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The Challenges ahead

As David Rowan SJ takes over as Regional Superior in South Africa, he assesses the work of the Jesuits in the nation.  THIS YEAR, SOUTH AFRICA celebrates 20 years of democracy and we have just had our fifth election as a democratic nation.  Last year, we buried the father of that democracy: Nelson Mandela.  There has been much to celebrate, but it has also been a time for us to reflect as to where we are going as a nation. For the past eight years, I ...

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Op-Ed: On sexual abuse in the Church – facing our failures

The sexual abuse crisis that rocked the Catholic Church worldwide has been one of the most disillusioning things I have had to face as a Catholic Priest. It is a source of shame, anger and frustration for me and many other faithful Catholics. Abuse can and has happened in many contexts but is amplified when it occurs in the Church, an institution that many trust and seek help and protection from. Even more deplorable is ...

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Pope Francis in the spotlight

Why the Jesuits (including Pope Francis) are on the frontlines of faith

(CNN) – Is Andrew Garfield, star of films such as “The Social Network” and “The Amazing Spiderman,” considering the priesthood? Last month, paparazzi snapped a picture of Garfield walking as he carried “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything,” the Rev. James Martin’s insightful overview of Jesuit life and spirituality. According to reports, he’s consulting the book as he prepares to play a Jesuit in a film adaptation of “Silence,” a novel about Catholic missionaries in Japan. Garfield’s reading material – and the ...

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