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Catholic News Service and Catholic News Agency covered a lecture at Catholic University by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa. See below.

Reconcillation begins by recognizing human dignity, Cardinal Napier says

From: Catholic News Service
Date: Feb. 18, 2016
Author: Dennis Sadowski

Pope Francis' practice of going to people on the margins of society shows the world how reconciliation can occur when people respect each other as equals and uphold human dignity, said Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa.

Whether overcoming racial differences, economic inequality or interpretations of gender roles, Cardinal Napier said reconciliation comes only out of respect for the human person.

"If I see you as a human being, if I see you as equal in dignity and in work, then I have to deal with you in a different way. It doesn't matter if you're white, black, colored or whatever ideology you hold. If I see you as a human being, it has to make a difference," Cardinal Napier told Catholic News Service Feb. 17 after a talk at The Catholic University of America. ...

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What the struggle against apartheid taught Cardinal Napier

From: Catholic News Agency 
Date: Feb. 22, 2016
Author: Matt Hadro

 

The bishops of the Church must be united under the Holy Father and not divided into factions, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban maintained Thursday at a lecture in which he shared lessons gleaned from South Africa's effort to end apartheid.

 

Bishops “should never be seen as pitted against each other in a contest or control over the Church, but rather they’re a college,” Cardinal Napier said Feb. 18 in Washington, D.C., where he was delivering the annual Cardinal Dearden lecture at the Catholic University of America.

The lecture is meant to promote the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, and Cardinal Napier focused on the collegiality among bishops taught in Lumen gentium, the council's 1964 dogmatic constitution on the Church.

Cardinal Napier discovered the power of collegiality when he joined South Africa's bishops’ conference and they united the Church in opposition to the racial segregation of apartheid, then a national policy.

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