Published Date : 2022-07-12
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Odysseus Today – Roberto Calasso, Madeline Miller, Daniel Mendelsohn

By: Ingmar Vázquez García, SJ

Odysseus, multiform and suffering Since ancient times, Greek myths have exerted their fascination on those who hear them told, see them performed in the theater, or read them in books. They have structured the Western cultural space alongside the Judeo-Christian tradition and Roman civilization. What the ancient Greeks expressed through those narratives influences our family relationships, our engagement with the sacred and with people in general. Think of the myth of Oedipus, narrated countless times, from Sophocles to Freud, or...

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‘So We Went Out To See The Stars Again…’ A new space telescope

By: Paolo Beltrame, SJ

It was Christmas and there was a pandemic... Christmas 2021. In a world still immersed in the pandemic, and about 18 months after Pope Francis’ silent, mystical prayer in St. Peter’s Square, a European Space Agency Ariane 5 rocket was launched from French Guiana carrying the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which headed for a point in space 1.5 million km from Earth, to search places far, far away. The symbolic date was dictated more by technical than religious reasons,...

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Peace in the Psalms of Ascent

By: Pino di Luccio, SJ

The psalms of pilgrimage, or ascent – so called for the title they share (shir hamaalòt = song of ascents) – are 15 short compositions (Ps 120-134) for the “ascent” of the Israelites to the Temple in Jerusalem, on the occasion of the feasts of pilgrimage: the Passover, the Jewish Pentecost, and the Feast of Tabernacles.[1] The collection of “Songs of Ascent” was not for the exclusive use of pilgrimages to Jerusalem. The number of psalms corresponds to the 15...

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Water, a Topical Issue

By: Étienne Perrot, SJ

Despite their sovereign powers, many nations will have great difficulty keeping the promises they made at the first Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In the name of sustainable development, the aim was to align economies with ecology. At that time, the philosopher’s stone was being sought: economic growth without growth in the consumption of fossil fuels or an increase in the consumption of non-renewable resources. In the context of natural resources – not to mention the...

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From Simon the Fisherman to Peter the Fisher of Men

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

Simon Peter is a key figure in the New Testament. He was present for many stages of the establishment of the canon. It seems he wrote nothing during his lifetime, but many other Christians wrote about him. How did this fisherman from Galilee come to die a martyr’s death in the capital of the Roman Empire? Let us try to retrace some key episodes of his journey. Simon of Galilee, fisherman and entrepreneur It is important to place Simon in...

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The Black Sea: Its history, geopolitics and economics

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Throughout its long history, the Black Sea region has known many Asian and European rulers. There are currently a number of powers claiming influence: Turkey, Russia and the European Union, together with the USA, while the influence of China is increasing. Russian aggression in Ukraine is ongoing. This is why, in presenting the powers involved, we prefer to limit ourselves to Turkey and China, particularly because China’s commitment shows the global importance of this region, its policies offer an alternative...

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