher Regular readers of The Southern Cross will have read Julia Beacroft’s occasional columns which tie feast days of the Church...

A revolutionary priest tells his story

FAITH & JOY: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest, by Fernando Cardenal SJ.  Orbis Books, US. 2015. 254pp Reviewed by Paddy Kearney This is an extraordinary story of an extraordinary man. It begins at the point...

Movie Reviews – Spectre/Rock the Kasbah

Spectre By John Mulderig Catholic News Service Movie Review -A car chase through St. Peter’s Square and a flippant joke about joining the priesthood aside, the 24th James Bond film, “Spectre” (Columbia), has predictably little...

Movie Review – Brooklyn / No Escape

Brooklyn By John P. McCarthy, Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) – Few immigrants to America can be said to have had it easy. Part and parcel of the immigrant experience, no matter the destination,...