Russell Pollitt, S.J., is one of America's Johannesburg correspondents.
Thoko Mkhwanazi-Xaluva, head of the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, seated right, with other CRL members (photo courtesy of CRL)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.July 17, 2017
The director of Freedom of Religion South Africa, Michael Swain, said that government had no business “meddling with religion.”
President Jacob Zuma addressing the BRICS Leaders Meeting ahead of the G-20 Leaders Summit, July 7 in Hamburg. (Photo: GCIS)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.July 13, 2017
One of the themes that emerged from A.N.C. conference was party renewal. Father Mkhatshwa is skeptical. He says that the A.N.C. is redeemable, but “they need new people to do it.”
Economic Freedom Fighters in red are forcibly removed from parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, on Feb. 9, 2017. Parliament descended into chaos with opposition lawmakers denouncing President Jacob Zuma as a "scoundrel" and "rotten to the core" because of corruption allegations and then brawling with guards who dragged them out of the chamber. (AP Photo/Sumaya Hisham, Pool)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.February 10, 2017
The Economic Freedom Fighters party say it will not respect an “illegitimate president” after Mr. Zuma was found to have violated his office by the country’s highest court in 2016.
A billboard calling for the inauguration of Adam Barrow as president on Feb. 18 is set on the side of a road in Serrukunda, Gambia, on Jan. 27. Hundreds of thousands turned out on Jan. 26 to greet President Adama Barrow, a week after he took the oath of office in neighboring Senegal. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.January 30, 2017
After a few tense weeks, a peaceful and bloodless transfer of power has taken place in the West African nation of Gambia.
Bishops of Southern Africa meet in Lesotho.
Faith Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.December 02, 2016
"The Holy Father makes it clear that caring for our common home is a fundamental dimension of Christian spirituality."
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.October 26, 2016
The bishops said they were deeply concerned that a South African withdrawal will “influence and encourage other African countries to leave the court en masse.”
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.October 21, 2016
The vice chancellor had to be escorted out of the church, over the sanctuary and through the back entrance, protected by clergy, peace monitors and organizers of the meeting.
Father Pugin recovering at home with a friend
Politics & Society Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.October 11, 2016
Father Pugin had been shot in the face with a rubber bullet by the South African Police.
Russell Pollitt, S.J.September 23, 2016
Some stand behind the students while others have condemned their actions as “criminal” and “thuggery.”
Pope Francis walks to his seat during a meeting with bishops from South Africa at the Vatican April 25. The bishops were making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses in 2014. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Faith Dispatches
Russell Pollitt, S.J.September 22, 2016
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