Published Date : 2017-11-15
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From De Ecclesia to Lumen Gentium

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

The schema of the preparatory doctrinal commission On November 23, 1962, while the conciliar assembly began to discuss the text on the Mass Media, the much-awaited schema De Ecclesia was distributed. For a great number of the bishops, it represented the raison d’être of the Council. In fact, many thought that the Council’s task should be to complete – and balance – the doctrine of the Church presented in the Vatican I constitution Pastor aeternus, which was entirely based on...

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Myanmar and Bangladesh: Two nations in the heart of Asia

By: Michael Kelly, SJ

Pope Francis will be in Myanmar and Bangladesh for his 21st apostolic journey November 27 to December 2, 2017. These two nations, situated in the heart of Asia, have tragic, bloodstained histories since slipping the bonds of British colonialism. They sit at the junction of the major geographical blocs of South, Southeast and North Asia and have their maritime littorals about where the great Indian and Pacific Oceans meet. Bangladesh and Myanmar are in the top five of the poorest...

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Curing the Illnesses of the Soul

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

At one time, when a young Jesuit finished his novitiate and started his studies of philosophy and theology, he was entrusted with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to be used as a rule of life. It came with a booklet in Latin: Industriae pro superioribus ad curandos animae morbos,[1] written by Fr. Claudio Acquaviva (1543-1615). Pope Francis donated a copy of a recent edition of that volume, Remedies for Curing the Illnesses of the Soul,[2] to each of his...

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Peace in Colombia: Not an Objective but a Condition. Pope Francis in Colombia

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Let’s say it right away: the apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Colombia (September 6-11, 2017) was really and truly a “manifesto” not only in words but also in actions and gestures. It showed that a different world is possible and indicated to the Church its own role of service as salt of the earth. The motto of the journey was Demos el primer paso, that is, “Let’s take the first step,” a quotation from Evangelii Gaudium (EG) n. 24....

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The New Silk Road: The Global Ambitions of the Chinese Economy

By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

In the month of May this year, in Beijing, before almost 30 heads of state and government and more than 1,000 delegates from 130 countries attending the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to a meeting titled “The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” to announce a major project that involves the construction of a “New Silk Road” through 65 countries. The intention is clear. By reviving the idea of the ancient “road”...

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Youth, Culture and Discernment: The experience of Augustine and Basil

By: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

At a time when scientific subjects appear to have won a place of prominence in education and training, often for merely utilitarian reasons, it is more important than ever to bring young people close or closer to the humanities. This is indispensable because it enables young people to identify the necessary criteria to discern what is good and what is less good in the culture they inhabit; it provokes within them those questions and doubts that are fundamental on the...

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