Published Date : 2020-05-15
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‘The Life of the World to Come’

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

“The life of the world to come.” This detail in the profession of faith concludes the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed proclaimed at Mass on Sundays and on other solemnities. It is perhaps recited by the faithful without particular attention and without too much weight given to these words. “Eternity” is a word that has fallen into disuse. It has been observed, on the basis of some surveys, that the percentage of those who believe in a life beyond death is lower than...

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The Heart of ‘Querida Amazonia’: ‘overflowing en route’

By: Diego Fares SJ

How does Francis propose to solve problems, and in particular those posed by the Amazon? The answer is found in a Spanish word that recurs five times in the Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia that is the motor or, rather, the beating heart of the text.  It is essentially Pope Francis’ own way of seeing. The term is (in Spanish) desborde or, as a verb, desbordar. It is hard to translate it into other languages using the same word. It suggests...

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CoronaCheck and Fake News

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

With the spread of the Covid-19 virus, there has been a spike in disinformation about its origin, diffusion and effects. False and misleading claims concerning the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic are documented in the Wikipedia entry “Misinformation related to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic.” People have died from taking drugs passed off as useful. The information verification process has been in trouble for some time, and the pandemic has made the problem plain for all to see. Infodemia and data verification The...

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The Donatist Temptation: Controversy in Catholic China

By: Benoit Vermander, SJ

The Peace of Maxentius in 307 and the consequent official cessation of persecution led to a violent conflict in the Church. Led by Bishop Donatus, the “pure ones” refused the re-admission of the “traitors” (those who had handed over their sacred books and vessels) and the “lapsed” (those who had “fallen” during the persecution, beginning with the bishops). They wanted in particular to forbid them any priestly function. In various forms, the conflict lasted until the sixth century.[1] One of...

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The ‘Weakness’ of Christ. An argument for His truth

By: José M. Millás, SJ

Sometimes we meet people who have had a good Christian formation, but who have become agnostics over time. We might think that these are exceptional cases. However, we are convinced that these cases are a symptom of an obvious fact: in traditionally Christian countries there is a crisis that affects both the faith and the life of the baptized. They stop practicing, become agnostics, and either  live as such, or seek alternatives to a Christian religion that has lost its...

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Europe and the Virus

By: Card. Jean-Claude Hollerich

Mortality was a world away, disasters were elsewhere, far from our own world that seemed to keep us safe. Death was present, but consumerism and the good life distracted us, suppressing the fear of death in our hearts. An entire generation in Europe grew up in this shallow world and knew no other. Of course, economic crises sometimes troubled our security, but going out of an evening, traveling, a passion for consumerism all eclipsed our questioning and eclipsed our doubts...

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