Category: Year-End Review

This Was 2017 – The Highlights and Lowlights of the Year

It was the Catholic year that was dominated by the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima. In Southern Africa the Church began its year-long jubilee for the 200th anniversary of its establishment here, marked the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, and challenged government and business on several issues.  GÜNTHER SIMMERMACHER looks back at 2017.

Year-end Review 2014

It was the year in which Pope Francis called an extraordinary Synod on the Family, two popes were canonised and another beatified, the Middle East blew up in crisis, a woman was invalidly ordained...

Year-end Review 2013

It was the Year of Faith, during which Pope Benedict suddenly resigned and Pope Francis launched a new style of papacy, the reform of the Roman curia began, the worlds Catholic youth gathered in...

Year-end Review 2012

It was the year in which Pope Benedict opened the Year of Faith, the worlds bishops discussed the New Evangelisation and the Church celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II. The...

Year-end Review 2011

It was the year in which Pope Benedict presided over World Youth Day in Madrid, the beatification of Bl John Paul II, and the launch of the apostolic exhortation Africae munus. English-speaking churches implemented...

Year-end Review 2010

It was the year when South Africa hosted the football world as well as the relics of St Therese of Lisieux, the clerical abuse scandal exploded again in several European countries, Pope Benedict was...

Year-end Review 2009

It was the year when three priests were murdered in South Africa and the country got a new president, while Pope Benedict visited the Holy Land, hosted the second Synod for Africa, closed the...

Year-end Review 2006

JANUARY 2006 The Vatican Congregation for Evangelisation reveals that 27 Catholic missionaries were killed in 2005. In his first encyclical, titled Deus caritas est, Pope Benedict reflects on the subject of love. The Southern African...

Year-end Review 2005

JANUARY 2005 Following an apostolic visitation to the diocese of Eshowe, the Vatican rules that controversial Sr Priscilla Dlamini remain as head of Holy Cross hospice. Iraqi terrorists kidnap Catholic Archbishop Basile Casmoussa of...