Published Date : 2018-11-15
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Digital Argonauts: The young and the search for meaning

By: Francesco Occhetta, SJ

Recognition is rarely given to young people’s ability to manage the rapid anthropological change that is occurring. It causes us to experience time as an eternal now and space as something to be navigated, no longer as a path composed of definite rules.[1] However, the digital Argonauts[2] – the new generation whose compasses are their smartphones – know how to live in the age of interconnectivity and transform the desert of opportunity into an oasis. They are self-taught, learn languages,...

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Building Bridges in Sarajevo: An international conference on Catholic Theological Ethics

By: James Keenan, SJ

Sixteen years ago a global network of Catholic theological ethicists was born.[1] A year later an international planning committee met at Leuven University and developed the name, “Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church (CTEWC)”, and articulated a mission statement that recognizes “the need: to appreciate the challenge of pluralism; to dialogue from and beyond local culture; and, to interconnect within a world Church not dominated solely by a northern paradigm.”[2] Today there are more than 1,500 theological ethicists around...

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The Human Cost of the Syrian War

By: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ

The war in Syria has occupied a great deal of space in all forms of media for some time now. Our journal has reported numerous times,[1] attempting to help provide an understanding of a war with no end in sight, in which friends and enemies separate and come together again at different times in a kaleidoscope of alliances and conflicts that are often incomprehensible. Every piece mentions the victims, especially the innocent victims of this ruthless and never-ending war. In...

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The Tyrannical King and Poor Naboth: A never-ending story

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

“The story of Naboth is an old one, but it is repeated every day.”[1] This is how Ambrose begins the tale of poor Naboth whose death was contrived by King Ahab so that he could take possession of his vineyard. Naboth of Israel, Ahab of Samaria, his wife Jezebel and the prophet Elijah are the characters in the episode that is found in the First Book of Kings.[2] They are the protagonists of the past: the king who is powerful...

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Paul VI and Vatican II

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

The canonization of Blessed Paul VI, the pope who masterfully led to its conclusion the Second Vatican Council – convoked a few years earlier by John XXIII – gives us the opportunity to revisit, albeit briefly, some significant moments of the conciliar event at which he was a propeller and tireless mediator in search of consensus and communion among the Council fathers. Giovanni Battista Montini, Archbishop of Milan, was elected to the papacy on June 21, 1963. According to many...

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Pino Puglisi: Priest and Martyr

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

“The Gospel, the Mafia, the frontiers”: a few words that summarize “who Father Pino Puglisi, the parish priest of Brancaccio killed on September 15, 1993, really was. He was a man of unshakable faith and a master of spirituality, an educator of young people and a reference point for families, but also a frontier priest who, in order not to betray fidelity to the Gospel, knew how to live out his choices in a Mafia-dominated territory, even to the ultimate...

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