Saturday 26 October was celebration day at Radio Veritas as it marked its 20th anniversary. In a speech at the end of Holy Mass attended by Radio Veritas donors, current and former staff members, Dominican priests, and the Catholic community, the main celebrant Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Peter Wells (right), congratulated Radio Veritas and its director, Fr Emil Blaser on the milestone. He said Radio Veritas’ ministry went beyond the walls of its studios and beyond its broadcast footprint.
Addressing Fr Emil, the Nuncio thanked him for his dedication to ministry even in his frail state…
The Nuncio said the witness for all and what can be learnt from Fr Emil’s dedication is never to give up, no matter the circumstances…
As part of the celebrations, Archbishop Wells presented Radio Veritas with a framed Papal Blessing sent from Rome.
The picture shows Fr Joseph Wilson MSC, presenter of Changing Gear: Spirit Wednesday; Fr Emil Blaser OP, director of Radio Veritas andMrs Elizabeth Maepa, chairperson of the Radio Veritas Board of Trustees
Counsellor of the Nunciature, Msgr Roman Walczak, reads the Blessing…
Radio Veritas is run under the auspices of the Dominican Order, and the Dominican Provincial, Fr Stan Muyebe, was present at the celebrations. Another Dominican, Fr Martin Badenhorst gave the homily. As he congratulated Radio Veritas, he said the work of radio announcers does not end when the microphone is turned off but continues in the community they serve…
Radio Veritas presenter Khanya Litable was recently invited by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) to cover Pope Francis' 9th September 2019 apostolic voyage to Mauritius.
He very quickly discovered that Mauritius has more to offer than just sandy beaches and sunshine. As Khanya is also a serious and talented photographer, he recorded his impressions of the island on his blog:
Mauritius is affectionately known as the Paradise Island because of its beautiful picturesque beaches. This is why I was totally ecstatic when I received a kind offer from Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) to cover Pope Francis 9th September 2019 apostolic voyage to Mauritius. This was as a result of Radio Veritas, The Southern Cross and Spotlight Africa's collaboration to take pilgrims to Mauritius to see the Pope, to have a spiritual revival and a holiday of sorts. The South African office of MTPA were very kind to us and for that we are truly grateful.
And so like a typical inland person, I went to Mauritius expecting to be on the beach everyday all day, save the Pope’s Mass. However, it turned out that Mauritius has far more to offer than the blue clear beaches and perfect weather.
The winner of the 2019 "Pope in Mauritius" Pilgrimage Draw is Thembekile Shabala, of Hillbrow, who is a parishioner at Christ the King Cathedral in Johannesburg.
He will join the pilgrimage, led by Fr Russel Pollitt SJ, which flies to Mauritius from 7 - 14th September to attend the PAPAL MASS during Pope Francis’ historic trip to this tropical island. Pilgrims will also see the great Catholic SIite of this faith-filled country. and will take part in a guided retreat on the beach under the spiritual direction by the popular Fr Russell Pollitt — and there will also be time for relaxation and fun in one of Mauritius’ best 4-star resorts.
Thembekeli had this to say on hearing of her win: "As soon as I heard about this competition on Radio Veritas, I went to the bank to deposit my money and started praying that I win it."
The picture shows Radio Veritas Administrator Lucia Zwane with draw auditors Gavin van Rensburg and Sumari Dames.