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Definition of terms In the dialogue between spiritual theology and anthropology the term “spirituality” is identified in the attitude of the human person in facing the finitude and radicality of human existence, referring to certain deep and vital values that lead us to think, feel and act.[1] In this respect, spirituality becomes an area that… Read the full article

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Introduction Fr. Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs five years ago. Since then, every day, Christians and Muslims have visited the garden of the Jesuit residence to pray at his tomb. Fr. Frans – in Arabic Abuna Francis – was a Jesuit priest originally from the Netherlands. He died in Homs, Syria, on… Read the full article

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Pope Francis addressed the following words to the indigenous peoples of the Amazonian region: “The Church is not alien to your problems and your lives, she does not want to be aloof from your way of life and organization. We need the native peoples to shape the culture of the local Church in Amazonia.”[1] Starting… Read the full article

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The German Church is on a preparatory phase of her synodal journey[1] and Pope Francis has written a Letter[2] to share the concerns of his brothers and sisters “for the future of the Church in Germany” (Introduction). Rather than commenting on the pope’s Letter, I limit myself in this article to pointing out some points… Read the full article

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The specter of xenophobia in Europe For years Europe has been haunted by a specter threatening its political, social and cultural cohesion. This specter is a fear of immigrants, and particularly Muslim immigrants, astutely manipulated through media narratives. In our societies – in those less open and democratic – the refugee is sometimes seen not… Read the full article

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Jobs, jobs and more jobs! This is a slogan chanted by political incumbents and aspirants alike, in Africa or in Australia. For instance, a newly-formed opposition in Malawi, the United Transformation Movement (UTM), under the leadership of Saulos Chilima, promised to create a million jobs within its first year of office during the 2019 presidential… Read the full article

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Romania: land of ancient evangelization Romania is a land of ancient evangelization. The Gospel arrived there with the conquest of Dacia by the emperor Trajan (105 A.D.)[1]. In the last century, the rise to power of the communists marked the beginning of a harsh persecution. In 1948, by order of Stalin, the Romanian Greek Catholic… Read the full article

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“On the morning of March 19, 1994, Don Peppino was in the church of San Nicola, in Casal di Principe. It was his name day, the feast of St. Joseph, (Giuseppe in Italian, or Peppino for short). He had not yet put on his priestly cassock and was in the meeting room next to his… Read the full article

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