Published Date : 2020-04-15
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Is there Hope for the Future without Religion?

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

Reviewing a recently published volume that translates as Journey to the End of the West: Secular divergence and the rise of nationalism,[1] Sabino Cassese has written: Darkness falls. The West disappears. We have all suddenly become racist or nationalist. Fates diverge. The human person is pushed to the sidelines. A sense of irresponsibility spreads. Society turns into a thousand recesses; it no longer has room for common goals. Well-being, solidarity and the rule of law all lag behind. Democracy is...

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‘Tolo Tolo’: A Journey between Dreams and Fortune

By: Claudio Zonta SJ

Tolo Tolo is the latest film written, directed and starring actor Checco Zalone (whose real name is Luca Medici). It deals with the theme of forced migration. Due to the drama and topicality of the subject, it has been controversial, polarizing opinion. The backstory is set with the telling of the disastrous business venture of Pierfrancesco Zalone – more commonly known as Checco, and therefore with an explicit reference to the comedian’s own life – who, unlikely as it sounds,...

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Religious Symbols and Political Exploitation: A Biblical reflection

By: Vincenzo Anselmo, SJ

Religious symbols have recently been increasingly appearing in the political arena. Often God is exploited, improperly invoked as testifying for a political party or as a label to promote a party. The subject is certainly topical, but the problem has ancient roots. That is why the Hebrew-Christian scriptures themselves contain antibodies against any instrumentalization of the divine. If, on the one hand, the Lord is the God of a particular people, Israel, on the other hand, the sacred text is...

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The Jesuits and Francis’ Vision: Seven Years of Pontificate

By: Arturo Sosa, SJ

In recent years the Society of Jesus has been questioning how to serve the Lord and the Church in the social, political and economic context that the world has been experiencing during Francis’ pontificate. The starting point of our discernment – which has involved all Jesuit communities and all our apostolic works – is the “unity in diversity” of our cultures, languages and traditions. At present the Society is made up of about 15,600 Jesuits scattered in about 110 countries...

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