Published Date : 2022-01-15
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The Theology of History in the Book of Judith

By: Saverio Corradino, SJ

The Book of Judith The Book of Judith, more than describing an event, aims to present a theology of history. In one single episode the whole story of God’s people is emblematically summarized as an apocalyptic confrontation with the forces of evil.[1] The victory of Judith – woman and widow – is the messianic proclamation of Israel triumphing over the demonic power of evil. In the first seven chapters, the book tells the story of Nebuchadnezzar, the powerful king of...

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The Middle East Between Pandemic and Oil Crisis

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

In the last two years the world order has been shaken by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has generated new and increasingly aggressive variants, causing millions of deaths in many countries – especially where vaccines are scarce – and by the climate crisis, which is becoming more acute and worrying every year, so much so that it has mobilized not only activists in the field, the participants in so-called “ecological movements,” but also politicians and the world of finance and production...

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Euthanasia, Another Wave Sweeping Across Europe

By: Álvaro Lobo Arranz, SJ

A petition with more than 1.2 million signatures was delivered to the Italian Supreme Court last October 8, calling for a referendum with the aim to legalize euthanasia. Of these almost 400,000 were gathered online. The referendum aims to repeal the regulation in the criminal code that prevents the introduction of legal euthanasia in Italy. If the referendum is successful, assisted euthanasia would be allowed in the forms provided for by the Law on Informed Consent and Living Will, subject...

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Against Triumphalism and Spiritual Worldliness

By: Diego Fares SJ

The temptation to triumphalism – Christianity without the cross – and its more insidious form, spiritual worldliness – is difficult to discern. If there is a theme in the magisterium of Bergoglio-Francis that recurs with particular frequency, it is precisely this.[1] In the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, pronouncing a “no to spiritual worldliness,” Francis put it in black and white. The alternative is between a Church on the move to evangelize the world and a Church invaded by spiritual worldliness:...

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Éric Rohmer, Reflections in Light of the ‘New Wave’ of Romanian Cinema

By: Piero Loredan, SJ

The cinema of Rohmer Éric Rohmer (1920-2010), the nom de plume of Jean-Marie Maurice Schérer, was one of the main exponents of the Nouvelle Vague, the “new wave” of French cinema, born at the end of the 1950s to promote a cinema more faithful to reality and life. Like the other founders of the movement – Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Jacques Rivette and Claude Chabrol – Rohmer collaborated with André Bazin on the editorial staff of Cahiers du Cinéma, France’s...

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Christmas in the Liturgy

By: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

“Apart from the annual celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the Church has no more ancient custom than celebrating the memorial of the Nativity of the Lord and of his first manifestations, and this takes place in Christmas Time.”[1] This celebration begins with the First Vespers of Christmas and ends on the Sunday after the Epiphany. The earliest records of the feast of Christmas may be traced back to the middle of the fourth century, and the date of December 25...

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