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CHRISTIAN IDENTITY IN A GLOBALIZED AND PLURALIST WORLD
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Published Date : 2018-05-15
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Pope Francis at the World Council of Churches: An interview with Pastor Martin Robra


By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

I met the Rev. Dr. Martin Robra at Villars-sur-Glâne, a few kilometers outside Geneva, on May 27, 2017. He began working with the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 1994 and in 2006 became the co-secretary of the mixed working group between the WCC and the Catholic Church set up in 1965. I had already spoken with Pastor Robra about the meeting in Lund marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.[1] We talked about how all the speeches had been...


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‘I am a Mission’: Toward the Synod on Young People


By: Diego Fares SJ

The main theme of the next Synod, on young people, is vocational discernment. On hearing the word “vocation,” the first thing that comes to mind is the vocation to the consecrated life. However, the call of God is broader; it is not limited to “perfect” forms of life. It is also the humble and continuous universal “vocation to the joy of love”[1] that the Father addresses to everyone whenever he invites us to work in his vineyard.[2] The Lord calls...


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Christian Identity in a Globalized and Pluralist World


By: Joseph Joblin, SJ

Today there are many who question the role of the Church: for some it belongs to the past and can only hinder the development of civilization; according to others its influence drives the moral forces that ensure the orientation of progress; still others uphold it as the key to justice and peace in a world dominated by globalization. Such a position actually concerns all religious forces and cultural traditions because each one has woven links with the conceptions that are...


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Making Christianity More Chinese? Pastoral perspectives


By: Benoit Vermander, SJ

For around the last three years, the Chinese leadership has been repeatedly calling religions present on Chinese soil to “sinicize” (zhongguohua).[1] What is meant by this word? Translators of official documents experience difficulties when trying to convey the meaning of a term like zhongguohua. For instance, the translation of Xi Jinping’s report at the start of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, in October 2017, reads as follows: “We will fully implement the Party’s basic policy on religious...


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The Future of Europe


By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

Some significant events in 2017 If we wish to outline a future scenario for Europe, it is useful to first recall certain significant events that took place during 2017. The first was at the beginning of the year, on January 31, a few days after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. On that date, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, sent a letter to his colleagues - the 27 heads of state and...


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The Chinese Presence in Africa


By: Fidèle Ingiyimbere, SJ

Introduction Over the last two decades, the Chinese presence across Africa from West to East, South to North, through different projects, like building infrastructure or investing in different sectors, has become conspicuous. When you pass through Addis Ababa – the capital city of Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) – you cannot avoid noticing the new flamboyant offices of the AU built by China, or the new railway that links Ethiopia to the sea. A few months ago, Kenya officially...


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The Story of Aloysius Gonzaga


By: Giovanni Arledler, SJ

Visiting the so-called “rooms” or “chapels” of St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Rome, to a certain extent one can measure the distance – about four and a half centuries – between our time and his. But he also seems very present, because some things belonging to him – the crucifix, objects for daily use, the letters written in a beautiful script – seem to indicate to the visitor (as if the statue which portrays him very naturally, located in the great...


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The Church Says ‘No’ to Nuclear Weapons: Pastoral and moral implications


By: Drew Christiansen SJ

The teaching of the Church has evolved from a conditioned acceptance of nuclear deterrence in the 1980s, to rejection of deterrence as an unacceptable moral rationalization for nuclear armament in the 2000s, to strong support for nuclear disarmament in recent years, leading to approval for the Ban Treaty in September 2017. Catholics have the right to ask, “Which position should I take?” I would be less than candid if I did not report a degree of consternation among those serious...


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‘Wonder Wheel’, a film by Woody Allen


By: Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ

It is summer on Coney Island, and clouds and rain are stealing the light from the sky and the colors from the sea. Woody Allen is fond of this place, for it was at Coney Island where he spent happy moments during his childhood. But today it is a place past its prime. In his new film, Wonder Wheel, he has recreated the atmosphere that was present in the 1950s, when colorful crowds populated the beach and the adjacent amusement...


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