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Published Date : 2021-03-16
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The Christians of Iraq


By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq (March 5-8, 2021)[1] will bring to the attention of Christians around the world and of the international community the issue of the survival of Christian communities in Middle Eastern regions that, because of wars, tribal conflicts and poverty, risk disappearing forever. These are very ancient communities, many of apostolic foundation. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil of the Chaldean Catholic Church of Iraq and founder of the Catholic University of Erbil, said in a recent interview:...


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The European Union – China Agreement


By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

On December 30, 2020, the European Union and China completed political negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). The pact was signed at the end of a videoconference involving Chinese President Xi Jinping and top European representatives: Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission; Charles Michel, President of the European Council; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the rotating President of the EU Council. President Emmanuel Macron of France was also connected.[1] In general terms, the agreement reflects...


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The United States from Trump to Biden: From insurrection to inauguration


By: Drew Christiansen SJ

January 6 should have been a day of quiet confidence for American Catholics. Joe Biden had been elected president and the Congress was about to confirm the popular vote. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, as she opened the House session, took  note of the Feast of the Epiphany and prayed the Peace Prayer attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, “Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is darkness, may you [sic]  bring light. Where there is hatred,...


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From Francis to Mozi: ‘Social Friendship’ and ‘Inclusive Love’


By: Benoit Vermander, SJ

Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli tutti (FT) resonates as a passionate tribute to a fraternity without borders. If fraternity has a distinctive “local flavor,” Francis asserts, it is necessarily lived in a context of universality. Living a kind of fraternity that “integrates and unites” should appear as a kind of imperative, as an obvious fact that is accepted; yet, as Francis writes, “there are those who appear to feel encouraged or at least permitted by their faith to support varieties of...


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Vaccines: Making responsible decisions


By: Carlo Casalone, SJ

“Arabian smallpox maliciously undermines man at the threshold of life and preys on the human species almost destroying it in its birth. This very sad thought is exacerbated by the repeated heavy losses of life caused by the disease and should persuade everyone to embrace with great enthusiasm and receive with equal gratitude the inoculation vaccine, a method that is as simple as it is effective in curbing the poisonous force of the disease.” These words are from the Edict...


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Street Art Restoring Cities


By: Claudio Zonta SJ

Street art or post-graffiti or guerilla art is above all art for the people, it is a form of urban renewal for downtown or the suburbs. This is the case of two monumental murals that Jorit has completed on the facades of two buildings overlooking the subway square of Scampia, a suburb of Naples. They depict Pierpaolo Pasolini and the American activist, Angela Davis. They are not unique in Scampia, as associations and private individuals have long since used their...


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The Long Political Transition of Iraq


By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

From March 5 to 8, 2021, Pope Francis will visit the troubled Land of Two Rivers, a common translation of the old name, Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq. Accepting the invitations of the Republic of Iraq and the local Catholic Church, Pope Francis is due to make an apostolic journey to the country, visiting Baghdad, the Plain of Ur, which is linked to the memory of Abraham, the city of Erbil, as well as Mosul, Qaraqosh, on the Plain of Nineveh,...


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Auschwitz, the Contingent Trauma: The work of Johann Baptist Metz


By: Andreas R. Batlogg, SJ

Metz is not only a French city on the Moselle River, but also the name of a German theologian who gained worldwide fame: Johann Baptist Metz.[1] His name is associated with powerful key expressions such as “the new political theology,” “theology after Auschwitz,” “compassion,” “open-eyed mysticism,” and memoria passionis. After his death on December 2, 2019, The New York Times published an obituary that described the German theologian as a “pioneer of Jewish-Christian dialogue in the aftermath of the Holocaust.”[2]...


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Christians in the Caliphal Empires


By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

In order to understand the challenges Christian communities in the Middle East face, it is necessary to understand the ways in which, through centuries of history, Islam institutionally organized its relations with the different religions – in particular with Christianity – across its vast territories. This is a problem that Islam had to face very early on, because the prophet Muhammad, in organizing the nascent Muslim community, also had to legislate regarding the relations to be maintained with the Jews...


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Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Religions


By: Jaime Tatay, SJ

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the 2030 Agenda, endorsed by the United Nations in 2015, are the result of a long deliberative process. They reflect a broad international consensus on the greatest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.[1] It is clear that scientists, economists, engineers, politicians, sociologists, and even militaries have many reasons to care about the SDGs: pollution, altered climate patterns, destruction of the ozonosphere, soil degradation, erosion, ocean acidification, loss of biodiversity, depletion of...


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Chechnya: Conservative Islam as an alternative to Radical Islam?


By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

“The term ‘moderate Islam’ is being used again. It was invented by the West. There is no moderate or radical Islam; there is only Islam. Use of this term is intended to weaken  Islam” (Turkish President Recep Erdoğan). “The Prophet showed us the way according to his ‘hadith’ and says that it is worthy of faith. Thanks to faith in this way, we fought... I fought against the Wahhabis for Allah” (Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov). The dream of a moderate...


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Luther’s Excommunication: 500 Years Later


By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

On January 3, 1521, the Bull Decet Romanum Pontificem, declared Martin Luther a heretic and excommunicate for he had not made the retractions required by a previous Bull, Exsurge Domine, of 1520.[1] Since then, in the Catholic world, he has been identified as the heretic par excellence, the one who tore apart Christian unity and demolished the priesthood and religious life. Why return after half a millennium to this excommunication? Unfortunately, its consequences continue to be felt and to generate...


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TV Series and Contemporary Lives


By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

It has been said that the 19th century saw the rise of the novel as a major art form, whereas the 20th century saw that of the cinema. Could we one day say that the 21st century was the turn of the television series or  Who knows! For the last twenty years or so they have certainly achieved considerable importance in contemporary culture. Countless publications testify to this. “It is too early to say that television series are the main...


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Hope for Nigeria: The voices of the young


By: Isidore-Splendour Chukwu, SJ

The #EndSARS protest was a worldwide trending hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and other social media at the end of 2020. The acronym SARS in this instance stands for Special Anti-Robbery Squad a unit of the Nigerian Police Force. The hashtag was championed by Nigerian youth who are standing up to them, accusing them of extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, detention and other serious violations of human rights and freedoms. The protesting youth took over space not just of international social media,...


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