The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross - This week's Front PageThe Southern Cross is South Africa’s national Catholic weekly newspaper.

Established in 1920, it is published independently by the Catholic Newspaper & Publishing Company Ltd in Cape Town.

The present editor-in-chief is Mr Gunther Simmermacher, who has held the position since February 2001.

Circulation: Weekly. Circulation is approximately 9,000 copies per issue.

The company’s business manager is Ms Pamela Davids, since 1995.

CONTACT THE SOUTHERN CROSS

The offices are at 10 Tuin Plein, Cape Town, 8001
Postal address: PO Box 2372, Cape Town
Tel: (+27) 021 465-5007, Fax: (+27) 021 465-3850

For general enquiries admin@scross.co.za


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RSS Features – The Southern Cross

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RSS Reviews – The Southern Cross

  • To be friends with God this Lent
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RSS Perspectives – The Southern Cross

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RSS Apologetics – The Southern Cross

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RSS Letter of the Week – The Southern Cross

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