Published Date : 2022-12-14
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Does Populism Exist in the Church?

By: Álvaro Lobo Arranz, SJ

One only has to take a look at the media and its coverage of current events to see that in this 21st century the virus of populism has spread far and wide, settling in virtually all corners of the globe. It stirs conflicts, waves flags, undermines institutions. It destabilizes governments and breathes life into  ridiculous conspiracies. It lurks in right-wing and left-wing groups alike, is endorsed by progressives, nationalists and conservatives in the service of seemingly noble and just causes,...

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The Passion for Evangelization: The apostolic zeal of the believer

By: Pope Francis

The Pope's weekly General Audience is normally held in St Peter's Square on a Wednesday morning. March 29 was no different and thousands of pilgrims from around the world attended to hear the Holy Father's catechesis... Summary of the Holy Father's words Dear brothers and sisters: In our continuing catechesis on apostolic zeal, we now consider some of the great men and women in the history of the Church whose lives exemplify love for Christ and passion for the spread...

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Candida, Other Women and Jesuits in 17th-century China

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

Many have heard about the Jesuit missionaries in China in the 16th-18th centuries. The most famous was Matteo Ricci, who has gone down in history as the initiator of the encounter between Chinese and Western culture and – as far as the Church is concerned – as a model of inculturation, of the proclamation of the Gospel to China and, more generally, to peoples of cultures very different from that of Europe. Ricci was only the first in a long...

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Cultures and Encounters

By: La Civiltà Cattolica, English Edition

The Culture of Encounter: An imperative for a divided world was a conference in Rome, May 27-28, 2022 where Fr Arturo Sosa delivered one of two keynote addresses. In his speech, Encounter as a Dimension of Cultures and a Path to Peace Fr Sosa spoke about intercultural encounter and how too often it takes place amidst conflicts of all kinds. However, intercultural encounter  is a path toward justice and peace, it is a complex process of reconciliation among human beings,...

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The Real Obstacles to Ecological Transition

By: Gaël Giraud, SJ

The capitalization of the world From about the end of the 14th century, an accounting technique became widespread in the banks of northern Italy. Property was identified as capital: a ship about to cross the Atlantic, a barn full of grain, a field, a cart. What is “capital”? Broadly speaking, it is something that has to yield an income stream in the future, whose value today is deemed equal to the currently realizable sum of this future income, that is,...

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The Latin American Church’s Synodal Conversion: Walking together from blindness to light

By: Daniel De Ycaza, SJ

This article will present the Latin American experience of synodal paths in recent years and the associated spiritual accompaniment, starting with the discernment that allows us to follow the Lord more closely. Ours is an experience full of limitations and fragility, but also endowed with parrhesia and courage to boldly  seek new synodal paths for the Church of the present time. With great simplicity we will describe a process that disclosed  the faces and voices of countless people who participated...

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