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Humor is a fundamental aspect of human existence. It is a dimension that seems to be in jeopardy in western society as day-to-day conflicts and tensions run the risk of radicalization and exasperation. Humor is part of wisdom and is a gift of the Holy Spirit. If the basis of humor is to be found… Read the full article

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The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew has described how Amoris Laetitia reminds us above all of God’s mercy and compassion, and not just of moral norms and canonical rules. So how can family ministry be developed for the entire Church to welcome, accompany, discern, and integrate? Some criteria for applying the necessary discernment are in… Read the full article

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The term “post–truth” had no sooner been born than the Oxford English Dictionary consecrated it as “Word of the Year 2016”, defining it as “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” It is a time when information, like the rod of a pendulum,… Read the full article

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Saint Vincent of Lerins posed the following question in the fifth century: “Can there be progress in the religion of the Church of Christ?” Today, we can phrase the question in the following way: How is the precious deposit of faith guarded and transmitted through time? How can we speak of a “development of doctrine?”… Read the full article

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Originality of a Theological Tradition All doctrines of the faith are the result of efforts made by Christians over the centuries to counter various and varied attacks, both internal and external. Doctrine has been defined this way since the beginning. Consider the Greek Fathers Athanasius (295–373), Basil (330–379), Gregory of Nazianzus (329–390), and Gregory of… Read the full article

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Many people are familiar with European missionaries like Matteo Ricci (1552–1610) who served as cultural bridges between China and the West. Not only did they bring Western knowledge and Christianity to China, translating with Chinese literati important works of philosophy, theology and science. They also brought knowledge of China to the West, through letters, reports,… Read the full article

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Antonio Spadaro S.J., Editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica Marcelo Figueroa, Presbyterian pastor, Editor-in-chief of the Argentinian edition of L’Osservatore Romano In God We Trust. This phrase is printed on the banknotes of the United States of America and is the current national motto. It appeared for the first time on a coin in 1864 but did not become… Read the full article

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The world of Bretton Woods The encyclical Populorum Progressio (PP) was published on March 26th, 1967, just as the decade of the sixties was coming to an end. It was an extraordinary time. After rebuilding the wreckage left after World War II, national economies, especially in Europe, were suddenly and steadily growing. At that point,… Read the full article

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