Issue 1803

Discerning Faith in a Post-Christian Culture

In his address to the participants at the International Peace Conference at Al-Azhar (Cairo, Egypt) on April 28, 2017, Pope Francis reminded his listeners that dialogue on a global level may occur if three basic duties are observed: the duty to respect one’s own identity and that of others, the courage to accept differences, and the willingness to recognize the sincerity of the intentions of other people.[1] In Evangelii Gaudium (EG), his apostolic exhortation on “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis recalled that “true openness involves remaining steadfast in one’s deepest convictions, clear and joyful in one’s own identity,...

By: Paolo Gamberini, SJ

'Gaudete et Exsultate', Pope Francis calls on us to 'Rejoice and be Glad'

Gaudete et Exsultate Sources, Structure and Meaning of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Five years after his election Pope Francis has decided to publish his third apostolic exhortation, titled Gaudete et Exsultate (GE). As the subtitle explicitly states, its theme is “the call to holiness in today’s world.” The pontiff launches a plain, essential message, indicating that what counts, what is the essence of Christian life – to use the terminology of St. Ignatius of Loyola – is to “seek and find God in all things,” following the instruction of his invitation to Jesuits: curet primo Deum.[1] This is the heart...

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ

The Catholic Church and the Holy City

Pope Francis spoke about Jerusalem at his general audience on December 6, 2017, just a few hours before US President Donald Trump affirmed that his government recognizes Jerusalem as “the capital of Israel.”[1] Pope Francis said: “I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days and, at the same time, I wish to make a heartfelt appeal to ensure that everyone is committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.” He noted that “Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews,...

By: David Neuhaus, SJ

"Generating the Future": Francis’ apostolic journey to Chile and Peru

On January 15, 2018, at 8:30 a.m., a flight with Pope Francis, the papal entourage and accredited journalists on board departed Rome for Santiago de Chile. Thus began the pope’s 22nd apostolic journey overseas, this time to Chile and Peru. Here we will try to illustrate two particular focal points – future and unity – that can act as interpretative keys of the entire apostolic journey, before presenting in further detail some moments and concluding with a synthesis. The two fires: the future to be built and the unity that fears no conflict A pivotal and constant theme throughout this...

By: Diego Fares SJ

Bullying and Cyberbullying: Two phenomena on the rise

Some points of reference A non-profit telephone helpline set up in Italy in 1987 to guarantee the rights of children, Telefono Azzurro, recorded 270 cases of bullying and cyberbullying in the course of nine months (September 2015 to June 2016), practically one call a day leading to 619 consultations. The victims of physical bullying are for the most part male (55 percent); girls, on the other hand, are the object of most cases of cyberbullying (70 percent). The perpetrators are above all male (60 percent of cases) and, in contrast to cyberbullying, they mostly know the victim. Even age is...

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

Dialogue and Proclamation in Catholic Universities

The many Catholic universities spread around the world have an important role in allowing their students to obtain a better understanding of the Christian faith. So, in view of the Synod of Bishops that will be held in October 2018 on the theme, “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment,” it is good to look at the way these universities carry out their intellectual and educational work. One thing that has important implications for the work of Catholic universities is the relationship between dialogue and proclamation: a decisive connection for their contribution to the Church’s call to bring the good news...

By: David Hollenbach, SJ

Aggiornamento of the Chinese Catholic Church

China has accomplished much in recent decades with huge social, economic and political transformations. However, the challenges faced by the local Catholic Church are not vanishing. All kinds of difficulties continue to constrain the growth of the Chinese Catholic Church, forcing it to adapt its own framework and to produce new responses. In the midst of this moving and tormented context, many voices from the Church and beyond constantly arise to offer analyses, to suggest practical guidelines or even to propose solutions. The number of these commentators, experts and well-intentioned people is countless. Still, their discourses could be grouped into...

By: Thierry Meynard, SJ
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