Published Date : 2019-10-15
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Francis Xavier, a Missionary Beyond the Borders

By: Nuno da Silva Gonçalves, SJ

In a homily delivered in Manila on November 29, 1970, Saint Paul VI stated: “I would never have come from Rome to this far-distant land unless I had been most firmly convinced of two fundamental things: first, of Christ; and second, of your salvation.” He added: “The more distant the goal, the more difficult my mission, the more pressing is the love that urges me to it.”[1] Saint Francis Xavier could have said the same words. For him, too, the...

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‘The Girl with the Leica’ by Helena Janeczek

By: Giovanni Arledler, SJ

After reading Le otto montagne (The Eight Mountains) by Paolo Cognetti, 2017 Strega Prize winner and following on the study of his novel by Matteo Nucci,[1], it was impossible to ignore Helena Janeczek, popular winner of the Strega in 2018. The Girl with the Leica[2] presents the lives of Gerda Taro and her friends in the historical contexts of the last 80 years, which is in part the history of less youthful readers. It is a demanding read but the...

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Pope Francis and Fraternity

By: Diego Fares SJ

In the vision of Pope Francis, fraternity – being brothers and sisters – has a transcendental value and a programmatic character. If you “pass by,” taking it for granted, or if you use the term lightly, almost as if saying “brothers and sisters” were enough to avoid the temptations of indifference, bureaucracy or authoritarianism, it means that fraternity’s wealth and ability to generate positive dynamics have not yet matured sufficiently. I deliberately use the evangelical expression of the parable of...

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