Published Date : 2023-07-17
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Reforming the United Nations: An interview with Sandro Calvani

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

I met Sandro Calvani in Milan on February 18, 2023, where we were both speaking at a conference. I listened to his speech on the possible reform of the United Nations. Taking my cue from that talk, which I found extremely interesting, I decided to interview Calvani for the readers of La Civiltà Cattolica. Calvani has had an extensive career as a senior United Nations official, living and working in 135 countries around the world, in particular in his role...

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Pope Francis, the Holy Spirit and Synodality

By: Jos Moons, SJ

When Pope Francis talks about synodality, he often stresses the importance of the Holy Spirit. For example, he describes the Spirit as the “great protagonist of the Church,”[1] repeatedly urges us to listen to “what the Spirit is saying to the Churches” (Rev 2:7)[2] and affirms that we must welcome the newness that the Spirit can bring.[3] Theologians have set themselves to respond to this task. A recent theological conference on synodality, held at the Gregorian University, April 27-29, 2023,...

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The Book of Job as a Path of Transformation

By: Alberto Cano Arenas, SJ

Five steps to transform the path to God Job is in the midst of an inner battle, overwhelmed by suffering and discouragement. He wonders whether there is any point in continuing to live in such a condition as the one in which he finds himself. He is going through personal disintegration, to the point that a primal tear grows stronger and stronger within him: “Let the day perish in which I was born” (Job 3:3), he mournfully wishes. He asks...

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Turkey and the May 2023 Elections

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Recep Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey’s presidential election in the second round on May 28, 2023. It is his third such victory, this time with a majority of 52.1 percent of the vote.[1] It makes Erdogan the longest-serving leader in Turkish political history. The other candidate on the ballot, Kemal Kilicdaroglu,[2] received the other 47.8 percent of the vote, a result that cannot be overlooked on the national political level. “With this victory,” the president commented, “Turkey’s century has opened,”[3] referring...

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Priestly Loneliness and Disquietude: A structural problem?

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Loneliness or lonelinesses? Loneliness is not in itself an evil. It shows, in fact, the truth of the human being as a creature in need of the Absolute. The suffering this involves, if accepted as the truth about oneself and not as a curse, can allow one to experience solid and deep relationships. First and foremost there is the relationship with the Lord, because one has come to recognize that without Him life becomes unbearable and meaningless. There is indeed...

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Nonviolence and the Just War Tradition: Toward the future

By: David Hollenbach, SJ

In recent years there has been a lively discussion in the Catholic community about whether Christians should always rely on nonviolent responses to serious injustices or whether armed force is sometimes a legitimate way to right grave wrongs. This debate is between those who see nonviolence as a requirement of Christian discipleship and those who continue to support the just war approach that has been a central part of the Catholic tradition since the time of St. Augustine. The discussion...

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