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THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CHINA AND THE HOLY SEE
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Published Date : 2018-09-15
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The Agreement between China and the Holy See


By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

The signing of a provisional agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Holy See was announced by the Press Office of the Holy See on September 22, 2018. It is helpful to understand this agreement as a true harmony of notes. That is to say, the beginning of a composition that has yet to be developed. This is not, then, the conclusion of a process, but it is a real starting point that needs to be implemented through...


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‘I am just a boy’: Meditating on the young with Kings David and Solomon


By: Vincenzo Anselmo, SJ

Is it possible to depend on young people? Is it not risky to give responsibilities to those who have not gained experience? Would trust in a young person be misplaced? Ecclesiastes seems to respond to these questions by stating: “Alas for you, O land, when your king is a child (na’ar)” (Eccles 10:16). Even the prophet Jeremiah, facing the mission that God entrusted to him, is self-deprecating and resists, citing his young age as the reason: “Then I said, ‘Ah,...


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Refugees in Crisis: Spiritual Resources and Ethical Principles


By: David Hollenbach, SJ

The humanitarian system is severely challenged today. There are more displaced people today than at any time since World War II. Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the situation a “monumental crisis” that will require a response based on “monumental solidarity.”[1] We need to develop much better ways of protecting the humanity of those threatened by tragedies today. The first part of this article highlights some resources found in the religious and spiritual traditions of our world for responding...


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Jerusalem: Holy City, Open City


By: Giovanni Sale, SJ

The year 2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. The United Nations resolution of November 29, 1947, had established that two independent and sovereign states would be created from the Palestinian territory, ex British Mandate: one Jewish and one Palestinian. This resolution created the so-called “partition plan” that met with opposition from Arab countries. It was never actually implemented. On this anniversary, U.S. President Donald Trump wanted the U.S. Embassy...


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Don Tonino Bello: A bishop who became the Gospel


By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

“A bishop who became the Gospel”: this is the expression that Monsignor Agostino Superbo, the postulator of the cause of beatification, uses to define Don Antonio Bello, paraphrasing the latter’s own definition of a bishop. In fact, at the beginning of his episcopal ministry, Don Tonino said: “I would like to be a bishop who becomes his people, a bishop elevated to the dignity of the people.”[1] To those who asked him about the elements of his human, religious and pastoral formation,...


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Against the Spirit of Fierceness


By: Diego Fares SJ

The “spirit of fierceness” pervades human history. Its form may change but it is always the same dynamic: one of opposition against “the other.” We see it first in the anger of Cain, when it drove him to kill his brother. And it continues to be unleashed in the fury of the dragon who, unable to kill the woman, a symbol of the Church, turns its anger against the “rest of her children” (cf. Gen 4:6; Rev 12:17). New forms...


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People as a Mythical Concept for Pope Francis, Reader of Dostoyevsky


By: José Luis Narvaja, SJ

There is a work by Romano Guardini that was well known to Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio when he was rector of the faculties of philosophy and theology at San Miguel in Buenos Aires. It is Religiöse Gestalten in Dostojewskijs Werk (Religious Figures in Dostoyevsky’s Work), in which the master from the Rhine analyzes the world of the characters of the Russian writer.[1] Bergoglio in that period recommended the reading of this monograph, which already circulated among the students.[2] His personal reading...


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Benjamin Britten’s ‘Billy Budd’


By: Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ

Billy Budd is an opera in two acts by Benjamin Britten. It finally came to Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera nearly 70 years after its London premiere in a coproduction with Madrid’s Royal Theater and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. This version has been awarded the prestigious International Opera Award for best production.  The Short Story by Herman Melville This masterpiece is inspired by a novella of the same name by Herman Melville, who dedicated the last, hard years...


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Paradoxes of Vulnerability


By: Diego Fares SJ

In his message for the First World Day of the Poor, celebrated November 19, 2017, Pope Francis stressed “how hard it is for our contemporary world to see poverty clearly for what it is.” And yet, “in myriad ways poverty challenges us daily, in faces marked by suffering.”[1] Completing the otherwise abstract evaluation based on indices of vulnerability, poverty and human development – necessary but insufficient, as recognized by the United Nations Development Programme[2] – the pope invites us to...


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Korea: the State of Play


By: Kim Youn-su, SJ

On April 27, 2018, a historic meeting took place between Moon Jae-in, the president of the Republic of Korea, and Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The meeting concluded with a declaration affirming their mutual commitment to bringing war between the countries to an end and building a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. The success of this inter-Korean summit paved the way to a historic meeting between the North Korean leader and the president of the United...


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