The Jesuit Contribution to Nation-Building in India: Challenging the Jesuit Imagination

ABSTRACT – The inaugural address to the International Seminar on Jesuit Contribution to Nation-Building in South Asia from the 19th-century till Today, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. Jnana Deepa Vidyapeet, Pune, November 27-29, 2014. RUDOLF C. HEREDIA,...


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

ABSTRACT – 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 Catholic Church and the Holy City

ABSTRACT – 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...


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

ABSTRACT – 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....


Bullying and Cyberbullying: Two phenomena on the rise

ABSTRACT – 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),...


Dialogue and Proclamation in Catholic Universities

ABSTRACT – 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...


Discerning Faith in a Post-Christian Culture

ABSTRACT – 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...


Aggiornamento of the Chinese Catholic Church

ABSTRACT – 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,...