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The 2021 school year in South Africa is exhibited as shops display new uniforms and an array of colourful stationery for children to fill their suitcases. Although the first term is coming to its end, the school year has not yet started for many children. Dural* is six years old ...
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Pope Francis’ recent visit to Iraq was very important for a number of reasons. At very least it was an expression of his and the Church’s solidarity with Iraqi Christians who in the last decade have experienced a heightened degree of persecution, mainly at the hands of the Islamic State ...
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“Everyone can pray. Let me put it another way. If I can learn how to pray, then so can you,” writes Fr James Martin SJ in the introduction to his new book Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone. The book, launched in February, is destined to become an important ...
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John 21:3 Easter Friday, 9 April 2021 Acts 4:1-12; John 21:1-14 In today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, the religious authorities are annoyed with the apostles who, as far as they were concerned, were not educated in religious matters yet proclaimed Christ. They summon them and ask ...
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John 20:4 Easter Monday, 5 April 2021 John 20:1-9 The word “run” occurs a few times in St John’s first account of the encounter between the risen Jesus and his friends. Mary of Magdala runs to tell Simon Peter, John and Simon Peter run to the tomb – we are ...
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John 19:30 Good Friday, 2 April 2021 John 19:30 Long before he converted to Catholicism, the great Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde did a university exam where he had to translate a reading of the Passion from Greek. He carried on after his oral examiners told him to stop, ...
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LISTEN: Reflection for Easter Sunday 2021 - Year B
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Join Fr Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on the readings for Palm Sunday Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.John 12:12-16; Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-24; Phillipians 2:6-11; Phillipians 2:8-9; Mark 14:1-15:47You can download the text HERE If you ...
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Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent - Year B Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:26; John 12:20-33 If you regularly ...
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Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent - Year B Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts.2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23; Psalm 137:1-6; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:16; John 3:14-21 If you ...
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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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Suspension/Cancellation of Activities in the wake of COVID-19

Suspension/Cancellation of Activities in the wake of COVID-19

STATEMENT FROM THE JESUIT INSTITUTE Re: Suspension/Cancellation of Activities in the wake of COVID-19 [Download this Statement in PDF] Given the prevailing uncertain and rapidly changing global situation and taking into account the measures announced by the South African president on 15 March 2020, the Jesuit Institute South Africa has decided to take the following precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures are for ALL involved in Jesuit Institute activities and are in effect immediately: All Jesuit Institute public events will be suspended/cancelled until the 15 May 2020 after which we will re-assess the situation and decide on the way forward. This includes: Hearts on Fire in Alexander The Week of Guided Prayer in Bryanston Supervision of Spiritual Directors Supervision Training Roundtable on gender-based violence The Easter Triduum Retreat Tsoseletsa at St Pius, Soweto Prayer Guide Training in the East Days of Prayer/Reflection All meetings for course preparation ...
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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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