Issue 1808

Published Date : 2021-12-28
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Power in the Bible

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

What does the Bible say about “power”? The subject is current and of great interest,[1] but not at all simple. Anyone searching for the word “power” in the Old Testament would be disappointed: it does not exist in Hebrew. Is that because Sacred Scripture does not provide any cause for reflection about power? Far from it. However, we do not find any theoretical statement about it since the biblical tradition is a lived experience that becomes clearer over the course...

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Ethical Discernment and Economic-Financial Questions

By: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ

On May 17, 2018, in the Holy See Press Office, a Vatican document was presented titled Considerations for an ethical discernment regarding some aspects of the present economic-financial system. It was prepared jointly by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. It was approved by the pope.[1] As the title indicates, two of the most important dicasteries of the Holy See engaged in a sector that touches on very technical mechanisms...

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Ecumenism and Global Governance: Pope Francis in Geneva

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Ecumenism against the backdrop of global governance At 8.30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018, flight AZ4000 departed Fiumicino airport heading for Geneva with Pope Francis, his entourage and accredited members of the press on board. This was Francis’ 23rd international journey. He is the third pope to have set foot in Switzerland, following Paul VI and John Paul II. For the first time, a Chinese correspondent was among the journalists on the plane. As Francis said when he wished...

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Net Neutrality and the Technology Environment

By: Paul A. Soukup, SJ

In mid-December 2017, the United States Federal Communication Commission (FCC) voted to reclassify Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as information services rather than common carriers or public service providers. ISPs are those services that connect companies and individuals to the internet: telephone companies, cable companies and so on. Though debated from at least 2003, the common carrier designation was assigned only in 2015 by the FCC under the Obama administration. The current membership of the FCC, with a majority reflecting the...

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Multitasking: Opportunity or Weakness?

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

A significant feature of contemporary culture is the wealth of opportunity available to us, not least due to the increasing speed and power of technology. A term often used in this sphere is multitasking, which symbolically expresses both a mentality and an ideal: the possibility of carrying out concurrently an ever greater number of tasks, commitments and relationships. This is a wonderful possibility that was unthinkable until a few decades ago. The multiple opportunities of multitasking Examples to illustrate multitasking...

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The War in Syria

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Even though it is still unclear where and when lasting peace negotiations will take place,[1] some analysts believe that 2018 could be the year the civil war in Syria ends. Successive rounds of talks – in Geneva, Astana and Sochi – have so far proven, for one reason or another, unable to resolve this grave situation. While further unforeseeable upheavals are still possible, it now seems clear that Bashar al-Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies have won militarily, although...

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