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What is the Church’s Vocation? Pope Francis in conversation with the Maltese Jesuits

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

At 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, April 3, Pope Francis entered a hall of the Nunciature in Malta, where 38 Maltese Jesuits were gathered, including Fr. Roberto Del Riccio, provincial of the Euro-Mediterranean Province, which includes Malta, Italy, Albania and Romania. Francis greeted everyone present, one by one, and then sat down to open a free and spontaneous conversation, as he is wont to do on these occasions. The atmosphere was cordial and fraternal. Francis began: The only memory I have...

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Piet Mondrian, Art Without Frames

By: Lucian Lechintan, SJ

We generally rush past the fragments of abstract art scattered in public spaces and museums, sometimes with indignation or an ironic glance. For most people the lack of an object in a work of art constitutes a disconcerting experience, mostly thought to reflect  the artist’s inability to create a design pattern. This paper suggests  the opposite, that is, that the choice to break away from the figurative is a courageous one, and that artists who have taken this step succeed...

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How Pope Francis Sees Education

By: Luiz Fernando Klein, SJ

The concept of school Francis considers schools as being free of geographical boundaries and walls.[1] He calls each school “a platform for drawing close to children and young people” (CV 221). Indeed, a school is not an end in itself;  it is a platform, a support area that serves as a base for other operations. Schools  are also “privileged places of personal development” (ibid.). The school is not enclosed within boundaries and schedules;  it goes beyond them. Addressed to the...

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What is Happening in Chile?

By: Juan Cristóbal Beytía, SJ

To describe what is happening in Chile, two connected processes must be considered: the constitutional process and the recent elections. Both have been affected by significant economic and social phenomena, in addition to the pandemic. The constitutional process The Chilean Constitution dates back to 1980, to the time of Pinochet's dictatorship. It was drafted by a small group of jurists. Over time, its legitimacy has been increasingly questioned for various reasons, including the following three: 1) Its origin. It is...

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The Apostolic Constitution ‘Praedicate Evangelium’ on the Roman Curia

By: Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ

Evangelization and the missionary nature of the Church On March 19, 2022, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Pope Francis promulgated the apostolic constitution Praedicate Evangelium (PE) on the Roman curia and its service to the Church in today’s world.[1] It comes into effect on June 5, 2022, the Solemnity of Pentecost, repealing John Paul II’s apostolic constitution Pastor Bonus (PB) of June 28, 1988.[2] The opening words (incipit), Praedicate Evangelium indicate the perspective in which the constitution is to be...

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The Meaning of Catholic Education in the 21st Century

By: Álvaro Lobo Arranz, SJ

Throughout history, the education of Catholics has been largely entrusted to religious. This has been the case since schools arose around monasteries, and then universities were established.   Numerous religious congregations, devoted to education, appeared, especially during the 19th century. Many saints have dedicated themselves to educating young people, such as Saint Marcellin Champagnat, Saint Joseph Calasanz and Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac. Thousands of religious and lay people have spent their lives offering a good education and in this way expanding...

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