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CHRISTIANITY IN CENTRAL ASIA
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Published Date : 2019-02-15
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The Global Compact for Migration


By: Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ

Soon after World War II, the 1951 U.N. Refugee Convention, a legally binding multilateral treaty, defined who is a refugee, what rights they have, and established the obligations of nations in their regard.[1] In the broader field of migration, however,[2] apart from a convention on migrant workers,[3] until now there has been no comparable international agreement regarding migrants in general. In 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was established as an intergovernmental organization, working with governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental...


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A Decade after the Collapse of Lehman Brothers


By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

In the fall of 2008, a tsunami devastated global finances, dragging down with it some ancient banking institutions and causing panic on the main money markets. In less than a month, shares listed on Wall Street had lost a third of their value and, consequently, a few trillion dollars went up in smoke. In September 2008, Ben Bernanke, then-president of the United States Federal Reserve (FED) and a learned expert of the Great Depression, asserted when presenting his Troubled Asset...


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Iran, the Nuclear Agenda and the United States


By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

The current crisis between Iran and the United States is the worst since the Islamic Revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini[1] and the diplomatic crisis of 1979-81 when young Islamic revolutionaries stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran taking fifty two diplomats and other citizens,  hostage for 444 days. The present situation was triggered by President Donald Trump’s May 8, 2018, withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, which is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed in 2015 by Iran and...


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Is Anything ‘Sacred’ in Shanghai? Religious and spiritual geography of a Chinese metropolis


By: Benoit Vermander, SJ

The deeply rooted Latin concept of the “sacred” was integrated into the Chinese lexicon with the creation of a specific word. The term shensheng is primarily used by scholars and Christians – especially Catholics[1] – but can also be used by all Chinese attempting to describe a mysterious place, full of spiritual energies. This includes more than geographical locations. For many, their sphere of intimacy or their spiritual situations are the place of the truly sacred. A study was conducted...


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‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’: Narcissism and spiritual worldliness


By: José Luis Narvaja, SJ

The end of the seventh chapter of the Letter to the Romans contains an exclamation in which Saint Paul gives voice to a deep pain that permeates his entire existence: “Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Rom 7:24). At first glance, it seems that the apostle is making a very severe judgment about his own body, as if he almost preferred to do away with it so as to live serenely the...


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Between Nazareth and Bethlehem: Jesus’ origins in the Gospel


By: David Neuhaus, SJ

The complex presentation of the origins of Jesus in the books of the Gospel embodies a tension between continuity and rupture, old and new, expectation and surprise in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Two places, Nazareth and Bethlehem, characterize this tension that is fundamental to the relationship between the two covenants, whose unity forms the basis of the Christian Bible. The perspective of Mark Mark, the first of the Gospel accounts to be written, informs his readers...


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Christianity in Central Asia: The Jesuit mission in Kyrgyzstan


By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

Christianity on the Silk Road Although Christianity was born in Asia – and until the Arab conquests of the seventh century the center of Christianity remained in Asia – today it is more commonly considered a continent that is characterized by Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. When it comes to religions few people know that, even after Muslims had conquered its places of origin, Christianity spread throughout the territory between Mesopotamia and the Pacific, spanning the whole Eurasian continent. Though there...


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