INCULTURATION IN AFRICA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

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Human Trafficking and the Dignity of Work

By: Andrea Vicini, SJ

The campaign against human trafficking is one of the most important and urgent global social responsibilities of our time. In order to deal with the exploitation and violence on which trafficking depends and which it promotes, it is necessary to examine the phenomenon of coercive labor and other dehumanizing working conditions. In response to human trafficking in all its forms, Pope Francis has appealed to all people of good will for a “mobilization comparable in size to that of the...

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Each Couple is like a Garden: A Biblical Perspective

By: Jean-Pierre Sonnet, SJ

The Bible begins with the garden planted by God in Eden (cf. Gen 2:8). It ends with the evocation of a garden-city, the heavenly Jerusalem: “In the middle of the city square and on either side of the river, there is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Rev 22:2). Even at its center, the Bible houses a garden, that...

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 ‘Source of Peace’ The Turkish Operation against the Syrian Kurds

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

The Turkish offensive against the Kurds of Rojava The evening of Wednesday, October 9, 2019, saw the beginning of the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel - YPG). The Turkish government in Ankara considers them to be the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which they have officially declared to be terrorists. The purpose of the operation, called “Source of Peace” (or “Spring of Peace”), was to create a buffer...

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Inculturation in Africa: Challenges and Prospects

By: Marcel Uwineza, SJ

The theme of inculturation is not new among African theologians, especially in recent studies. Because of its importance, we carried out a brief investigation to observe how the process of inculturation has been at the center of the Church for centuries. We also looked at how it continues to be new, and how its implications have not yet fully penetrated the hearts of the African Catholic faithful. In this article we will suggest some “routes” that the process of inculturation...

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Urban Life and Citizenship: the Future of Freedom

By: Juan Antonio Guerrero, SJ

What does it mean to be a citizen in today’s Western societies? There is often talk of a certain discomfort with the responsibilities that come with citizenship. Why?[1] We will look here at three areas where we spend our daily lives as citizens. They shape and establish in us some “habits of the heart,” to use the well-known expression of Alexis de Tocqueville, who referred to customs, to what the ancients called mores.[2] The study of these habits “enlightens us...

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From the Amazon River to the Tiber: Notes from a Special Synod

By: Victor Codina, SJ

Civilta Cattolica has already shared the experience of the Synod for the Amazon and its first fruit, the Final Document.[1] Here we would like to add a few personal notes on some aspects of this important ecclesial event. The first protagonists At the center of the Synod for the Panamazon Region were the indigenous people, the men and women of the Amazon. They were present both through numerous consultations – involving over 87,000 people in the preparation of the Instrumentum...

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