Published Date : 2019-08-15
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The Attacks in Sri Lanka and the New Strategy of Islamic State

By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

On Easter morning, April 21, 2019, six almost simultaneous explosions in three major Sri Lankan cities – Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa – killed 253 people (including 30 foreigners) and injured almost 500. The eight suicide bombers hit three Christian churches where Easter celebrations were taking place,[1] and three luxury hotels (the Shangri-La Hotel, the Kingsbury Hotel and the Cinnamon Grand Hotel) in Colombo, which is the economic capital of the country. The purpose of the operations was to attack the...

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Amazonian Indigenous Spirituality and Care for the ‘Common Home’

By: Adelson Araújo dos Santos, SJ

Definition of terms In the dialogue between spiritual theology and anthropology the term “spirituality” is identified in the attitude of the human person in facing the finitude and radicality of human existence, referring to certain deep and vital values that lead us to think, feel and act.[1] In this respect, spirituality becomes an area that contains everything associated not only with religion or transcendence, but also with the desire for well-being, which can be described as a way of addressing...

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Cybersex: An insidious addiction

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Specific characteristics of cybersex The internet, while it offers enormous possibilities on many levels – information, data, speed of contact, time saved and relationships improved – also renews long-established problems of the offline world (solitude, pornography, violence, theft, viruses) but on a qualitatively different scale. Like any new development, digital technology cannot solve a problem without creating new ones. What is addiction?[1] It speaks of the essential need of every person for “something else” to live for, recognizing that alone...

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What Young People Think of Their Future

By: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ

The results of an international sociological research project were recently presented in Rome. It looked to explore what young people think about their own personal futures and how they view the outlook for their families and for the local and national communities in the countries where they live. The survey was based on a large sample of young people aged between 18 and 30 years in the period between March and July 2018 and involved young people from four European...

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‘Finding a Meaning in the Adventure of Life’: A Nostalgia for Values

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

The secular world is a culture whose hypercriticism, especially with regard to the Church, reveals its nostalgia for something great and pure that is indissolubly linked to the heart of the human person. This is a consideration recently developed by Cardinal Archbishop Christoph Schönborn of Vienna further to some reflections by Benedict XVI.[1] For Christians, the observation is not new. But it remains true even in these secular times. It refers not only to nostalgia for what the Church teaches,...

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The West and Russia: A comparison of their cultural roots

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

After the end of the Soviet Union, both the pro-Western Russian elite and the vast majority of the population had the hope of becoming part of the Western community, or rather, of becoming once again part of Europe after having travelled a different path since the October Revolution. It was thought that Russia would naturally follow this route. But after all the political toing-and-froing of the 1990s, it became clear during Putin’s second term that this course was not to...

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Frans van der Lugt: Bridge Builder and Martyr

By: Jan Stuyt, SJ

Introduction Fr. Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs five years ago. Since then, every day, Christians and Muslims have visited the garden of the Jesuit residence to pray at his tomb. Fr. Frans – in Arabic Abuna Francis – was a Jesuit priest originally from the Netherlands. He died in Homs, Syria, on April 7, 2014, a few days before his 76th birthday. Pope Francis, the United Nations and the Dutch Government were among those who sent messages...

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Michel de Certeau and Theology: Finding God and seeking God again

By: Paul Gilbert, SJ

The Jesuit Michel de Certeau (1925-86) is known for his work as an historian of mysticism, particularly on Peter Faber and Jean-Joseph Surin,[1] two Jesuits almost a century apart. Faber had very early entered the circle of the companions of Ignatius of Loyola in Paris, and for some years he had been the only priest of that group; he was always traveling in Europe, especially from Protestant Germany to the court of the King of Portugal, and back. Surin had...

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Synod for the Amazonia and Human Rights: Peoples, Communities and States in Dialogue

By: Card. Pedro Ricardo Barreto, SJ

Pope Francis addressed the following words to the indigenous peoples of the Amazonian region: “The Church is not alien to your problems and your lives, she does not want to be aloof from your way of life and organization. We need the native peoples to shape the culture of the local Church in Amazonia.”[1] Starting from the fundamental premises of dialogue and the quest for the common good, the upcoming Special Synod for the Amazon wishes to contribute to the...

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Evangelical Imbalances: Francis Writes to the People of God in Germany

By: Diego Fares

The German Church is on a preparatory phase of her synodal journey[1] and Pope Francis has written a Letter[2] to share the concerns of his brothers and sisters “for the future of the Church in Germany” (Introduction). Rather than commenting on the pope’s Letter, I limit myself in this article to pointing out some points of style and content for a contextualized and fruitful reading. The Letter is written in Spanish, in the fraternal and simple style of Francis. It...

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