Published Date : 2019-11-15
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Chernobyl: The Cost of Lies

By: Diego Fares

Chernobyl is a television mini-series co-produced by HBO and Sky about the very serious nuclear accident at the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant, located 18 kilometers northeast of the city of Chernobyl and 16 kilometers from the border between Ukraine and Belarus. The man-made disaster, among the worst in history, rated a level 7 (out of 7) on the International Nuclear Events Scale[1] (INES). It occurred at 01.23:40 on April 26, 1986. Eighteen seconds earlier, a computerized control system called...

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The Renewal of the John Paul II Theological Institute

By: Carlo Casalone, SJ

The impulse toward renewal that Pope Francis is impressing on the life of believers concerns all the dimensions of the ecclesial community and reaches the various areas of the life of the Church. While the importance that the pope attaches to theology is often underestimated, in reality he cares very much about a serious and rigorous understanding of the experience of faith. Francis has repeatedly stressed the need for theological reflection that develops organically, including on the academic level and...

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Fears and Shadows in Troubling Times

By: Giandomenico Mucci, SJ

When solid foundations and ideal ends are lacking, when religious values are confused with the tranquillizers of life and the sublimation of desires, when the fragmentation of knowledge without a higher Bildung leads to disorientation in people and society that jeopardizes the very possibility of establishing the most basic criteria of the good and the just, humanity feels “lost” and prey to “an indefinite anxiety over the immediate tomorrow.”[1] The widespread uncertainty over social and political, domestic and international issues...

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Governing in a Disordered Age

By: Drew Christiansen SJ

The Liberal World Order (LWO) established after World War II is eroding rapidly. The world, especially the Western world, is experiencing a breakdown of responsible governance. Governments withdraw from treaties and agreements; formerly strong governments like Germany’s Grand Coalition are put in question; alliances fray, and international organizations and programs lack funding and the consensus needed for effective action. Britain’s political institutions are fracturing under the weight of the U.K.’s withdrawal from the European Union, leading to fears of a...

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In Memory of Fr. Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ (1937-2019)

By: La Civiltà Cattolica

Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ died September 24, 2019, around dawn, in the infirmary of the International Jesuit Houses in Rome, which is located at the “San Pietro Canisio” Residence. His last few weeks had been painful, but lived with a sincere willingness to accept God’s will. Fantuzzi was born on February 15, 1937, in Mantua. Aged 17, he entered the novitiate of the Roman Province of the Society of Jesus, in Fiesole. During his formation, he spent some time teaching –...

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Jesus and the Pharisees: Beyond stereotypes

By: Pino di Luccio, SJ

To mark the 110th anniversary of the foundation of the Pontifical Biblical Institute (May 7, 1909) the international conference Jesus and the Pharisees: An Interdisciplinary Reappraisal took place in the Aula Magna of the Pontifical Gregorian University, May 7-9, 2019. The event was organized in collaboration with the Cardinal Bea Center for Jewish Studies at the Gregorian, and was supported by the American Jewish Committee, the Italian Episcopal Conference, Verbum Catholic Study Software and the Gregorian University Foundation. It featured...

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The Agreement between the Holy See and China: Whence and whither?

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

Just over a year ago, on September 22, 2018, an Agreement was signed between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Despite its temporary nature, its importance is such that it has attracted much comment, and it has already become the focus of in-depth study. One recent publication edited by two sinologists at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Agostino Giovagnoli and Elisa Giunipero, offers useful guidance to understand not only the history and nature...

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Four Criteria to Interpret the Amazon Synod

By: Mauricio López Oropeza

A reading of the synodal process The Synod the Amazon is called to be an occasion for “conversion.” Ecclesial events need to be reflected upon and a historical reading made to perceive how God breaks into history even in contradictory conditions and to experience this action powerfully in the present ecclesial moment (cf. Evangelii Gaudium no. 25). A wise reading of the signs of the time confirms that the call to conversion often comes from the “peripheries,” including geographical ones....

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