Issue 2112

Love? A worship pleasing to God...

Born in 1982 in Tripoli, Arwa Abouon never knew the hot wind of the Libyan desert or the suffering of a people wounded by wars. Her family soon moved from Libya to Canada. Raised in a multi-cultural environment and always interested in dialogue between cultures and religions, she graduated from in Design, Art and Photography. The young artist explores the conflicting identities that inhabit her world: gender issues, religious experiences, traditions and modernity. Interviewed about the representation of the veil in her works, the young Libyan artist explained that her photographs are not meant to participate in a political debate,...

By: Luigi Territo, SJ

Spiritual Discernment

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... to seek his Word, his Face, his Will... to seek his Kingdom.[1] But this biblical thought also becomes Ignatian when...

By: Miguel Ángel Fiorito, SJ

Fortitude: A demanding virtue

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 the perpetrators . Some have attributed the following to Edmund Burke: “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is...

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Pope Francis, Vaccines and Global Health

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 history, beginning with Jesus, accompanying the sick and caring for them has been an integral part of the personal and...

By: Andrea Vicini, SJ

Israel Post-Netanyahu

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 Netanyahu ally, announced that he had succeeded in forming a government. No less surprising was the decision that Lapid himself...

By: David Neuhaus, SJ

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

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 recent history of the Roman Missal with regard to pontifical concessions now revoked. Francis himself is our guide. He has...

By: Cesare Giraudo, SJ

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for the Free Press

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 to safeguard freedom of expression, a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace.” It is important to explain why the prize...

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

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

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, as documentation of the event, an article that appeared in “L’Osservatore Romano”, on November 9, 2021, by Roberto Cetera.  ...

By: Pope Francis
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