Published Date : 2022-06-16
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The Enemy of Human Nature

By: Tiziano Ferraroni, SJ

Christian tradition has always warned against an evil presence that, although unable to compete with God in dignity and power, is committed to spoiling God’s work, seeking to hinder the salvation of human beings and, more generally, the fulfillment of creation. Many facets of the mode of action of this presence have emerged over the centuries, and many names have been assigned to it. Most of them are commonly known names, more or less figurative, sometimes personal, each expressing some...

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Five Hundred Years of Philippine Christianity: Living Heritage and Social Project

By: Jose Mario C Francisco, SJ

Five hundred years ago Christianity arrived in the Philippines. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) began celebrations with a Mass on April 17, 2021, to mark the first Easter Sunday on native soil. The Covid-19 pandemic pushed a key moment for the Church in the Philippines, the International Mission Congress, ahead to April 2022,[1] while other events moved online for accessibility. During the Eucharist celebrated in the Vatican on March 14, 2021, Pope Francis told Philippine Catholics worldwide:...

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Theology of the Final Battle and Stephen King

By: Klaus Mertes, SJ

Stephen King has for years been considered horror literature’s most prolific, and perhaps most widely read, author. He has written more than 60 novels, over 100 short stories, several novellas and some screenplays. King’s taste for occasional slip-ups does not diminish his ability to craft   stories. Anyone who has read his classic novel It cannot escape the horror of evil, the horror of violence completely devoid of empathy, and the unpredictable that strikes from the dark. The novel follows seven...

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The Culture of Encounter and Global Governance

By: Archbishop Paul Gallagher

Introduction I am very grateful to you for this invitation to reflect together on the relationship between global governance and the culture of encounter, taking as our guide the teaching of Pope Francis.  From the beginning of his papacy, the Holy Father has encouraged us to see dialogue as the principal method for bringing the Gospel message of peace into our daily lives and into international relationships.  The very word “encounter” points to the interplay of diplomacy, global governance and...

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Encounter as a Dimension of Cultures and a Path to Peace

By: Arturo Sosa, SJ

The structural injustice characteristic of current socio-political relations appears to be a legacy that the preceding historical epoch is leaving to the new one that is beginning. During this change of epoch, we are witnessing situations, like the coronavirus pandemic, that affect all of humanity and that reveal clearly the extent and the depth of structural injustice. Social gaps, poverty, forced migration, and other calamities continue to grow. It seems impossible to halt the environmental deterioration caused by the production...

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To Believe is to be Vulnerable – The ‘disadvantages’ of being a believer

By: Joseph Lobo, SJ

The arrest, harassment, inhumane treatment and finally death in custody of Father Stan Swamy in India on July 5, 2021, reveal some important consequences of our faith.[1] Among them, there is the apparent helplessness and total vulnerability of a believer in the face of certain operatives in the state machine and of those forces for whom fairness, justice, peace, and ultimately any noble principle of civil morality are meaningless. In such circumstances, a believer, whose faith life is based on...

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