“The scandal of Christian disunity – a biblical approach”


The Jesuit Institute South Africa has invited world-renowned New Testament scholar, Fr. Nicholas King SJ, to South Africa in 2015 to lead the annual Winter Living Theology (WLT) week.

He will also include a one day visit to the Diocese of Manzini. He will be addressing us on June 20, 2015 at 10.00 at the George Hotel on The theme of the three-day study in each location will be: The scandal of Christian disunity – a biblical approach.

Fr. King recently published a fresh new translation of the bible. Fr. King, who writes a weekly column on the Sunday Scriptures for the Southern African Catholic Weekly, The Southern Cross, is currently teaching at the Jesuit School of Ministry at Boston College in the USA. He has published extensively on the New Testament.

He began working on an innovative and fresh translation of the New Testament in 2004 after being approached by Kevin Mayhew Publishers. In 2013 Fr. King finished the translation work; he had not only translated the New Testament but the whole Bible!

Director of the Jesuit Institute, Fr. Russell Pollitt SJ, says that we are “delighted to welcome Fr. King to South Africa. Fr. King’s enthusiasm and love for the Word of God is infectious.” King last visited South Africa in 2008 when he presented WLT in the year of St. Paul – which was called by Pope Benedict XVI – on the writing of St. Paul.

“Fr. King will help us reflect deeply on God’s word and its implication for us” Fr. Pollitt from the Jesuit Institute said.


Benedict Daswa, first South African martry

The beatification of BenediBenedictDaswact Daswa will take place on Sunday 13 September 2015 at Benedict Daswa Shrine Site in Tshitanini near Thohoyandou (17 kms north -east of the Thohoyandou Stadium) in the Limpopo Province,South Africa.The representative of Pope Francis at the celebration will be His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Amato SDB,the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
For more information go to the link below on the bishop’s blog
Other articles have been published on the South African media (click on the title to read them)
A reminder that saints walk among us (Mail and Guardian) (02 April 2015)
Benedict Daswa (Articles’ archive on The Southern Cross)



“Sicknesses and temptations” (by Pope Francis)

LentDear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Last year before Christmas, Pope Francis addressed the Roman Curia and presented some “sicknesses and temptations that weaken our service to the Lord.”

Some people pointed out it sounded more of a Lenten message than an Advent one.

Being one or the other, it certainly can help us all (bishops, priests, religious, laity) in our journey towards Easter because as Pope Francis says at the end:

these sicknesses and these temptations are, naturally, a danger for every Christian and for every Curia, community, Congregation, parish, Ecclesial Movement, etc. and they can strike at the individual as much as at the communal level.”

That is why I thought of sharing his words with you all. Last month one bishop in Rome said in his homily: “I found most of these things in my own life…”

Another exercise we could do is to ask ourselves: are there any other important ones missing in this list?

Wish you all a blessed Lenten journey.

+ José Luis IMC

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