South Africa's Jesuit Institute said it is appalled at government actions that led to the deaths of 94 mentally ill patients in Gauteng province, and the bishops' justice and peace commission called for compensation to affected families.
World AIDS Day: South Africa's HIV epidemic is among the most severe in the world. According to U.N. estimates, 12.2 percent of South Africa's population is HIV positive.
As students and security forces clashed Oct. 10 in Johannesburg, a priest was struck in the mouth by a rubber bullet fired by police.
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Simply Spirit: As the church seeks creative ways to serve local communities, ministerial equality should be high on the agenda, right alongside access to the Eucharist.
The Field Hospital: RENEW International uses small groups to energize parishes in the United States, Canada and overseas.
Human rights activist Kerry Kennedy spoke at the University of Cape Town during a program commemorating her father's Day of Affirmation speech 50 years ago.
South Africa's constitutional court ruled March 31 that President Jacob Zuma violated the constitution remodeling his home. A prominent south African Jesuit called for his resignation.
South African Benedict Daswa, who was bludgeoned to death 25 years ago for resisting witchcraft, now has the title of blessed.
The schoolteacher was beatified Sunday in ceremonies that drew about 30,000 people to the remote northern South Africa village of Tshitanini, near his home in Limpopo province.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, said during the beatification Mass that Blessed Daswa "gave historic witness to the Gospel, even to the shedding of blood" and that "from now on will be called 'blessed.'"
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