Published Date : 2020-02-15
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Uzbekistan: A Key Central Asia Nation

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

There has been a change of power recently in the main countries of former Soviet Central Asia. In effect, power has been transferred from the people who led these countries when they were still presidents of local communist parties to a new generation of leaders. Nursultan Nazarbaev, Kazakhstan’s first president, has resigned; in Uzbekistan, a change of power took place after the death of Islam Karimov, and the new government has embarked on a course of reforms that are bearing...

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Defy the Apocalypse

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

The Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989. From that day on Berliners started dismantling a symbol that had held them hostage for almost 30 years; it was an emblematic moment in the sunset of totalitarianism. It marked the beginning of what promised to be a new era characterized by intensifying globalization. Yet today, as Pope Francis often tells us, this new era has been marked by indifference and conflict. Before the backdrop of a dismantled wall, many more barriers...

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‘The Two Popes’: A Film by Fernando Meirelles

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

Fernando Meirelles, the Brazilian director who became famous with the film City of God in 2002, loves transforming literary works into cinema. His latest, The Two Popes, is an adaption made in collaboration with the author of the play The Pope, Anthony McCarten, who also wrote The Pope: Francis, Benedict and the Decision that Shook the World.[1] The Two Popes is a fiction that has as its protagonists the last two popes, Benedict and Francis . Rather than making a...

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