Published Date : 2021-07-15
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By: Claudio Zonta SJ

Nomadland, winner of a Golden Lion, Golden Globes and Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Actress in a Leading Role, is based on journalist Jessica Bruder’s 2017 investigative book of the same name. Director, Chloé Zhao, is a US-based, Chinese writer and producer, with two critically acclaimed movies to her credit. Both Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015) and The Rider – A Cowboy’s Dream (2017) are marked by dramatic events that immerse and challenge their protagonists...

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Synod Time for a ‘restless’ Italian Church

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

From May 24 to 27, 2021, the Italian Episcopal Conference held their 74th General Assembly. Pope Francis opened it with a prayer and a dialogue with the bishops present. The work of the Assembly, under the guidance of Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, focused on the theme: “Proclaiming the Gospel in a time of rebirth. Starting a synodal journey.” In his introduction Cardinal Bassetti defined this journey as “a necessary process that will allow our Churches in Italy to continue to adopt...

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Muon: As long as there is error there is hope

By: Paolo Beltrame, SJ

“Physics could be seen as a game of chess played by the gods, with us observing the movements of the pieces on the chessboard without being aware of the rules of the game but with a burning desire to discover them”: so said the great American physicist and genius Richard Feynman.[1] Sometimes, first you discover a law and then you better understand its deeper reasons. However, the most interesting things happen when you observe what you did not expect: as...

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By: Luigi Territo, SJ

The pilgrimage to Mecca as mandated by the Quran (2:119; 3:90; 14:38; 22:28; 9:3), is an experience of purification and an opportunity to meditate on the “last day” and on divine judgment. Many ḥadīth refer to the pilgrimage, and often these texts emphasize the modalities, obligations and dispensations of the precept, along with references to the rites performed by Muhammad on the occasion of his visits to the holy House. In his work Magnetism (2012), Ahmed Mater[1], an artist of...

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The Israel-Gaza Strip Conflict

By: David Neuhaus, SJ

Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power) is one of the holiest times in the life of Muslim Jerusalem. In normal times, hundreds of thousands of Muslims stream from all parts of Palestine and Israel to the Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary, a spacious compound in the Old City that includes the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque), to mark this holy night. The night commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Islam’s prophet, Muhammad. Coming toward the end...

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Nothing Is As It Seems

By: Mariano Iacobellis, SJ

French playwright Florian Zeller’s directorial debut, The Father, is an elegant and emotionally devastating chamber film which is essential viewing. Based on the play of the same name, The Father places at the center of its plot a man determined to refuse all assistance from his daughter as he ages. Committed to making sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his mind and the fabric of his reality. The Father is not the first film...

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