Published Date : 2017-03-15
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Features of a Sustainability Science

By: Pedro Walpole, SJ

In 2020 the success or failure of the twenty-first meeting of the Commission of Parties of the United Nations (COP21 Paris) will be remembered as it gave the responsibility to each nation to go home and review commitments.[1] Over 110 countries signed up to the Nationally Determined Contributions scheme.[2] The year 2015 was also notable for a retake on human needs and action to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released in New York.[3] Not tangential to these events and...

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A Conversation with Cardinal Schonborn on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Pope Francis launched the year of “Amoris Laetitia Family” in March 2021 to celebrate  the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris laetita.  Here at La Civiltà Cattolica, English Edition this conversation with Cardinal Christoph Schonborn from March 2017 is now available free of charge to all visitors. When conversing with the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, a space for calm and attentive reflection is created. Personifying lucidity of thought and spiritual depth, he follows...

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Pope Francis at 80: A Leader on the World Stage

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

On December 17, 2016, Pope Francis turned eighty. Despite the weight of his responsibility, he continues to show boundless energy as he carries out the Petrine ministry he was called to exercise three and a half years ago. This milestone in his life offers us a fitting occasion to reflect on his moral authority as Supreme Pontiff. The fact is that in today’s world there are many – not only Catholics, Christians, and believers, but also many non-believers beyond the...

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Justus Takayama Ukon: The Great Japanese Missionary of the Sixteenth Century

By: Toni Witwer, SJ

Four hundred years have passed since the death of Justus Takayama Ukon, remembered and revered in Japan not only as a martyr, but also as a great witness to the Christian faith, which he practiced in connection with the mission of the Society of Jesus. He was the greatest Japanese missionary of the sixteenth century because of how he lived the Christian faith with the tenacity, rigor and loyalty that were typical of the Japanese people, promoting the inculturation of...

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Important Figures of the Early Church in China: The Role of Christian Communities

By: Nicolas Standaert, SJ

About 50 years ago George H. Dunne, SJ wrote a successful book on the story of the Jesuits in China in the early seventeenth century, which he entitled Generation of Giants. Like many mission histories he focused on well-known missionaries, such as Matteo Ricci, and showed how they influenced the development of Christianity in China. But who are the giants in mission history and what influence did they exercise? In this article I will focus on a neglected aspect of...

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Architect Tadao Ando: Master of Paradox

By: Bert Daelemans, SJ

One of the most influential architects today, the Japanese autodidact Tadao Ando (1941, Osaka) is a master of paradox. His works intermingle simplicity with mystery, globalization with roots, dead matter with personality, rationality with wild nature. No wonder that many of the most recent monographs on contemporary sacred space include references to his oeuvre.[1] His four modest chapels (1986-1993) belong to the United Church of Christ in Japan, founded in 1942 in order to integrate Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational, and Baptist...

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