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Spiritual Discernment


By: Miguel Ángel Fiorito, SJ

The search for God at every moment is the hinge on which Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s whole doctrine of spiritual discernment turns. In this sense it is not specific to Saint Ignatius, because such expressions are common, both in the Old Testament (cf. Amos 5:4, with the note in the Jerusalem Bible) and the New (cf. Matt 6:33, again with the note in the Jerusalem Bible). To seek God, it is said, is to appeal to him, to interrogate him......


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Fortitude: A demanding virtue


By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

The term “fortitude” may appear to some to convey a negative message of strong power and physical prowess, or even violence and oppression. But in reality it is an indispensable virtue for living together. When it is lacking, evils of all kinds flourish, because those who could prevent them fail to take a stand. Think of recent historical tragedies such as the Holocaust and ethnic cleansing: in contrast to the enormous number of victims, it is striking how few were...


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Pope Francis, Vaccines and Global Health


By: Andrea Vicini, SJ

As we live through the tragic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is useful to reflect on the current vaccination process and, in particular, the innovative contribution of Pope Francis’ teaching and action. Michael Rozier, a Jesuit professor of health management and policy, has reflected on the importance of commitment to health care and identified three significant areas: traditional health care practice; public health; and global health.[1] We will follow this tripartite approach here. Traditional health care practice Throughout Christian...


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Israel Post-Netanyahu


By: David Neuhaus, SJ

The March 2021 elections in Israel unsurprisingly resulted in the Likud Party, led by incumbent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, retaining its position as the largest party, with 30 out of 120 seats in the Israeli parliament. However, the surprise came when Netanyahu was unable to form a government. Among Netanyahu’s closest ideological allies were those who led the opposition to him remaining in power. Three months later, in June 2021, Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, a one-time...


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Unity and Concord in the Use of the Roman Missal: An analysis of ‘Traditionis Custodes’


By: Cesare Giraudo, SJ

The liturgy continues to arouse lively interest in the Catholic Church. It has been discussed for decades with regard to the interpretation and translation of texts, and became a focus of attention with the publication of the third edition of the Roman Missal in the vernacular. Now Pope Francis, with the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes (“Guardians of Tradition”),[1] has addressed it again   in a very sensitive area. To understand the new measure, one needs to take a look at the...


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The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for the Free Press


By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

On October 15, 2006, the journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was killed in the lift of her central Moscow home. She was 48 years old. The perpetrators of her murder have still not been found.[1] Exactly 15 years later, the editor of the newspaper where Anna worked, Dmitry Muratov, together with the Filipina journalist Maria Ressa, received the Nobel Peace Prize. According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, this prize was awarded to the two journalists for their “efforts...


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Fraternity, a Way to Build the Future: A conference one year after Fratelli Tutti


By: Pope Francis

On November 8 and 9, 2021, the conference The Culture of Encounter: The Future of Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue was held at the headquarters of La Civiltà Cattolica, co-organized by Georgetown University, Washington D.C.[1] It was the most recent in a series of collaborations between the two distinguished Jesuit Institutions, which began two years ago and continues to bear fruit. Among these is the “China forum for Civilizational Dialogue.”[2] Pope Francis sent the following letter for the occasion. Here follows,...


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What and Who after the Elections In Germany?


By: Andreas R. Batlogg, SJ

Traffic lights or Jamaica?[1] Will Angela Merkel still give the next New Year’s speech? These two questions nag at Germans after the general election on September 26, 2021. It remains to be seen whether in the negotiations for the formation of a government coalition the SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei, Social Democratic Party), the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) and the FDP (Freie Demokratische  Partei, Liberal Democratic Party) will join forces to form a so-called “traffic light coalition,” with former finance minister Olaf...


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Evangelization according to Saint Paul


By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

Saint Paul is the apostle par excellence. When one thinks of evangelization and missionary life, one thinks of him. A man of the great cities, he lived among the capitals of the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire (Ephesus, Corinth, Antioch, Thessalonica). Born into the diaspora, he traveled to Jerusalem for his studies as a Pharisee. A Jew of noble birth, his education gave him the best that Hellenistic-Judaic culture had to offer. At first a persecutor of Christians and...


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The Paralympic Games


By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

In Tokyo, three Italian women captured the attention of the world in the 100 meter sprint [1]: all three ran with a prosthetic leg and set a record. On the same track a month earlier, another Italian, Marcell Jacobs, had surprisingly won Olympic gold, breaking the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters in 9.80s, the fastest Italian after the legendary Jamaican Usain Bolt set his record of 9.58s. The first of the three Italian women, Ambra Sabatini, aged 19, was...


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