Published Date : 2023-02-14
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One Hundred Years of the BBC

By: Paul A. Soukup, SJ

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which celebrated 100 years of continuous service in 2022, is in some way an emblem of the history of broadcasting in the 20th and 21st centuries. At the same time, it has known how to reinvent itself any number of times, keeping up with the developments in technology. Given the geographical and population scope of the British Empire in the 1920s, and of the Commonwealth after World War II, the BBC has had a remarkable...

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The Women’s Revolution in Iran

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Iranian women against the compulsory veil The recent “women’s uprisings” in Iran, which erupted almost by accident in a very sensitive political and economic context, have brought turmoil to the country for months now. With each passing day, they have protested against  the mandatory wearing of the hijab,[1] and this has become  a global protest against the Islamic Republic and its supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. Some analysts, perhaps anticipating further developments, even speak of a new political and cultural revolution....

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Critical Thinking in the Face of the Culture of Banality

By: Leandro Sequeiros, SJ

Throwaway: the society of the banal Sociologists argue that we have built, and are still building, an increasingly banal society, marked by emptiness and escapism. It may have always been this way, but previously people tried to hide this behavior, which was considered negative, while today we accept banality without the slightest embarrassment. It is a banality that affects many aspects of life and has crept into how we live. On the other hand, it probably is not as negative...

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan: Two countries, many facets

By: Jean-Pierre Bodjoko, SJ

The first thing that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan have in common is the fact that they are in the heart of Africa, or nearly so. The two countries also have something else in common: they have both been going through a permanent political crisis and a pandemic of violence for years, albeit each with its own peculiarities. Insecurity in the DRC is most pronounced in its eastern part, while in South Sudan it is spread...

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‘A Divine Plot’

By: Pope Francis

We publish here Pope Francis’ foreword to the volume by our editor, Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, Una trama divina. Gesù in Controcampo [A Divine Plot. Jesus in Reverse Angle] (Venezia, Marsilio, 2023). The pope’s text closes with an appeal to artists. The first to respond was the film director, Martin Scorsese. He did so by writing an original screenplay of a film about Jesus. We publish it below in its original English. At the end, Fr. Spadaro outlines the background...

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For a Theology of the Discernment of Spirits

By: Miguel Ángel Fiorito, SJ

The Spiritual Exercises (SE) are St. Ignatius’ kerygmatic legacy, his “Gospel.”[1] The practice of the Exercises – in various modes suited to the needs of each exercitant, always respecting the integrity of the steps involved in the process – is ordered to the choice of one’s state of life or its reform. Therefore, at the heart of the thematic structure of the Exercises is a set of norms and practices that are an essential part of the kerygma. The exercitant,...

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