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In the vision of Pope Francis, fraternity – being brothers and sisters – has a transcendental value and a programmatic character. If you “pass by,” taking it for granted, or if you use the term lightly, almost as if saying “brothers and sisters” were enough to avoid the temptations of indifference, bureaucracy or authoritarianism, it… Read the full article

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In 1946 Erich Auerbach published his famous work Mimesis. In a chapter headed “The Scar of Ulysses” he juxtaposes biblical characters with those of the Homeric world.[1] Comparative studies of the Scriptures with Greek literature, epic and tragic, have multiplied on the basis of this intuition.[2] The hero as presented to us by Greek tragedy… Read the full article

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The secular world is a culture whose hypercriticism, especially with regard to the Church, reveals its nostalgia for something great and pure that is indissolubly linked to the heart of the human person. This is a consideration recently developed by Cardinal Archbishop Christoph Schönborn of Vienna further to some reflections by Benedict XVI.[1] For Christians,… Read the full article

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The Jesuit Michel de Certeau (1925-86) is known for his work as an historian of mysticism, particularly on Peter Faber and Jean-Joseph Surin,[1] two Jesuits almost a century apart. Faber had very early entered the circle of the companions of Ignatius of Loyola in Paris, and for some years he had been the only priest… 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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On February 4, 2019, Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb signed a joint declaration of goodwill.[1] The text calls for a commentary from both a Catholic theological and Islamic studies point of view.[2] First, however, some remarks on context are due. Comparable texts have been signed before. Among them are the final declarations of the… Read the full article

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After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the world – and not just the West – is living in a time of Islamic-inspired terrorism. After New York, there was Madrid, London, Paris, Nice, not to mention the punishing series of attacks and massacres in Syria, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. This phenomenon has contributed to… Read the full article

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Christus Vivit, Christ is alive.[1] This is the title of the post-synodal exhortation that Pope Francis directed affectionately “to young people and the entire People of God,” pastors and faithful. In it re-echo “the myriad voices of believers the world over” who had sent him their opinions, and the questions that many non-believing young people… Read the full article

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