Published Date : 2019-03-15
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Money and Happiness

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Money, symbol of happiness One of the most deeply rooted symbols in people’s imagination today is the association between happiness and wealth with its many derivatives (consumerism, power and accumulation). Even when the dream is never realized, the conviction remains that it is the lesser evil. As Woody Allen says, “If money can’t make us happy, forget about poverty.”[1] Nevertheless, throughout history we see how the unhindered pursuit of profit is the cause of humanity’s worst evils. Daniel Bell, in...

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A new crisis between Russia and Ukraine

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

The maritime incident that occurred on November 25, 2018, in the Kerch Strait – connecting the Sea of Azov with the Black Sea – is considered by those involved, by all European governments, and others as a very grave incident. Although it may be mistaken for a simple misunderstanding of navigation law between neighboring nations, it was, instead, the first direct – though limited – confrontation between Russian armed forces and the Ukrainian navy. The Russian military, with the support...

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How to Communicate in a Polarized Society

By: Diego Fares SJ

How do we communicate in a polarized society? How do we promote unity, encounter and reconciliation while remaining faithful to diversity? What is the attitude, the mindset required to be good communicators in a context where polarization seeks to impose itself on every public or private discussion? Polarization is as old as humanity, but today it tends to increase exponentially in the face of large-scale changes and uncertainties. In the U.S., where nearly half of voters, both Democrats and Republicans,...

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‘Every Morning the World is Created’: Nature and transcendence in the poetry of Mary Oliver

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Mary Oliver passed away at age 84 in Hobe Sound, Florida, January 17, 2019. She was one of the most widely read and appreciated poets in the United States. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1984) and numerous other honors, including four honorary doctorates and the National Book Award (1992), Mary Oliver owed the success of her vast poetic and non-fiction output (almost 30 volumes of poetry, and prose) to her ability to touch the key questions of existence through...

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Human Rights in Amazonia

By: Arturo Peraza SJ

Pope Francis has called for a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region to be held in October, dedicated to the theme, “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.” The goal of the Synod is to discuss how the Church can preach the message of Jesus more effectively in light of what is happening in the vast territory referred to as “Amazonia” or “Pan-Amazonia.” The discussions of the Synod are also intended...

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The Priesthood of Christ and Other Religions

By: Gerald O'Collins, SJ

In recent decades Christian scholars have written much about the saving work of Christ reaching those who follow other religions. A dimension needing more consideration is that of the priesthood of Christ. How can the theology of religions be enriched by reflection on the high priesthood of Christ? We begin with the Second Vatican Council, then focus on the Letter to the Hebrews, and finish with Paul and John. Vatican II on Christ’s priesthood Writers on Christianity and other religions...

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