Published Date : 2020-07-15
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‘A New Imagination of the Possible’: Seven Images from Francis for post-Covid-19

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

The first global pandemic of the digital age arrived suddenly. The world was stopped in its tracks by an unnatural suspension of activity that interrupted business and pleasure. “For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void that stops everything as it passes by. We feel it in the air, we notice in people’s...

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The Letter to The Galatians: ‘The Truth of the Gospel’

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

The Letter to the Galatians is an exceptional New Testament document. It was written by Paul at a time of great anguish, because a fervent community that the Apostle had worked hard to establish and to which he remained closely attached, found itself being misled by Judaizers. These had come from the People of Israel and had accepted faith in Christ Jesus, but had not abandoned the observance of the Law, Jewish traditions and circumcision as indispensable conditions of salvation....

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Death in the Digital Age

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Our ambivalent relationship with death A revealing test of how much digital technology has changed our way of life is our relationship with time. It has been established that our awareness of time diminishes as we navigate; we find ourselves at the end of the day without being aware of its actual duration, just as it is equally difficult to remember what we saw during the hours spent in front of the screen. Everything seems to flatten out in the...

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Modi’s India: Between Hindu Traditionalism and Coronavirus

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Two serious emergencies are currently rocking India. One is medical, the coronavirus emergency. The other is political, and involves changes to citizenship laws. They are of a different nature and concern different areas, even if somehow connected. They are dangerous, insidious developments challenging the survival and unity of the second most populous country in the world and he third largest economy in Asia, after China and Japan. India has a population of about 1.3 billion people, half of whom are...

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Rembrandt, the Artist in the Mirror of the Word

By: Lucian Lechintan, SJ

Als Ich Can (How can I): these are the words engraved on the frame of the first self-portrait in history, a work by Jan van Eyck.[1] Three words and a challenge to generations of artists to measure themselves against this challenging artistic claim. In the case of the great Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69), his success was exceptional; the painter brought this painting genre to a level of perfection that had never been reached before in the art of...

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Syria and Turkey Battle for Idlib Province

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Nine Years of War in Syria Nine years have passed since the Syrian conflict began, since the optimism of the 2011 Arab Spring turned into tragedy. For Syria, it all began on March 15 of that year, when protesters took to the streets in Daraa, in the southwest of the country. Soon protests – mostly peaceful – spread throughout the country, demanding an end to the 40-year rule of the Assad family. The state police, as always, reacted violently against...

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Church Numbers in the World

By: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ

The vitality of the Church and, above all, the faith that animates her pastors and her faithful cannot be measured by numbers and statistics. Only God knows the mysterious and unique relationship that unites him to people who profess themselves Catholic. This is what constitutes the essence of the faith. Yet the Church, like every visible human reality, cannot live outside the dimensions of space and time and should not refrain measuring her own quantitative dimensions in some way, without...

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John Paul II Communicator

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

Karol Wojtyla was born on May 18, 1920. On the hundredth anniversary of his birth, memories and tributes have rightly multiplied for this great witness of faith, already raised to the honors of the altars. I wish to add a small voice to this great choir by remembering with simplicity and emotion some experiences lived in his service in the Vatican communications field.   A confident vision of communication and the media John Paul II showed himself to be a...

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Against Religious Nationalism

By: Joseph Lobo, SJ

In some countries a form of religious-cultural nationalism is back in vogue. Religion is exploited both to obtain popular support and to launch a political message that is identified with people’s loyalty and devotion to a nation.[1] It is taken for granted that people have in religion a common identity, origin and history, and that these support an ideological, cultural and religious homogeneity that is strengthened by geopolitical boundaries. In reality, in today’s globalized world, there is no geographical entity...

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A Universal Wage: An urgent social debate

By: Gaël Giraud, SJ

In his Letter to the People’s Movements published on Easter Day, April 12, 2020, Pope Francis called for the establishment of a “universal basic wage”: “This may be the time to consider a universal basic wage which would acknowledge and dignify the noble, essential tasks you carry out. It would ensure and concretely achieve the ideal, at once so human and so Christian, of no worker without rights”[1]. The proposal has not failed to elicit both enthusiastic and critical reactions....

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Philosophers of Contagion: How intellectuals perceive Covid-19

By: Cristian Peralta, SJ

The outbreak of a new disease leads to uncertainty and fear, especially if we are among those most vulnerable. Depending on our ability to protect ourselves and our access to medical devices, the threat affects the way we understand it and respond. Here we want to explore a specific characteristic of the viral threat that affects us: its ability to reveal.  Covid-19, silent revealer of hidden realities To unveil is to discover something hidden, to bring it to light, to...

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