CHARLES DE FOUCAULD: PROPHET OF UNIVERSAL FRATERNITY

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An Entangled Cat and Fabulous Physics

By: Paolo Beltrame, SJ

One fairy tale, many fairy tales “Once upon a time there was an old miller with three children, a donkey, a tabby cat, and not a penny to his name...” So begins one of the many versions of the fairytale Puss in Boots. Well, is there by chance anything in common between such make-believe tales and contemporary physics? Can cold and aseptic mathematical formulas regarding natural phenomena have anything in common with exquisitely human creations such as stories told to...

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Charles de Foucauld: Prophet of Universal Fraternity

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

“In the desert we are never alone.”[1] This affirmation comes from someone who loved the Sahara, Little Brother Charles of Jesus, Charles de Foucauld, and it embodies the essence of his life in the desert, where he lived in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, his own “treasure.” It embodied the presence and humility of God, but was also the sacrament of love. He had chosen to “take his place as close as possible to Jesus of Nazareth, among the least,...

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‘The Chosen’ – When Jesus becomes a TV series

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

Over the past two decades, the television series has become one of the most popular and innovative of audiovisual genres. It should come as no surprise, then, that some have had the (good) idea to bring the life of Jesus to the small screen. The series The Chosen has already run for two seasons, the first of which aired in 2019 and the second in 2021 and season three is scheduled for release in December 2022. Among the truly remarkable...

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Mahatma Gandhi: The Power of Truth and Nonviolence

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

A century ago, in March 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was arrested. He was accused of sedition because of three articles published in his weekly magazine, Young India. In the first he had written: “The British Empire, built on the systematic exploitation of the physically weaker races of the earth and on a deployment of brute force, cannot last, if there is a just God who rules the universe.” In the third article he openly proclaimed, “We want to overthrow the Government....

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Russia’s Influence in Africa

By: Jean-Pierre Bodjoko, SJ

On March 2, 2022, the UN General Assembly proposed a resolution calling on Russia to stop using force against Ukraine immediately. A total of 141 member countries approved the resolution, while 5 opposed it and 35 abstained, including 25 African countries.  Ethiopia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Togo, Cameroon, eSwatini and Morocco decided not to participate in the vote. Algeria, Uganda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mali, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Sudan, South Sudan, Madagascar, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe...

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‘Apples’ by Christos Nikou

By: Piero Loredan, SJ

The CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival is Hungary’s leading film festival. Every year in September, the cinema industry and movie buffs from Hungary and abroad meet for eight days of great cinema in Miskolc, a town in the northeast of the country. The 17th edition of the festival took place from September 10-18, 2021. For the occasion, and for the ninth time, Interfilm (International Interchurch Film Organization) and SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) appointed an ecumenical jury of four...

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