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“Freedom Scares Us”: Pope Francis’ conversation with Slovak Jesuits 

  Antonio Spadaro, SJ   Issue 2110    20 October 2021

Bratislava, Sunday September 12, 2021, 5:30 p.m. Pope Francis has just concluded a meeting in the Nunciature with representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches. There is time to arrange the chairs after the previous encounter, then 53 Slovak Jesuits take their places. Francis enters and greets them: “Good evening and welcome! Thank you for this visit. I didn’t know there were so many Jesuits here in Slovakia. The ‘plague’ is spreading everywhere.” The group bursts into laughter. Francis asks for questions because, he says, provoking laughter again, “I really do not feel like giving a talk to Jesuits.” The

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A Time of Leprosy: Contagion and healing in the Bible

  Pino Stancari, SJ 23 October 2021

Falling into impurity

Leprosy, like all diseases, marks the partial fall of a sick person into the sphere of impurity. The “impure” is the most elementary form of what Israel perceives as abominable to the Lord, because it contradicts life. While it awaits with hope that God’s “holiness” will finally come to encompass all profane impurity in ...

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