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Published Date : 2021-01-15
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The Economics of Covid-19: From globalization to localization


By: Cho Hyun-Chul

What to do after Covid-19? “After Covid-19 it will all be different.” We often hear these words. However, people have different opinions about how it will be different, just as people evaluate differently how things were before. How will we act after Covid-19? The answer depends on our views about the pandemic. One can view the Covid-19 crisis simply as the consequence of a viral infectious disease. In this case, the countermeasures for “after” would be: better prevention of infection,...


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Mission of the Church and Proper Economic Administration


By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

Once again, in light of some widely reported decisions taken by the Holy Father, many people are questioning and discussing the economic resources available to Vatican institutions and their proper administration in the service of the Church’s mission.[1] This article intends to place recent events in a wider context, so that the Holy Father’s guidance and decisions may be better understood. The Lateran Treaty and the new Vatican City State The historical context will be useful. Without going back to...


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Progress and Collapse


By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

Among the Enlightenment’s legacy there is an idea that spanned the centuries and penetrated deeply into the mentality of people in the West. It is the idea of progress, the idea of moving toward our cultural, moral and material best, especially thanks to the successes of science and technology. This idea shaped much of modern European history; it nourished hope and political ideologies; it spread trust in the future.[1] Then came the 20th century and that “magnificent fate and progress”...


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Desacralized Myths: Crisis of narrative and narrative of crisis


By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

The discomfort of fragmentation A peculiar characteristic of today’s so-called “Postmodern” era is the absence of global narratives. This is the basic hypothesis of the famous book by Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, published in 1979. Lyotard pointed out that, from a cultural point of view, the so-called “Modern” era, characterized by comprehensive narratives and great utopian projects (the last ones were Rationalism, the Enlightenment, Marxism), capable of providing unity and historical identity to a variety...


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The Economy of Francesco and Young People


By: Gaël Giraud, SJ

Pope Francis invited young economists from around the world to meet and reflect on how to “change the current economy and give a soul to the economy of tomorrow.” He invited to participate in this broad, shared discernment, all those who today are beginning to study and practice an economics that is different from the one he rejected in the first chapter of his encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. What is needed, he says, is “an economy that gives life and does...


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Juan Carlos Scannone and the Theology of the People


By: Paul Gilbert, SJ

Juan Carlos Scannone, an Argentine Jesuit born in 1931 and who died in November 2019, was a one of the great figures of the Church in Argentina and Latin America. He was also very aware of the problems of the universal Church. He obtained a doctorate in theology with a thesis written in Innsbruck, directed by Karl Rahner, and one in philosophy with a dissertation on Maurice Blondel, presented in Munich. He was a keen reader of the French phenomenologists...


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The Spirituality of Dying


By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

“For we are as tree trunks in the snow. In appearance they lie smoothly and a little push should be enough to set them rolling. No, that’s not the case, for they are firmly wedded to the ground. But see, even that is only seemingly the case.”[1] This is from a story by Kafka that emphasizes the fragility of life. Simone de Beauvoir said that death puts the world in question. Today, according to some, talk about death has been...


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God is to be Found in All Things


By: Miguel Ángel Fiorito, SJ

Active life and contemplative life We must all seek God in everything, but each person must do so according to his or her own vocation. According to the Second Vatican Council, there are only two types of religious vocation and they are characterized by the Institutes in which they are incarnated. The same thing can be said both for vocations “in the evangelical counsels” and also the lay vocation. Some Institutes are “devoted entirely to contemplation, in such a way...


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Religious Freedom Facing New Challenges: 55 years after ‘Dignitatis Humanae’


By: Felix Körner, SJ

The recognition of religious freedom by the Second Vatican Council is generally understood as a turning point.[1] That said, the Council’s 1965 Declaration Dignitatis Humanae (DH) left many questions open. Was it only a matter of the Church distancing itself from the assertion that Christianity did not arrive at its truth until it was established as a State Church? What is the significance of a Catholic declaration on religious freedom for other religions? And to whom should religious freedom be...


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Christmas with Ignatius of Loyola


By: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

Ignatius was convalescing in his castle in Loyola. A few months earlier, defending the walls of Pamplona during a French siege, a cannonball had broken his leg, and now he was slowly recovering. On long winter evenings he would normally read books on chivalry that excited his imagination. However, the only books in the castle were a Lives of the Saints and the Vita Christi (VC) by Ludolphus of Saxony. This esteemed ascetic writer (born around 1295, he died in...


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