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The Black Sea: Its history, geopolitics and economics

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Throughout its long history, the Black Sea region has known many Asian and European rulers. There are currently a number of powers claiming influence: Turkey, Russia and the European Union, together with the USA, while the influence of China is increasing. Russian aggression in Ukraine is ongoing. This is why, in presenting the powers involved, we prefer to limit ourselves to Turkey and China, particularly because China’s commitment shows the global importance of this region, its policies offer an alternative...

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Peace is a Narrow Path

By: La Civiltà Cattolica

Every war is a defeat of peace. Every war is pain, suffering and death. In every war, peace is a complex journey of reconstruction. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has awakened from their torpor European countries accustomed to the idea that war was someone else’s problem. The world is, in fact, troubled by numerous conflicts, mostly in Africa and Asia, but virtually all continents are affected (see The armed conflict location and event data project, in https://acleddata.com). The map shows the...

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Water has no Enemy: The ethical value of access to water

By: Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, SJ

“Water has no enemy,” says a proverb often heard in southern Nigeria. Beside featuring in many aphorisms, water provides the inspiration for the naming of many people in that part of the world. For example, the full name of Ameze is Ameze i si ofo, meaning “fresh water doesn’t cause perspiration.” Amenaghawon is short for Amenaghawon i le s’omwan, meaning “the water reserved for you will never run from you” or “a person’s destiny is unique.” And Eze i mwen...

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God, the Artist and the Creative Spirit

By: Georg Maria Roers, SJ

Whoever opens the Bible at the beginning is immediately confronted with primordial creation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). The creator of all things not only made the earth, but even thought of the entire cosmos. Before the world came into being, there was “madness and chaos,” according to Martin Buber’s translation of the Hebrew expression tohu wa-bohu. One would think, therefore, that everything that came afterward could well be well-ordered and understandable. Whoever...

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Llegaron de noche, “They Came at Night”

By: Cristiano Laino, SJ

Llegaron de noche tells the story of Lucia, played by an extraordinary Juana Acosta. Directed by Hispanic-Salvadoran Imanol Uribe, the movie was released in March 2022. The year is 1989. Lucia works as a cleaner at Universidad Centroamericana, the Jesuit university in El Salvador. It was a time of civil war, death squads, with the military in conflict with rebels and terrorists. Lucia asks the fathers for refuge. War is gripping the capital, and the country is not safe. One...

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The Heart of Christ in the Liturgy

By: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

The new edition of the Roman Missal, adopted by all the Italian dioceses, with the exception of  Milan, which follows its own rite.[1] It contains numerous prayer texts on the theme of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Above all is the Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost.[2] Then there is the Votive Mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally there are three optional prayers...

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