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We are celebrating an Ignatian year, marking the 500th anniversary of the conversion of the Saint of Loyola. Almost all of us know that his conversion took place while he was infirm and convalescing from a wound caused by a  cannon ball during the French attack on the fortress of Pamplona on May 20, 1521…. Read the full article

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“Apart from the annual celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the Church has no more ancient custom than celebrating the memorial of the Nativity of the Lord and of his first manifestations, and this takes place in Christmas Time.”[1] This celebration begins with the First Vespers of Christmas and ends on the Sunday after the Epiphany…. Read the full article

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The Gospel According to Jack Kerouac by Luca Miele (published by Claudiana Editrice, 2021) is a careful reading of the work of the famous father of the Beat Generation. Above all, Kerouac is famous for his ideal of freedom from strict American social conventions, and his rebellion against ‘The System’, especially in his most famous… Read the full article

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The Dictionary of Politics, edited by Bobbio, Matteucci and Pasquino, published in 1976, did not contain an entry on “citizenship.”[1] At the time it was a consequence of the existence of the state. It was only in the 1990s that scholars began to elaborate on the idea. In the interim, what had changed? The new… Read the full article

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The journalist, sports writer and TV host Gianni Minà has reprised his earlier writing and interviews to produce a wide-ranging, impassioned and profound portrait of Diego Armando Maradona, marked by linguistic flair and wit in his biography, Maradona: ‘Non sarò mai un uomo comune’ Il calcio al tempo di Diego (Maradona: ‘I will never be… Read the full article

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If we could travel through time, to what period would we choose to return? Japanese writer Toshikazu Kawaguchi poses this and other questions in his novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold. It tells a very enjoyable story that takes place entirely inside a tiny café in Tokyo, which holds a secret: the chance to travel… Read the full article

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Atiq Rahimi’s latest work, Les porteurs d’eau, which we expect to appear in English under the title The Water Bearers or The Water Carriers, is a refined and powerful novel that sets two Afghan stories side by side. One takes place in Kabul, the other in exile between Paris and Amsterdam. The two protagonists, Tom… Read the full article

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The Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Panamazon region has just ended. Here we offer some immediate reflections on the value of this synodal assembly – the fourth of the pontificate of Francis, after the two synods on the family and the synod on young people. Already, we can discern some fundamental… Read the full article