On October 15, 2017, Pope Francis announced a Special Synod on the Pan-Amazonian Region to take place in Rome with its main objective being to “find new paths for the evangelization of that portion of the people of God, particularly the indigenous people who are often forgotten and often face a bleak future due to… Read the full article
A human being’s ability to react to negative events is remarkable. As research shows, the consequences of a trauma depend largely on how individuals interpret the occurrence, their core values, and above all whether they face it alone or have someone close by who can help. The ancients taught that a human being is by… Read the full article
Reflecting on the future of our continent, some politicians, parties and movements seem to put into doubt not only the European Union as we know it, but even the very existence of the process of building Europe. How should we orient ourselves before these tensions, the fruit of the lack of trust and nationalist sentiment?… Read the full article
In June 2018, the Holy See participated at the United Nations UNISPACE+50 Conference in Vienna, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first such UN conference on the peaceful uses of outer space. Leading up to that meeting, in March 2018 the Vatican Observatory had helped organize a workshop at our headquarters in the papal summer… Read the full article
On November 14, 2018, the feast of St. Giuseppe Pignatelli, Fr. Arturo Sosa, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, announced to the entire Society that “the process has begun toward the possible beatification of Fr. Pedro Arrupe.” The Society of Jesus had asked the Vicariate of Rome, the place where Fr. Arrupe died,… Read the full article
He is alive and wants you to be alive! This is how Pope Francis begins his new apostolic exhortation, which he signed on March 25, 2019. This exclamation summarizes the underlying meaning of Bergoglio’s text, whose title is Christus Vivit, Christ is alive. “Life,” “living,” “alive” are terms repeated throughout the text some 280 times,… Read the full article
On February 9, 2017, on the occasion of the publication of the 4000th edition of La Civiltà Cattolica, Pope Francis held an audience to receive the Jesuits who work for the magazine. On that occasion he proposed to the “workers” of La Civiltà Cattolica – and here the reference was specifically to “workers” and not “intellectuals” – three guiding words to animate the journal and ensure it is truly Catholic: restlessness, incompleteness and imagination. Last year, a volume appeared, titled Solo l’inquietudine dà pace (Only Restlessness Brings Peace), in which journalists from different cultural backgrounds sought to reflect on these words. Why did those words and that speech attract so much attention? Where did they come from? The restlessness of Francis, his incomplete thought – which is a way to define discernment – and his imagining of “creative solutions” to current problems, are all sourced in the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
The article describes the Church’s contribution to COP24, the World Conference on Climate Change held in December 2018. The Secretary of State and the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York intervened at the conference, underlining the need for urgent action. Progress has been made in regulating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but the political will to act promptly has been lacking. The authors, Michael Czerny, SJ and his brother Robert Czerny are respectively, Undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, and a freelance author.