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Dogmatic Developments in Interreligious Dialogue

By: Mario Imperatori, SJ

From the Council to postmodern globalization The declaration Nostra Aetate (1965) placed dialogue at the center of the Catholic Church’s relations with other religions, developing the indications given in St. Paul VI’s encyclical Ecclesiam Suam (1964) about the dialogue of salvation and the teaching of the dogmatic constitution Lumen Gentium (1964) on the Church. The current phenomenon of globalization instead focuses attention on religious pluralism and the challenge of fundamentalism, and not only Islamic fundamentalism. This is occurring in a...

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BRICS Plus: An alternative to the current world order?

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

It all began in November 2001 when Jim O’Neill of the investment bank Goldman Sachs published the paper “Building Better Global Economic BRICs.”[1] He predicted an increase in the influence on global GDP of the then BRIC states (an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China), especially China, thus emphasizing the need for a global reorganization of the economy and politics. O’Neill added that by 2031 the BRIC states would catch up with, or even surpass, the economic output of...

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Rachel and Leah, Sisters and Mothers of Israel

By: Vincenzo Anselmo, SJ

“May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel” (Ruth 4:11). With these words of good wishes the elders of Bethlehem address Boaz, who is about to take Ruth the Moabite to wife. But who are Rachel and Leah, celebrated as the matriarchs of Israel, that is, the women who gave birth to the progenitors of the 12 tribes? First of all, they are two...

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From the ‘Old’ to the ‘New’ Vatican Communications

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

A new book by Angelo Scelzo offers a first attempt at a comprehensive look at the recent history of the Vatican’s engagement in the field of communications, reaching up to the present, that is, to the reform implemented during the pontificate of Pope Francis.[1] We consider it an authoritative, useful and courageous contribution. The fruit of long experience The contribution of this book is authoritative. The amount of information is very broad; the author seeks to go into depth and...

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“Everyone, Everyone, Everyone” Welcoming or relativism in the Catholic Church?

By: Nuno Tovar de Lemos, SJ

From August 2-6, 2023, Pope Francis was in Portugal for the World Youth Day (WYD). It was an unforgettable time, filled with inspiring words and enthusiastic crowds. When the pope returned to the Vatican, he left behind an absolutely extraordinary wave of joy, faith and hope. But he also left behind some questions that require further investigation. Everyone has a place in the Church One of the issues to be explored is the pope’s insistence that the Church is for...

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The Gaza War and the Ground Invasion

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

The ‘ground operation’ The so-called “ground operation” began with the penetration of Israeli soldiers and tanks into the Gaza Strip on October 20, 2023. As expected, as it was feared, even by Israel’s supporters, it came 13 days after the horrific attack by Hamas militiamen that claimed the lives of 1,200 Israelis . The Israeli army’s response was immediate: the north of the Strip was flattened by powerful air raids that lasted for several days, resulting in the deaths of...

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