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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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Is a Climate Catastrophe Inevitable?

By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

For nearly 30 years, governments around the world have been meeting annually to develop a common approach toward the looming climate emergency. This is an obligation since, according to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), all countries committed themselves through that treaty to avert dangerous climate change and to identify ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, globally, in an equitable manner. Since the first UNFCCC conference (COP1), held in 1995 in Berlin, annual meetings have followed...

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Russia in the Arctic: Between realpolitik and mythology of the north

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

Recently the German newspaper Die Welt reported that more and more Americans are moving from the south to the north because for many the previously preferred south is too warm, but also too dangerous because of natural disasters.[1] In Russia, this is not yet the case, and Russians are more likely to move from the north to regions with a somewhat warmer climate. Russia is the largest state in the Arctic area, but it is not an Arctic nation, since...

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‘The Book of Revolutions’: The battles of priests, prophets and kings that birthed the Torah

By: David Neuhaus, SJ

For centuries, Jews were seen by Christians as little more than blind adherents of an Old Testament they could not readily understand, a text that had no independent meaning after Christ had come. According to the polemical expression of Saint Paul, a veil covered their minds, preventing them from comprehending: “their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away.” (2...

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