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The poor in a world dominated by ‘big data’ Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping human experience in ways not visible to, nor fully apprehended by, the vast majority of the world’s population. The explosion of AI is having a notable impact on our present rights and future opportunities, determining the decision-making processes that affect all… Read the full article

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When the U.S. bishops began drafting their ground-breaking pastoral letter on nuclear weapons, “The Challenge of Peace,”[1] in the early 1980s, Bill Spohn, a brother Jesuit and a fellow ethicist, was a colleague on the faculty of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. All faculty members at that time were engaged in dialogues with… Read the full article

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The coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading around the world, generating a syndrome of universal contagion. Humanity’s system of worldwide interconnection gives us a paradoxical experience: the more connected we are, the more contact can turn into contagion, communication into contamination, influences into infections. The apocalypse is at hand. Antibodies are triggered, which go crazy and become… Read the full article

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“Dialogue is not a magic formula,” declared Pope Francis at the San Luigi Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy, on June 21, 2019.[1] In reality, it requires efforts, meetings, “geological patience” – in the words of the great Dominican Islamist, Georges Anawati – and above all, concrete acts. The Document on Human Fraternity for World… Read the full article

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The issue of tolerance and intolerance has, for centuries now, been one of the most debated issues.[1] A number of important events occurred in 2019 that touch on this problem in a new way. Two in particular should be mentioned: the Year of Tolerance proclaimed by the United Arab Emirates, and the publication of the… Read the full article

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Terrence Malick’s latest film A Hidden Life has now been released on the big screen. Previewed at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, it won the Ecumenical Jury Prize and the François-Chalais Prize. A Hidden Life reveals the power cinema has to become epiphany, to be light about light. While the work represents the director’s return… Read the full article

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The Holy Father’s decision to exclude accusations, trials and decisions regarding sexual abuse committed within the Church from the “pontifical secret” was published on December 17, 2019. The decision resonated widely and many people have hailed it as a very important step forward – some have even called it historic – in the fight against… Read the full article

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Among the folds of the history of the end of the Eastern Bloc lies the non-violent dissidence of men like Václav Havel.  As the Berlin Wall fell and the ideology of the Soviet system crumbled along with the bricks and mortar, this intellectual and liberal playwright became president of Czechoslovakia. Havel first held office from… Read the full article

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