The father of African Christianity

“Daniel Comboni distinguished himself for his total dedication to the missionary cause for which he spoke, worked, lived and died”, it is said in the Rule ofLife (# 2) of the Comboni Missionaries. He was a trailblazer. His life is a hymn to entrepreneurship and courage. He was a man without frontiers. Armed with an unshakeable faith, an intrepid temper and an indomitable courage, he pursued the evangelisation of Central Africa—a vicariate with more than nine million km2, almost one third the size of Africa. Continue reading

Keeping an eye on the cops

keeping an eye on copsOne of Parliament’s major tasks is overseeing the performance of the executive branch of government; that is, all the ministries and departments, including the Defence Force and the SA Police Service. A quick glance around the world shows that, where a country’s police force is subject to strong civilian control and oversight, it tends to work within the law, to respect human rights, and to combat crime effectively. On the other hand, where the police force escapes civilian control, it usually becomes a law unto itself, and human rights abuses, excessive force, corruption and unaccountability all flourish within its ranks. When the police spend their time breaking the law, they cannot fight crime with any consistency or efficiency.

BY MIKE POTHIER, SACBC PARLIAMENTARY LIAISON OFFICER

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The holiness of Comboni challenges us

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Great Family: priests, brothers, sisters and lay people who are inspired by Comboni’s holiness

What are we celebrating on this tenth anniversary of Comboni’s canonisation? We wish to celebrate the missionary holiness of a man who was able to open his heart to the plan of God in his life, allowing himself to be transformed into a tireless worker in building up the Kingdom among those people who became the passion of his life. Continue reading