Published Date : 2022-08-16
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East Timor and Fraternity: The ‘Abu Dhabi Document’ becomes a national document

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

On May 20, 2022, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the inauguration of national independence in East Timor, President José Ramos-Horta took custody of his country’s highest office for the second time. In the course of  doing so he issued an official declaration in which he solemnly received the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace – signed on February 4, 2019, by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam Ahmad al-Tayyeb of Al-Azhar  – as a national document....

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Posthuman and Transhuman: The anthropology of the future?

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Technological and pharmaceutical discoveries and research continue to stimulate philosophical reflection, outlining new scenarios. One of these is the so-called “transhuman and posthuman movement.” It has long been the focus of media attention. Various understandings of the two terms and what differentiates them pose some difficulties. Depending on the authors and their fields of expertise, the perspectives presented vary considerably, a sign of the fluidity that increasingly characterizes today’s cultural landscape. Here, having to choose, we first of all distinguish...

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Weak Ceasefires Holding In Ethiopia And Yemen

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Of the three conflicts still ongoing globally – one in Africa, in Ethiopia; one in the Middle East, in Yemen; and another in the heart of old Europe, in Ukraine – two in the past few months have benefitted from a truce proposed by the international community, often referred to as a “humanitarian” truce or a ceasefire, albeit temporary. These came into being at the end of March in Ethiopia and at the beginning of April – on the occasion...

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John Paul I: The saintliness of a humble bishop

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

The first time that a Bishop of Belluno-Feltre, Maffeo Ducoli, after repeated requests, spoke to the Congregation for Saints about opening the cause for the beatification of John Paul I, it was pointed out to him that, in addition to the already canonized Pius X, the causes of Pius IX, Pius XII, John XXIII and Paul VI were underway and, perhaps for the time being, these popes would suffice. He therefore set aside the idea, even though the Brazilian bishops...

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Change of Course for Colombia: Presidential Elections in 2022

By: José Darío Rodríguez Cuadros, SJ

For the first time in its recent history the Republic of Colombia will have a left-wing national government. After being in power for the last 20 years, the Uribist political hegemony lost control of the presidency at the June 19 polls. This event, unprecedented in the traditionally conservative country of Colombia, reflects new realities, which it is opportune to analyze, both for their impact at the national level and also for the repercussions that will be felt throughout Latin America....

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Walking Together: Francis in conversation with Jesuits in Canada

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

It is July 29, 2022, the last day of Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Canada. His time in Quebec is coming to an end and he is about to head to Iqaluit, in the North, for a meeting with the Inuit. The conversation with the Jesuits is scheduled for 9 a.m., but the pope enters the hall in Archbishop’s House a quarter of an hour early. There are 15 Jesuits from the Canadian province, which also includes Haiti. A provincial...

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