Politics and Faith: Unholy Union?

By Grant Tungay SJ

The Jesuit Institute organised a round table discussion last year in August concerning what role Faith Based Organisations (FBO’s) should play in public discourse. The round table resulted in a lively discussion about the need for FBO’s to engage meaningfully in public discourse. In the light of economic, political and social challenges facing South Africa, the group was unanimous in its 

Where is the Good News?

By Puleng Matsaneng

Recently as I have been reading the newspapers, watching the news on television, listening to the radio and following social media I have been struck by how negative the news is. I found very little that uplifted my soul. My question is: ‘Where is the good news? The bad news dominates all media. Is it because bad news sells well and


Lent is a time of year to prioritise our spiritual growth. At the Jesuit Institute we are offering Days of Recollection in both Cape Town (at St Michael’s Parish in Rondebosch) and Johannesburg (at the Jesuit Institute in Auckland Park.) The day will have a number of short talks, time to reflect and pray, and will end with the Eucharist at which ashes will be distributed. Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, director of the Jesuit Institute will lead the day in Cape Town while Fr. David Rowan SJ, Regional Superior of the Society of Jesus in South Africa, will lead the one in Johannesburg.