Published Date : 2024-01-16
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Poland After the 2023 Parliamentary Elections: A Shattered Mirror?

By: Grzegorz Dobroczynski, SJ

Few moments in Polish history in recent decades have seen the emergence of a united spirit, later transformed into a collective feeling of solidarity. This was the case after the conclave of October 16, 1978, when John Paul II was elected; in the summer of 1980, when the Solidarity movement was founded; on the occasion of John Paul II’s apostolic trips to Poland, from 1979 to 2002; with the political turnaround of 1989; and, finally, after the death of the...

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Transfiguration in Christ

By: Roland Meynet, SJ

A word acquires a more precise meaning in a sentence of which it is an integral part. The word “salt” as found in the New Testament is understood only in its context: “Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?” (Mark 9:50). And again, “Anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit” (John 10:1). The Transfiguration is reported by...

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Images of Nature in Five Authors: St Francis, Borges, Montale, Hopkins, Malaparte

By: Diego Mattei, SJ

Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’ (LS) and his recent Apostolic Exhortation Laudate Deum (LD), of October 4, 2023, have drawn the attention of the Church to the environment. He has also renewed focus on how we relate to creation, which is envisioned as a sacrament of communion[1] where networks develop and connections unfold among its many elements.[2] He has emphasized how one should contemplate nature from within,[3] recognizing the bonds of fraternity that exist among all living beings.[4] In...

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Paul VI’s Journey to the Holy Land 60 Years Ago

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Sixty years have passed since Paul VI’s historic trip to the Holy Land, which took place from January 4-6, 1964.[1] This anniversary falls at a very difficult time, due to the war between the State of Israel and Hamas after the tragic events of October 7, 2023. The conflict has already produced a high number of casualties (1,200 on the Israeli side and about 21,000 on the Palestinian side) and unfortunately, despite recent agreements for a brief truce and the...

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‘Pilgrims Sojourning on this Earth’

By: Nuno da Silva Gonçalves, SJ

From November 30 to December 13, 2023, the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28) met in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[1] The issue of greenhouse gas emissions and the review of the commitments made by states to reduce the emissions for which they are responsible were the focus of the conference’s scheduled events and discussions. In particular, countries that are signatories to the Framework Convention were called upon to review the progress made...

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‘The Church is Reawakened in Souls’

By: Andreas R. Batlogg, SJ

In 1982 the British rock group The Clash released its hit song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” The question can also be applied to the relationship between the faithful and the Church. In fact, here we are dealing with a relationship in crisis: what used to be considered unthinkable or a rare exception, today constitutes for many only a small step, either after years of estrangement, or because of a spontaneous, often hasty decision, fostered perhaps by negative...

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