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Monday, April 15, 2019


The Here and Now Christian by Cardinal Wilfred Napier OFM, Archbishop of Durban, has recently been published by Sunrise Publishing, Durban. The book was compiled and edited by Dawn Haynes.

The Here and Now Christian is a collection of articles, talks and interviews given by Cardinal Napier over the past few years. Each chapter is a response to a situation which he found interesting and challenging to “us disciples of Jesus to do and to become more like Him, and to draw others to do the same.”

Some of these articles were published in The Southern Cross, the weekly Catholic newspaper, as Cardinal’s Corner. They cover such topics as “Speaking the Truth will set our Country free”; “Trying to understand the violence of man” and “Hope in a time of Desolation”.

Each of the 28 chapters gives his response to the situation, reflection on how it affects society as well as suggestions of actions that everyone can take “Here and Now” to try an live as a follower of Christ.

Presented with simple illustrations, each chapter is reflective and can be used as a personal guide as well as a stimulus for discussion in small groups. Although it takes guidance from the Catholic faith, it is not dogmatic and so is appropriate for all Christians and any person hoping to live a fulfilled life in a challenging society.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier has been Archbishop of Durban since 1992. He was made Cardinal in 2002 by Pope Benedict XVI. His functions in the Durban Archdiocese include managing almost 160,000 Catholics in 77 parishes over an area of more than 20,000 km². He is well-known and respected for his deep concern for the people in this diocese. He is presently establishing a centre for drug addicts which will not only be involved in rehab programme but will focus on vocational skills training and effective functioning in society long term.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will go towards The Napier Centre 4 Healing.

The Here and Now Christian is available online from at a cost of R200. Contact Dawn Haynes at for more information.