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Jesuit Vows: Why such a fuss about obedience?

∇ by Jakub Urbaniak. A friend of Wicus Barnard, S.J., Jakub Urbaniak, reflects on the vows that our newest South African Jesuit has just professed. On Saturday 20 June, I had the opportunity to attend the profession of First Vows of my very good friend Wicus Barnard who has joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  The ceremony took place at Xavier House in Lusaka, Zambia, where Wicus together with his fellow-novices from Southern Africa spent two ...

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Changing of the Guards!

A Sunday to remember at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Nyanga, was marked by celebratory vibes as parish welcomed the new parish priest, Fr Rampe Hlobo SJ. Fr Hlobo was until end of 2013, the Country Director of Jesuit Refugee Service in South Africa. He has just returned from the Phillipines where he has been since last year Septemeber completing his Jesuit training. Mass began with the outgoing parish priest Fr Terry Mutesha SJ, introducing his ...

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Pope Francis delivers a speech during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, Vatican, 17 June 2015. EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

Op-Ed:The Pope calls on humanity to protect the Earth

“The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth” because of “unfettered greed and out-of-control consumption”, Pope Francis says, in what must be the most keenly anticipated papal document of modern times. It’s the first encyclical to be written by Francis and it’s an uncomfortable read – dealing with everything from climate change to the breakdown of human life and “blood diamonds.” It is also for everyone ...

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