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

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Art recounts the Plight of Refugees

By: Luigi Territo, SJ

Geographic maps are a mirror of time: borders and boundaries move on the chessboard of history and speak of wars, foreign occupations and international treaties. Daniel Pennac commented, “Writing history means messing up geography.”[1] Élisée Reclus, the French geographer and politician, was well aware of it in the 1950s when he penned an important work called Nouvelle Géographie Universelle. A restless personality and brilliant scholar, Reclus was forced into exile from France on two occasions because of his anarchist ideas....

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African Spirituality and Its Contribution to the Ecological Crisis

By: Marcel Uwineza, SJ

Introduction “No one throws a stone where he or she has placed a container of milk.” The wisdom of this Rwandan saying has never been as needed as it is today, particularly with regard to the depletion of the environment. We continue to throw stones that destroy our “common home.”[1] I use this proverb to underline that African moral principles are founded on taboos or proscriptions that spell out what ought to be done or not be done in order...

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The Practice of Zen and Christian Meditation

By: Hans Waldenfels, SJ

Unlike Islam, Buddhism presents itself to the public in a subtler way. In fact, in an age characterized by activism and feverish agitation, Buddhism offers an alternative way to people on a religious quest. Throughout wide areas of public life, the invitation to silence and meditation is no longer connected to the Christian Church. In churches, however, there are numerous opportunities for reflection, and some of them have an Asian origin. In that sense, beyond the simple attraction of Asian...

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Luther and the Magnificat

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ

In a recent biography of Luther, historian Heinz Schilling describes the devotion of the reformer to Mary the Mother of Jesus and his theological sensitivity to Marian themes that would later be neglected by his followers. Among the works finished in 1521, Schilling describes Luther’s commentary on the canticle of Mary: “He then completed his interpretation of the Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55, the song of praise by the Mother of God that lay very close to his heart. While his successors...

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The Question of Qatar

By: Drew Christiansen SJ

For many observers the Obama Administration’s Middle East policy was overly cautious, especially at a time of high turmoil and human tragedy in the region. In Libya, President Obama was derided for “leading from behind.” In Syria, his failure, after drawing a red line, to bomb Syrian poison gas arsenals was dismissed by hawkish critics on the right and inevitably by the press, too, as lacking fighting spirit. President Obama’s acceptance of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer to dismantle the...

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Parrhesia: Freedom of Speech in Early Christianity

By: Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

The philosopher Michel Foucault defines parrhesia as “the frankness, the openness of heart, the opening of word, the openness of language, the freedom of speech.”[1] However, this does not mean saying what one wants in the way one wants, for by its very nature parrhesia reflects an ethical attitude in that what one has to say is said “because it is both necessary and useful, as well as being true.”[2] Therefore, parrhesia is connected to the truth and to the...

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