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Fr. Matthew Charlesworth, S.J.

Welcome to this website. I am currently missioned to work at the Jesuit Institute and contribute to Spotlight.Africa, and care for the Jesuit Community in Johannesburg.


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South African sister reappointed to Abuse Commission by Pope South African Precious Blood Sister and Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference, Sr Hermenegild Makoro, has been reappointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors by Pope Francis. This has just been announced by the Holy Father in Rome. Also on the Commission are survivors of clergy sex abuse. The members come from countries across the world. The Commission's three year mandate lapsed two months ago and there has been speculation as to what the […]

- Claire Mathieson

Run, Ramaphosa, run well A few days ago early morning runners and cyclists bumped into South Africa's new president as he took his morning run in Cape Town. In January exercise enthusiasts in Port Elizabeth also bumped into the president when he was in their city for the ANC's birthday celebrations. Claire Mathieson ponders the lessons a running enthusiast learns on the road. She thinks that many of them could offer Ramaphosa helpful insights as he takes over running the country.

- Russell Pollitt SJ

Ramaphosa: “I wanna lend a hand. Send me” South Africa's new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday, 16 February - after he had been in office for just over 24 hours. It was optimistic and upbeat, something South Africans really needed after a grueling 10 days.

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SONA 2018: A new dawn STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, MR CYRIL RAMAPHOSA 16 FEBRUARY 2018 Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP, Former President Thabo Mbeki, Former Deputy President FW de Klerk, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all esteemed members of the judiciary, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Premiers and Speakers of Provincial […]

- Claire Mathieson

Civil society: It's time to rebuild South Africa All aspects of South African life will be impacted by the change in leadership, but to ensure the change is positive, civil society has reminded us that Jacob Zuma was not the only problem that needed fixing. We need more than just a new president.  

- Mphuthumi Ntabeni

Time for national introspection South Africans are partly to blame for the Zuma-sized mess our country is in. By not using our vote, by not demanding change, and by being gullible time and time again, we have allowed our politics to be corrupted. And without national introspection, says Mphuthumi Ntabeni, we are doomed to repeat our history.

- Claire Mathieson

The Church responds to Zuma's resignation The country's bishops have welcomed Jacob Zuma's resignation and have urged the new leadership to turn away from party politics with haste, and to focus on the cry of the people. 

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SA bishops on Zuma's resignation: it's long overdue Following the resignation of Jacob Zuma from the presidency, the bishops of Southern Africa have pledged prayerful support to the incoming administration, while at the same time urging government to take careful note of the way in which it allowed the current situation to develop. 

- Russell Pollitt SJ

BREAKING: SA's president quits Shortly after 10pm on the night of  14 February 2018, South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, resigned. He said that he disagreed with the decision of his party to recall him.

- Zandile Ndamane

We'll try make a plan Women are disproportionately affected by violence and poverty in South Africa; our country’s townships are filled with stories of despair and a lack of opportunity. For some, the solution is to turn to crime, falling into the trap of drugs and gangsterism. But even when this happens, change can still come. Zandile Ndamane talks to two women in her community that have overcome adversity on account of the spirit around them – a spirit that says: don’t give up; we’ll make a plan.

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Nuncio calls on bishops to be an 'oasis of hope' Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Peter Wells has called on the Church's leadership to focus on communication in Southern Africa. Firstly, to engage with and listen to youth in the light of the upcoming Youth Synod and, secondly, to consider how the Church communicates credibly and consistently through the media – especially in the age of ‘fake news’ and ‘infotainment’. In the second part of his address he spoke about the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and explained how the Holy See is careful to insist on integral human development that resists any form of ‘ideological colonisation’. Matthew Charlesworth SJ reports on the address.

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Brislin: We all need to work for the country we want During his opening address of the January plenary of the SACBC, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town has confronted problems facing society of the current time and encouraged members of the Church to remain hopeful, and to work for the country we all want.

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