Published Date : 2020-07-15
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Church Numbers in the World

By: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ

The vitality of the Church and, above all, the faith that animates her pastors and her faithful cannot be measured by numbers and statistics. Only God knows the mysterious and unique relationship that unites him to people who profess themselves Catholic. This is what constitutes the essence of the faith. Yet the Church, like every visible human reality, cannot live outside the dimensions of space and time and should not refrain measuring her own quantitative dimensions in some way, without...

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John Paul II Communicator

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920. On the hundredth anniversary of his birth, memories and tributes have rightly multiplied for this great witness of faith, already raised to the honors of the altars. I wish to add a small voice to this great choir by remembering with simplicity and emotion some experiences lived in his service in the Vatican communications field.   A confident vision of communication and the media John Paul II showed himself to be a...

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Against Religious Nationalism

By: Joseph Lobo, SJ

In some countries a form of religious-cultural nationalism is back in vogue. Religion is exploited both to obtain popular support and to launch a political message that is identified with people’s loyalty and devotion to a nation.[1] It is taken for granted that people have in religion a common identity, origin and history, and that these support an ideological, cultural and religious homogeneity that is strengthened by geopolitical boundaries. In reality, in today’s globalized world, there is no geographical entity...

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A Universal Wage: An urgent social debate

By: Gaël Giraud, SJ

In his Letter to the People’s Movements published on Easter Day, April 12, 2020, Pope Francis called for the establishment of a “universal basic wage”: “This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out. It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights”[1]. The proposal has not failed to elicit both enthusiastic and critical reactions....

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Philosophers of Contagion: How intellectuals perceive Covid-19

By: Cristian Peralta, SJ

The outbreak of a new disease leads to uncertainty and fear, especially if we are among those most vulnerable. Depending on our ability to protect ourselves and our access to medical devices, the threat affects the way we understand it and respond. Here we want to explore a specific characteristic of the viral threat that affects us: its ability to reveal.  Covid-19, silent revealer of hidden realities To unveil is to discover something hidden, to bring it to light, to...

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