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The ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church’ is 30 Years Old

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

On October 11, 1992, on the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, John Paul II signed the Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum, with which he presented the new Catechism of the Catholic Church to the clergy and “to all members of the People of God.” A courageous undertaking John Paul II had entrusted its preparation in 1986 to a Commission of 12 cardinals and bishops, chaired by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine...

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‘Either an Evangelizing Church or a Worldly Church’

By: Ildefonso Camacho, SJ

In his speech to the General Congregation of Cardinals prior to the 2013 conclave,[1] the then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said, “When the Church does not go out of herself to evangelize, she becomes self-referential and then sick. [...] When the Church is self-referential, without realizing it, she believes she has her own light. She ceases to be the mysterium lunae and this gives rise to the most serious evil of spiritual worldliness. [...] Simplifying, there are two images of Church:...

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Francis’ Journey to Kazakhstan, ‘Country of Encounter’

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

At 7:15 a.m. on September 13, 2022, the flight carrying Pope Francis, his entourage and accredited journalists took off from Fiumicino Airport for Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. Thus began the 38th apostolic journey of Francis.[1] Located in Central Asia, the country borders Russia to the north and west, China to the east, and Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to the south. It has an area of 2,724,900 sq km and a population of about 19 million. Located along the ancient...

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‘Freeing Hearts From Hatred’: Pope Francis meets the Jesuits of the Russian Region

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

On Thursday, September 15, 2022, during his apostolic journey to Kazakhstan, Pope Francis met with 19 Jesuits working in the Russian Region of the Society of Jesus. The appointment was set for 9 a.m. at the apostolic nunciature, but the pope showed up early at 8.45 a.m. In the hall, where chairs were placed in a circle, the regional superior, Fr. Bogusław Steczek, presented the activities of the Jesuits in  these words: “Holy Father, we are your confreres of the...

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The Work and Inculturation of Chinese Jesuit Wu Li

By: You Guo Jiang, SJ

Matteo Ricci arrived in Macau in 1582 and Beijing in 1601, seeking to explain Christianity in terms that he thought would be acceptable to the Chinese. Ricci realized that for the Gospel to enter deeply into the life of China, it had to find points of contact with the local Confucian culture. Confucianism is not a religion. It is the collection of the teachings of Confucius and his disciples. Confucianism is a cluster of ethical ideals, intellectual views, and a...

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A Poet Martyr – Robert Southwell (1561-1595)

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

The time of the breakdown of Europe’s religious unity in the 16th and 17th centuries was a truly dramatic period. The depth of the divisions and the cruelty of the conflicts and executions still disturb us today when we return to them to better understand our history and to share in  sincere dialogue, lasting reconciliation and peace. One of the theaters of the drama was England, where from the time of Henry VIII the conflict developed not so much in...

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