Marc Rastoin, SJ

Professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome


Saint Paul is the apostle par excellence. When one thinks of evangelization and missionary life, one thinks of him. A man of the great cities, he lived among the capitals of the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire (Ephesus, Corinth, Antioch, Thessalonica). Born into the diaspora, he traveled to Jerusalem for his studies as a… Read the full article


The now clearly fragmented nature of the global Catholic world means that there are some very diverse situations regarding vocations to consecrated celibacy, both for  diocesan clergy and for those in religious life. Asia and Africa have slow but steady growth, while vocations continue to decline in the northern hemisphere and, in an almost similar… Read the full article


In 2005, a series called BeTipul (In Therapy) appeared on Israeli cable tv. It has since been sold and adapted in many countries. The first to do so were the Americans at HBO in 2008, taking almost everything from the Israeli original.[1] In Italy, the series was broadcast on Sky in 2013 with a well-known… Read the full article


Mary Magdalene is a key figure in early Christianity. Present in the four Gospels, she occupies a unique position, being a privileged witness to the resurrection. The East loves to call her “apostle of the apostles.” Tradition very quickly made her, especially after the fourth century, a sinner and a prostitute, identifying her with anonymous… Read the full article


It has been said that the 19th century saw the rise of the novel as a major art form, whereas the 20th century saw that of the cinema. Could we one day say that the 21st century was the turn of the television series or  Who knows! For the last twenty years or so they… Read the full article


For decades now the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been in the news and on our minds. It is certainly not the most harrowing conflict that humanity has known since the end of the Second World War, nor is it the most deadly or atrocious. Nevertheless, countless pages of geopolitical reflection and narrative have been written about… Read the full article


The Covid-19 crisis has brought to the fore a key question of recent years. It is the crucial question for Western European countries: Is there still a future for the European Union? For this Union that gives weight and backbone to a hard-to-define geographical Europe? One can almost hear the words that the Lord spoke… Read the full article


Imagine the coming into the world today of a man who could be considered by some as a messiah, Al-Masih, the envoy of God. In the age of the internet, the mobile phone and globalization, how would we account for the coming of such an extraordinary man? This is the task undertaken by the producers… Read the full article

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