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Over the last few weeks, my colleagues and I have been working on the This Is Home campaign, documenting young people who are stateless or at risk of becoming stateless.  One of these young people is stateless. He came to South Africa from the Democratic Republic of Congo as a ...
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Imagine having lived in a country for the majority of your life or having been born here and still not being recognised as a citizen of this country. This place is the only city, people, streets and languages you know. Yet, you are still considered other. In the lead up ...
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There’s something strange going on with Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. Apart from its stop-start nature, how sites are chosen and the way people are being assigned to these sites seems odd. I have heard rumours that officials in the Ministry of Health may be receiving kickbacks from some site owners – ...
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Reflections

“And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is despised only in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, except that he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them.”
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Mark 6:2 Tuesday, 6 July 2021 Mark 6:1-6 “With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these ...
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2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Thursday, 1 July 2021 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the ...
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Psalm 46:10 Wednesday, 30 June 2021 Psalm 46:10 Sometimes everything seems too much. We are overwhelmed by the concerns that we are carrying. Perhaps it feels like that for us at the moment, as we deal with so much suffering and uncertainty. We may not even be able to put ...
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Sunday Reflections

LISTEN: Reflection for 15th Sunday Ordinary Time - Year B
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Join Fr Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Luke 4:18; Mark 6:1-6 ...
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Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Psalm 30:2-13; 2 Corinthians 8:7.9.13-15; 2 Timothy 1:10; Mark 5:21-43   ...
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Join Fr Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year B Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts. Job 38:1.8-11; Psalm 107:23-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Luke 7:16; Mark 4:35-41 ...
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Statements from the Jesuit Institute

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PRESS STATEMENT: “WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION MOCKS LIBERTY”

PRESS STATEMENT: “WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION MOCKS LIBERTY”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA STATEMENT Tuesday, 13 July 2021 (Click here to download)  “WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION MOCKS LIBERTY”   Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways! (Proverbs 3:31) The continued and escalating violence in South Africa is of grave concern. Violence always begets more violence. Violence causes immediate and long-term suffering to all and will not address the pertinent issues that need to be urgently addressed in this country. South Africa has long been on a precipice. What we witness is symptomatic of a number of factors that cannot be ignored. The country’s tragic history, endemic corruption, political infighting, moral decay, disregard for the law, and the unfavourable global economic conditions, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, are among them. However, the burning, looting and destruction of property will not bring about change, it will deepen the crisis. The words of the great prophet and champion of the oppressed ...
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PRESS STATEMENT: Opening Places of Worship

PRESS STATEMENT: Opening Places of Worship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA STATEMENT Wednesday, 27 May 2020 (Click here to download)  Opening Places of Worship The Jesuit Institute South Africa has noted President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that places of worship may reopen with a limit of 50 people or less when the country moves into Level 3 on 1 June 2020. We wholeheartedly support the call for a National Day of Prayer on 31 May, Pentecost Sunday. Many people of faith have suffered the loss and pain of not being allowed to gather in their respective communities for worship. We know this. Refraining from gathering was seen as a way of religious communities actively choosing to care by temporarily stopping a core practice ­­­– gathering for worship ­– for the common good. We do not need to open churches right now to practise our faith. Prayer, acts of kindness, reading sacred texts and service of neighbour can continue without ...
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PRESS STATEMENT: Postponement: Winter Living Theology and Visiting Scholars

PRESS STATEMENT: Postponement: Winter Living Theology and Visiting Scholars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA STATEMENT 14 May 2020 (Click here to download)   Postponement: Winter Living Theology and Visiting Scholars It is with deep regret that we write to inform you that Winter Living Theology 2020 (WLT) has to be postponed due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Fr Carlos Alvarez Mendoza, OP, our guest speaker, who was to talk on Suffering, resistance and hope in an era of violence, can no longer travel to South Africa. We, therefore, have to postpone Winter Living Theology until 2021. He was to travel to South Africa, eSwatini and Gaborone. However, Fr Alvarez has communicated his willingness to come in 2021 should the prevailing conditions change and travel be allowed. By cancelling WLT, we, in turn, will have to cancel bookings made around the country which will result in loss for some of our church-run institutions. This is a sad and harsh reality for us all as we know that many ...
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Institute Connects — February 2021

Institute Connects — February 2021

Staff retreat/workshop: The staff of the Institute began the year with a retreat led by Melissa Van Biljon at the Origins Retreat Centre in the Cradle of Humankind. This was followed by two days reflecting on our work and looking towards the future.    PGT Online: The ...
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Institute Connects — December 2020

Institute Connects — December 2020

The office of the Jesuit Institute will be closed from 15 December 2020 and will reopen on 18 January 2021. We will continue to broadcast the Sunday Masses on our YouTube channel throughout the Christmas season. As the sun sets on 2020, many of us ...
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Institute Connects — November 2020

Institute Connects — November 2020

Institute Connects November 2020 News from the Jesuit Institute Image: Nathi Khumalo Retreat: Matthew Charlesworth SJ gave a retreat to the Kroonstad Clergy at the St John Paul II Centre in Bethlehem from 12-16 October 2020, with Bishop Peter Holiday in attendance. The theme was ...
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STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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“WHOLESALE DESTRUCTION MOCKS LIBERTY”

Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways!
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