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South Africa

Pope Francis : Laudato SI’

Justice. Ecological debt. Climate change. Protection of the planet. We comment on the new Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis: “Praise be to you, on the proper care of our common home”, with Anglican Reverend Geoff Davies, director of the Southern Africa Faith Communities’ Environment Institute, an inter-faith environmentalist organization formed in 2006 by a collaboration…

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South Africa – The Anc wins, but

Apparently, nothing has changed, but maybe something will. On May 7, South Africans flocked to the polling stations, and chose again the African National Congress (Anc) and its presidential candidate, the sitting president Jacob Zuma, to lead the country for the next five years. The landslide victory of the former liberation movement, which got around…

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South Africa – Radio Veritas, a journey of faith

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The Catholic radio station has been growing slowly but steadily. Information and formation, Catholic teaching of the church and devotion, music and talks. The radio broadcasts in seven languages. We talked with its founder and director, Fr. Emil Blaser. What is the profile of the radio?Radio Veritas is an independent Catholic radio station. Not only…

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South Africa – Elections: Zuma again

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Next April, The ruling African National Congress (ANC) will face its toughest elections since 1994. New political parties will challenge the ANC. We talked with Else Strivens, editor  of the Trefoil magazine based in Johannesburg. New political parties have been created recently in South Africa, the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) and Agang being the most…

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South Africa – Ramphele: “My challenge to ANC”

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   “I want South Africa to become a just nation”, said Mamphela Ramphele, among the founders of the black consciousness movement and companion of the late anti-apartheid icon Steve Biko. At the end of June, she launched  a new party, Agang, which promises to challenge the African National Congress (ANC) and President Jacob Zuma. Ramphele,…

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South Africa – At the cross roads

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  Recently we witnessed the bloodiest labour strike in post-Apartheid South Africa. Thirty four Lonmin miners at Marikana Mines in Rustenburg were shot dead by the police. Earlier two policemen and two security guards were allegedly killed by the striking miners. The thirty four miners were part of a group of about three thousands rock…

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South Africa – Caring for abused children

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  The Alphonso Children’s Home and Place of Safety is run by the Sisters of St John the Baptist. These nuns are in daily touch with children who have experienced abuse. They try to provide the necessary healing conditions for them. The stories of child abuse and abandonment stunned me as I listened to the…

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South Africa – Service to refugees

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  Moved by the situation of the Vietnamese boat people and following his visit to the Asian region, Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, then Superior General of the Jesuits, decided to start some concerted effort by Jesuits to help the displaced people. This decision led to the establishment of an apostolate which came to be known…

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South Africa – Farm attacks controversy

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  The Afrikaner and the European far right are mobilizing international attention around the victims of the farm attacks, which they claim is the beginning of a “Boer genocide”. In March, 48 members of the European Parliament from 19 countries have condemned the murders of white farmers in South Africa in a statement of protest…

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Land/2 – Vision for South Africa

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  This is part two of a longer article, see part 1 here. Land is recognized not as a mere commodity but as our mother, the locus of life, God’s gift to all, of which we are responsible custodians. The land is used in a respectful and caring way, for present and future generations. The…

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South Africa – Where the sun rises

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 South Africa is a new frontier for us Comboni Missionaries Sisters. We arrived in Pretoria at the end of 2010. We were at first hosted by the bishop, we moved to a community of German lay missionaries, and finally found a home in Mamelodi. Mamelodi is a large town outside Pretoria. About one million people…

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Advocacy

A Museum for advocacy?

A Museum can surely be an action of advocacy, if it provides awareness towards empowerment. The National Museum of African American History and Culture that ex…

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Baobab

Why the sea is salty.

Long ago, the sea was not salty. People got their salt from the mountain of salt across the sea. One day, the people in the village…

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Youth & Mission

Bennie was the wrong person, in the wrong place at…

Bennie had a thin, hollow face, the picture of malnutrition at 22 years of age, he had never been to school for more than a few…

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