religion and media

Jescom is being restructured

December 27, 2012
Jesuit Communications, the media office of the Zimbabwean Jesuits, is being restructured. Fr Oskar Wermter SJ who has been in charge of it since it was started in 2003 is leaving. Fr Clyde Muropa SJ will take over as editor of Mukai – Vukani Jesuit Journal for Zimbabwe. Gift Mambipiri ...

Former director of Mambo Press buried at Driefontein Mission

December 24, 2012
Fr Constantine Mashonganyika, a Roman Catholic priest of the Gweru Diocese, died at Driefontein Mission on December 11 after a battle of ten years with cancer.  He was born in the Christian village at Driefontein Mission in Midlands Province. The family was later moved to Mvuma and then to Sibolela villages ...

Makandiwa files US2 million lawsuit against Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe

December 19, 2012
Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa, United Family International Church founder, has filed a USD 2 million lawsuit against Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe over a banner that linked him to the Anglican church saga. ANZ, which publishes The Daily News, posted banners inscribed “Anglican saga sucks in Makandiwa” when the actual story had no mention ...

Stephen Chigorimbo: We need more preachers on radio, we need more preachers on television

December 18, 2012
Earlier this month, I went to see prominent Zimbabwean director and producer Stephen Tayengwa Chigorimbo (62). Some of you might not know that Chigorimbo is also an elder with a Pentecostal church. He goes to Apostolic Faith Mission in Harare’s Avonlea suburb. We talked about faith, inter-religious dialogue and developing media skills to communicate ...

Discussion of book by Uwem Akpan SJ in Harare (Dec 13)

December 11, 2012
In 2007, Fr Uwem Akpan SJ from Lagos taught at a Jesuit college in Harare. Now he is back to Zimbabwe. You are invited to a discussion of his book Say You’re Not One of Them. This book was shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2007  Date: December 13 Time: 6 pm  Venue: The Book ...

Salvation Army avoids outside independent audit, turns back on long-time friend photographer

November 28, 2012
Today I was denied permission to photograph at the Howard Hospital. They were skeptical of me. Despite the fact I photographed there in 2001, 2006, 2008 and 2010; despite the facts my photos raised thousands of dollars and inspired many doctors to volunteer; despite the fact the Salvation Army has published ...

Video: Canadians visit Mennonite Central Committee partners in Bulawayo

November 20, 2012
Every year a small team from The Meeting House, a church in Canada, travels to Africa. Last year, they came to Bulawayo to spend time learning about Mennonite Central Committee partnering organizations there. Photographer Paul Bettings who travels the world working on projects with the likes of World Vision, provided ...

Mugabe’s spiritual father: media is key in promoting peace

November 1, 2012
NewsDay reports that Roman Catholic Father Fidelis Mukonori, SJ, President Robert Mugabe’s spiritual father, described engaging in hate speech as primitive. “Hate speech is primitive. And this is 2012. Hate speech is not acceptable,” he said during a workshop on the state of journalism in Harare  recently. Mukonori said there was need to deliberately ...

The perfect storm: media and church

October 29, 2012
“Are Zimbabwean journalists looking for sensationalism only when they cover activities of religious newsmakers?” I asked myself this question once again during a religious jourmalism conference at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv that I recently attended.  A special guest of the event was CNN’s senior Vatican analyst and the senior correspondent ...

The rise of local Christian literature in Zimbabwe

September 26, 2012
In Zimbabwe, Bible-reading culture keeps advancing ahead of that of general books. And not only have people embraced the Bible as a source of divine inspiration but they have also gone beyond reading to writing from the Holy Book’s inspiration. Widely self-published, informative, interpretive and motivational Christian literature has emerged.Two ...
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