Published Date : 2021-04-15
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For an Ecological Conversion

By: Seil Oh, SJ

Covid-19 and the global risk society Covid-19 has forced humanity to face a global crisis that seemed unimaginable in our contemporary high-tech globalized world. It has affected schools, churches, sports, markets, and so on, bringing to a halt the ordinary habits and activities of all social organizations in every nation and region of the world. If we were under the illusion that technology and modern science had driven all the spirits out of the forests and controlled every aspect of...

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The Spiritual Aftermath of Covid-19

By: Álvaro Lobo Arranz, SJ

A catastrophe can shape the way a generation thinks, as can be testified by children who are born after a war, mothers who see their children fleeing poverty, and the millions of refugees in the world today. In the history of humanity, wars, pandemics and famines, as recurring phenomena, require an adequate understanding of their causes and consequences, otherwise there is a high risk of repeating mistakes, losing our way and becoming shipwrecked again. In the specific case of pandemics,...

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The Government of Italy

By: La Civiltà Cattolica

On February 17, 2021, the new Italian government led by Mario Draghi won a confidence vote in the Senate with 262 votes in favor, 40 against and 2 abstentions. The next day, in the Chamber of Deputies, he received 535 votes in favor, 56 against and 5 abstained. Draghi thus was able to form the third government of the 18th legislature, following the resignation of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who was in his second term. Draghi’s appointment came after a...

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Fratelli Tutti: An encyclical for other believers?

By: Felix Körner, SJ

Benedict XVI gave us a new expression to describe a Jewish or Muslim person: “other believer.” It indicates a person who does not believe exactly what we believe, but who is also a believer. Benedict XVI said: “May Jews, Christians and Muslims find in other believers brothers and sisters to be respected and loved, and in this way, beginning in their own lands, give the beautiful witness of serenity and concord between the children of Abraham.”[1] The question then arises...

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Fraternity is Stronger Than Fratricide: Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Iraq

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

At 7:30 a.m. on March 5, 2021, an Alitalia flight carrying Pope Francis, members of his entourage and journalists took off for Baghdad, where it landed at 2 p.m. local time. During the General Audience of March 3, on the eve of his departure, the pontiff had said: “For a long time I have wanted to meet those people who have suffered so much; to meet that martyred Church in the land of Abraham. Together with the other religious leaders,...

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