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Egypt, Land of Civilizations and Alliances: Francis’ dramatic, therapeutic and prophetic journey

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

From the Tiber to the Nile The papal plane touched down at Cairo International Airport shortly after 2 p.m. having flown over the Nile Delta and the sandy colored houses of the Egyptian capital. In the distance, the silhouettes of the pyramids reminded the papal entourage and the journalists on board that we were about to land in a country with ancient civilization, of which the people of Egypt are the heirs. In fact, in his first speech at the...

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A Cultural Spring for Iranian Women Artists

By: Luigi Territo, SJ

The narration of conflicts is entrusted to geopolitical analysis and to news reports: our days are crowded with words and images, causing a sort of numbness to tragedy by endless repetition. But there is a lens capable of showing us facts and interpretations, an upside-down view of things that crosses the boundary between life and its representation: art, and those forms of artistic resistance that give a voice and form to the unsaid, to things whispered, to the implicit. They...

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Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism in the USA: A surprising ecumenism

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Antonio Spadaro S.J., Editor-in-chief of La Civiltà Cattolica Marcelo Figueroa, Presbyterian pastor, Editor-in-chief of the Argentinian edition of L'Osservatore Romano In God We Trust. This phrase is printed on the banknotes of the United States of America and is the current national motto. It appeared for the first time on a coin in 1864 but did not become official until Congress passed a motion in 1956. A motto is important for a nation whose foundation was rooted in religious motivations. For many it...

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Fifty years on from Populorum Progressio: The Fulfillment of its Prophecy

By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

The world of Bretton Woods The encyclical Populorum Progressio (PP) was published on March 26th, 1967, just as the decade of the sixties was coming to an end. It was an extraordinary time. After rebuilding the wreckage left after World War II, national economies, especially in Europe, were suddenly and steadily growing. At that point, it was becoming clear how timely the agreements were that had been reached at Bretton Woods (New Hampshire, U.S.A.) to establish a postwar, international economic...

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The French Presidential Election and the Future of Europe

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

In the end, Emmanuel Macron emerged victorious from the French presidential election, winning the run-off with 66.1 percent of the vote, against the 33.9 percent obtained by his opponent, Marine Le Pen. The new French president won 20,703,631 votes, while the National Front leader received 10,637,183. At over 25 percent, abstention reached its highest level since 1969, while blank or invalid votes reached a record high at 12 percent. While the subsequent June legislative elections are unfolding, it is important...

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Christians and Muslims in Tomorrow’s Europe

By: Damian Howard, SJ

On May 6, 2016, Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London by 57 per cent of the electorate, making him the politician with the third largest personal democratic mandate in Europe. Much of the publicity that attended his victory focused on his religious affiliation; he was now, after all, Europe’s highest profile Muslim politician. Although some right-wing commentators predictably and offensively attributed the result to a pre-emptive cringe before a growing Muslim population, most saw it as a token of...

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