Published Date : 2021-03-15
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Street Art Restoring Cities

By: Claudio Zonta SJ

Street art or post-graffiti or guerilla art is above all art for the people, it is a form of urban renewal for downtown or the suburbs. This is the case of two monumental murals that Jorit has completed on the facades of two buildings overlooking the subway square of Scampia, a suburb of Naples. They depict Pierpaolo Pasolini and the American activist, Angela Davis. They are not unique in Scampia, as associations and private individuals have long since used their...

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Auschwitz, the Contingent Trauma: The work of Johann Baptist Metz

By: Andreas R. Batlogg, SJ

Metz is not only a French city on the Moselle River, but also the name of a German theologian who gained worldwide fame: Johann Baptist Metz.[1] His name is associated with powerful key expressions such as “the new political theology,” “theology after Auschwitz,” “compassion,” “open-eyed mysticism,” and memoria passionis. After his death on December 2, 2019, The New York Times published an obituary that described the German theologian as a “pioneer of Jewish-Christian dialogue in the aftermath of the Holocaust.”[2]...

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Christians in the Caliphal Empires

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

In order to understand the challenges Christian communities in the Middle East face, it is necessary to understand the ways in which, through centuries of history, Islam institutionally organized its relations with the different religions – in particular with Christianity – across its vast territories. This is a problem that Islam had to face very early on, because the prophet Muhammad, in organizing the nascent Muslim community, also had to legislate regarding the relations to be maintained with the Jews...

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Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Religions

By: Jaime Tatay, SJ

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 Agenda, endorsed by the United Nations in 2015, are the result of a long deliberative process. They reflect a broad international consensus on the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.[1] It is clear that scientists, economists, engineers, politicians, sociologists, and even militaries have many reasons to care about the SDGs: pollution, altered climate patterns, destruction of the ozonosphere, soil degradation, erosion, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, depletion of...

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Chechnya: Conservative Islam as an alternative to Radical Islam?

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

“The term ‘moderate Islam’ is being used again. It was invented by the West. There is no moderate or radical Islam; there is only Islam. Use of this term is intended to weaken  Islam” (Turkish President Recep Erdoğan). “The Prophet showed us the way according to his ‘hadith’ and says that it is worthy of faith. Thanks to faith in this way, we fought... I fought against the Wahhabis for Allah” (Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov). The dream of a moderate...

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Luther’s Excommunication: 500 Years Later

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

On January 3, 1521, the Bull Decet Romanum Pontificem, declared Martin Luther a heretic and excommunicate for he had not made the retractions required by a previous Bull, Exsurge Domine, of 1520.[1] Since then, in the Catholic world, he has been identified as the heretic par excellence, the one who tore apart Christian unity and demolished the priesthood and religious life. Why return after half a millennium to this excommunication? Unfortunately, its consequences continue to be felt and to generate...

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