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Issue 1702
 

A Conversation with Cardinal Schonborn on 'Amoris Laetitia'

When conversing with the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, a space for calm and attentive reflection is created. Personifying lucidity of thought and spiritual depth, he follows the charism of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, and our conversation could be summarized in Aquinas’ motto, Contemplataaliistradere, “transmit to others the things that have been contemplated.” Our conversation was, in fact, a transmission and sharing of reasoning verified in prayer, anything but abstract intellectual or academic theses. The tone and the rhythm of the conversation reflected this contemplative dimension. On April 8, 2016, the cardinal presented Amoris Laetitia (AL) during...

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ
 

Features of a Sustainability Science

In 2020 the success or failure of the twenty-first meeting of the Commission of Parties of the United Nations (COP21 Paris) will be remembered as it gave the responsibility to each nation to go home and review commitments.[1] Over 110 countries signed up to the Nationally Determined Contributions scheme.[2] The year 2015 was also notable for a retake on human needs and action to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released in New York.[3] Not tangential to these events and embracing the whole of humanity was the Holy Father’s encyclical Laudato Si’, “Care for our Common Home.”[4] Others might remember...

By: Pedro Walpole, SJ
 

The Election of Donald Trump

Surprise and astonishment was the almost universal response to the results of the presidential election in the United States. Practically all the experts were wrong in predicting that Hillary Clinton would be the next president of the United States. Why were the polls and pundits wrong? Why did Donald Trump win? What does this say about the future of American politics? What difference will a Trump presidency make? What will be the role of the Church in the next four years? [restrict userlevel="subscriber,author"] Why were the polls and pundits wrong? Actually, the national polls were not wrong. Hillary Clinton did...

By: Thomas J. Reese, SJ
 

The Posting of Luther’s 95 Theses: History or Legend

The Protestant Reformation began five hundred years ago, on October 31, 1517. According to historiographical accounts, on that day, the eve of the Feast of All Saints, Martin Luther, a young Augustinian professor of the convent at Wittenberg, is said to have nailed his 95 Theses on indulgences to the door of the castle church.[1] This event is only attested to in a single document, redacted by Melanchthon in 1546, several months after the death of the reformer: “Luther wrote the theses on indulgences and he affixed them publicly to the door of the church which is next to the...

By: Giancarlo Pani SJ
 

Architect Tadao Ando: Master of Paradox

One of the most influential architects today, the Japanese autodidact Tadao Ando (1941, Osaka) is a master of paradox. His works intermingle simplicity with mystery, globalization with roots, dead matter with personality, rationality with wild nature. No wonder that many of the most recent monographs on contemporary sacred space include references to his oeuvre.[1] His four modest chapels (1986-1993) belong to the United Church of Christ in Japan, founded in 1942 in order to integrate Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational, and Baptist denominations, following a directive of the ultra-nationalistic government. Today, these buildings still have such a contemporary character it is surprising...

By: Bert Daelemans, SJ
 

Important Figures of the Early Church in China: The Role of Christian Communities

About 50 years ago George H. Dunne, SJ wrote a successful book on the story of the Jesuits in China in the early seventeenth century, which he entitled Generation of Giants. Like many mission histories he focused on well-known missionaries, such as Matteo Ricci, and showed how they influenced the development of Christianity in China. But who are the giants in mission history and what influence did they exercise? In this article I will focus on a neglected aspect of the “other” in the history of Christianity in China until today: I will not center on missionaries, but on Chinese,...

By: Nicolas Standaert, SJ
 

Justus Takayama Ukon: The Great Japanese Missionary of the Sixteenth Century

Four hundred years have passed since the death of Justus Takayama Ukon, remembered and revered in Japan not only as a martyr, but also as a great witness to the Christian faith, which he practiced in connection with the mission of the Society of Jesus. He was the greatest Japanese missionary of the sixteenth century because of how he lived the Christian faith with the tenacity, rigor and loyalty that were typical of the Japanese people, promoting the inculturation of Christianity through the witness of his life, which eventually led to his dying while in exile. Already at the time...

By: Toni Witwer, SJ
 

Pope Francis at 80: A Leader on the World Stage

On December 17, 2016, Pope Francis turned eighty. Despite the weight of his responsibility, he continues to show boundless energy as he carries out the Petrine ministry he was called to exercise three and a half years ago. This milestone in his life offers us a fitting occasion to reflect on his moral authority as Supreme Pontiff. The fact is that in today’s world there are many – not only Catholics, Christians, and believers, but also many non-believers beyond the confines of religion – who consider Pope Francis a world leader; a man of such moral authority and trustworthiness that...

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ
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