Russell Pollitt is a Jesuit priest working in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently the director of the Jesuit Institute South Africa. He writes and comments on South African politics and church affairs. Follow him on Twitter @rpollittsj.

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Southern African Catholics: End clericalism, open ministry to women, be inclusive

Changing the church's leadership style and building more welcoming communities were among the major themes in the synthesis document for the synod on synodality released by the Southern African bishops' conference.

On the trail of the spiritual life

Spirituality preview: A year ago, I ran the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun. It's a three-day, three-stage run covering a total distance of 56 miles.