Published Date : 2018-03-15
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Discerning Faith in a Post-Christian Culture

By: Paolo Gamberini, SJ

In his address to the participants at the International Peace Conference at Al-Azhar (Cairo, Egypt) on April 28, 2017, Pope Francis reminded his listeners that dialogue on a global level may occur if three basic duties are observed: the duty to respect one’s own identity and that of others, the courage to accept differences, and the willingness to recognize the sincerity of the intentions of other people.[1] In Evangelii Gaudium (EG), his apostolic exhortation on “The Joy of the Gospel,”...

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‘Gaudete et Exsultate’, Pope Francis calls on us to ‘Rejoice and be Glad’

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Gaudete et Exsultate Sources, Structure and Meaning of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Five years after his election Pope Francis has decided to publish his third apostolic exhortation, titled Gaudete et Exsultate (GE). As the subtitle explicitly states, its theme is “the call to holiness in today’s world.” The pontiff launches a plain, essential message, indicating that what counts, what is the essence of Christian life – to use the terminology of St. Ignatius of Loyola – is to “seek and...

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“Generating the Future”: Francis’ apostolic journey to Chile and Peru

By: Diego Fares SJ

On January 15, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., a flight with Pope Francis, the papal entourage and accredited journalists on board departed Rome for Santiago de Chile. Thus began the pope’s 22nd apostolic journey overseas, this time to Chile and Peru. Here we will try to illustrate two particular focal points – future and unity – that can act as interpretative keys of the entire apostolic journey, before presenting in further detail some moments and concluding with a synthesis. The two...

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Aggiornamento of the Chinese Catholic Church

By: Thierry Meynard, SJ

China has accomplished much in recent decades with huge social, economic and political transformations. However, the challenges faced by the local Catholic Church are not vanishing. All kinds of difficulties continue to constrain the growth of the Chinese Catholic Church, forcing it to adapt its own framework and to produce new responses. In the midst of this moving and tormented context, many voices from the Church and beyond constantly arise to offer analyses, to suggest practical guidelines or even to...

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What Future for Christians in Indonesia?

By: Franz Magnis-Suseno, SJ

A model of Islamic tolerance? For a long time Indonesia was regarded as the model country of Islamic tolerance. With 87 percent of its 255 million inhabitants being Muslim, it is the country with the biggest number of Muslims in the world. Despite isolated tensions and conflicts, they have lived in peace together with the remaining population composed of 10 percent Christians (almost one-third Catholics), 1.7 percent Hindus (on the island of Bali), and a small number of Buddhists and...

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Martin Luther’s Vocation

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

A topic like Luther’s vocation does not capture the attention of his biographers. It is taken for granted. Everyone talks about it, but only in a generic way. In truth, the facts are not so apparent. Luther entered the monastery when he was 21 years old, after a storm. On July 2, 1505, while returning to Erfurt from Mansfeld where he was visiting some relatives, he was caught in a storm near Stotternheim, a few kilometers from home. Lightning struck...

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