WHAT IS THE SYNODAL JOURNEY? THE THOUGHT OF POPE FRANCIS

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A Theology of Memory in Response to Clerical Sexual Abuse

By: Marcel Uwineza, SJ

On October 5, 2021, the Report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuses in the Church in France was published. It was requested by the French Bishops’ Conference and is now available for in-depth examination so that more effective strategies can be taken in the fight against abuse. The Report shows that over a period of 70 years some 3,000 priests and religious sexually abused minors or vulnerable persons. A total of 216,000 people in France today (with a margin...

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‘Summer of Soul’: A Celebration of Black Culture

By: Mariano Iacobellis, SJ

The small rural county of Bethel in New York State was chosen to host a musical event, from August 15-18, 1969, that has gone down in history as Woodstock. Three days of “peace and rock music” that became a legend, with countless films and documentaries dedicated to this hippie event par excellence. Meanwhile, only 160 kilometers away, Mount Morris Park (now renamed Marcus Garvey Park) in the heart of Harlem hosted the Harlem Cultural Festival to celebrate the best of...

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Spiritual Parents

By: Miguel Ángel Fiorito, SJ

The term “spiritual” is one of those words which, although it had a profoundly rich meaning in the early days of Christianity and in all the great epochs of the history of the Church, every now and then it becomes weakened  by more superficial meanings, or is transformed into a synonym of largely negative terms – such as “incorporeal, immaterial” – and becomes just one of many edifying words, a synonym of “religious” or “supernatural.”[1] For Origen, the spiritual person...

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Sociological and Political Aspects of Cryptocurrencies

By: Étienne Perrot, SJ

A new appetite for cryptocurrencies arose last year, and it has not diminished during this course of 2021. Why? These currencies are more secure, being now better supervised by the public authorities, but they still scare political leaders who react by imposing  increasingly intrusive regulations. They are also looking to launch their own cryptocurrencies, the central bank digital currencies. The main technical aspects of these cryptocurrencies are easy to summarize. Their base is the blockchain, which is a technology for...

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Iran, Russia and China: Is there a ‘new Mongolian empire’ on the horizon?

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

Thomas Flichy de La Neuville’s book Chine, Iran, Russie: un nouvel empire mongol? was published in 2013.[1] At the time the question was largely hypothetical. Today it appears to be a real possibility, particularly after China and Iran signed a treaty on April 27, 2021, firming the bilateral relations between these three Asian powers as they develop a triangular relationship. Underpinning it are both mutual interests and resistance against common adversaries. The sheer weight of all three countries – China,...

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What is the Synodal Journey? The thought of Pope Francis

By: Santiago Madrigal, SJ

“For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” is the title of a journey solemnly begun on October 9-10, 2021, in Rome, and then again on October 17 in each particular Church around the world. On March 7, 2020, the announcement had been made that Francis wanted to hold the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2022 on the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” At the end of last May, Cardinal...

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