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Published Date : 2022-03-08
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The Heart of Christ in the Liturgy

By: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

The new edition of the Roman Missal, adopted by all the Italian dioceses, with the exception of  Milan, which follows its own rite.[1] It contains numerous prayer texts on the theme of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Above all is the Mass for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Friday after the Second Sunday after Pentecost.[2] Then there is the Votive Mass of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and finally there are three optional prayers...

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Mexico, Two Jesuits Killed in Church while Defending a Parishioner

By: La Civiltà Cattolica

Two Jesuit priests, Father Javier Campos Morales and Father Joaquín César Mora Salazar, were killed on Monday, June 20, in Mexico, in the church of Cerocahui, a remote village in the Sierra Tarahumara in the northern state of Chihuahua. The two religious are said to have attempted to give refuge in the local community church to a parishioner being pursued by a gunman, who then opened fire in the sacred place, killing all three people. Fr. Luis Gerardo Moro Madrid,...

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Meditations for Lute

By: Claudio Zonta SJ

Meditations. Les quatre saisons du luth, the latest recording of lutenist Simone Vallerotonda, is a complex album consisting of four suites, each associated with a different tonality and season. The suites are associated with the four moods of the spirit, each of which is united with the four essential elements of the humors and seasons: winter – melancholic (earth) in A minor; summer – choleric (fire) in G minor; autumn – phlegmatic (water) in D minor; spring – sanguine (air)...

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The Beauty Of The Cross

By: Andrea Dall'Asta, SJ

The cross: archetypal symbol The cross[1] is a simple geometric figure, made of two perpendicular lines at right angles. This shape, known to different civilizations, is an archetypal symbol that has always been interpreted as a “passage,” a mediation between Earth and sky, the finite and the infinite, contingent and eternal. The intersection of the two axes, the fifth “point” of the cross is considered at the same time the center of the circle and the center of the square,...

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Science and Virtue

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Epistemological reflection has long crossed paths with ethics, and vice versa, which calls into question their alleged incompatibility. Think of the analysis of moral language in analytical philosophy, or of the verifiability of value assertions carried out by neopositivism, or of the recognition of values and beliefs as found in contemporary epistemology. These are issues that, although coming from different fields, are increasingly encountered in current debates. Research conducted in this regard is present, albeit implicitly, in the procedures of...

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Building Peace with the Refugees

By: Camillo Ripamonti, SJ

The 21st edition of the Annual Report of Centro Astalli, the Jesuit service for refugees in Italy, gives an updated picture of what happened in Italy in 2021 in the area of forced migration.[1] This year’s presentation took place in a particular climate, that of the war in Ukraine, which the Report does not address directly. This might make it seem to be lagging behind historical events. In reality, if one does not try to understand the recent past of...

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