Published Date : 2022-01-15
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‘The Spirit of Enlargement’ – Pope Francis in Cyprus and Greece

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

At 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021, Ita Airways flight AZ4000, carrying Pope Francis, the papal entourage and accredited journalists, took off for Larnaca International Airport where it landed at 3 p.m. local time. So began the pope’s apostolic journey to Cyprus. The island marks the border and junction between Europe and the Middle East. Its geographical location has made it, since ancient times, a strategic place of passage for different peoples and civilizations: Hittites, Greeks, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Egyptians, Persians, Macedonians,...

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Piero Della Francesca’s ‘Madonna Del Parto’: A masterpiece of disarming modernity

By: Lucian Lechintan, SJ

The dawn of a spring morning, a country church shrouded in fog and a group of women kneeling in prayer. In the background, the image of the Madonna del Parto (Our Lady of Childbirth) by Piero della Francesca. This is the opening scene of the 1983 film Nostalghia by Andrei Tarkovsky. A young woman, Eugenia, enters the church, simply to look. The sacristan approaches her and asks: “Do you desire a child? Or the grace not to have one?” Then...

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The Theological ‘Clarity’ of Eberhard Jüngel: The love of God that makes us understand

By: Paolo Gamberini, SJ

Eberhard Jüngel, one of the most important contemporary Protestant theologians, died September 28, 2021, at the age of 86, in his beloved city of Tübingen. A resident of this German university town since 1969 when he took up a post at the Evangelical Faculty of Theology to teach systematic theology, he later became ephorus (president) of the Evangelical College of Tübingen, a position he held for 18 years. The college trains the theology students of the Evangelical Church of Baden-Württemberg...

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‘Born of a Woman, Born under the Law’: Christmas according to Saint Paul

By: La Civiltà Cattolica

The earliest passage in the New Testament concerning the birth of Jesus is found in the Letter to the Galatians: “When the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Gal 4:4-5). It is probably the highest moment of the letter, in which Paul announces the fulfillment of salvation. God the Father intervenes in the course of history...

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‘Serve, Accompany, Defend’: 40 years of Centro Astalli’s journey with refugees

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

“I express my closeness to the thousands of migrants, refugees and others in need of protection in Libya. I never forget you. I hear your cries and I pray for you. Many of these men, women and children are subjected to inhuman violence. Once again I call on the international community to keep its promises to seek shared, effective and lasting solutions for the management of migratory flows in Libya and throughout the Mediterranean. O how those who are turned...

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‘The Logic of the Inexplicable’: Pope Francis in conversation with the Jesuits of Greece

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

On Saturday December 4, 2021, at 6.45 p.m., at the conclusion of the first day of his apostolic journey to Greece, Pope Francis returned to the Nunciature, where waiting for him was a group of seven of the nine Jesuits working in Greece, that is, the members of the Athens community. Theodoros Kodidis was part of this community until being appointed archbishop of Athens in September. The pope entered the hall of the Nunciature, greeting those present personally. Then, when...

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