Published Date : 2019-07-15
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Artificial Intelligence and the Human Person: Chinese and Western Perspectives

By: Thomas Banchoff

A seminar on Artificial Intelligence (AI) was held at Santa Clara University (Silicon Valley, California) from April 3-5, 2019, sponsored by the China Forum for Civilizational Dialogue (an institution born from the joint commitment of La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University) and the Pontifical Council for Culture. The event was hosted by the Tech & the Human Spirit Initiative at Santa Clara. The meeting brought together, in addition to the two authors of these reflections, another 11 participants, scholars from...

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Leonardo da Vinci: A Universal Man

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

Five hundred years after the death of Leonardo da Vinci (May 2, 1519), there are still many mysteries to be unveiled related to this protagonist of the Italian Renaissance and the history of humanity. He represents the emblem of “universal man,” a formula that echoes the universalis genius of the ancient Romans.[1] The fields in which this polymath revealed his genius are almost endless. Leonardo was a painter, sculptor, philosopher, designer, writer and above all a scientist: mathematician, optician, architect,...

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Migration and Islam

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

The specter of xenophobia in Europe For years Europe has been haunted by a specter threatening its political, social and cultural cohesion. This specter is a fear of immigrants, and particularly Muslim immigrants, astutely manipulated through media narratives. In our societies – in those less open and democratic – the refugee is sometimes seen not as a person fleeing war and violence, who deserves protection and welcome in accordance with international law, but as an enemy who threatens our wealth,...

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The Beatification of Enrique Angelelli and his Companions: the Riojani Martyrs

By: Diego Fares SJ

“If I hide or leave La Rioja, they will continue to kill my sheep,” said Bishop Angelelli to Bishop Miguel Esteban Hesayne,[1] who together with other friends, given the threats to which he was subject, recommended that he leave his diocese, at least for some time. He did not leave. In that last period he often drew a spiral that was tightening around the center, to indicate that he knew he was being targeted: the military dictatorship, which had assumed...

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Svetlana Alexievich: In Search of Humanity

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian investigative journalist and historian, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2015. Her most important books are in fact not works of fiction, but the processing of hundreds of patiently collected testimonies of ordinary people: the testimony of women who served in the Great Patriotic War, the Second World War[1]; those who experienced the war in Afghanistan[2]; those who had been touched in one way or another by the nuclear catastrophe of Chernobyl in 1986[3]; those...

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Entrepreneurship and Job Creation among African youth

By: Wilfred Sumani, SJ

Jobs, jobs and more jobs! This is a slogan chanted by political incumbents and aspirants alike, in Africa or in Australia. For instance, a newly-formed opposition in Malawi, the United Transformation Movement (UTM), under the leadership of Saulos Chilima, promised to create a million jobs within its first year of office during the 2019 presidential election campaign. This, however, is not the first time such promises have been made on political podiums; yet governments come and go without addressing the...

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