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Gugu from St Martin de Porres parish addresses the meeting

Letsema – coming together with others for others

On Saturday, 16 August, the Jesuits and some of their collaborators involved in social justice ministries came together for their annual meeting. The meeting was a gathering of delegates from the two Jesuit run parishes of Holy Trinity (Braamfontein) and Saint Martin de Porres (Soweto) together with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Gauteng. In his opening remarks, the Jesuit Social Apostolate Coordinator in South Africa, Fr Rampe Hlobo SJ, likened the works and activities of ...

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Pope Francis Looking at Tablet with Cardinal

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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