God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Reflections / Gedanken

Explizit net

I am a preacher since many years, but since quite a time, I am asked to put things into writing – culminating in the book “Gott-AIDS-Afrika” 2007 with the journalist Bartholomaeus Grill. And I discovered that writing also can be powerful – equally not easy like preaching. One has to prepare, to think through, to be able to tell a story, to catch an audience – and sometimes simply deliver some facts or comment on a development in a meaningful and fair way. A couple of weeks ago I was asked whether I could contribute on a permanent base towards “explizit.net”, which tries to bring as a Catholic Internet portal a variety of news to its readers. All more than just plain news, rather some insight into happenings in church, religion, politics and society.
i agreed and try now in my way to contribute that German-speaking people can understand more the happenings of Africa, with a fous of Southern Africa. And I discovered that writing also helps me to look more in-depth, to think more about events, to investigate further and so to come myself to a deeper understanding of the matters.
So far, I looked into the AIDS conference in New York, wrote about the Libya crisis and the response of the AU and reflected on South Africa’s draft secrecy bill. A piece on the re-election of Julius Malema is in the making and might be online the time this blog is also online. And not to forget HOPE & JOY, the initiative of the Jesuit institute close to Johannesburg honouring the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the 2nd Vatican Council.

And I discovered interesting reading from others contributing to the website. Much better reading then I am used to from some of the other so-called Catholic websites,which are mainly acting as the defender of a long-lost faith construction. So, well, if you are in for it: http://www.explizit.net – worth registering 🙂

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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