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Governing In A Disordered Age – Renewal Of The JPII Theological Institute-November 2019

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Paul Ricœur in the Magisterium of Pope Francis

By: Andreas Lind, SJ

Several studies have been published in recent years on the “genealogy” of the thought of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. In this regard, a book by Massimo Borghesi has exerted a strong influence.[1] The implicit background against which Bergoglio’s thought is set seems to be inspired above all by the anthropology of Romano Guardini and the interpretation that the philosopher Gaston Fessard gave of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Since becoming pope, Francis has revealed that, in addition to...

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Toward a Culture of Care: COP26 climate and policy issues

By: Gaël Giraud, SJ

The 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) takes place from October 31 to November 12, 2021, at the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, UK. It was postponed by a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Extreme climate events are becoming more numerous and intense and the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working Group One has just published an alarming report. This conference, organized together with Italy, marks a crucial step in the implementation of the Paris Agreement....

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The Beauty of Physics

By: Paolo Beltrame, SJ

The greatest poet of the English language Whenever physicists confer, they are likely to declare their belief in the beauty of the laws of nature. It must also be acknowledged that passion for beauty and search for harmony are part of the very essence of being human. Now, after these initial assertions, two things should be highlighted. The first is a question: Isn’t an “act of faith” – such as that in the beauty of natural laws – exactly what...

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The Martyrdom of Fr. Olivier Maire

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

A new link has been added to the chain of murders that is bloodying the Catholic Church, particularly in France. In Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, in Vendée, on August 9, 2021, a religious priest, Fr. Olivier Maire, was killed by a Rwandan asylum seeker, whom he was hosting in his home and whose needy situation he had taken to heart. The victim, 60 years old, was ordained priest in 1990 after studying biology, belonged to the Montfortian Congregation. Maire was known for his...

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A Theology of Memory in Response to Clerical Sexual Abuse

By: Marcel Uwineza, SJ

On October 5, 2021, the Report of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuses in the Church in France was published. It was requested by the French Bishops’ Conference and is now available for in-depth examination so that more effective strategies can be taken in the fight against abuse. The Report shows that over a period of 70 years some 3,000 priests and religious sexually abused minors or vulnerable persons. A total of 216,000 people in France today (with a margin...

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‘Summer of Soul’: A Celebration of Black Culture

By: Mariano Iacobellis, SJ

The small rural county of Bethel in New York State was chosen to host a musical event, from August 15-18, 1969, that has gone down in history as Woodstock. Three days of “peace and rock music” that became a legend, with countless films and documentaries dedicated to this hippie event par excellence. Meanwhile, only 160 kilometers away, Mount Morris Park (now renamed Marcus Garvey Park) in the heart of Harlem hosted the Harlem Cultural Festival to celebrate the best of...

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