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‘The Book of Revolutions’: The battles of priests, prophets and kings that birthed the Torah

By: David Neuhaus, SJ

For centuries, Jews were seen by Christians as little more than blind adherents of an Old Testament they could not readily understand, a text that had no independent meaning after Christ had come. According to the polemical expression of Saint Paul, a veil covered their minds, preventing them from comprehending: “their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.” (2...

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Religious Nationalism and Pope Francis’ ‘Culture of Encounter’

By: David Hollenbach, SJ

In recent years, religion has become increasingly present in discussions of international politics. This is partly due to the recognition that religious communities are contributing to some of the conflicts that mar the international scene today. Religiously inspired nationalist movements are among the more dangerous ways that religion can lead to conflict today. On the other hand, religious communities can also be  important agents of peace. Pope Francis has been an important religious contributor to peace, both through his actions...

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The Election of Lula and a Polarized Brazil

By: Bruno Franguelli, SJ

It was minutes before 8 p.m. on October 30, 2022, and counting had reached 98 percent of the ballots, when the Electoral Court confirmed the election of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as president of Brazil for the next four years. It was a razor-thin victory, with a margin of just over 2 percent over opponent Jair Messias Bolsonaro, incumbent president and candidate for reelection. But it was enough for Lula to become the first democratically elected president three times,...

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The Principles of Discernment of the Second Vatican Council

By: Gerald O'Collins, SJ

The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) recovered a deep vision of the Church, reflected on  religious liberty,  relations with other Christians, relations with the Jewish people, as well as other issues. What principles guided the council’s discernment in its decision-making? This article will seek to respond by looking at the final texts of the council, rather than at the history of their composition and subsequent reception. Discernment from within the Church. The guidance of the Scriptures “Religiously hearing the Word of...

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Kurt Vonnegut: ‘So it goes’

By: Diego Mattei, SJ

November 11, 2022, marked the centenary of the birth of Kurt Vonnegut, considered one of the greatest writers of the golden age of science fiction. Together with Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Frank Herbert, H. G. Wells and Edgard Rice Burroughs – to name only the greatest and best known – he shaped our dreams and our nightmares, with stories and situations that have entered our collective imagination and generated further stories, on the small...

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Ecumenism and the Christian Desire for Unity

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

“Christian unity – we are convinced – will not be the fruit of subtle theoretical discussions in which each party tries to convince the other of the soundness of their opinions. When the Son of Man comes, he will find us still discussing!” This is how, in 2015, Pope Francis, at St. Paul’s Basilica during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, concluded his homily, inviting us to seek new ways: “We need to realize that, to plumb the depths...

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