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Introduction Addressing the members of the European Parliament on November 25, 2014, Pope Francis used an image suggested by the famous frescoes painted by Raphael in one of the Stanze di Raffaello in the Vatican. The School of Athens consists of a meeting between several pagan philosophers, from Greek antiquity until the time of the… Read the full article

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With the advent of Covid-19, Facebook and similar digital platforms seem to have become liturgical spaces. Every kind of celebration is transmitted through them: “home-made” liturgies are held, retreat houses offer online activities, spiritual assistance is offered through a computer screen and so on. The coronavirus crisis is reinforcing a trend that has been going… Read the full article

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The General Curia of the Society of Jesus in Rome, in Borgo Santo Spirito is undergoing renovations in preparation for the the 36th General Congregation, to begin in October (2016), called to elect the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Adolfo Nicolás Pachón, the present General, also had to move from the fourth… Read the full article

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The volume María – Iglesia. Madre del pueblo misionero[1] is a “summa of popular Mariology,”[2] as the Argentinean theologian Carlos Galli states in his preface. Its author, Fr. Alexandre Awi Mello, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 17, 1971. Ordained priest in 2001, he was one of the two editorial secretaries of… Read the full article

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“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness” (Isa 43:19). This text from Isaiah seems to me the right key to start a conversation.[1] I think it is vital, though not easy, to speak to each other and… Read the full article

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Followers of all religions have found themselves in an unprecedented situation because of the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, believers of the monotheistic faiths were unable to celebrate with their own communities in the time-honored way the great feasts that fell in April: the Jewish Passover, the Catholic Easter, the Orthodox Easter, and Ramadan. The reason… Read the full article

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We – you, me and all our fellow human beings – are in the midst of facing a mighty challenge. It would be superstitious to believe that prayer will find a vaccine and banish the menace of the contagion. But God’s companionship as we face the challenge is essential to our remaining resolute and determined… Read the full article

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Sixty bishops from twenty countries attended The Mediterranean, a Frontier of Peace[1], a meeting from February 19 to 23, 2020, not by chance in Bari, the setting in 2018 of a significant ecumenical prayer meeting that had seen the patriarchs and heads of the Churches of the Middle East gather around Pope Francis.[2] With the… Read the full article

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