Published Date : 2021-04-15
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The West and Russia: Why do we not understand each other?

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

Cultural roots of a confrontation After the end of the Soviet Union, both the pro-Western Russian elite and the vast majority of the population harbored the hope of becoming part of the Western community, or rather, of becoming part of Europe again, after having traveled their own path since the October Revolution. There was a belief that this would be a natural path for Russia. However, after all the vacillating of the 1990s, it became clear during Vladimir Putin’s second...

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A New Turkish Empire in the East from the Bosphorus to China

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

Will there be a union of all Turkic peoples? For the first time in the 100-year history of the Turkish Republic, restoration of past greatness has become the policy of the Turkish government.[1] The failure of integration with Europe makes the idea of a new “empire” very attractive. Alongside the neo-Ottoman idea that focuses on the Arab countries of the Mediterranean and on the Balkans, a union of all the Turkic peoples based on ethnic ties, extending from the Bosphorus...

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‘Soul,’ The imaginative ‘big before’ of our lives

By: Diego Fares SJ

The movie Soul comes from Pixar Animation Studios (a subsidiary of Walt Disney Pictures) and was directed by Pete Docter[1] and Kemp Powers. “The film was set to be theatrically released in November 2020, but due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic it was released to stream on Disney+ on December 25, 2020.”[2]  It had made its Italian debut on October 15, as the opening film of the 15th Rome Film Festival. Jazz as a character Let us start as the...

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The Ministry of Women in the Liturgy: ‘Sound Tradition’ and ‘Legitimate Progress’

By: Cesare Giraudo, SJ

On the occasion of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis promulgated a document by which he recognized the possibility for women to exercise the instituted ministries of lector and acolyte. It is well known that earlier legislation, established by Paul VI with a similar measure, reserved these ministries to male laity. In order to grasp the importance of these two documents, on which we will dwell later, let us first take a look at the prehistory...

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Interpreting Reality

By: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ

This previously unpublished text is a set of notes intended for further study. It can be dated between the end of 1987 and the middle of 1988, when Fr. Bergoglio was working on his thesis on Romano Guardini and was examining the use of Marxist analysis in the interpretation of reality, which he saw as an example of how obsolete categories are eventually superseded by reality.[1] Bergoglio opens with a quote from an article by Alberto Methol Ferré on how...

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The Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Enters into Force

By: Drew Christiansen SJ

The United Nations has aspired to the abolition of nuclear weapons since its inception. The first UN General Assembly called for “the prohibition of the use of atomic energy for military purposes and the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and of all other major weapons adaptable now or in the future to mass destruction.” In his 1963 encyclical Pacem in terris, Pope John XXIII declared that the ultimate goal of his call for nuclear disarmament was “to abolish...

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