Issue 1812

Justice in the Global Economy: Building sustainable and inclusive communities

In June 2016, Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, sent a document to his fellow Jesuits proposing a greater commitment to the cause of global economic justice in order to better serve our brothers and sisters victimized by unjust economic and social structures.[1] The document was inspired by Pope Francis’ eloquent and critical appeals – in speeches, homilies, and other writings – for us to address unjust economic systems. “He insisted that we identify the cruel and unjust forces of a mercantile economy that leave so many people behind and deprived of basic necessities.” To...

By: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ

Restorative Justice in Brazil: The Educational Method of APAC Prisons

In the dark world of prisons, an experience exists in Brazil that is like a ray of light: there, prisoners are not numbers, rather they are referred to by name; they have tasks to carry out; they are imprisoned in places without bars and without guards; they do not wear uniforms. In these “alternative jails” run by prisoners – called recuperandi (recovering people) – there have been no riots or cases of corruption, while recidivism has been reduced from 85 percent to 15 percent.[1] It does not seem possible, yet experience, data and management costs prove it to be true:...

By: Francesco Occhetta, SJ

Europe in an Exercise of Social Imagination

“Following the 2015/16 peak of refugee arrivals in Europe, attention has now shifted toward effectively integrating migrants into their new communities. While migration policy remains a national responsibility, central and local authorities recognize that integration needs to happen where people are, in their workplaces, in their neighborhoods, and in the schools where they send their children. Behind every migration statistic, there are individuals or families starting a new life in a new place. Local authorities, while coordinating with all levels of government and other local partners, play a key role in integrating newcomers and empowering them to contribute to their...

By: Camillo Ripamonti, SJ

The Popular Conscience of the Church: A brief itinerary from 'Ecclesiam Suam' to 'Evangelii Gaudium'

At the beginning of his exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG), Pope Francis cites the encyclical letter Ecclesiam Suam (ES) of St. Paul VI, citing these significant words: “Paul VI invited us to deepen the call to renewal and to make it clear that renewal does not only concern individuals but the entire Church. Let us return to a memorable text that continues to challenge us: ‘The Church must look with penetrating eyes within herself, ponder the mystery of her own being’ (ES 26).” Pope Francis adds, still quoting from Ecclesiam Suam, that this self-awareness “is the source of the Church’s heroic and...

By: Jorge R. Seibold, SJ

A Family Affair: Kore-eda Hirokazu’s film Shoplifter

With a discreet eye and bristling sensitivity, Japanese film director Kore-eda Hirokazu examines a group of people (a family?) living on the margins of a crowded city. What does living on the margins mean? It means having no roots, surviving by chance, clinging to the fragility of others for fear of succumbing to your own. The film Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. [restrict userlevel="subscriber,author,dec2018guest"] Before civil society A middle-aged man, Osamu (Lily Franky) and a boy, Shota (Jyo Kairi) help themselves to goods from the shelves of a supermarket as they believe that the...

By: Virgilio Fantuzzi, SJ

The History of Relations between the Holy See and China

Relations between the Holy See and China since the 19th century have seen changing fortunes: from the Opium Wars to the French protectorate over missions in China, from the dramatic Boxer Rebellion to diplomatic relations being established, from the rise to power of Mao Zedong to the reforms of the new regime, up to the dialogue of today. This intricate history can be briefly summarized by looking at its principal phases. Western imperialism and the French protectorate  Following the first Opium War (1839-1842), in the context of the weakness of the Chinese Empire and the assertion of the political, military...

By: Federico Lombardi, SJ

Confidence in the Journey of the Church in China

With his “Message to the Catholics of China and to the Universal Church,”[1] September 26, 2018, the most authoritative voice, the pope himself, explained the significance of the agreement signed on September 22, 2018, in Beijing between the Holy See and the authorities of the People’s Republic of China, assuming responsibility for it all. The message is clear and removes all possible doubt about the intention and spirit that animated Pope Francis in encouraging and guiding his collaborators along the path of delicate negotiations that led to this first important result. Contrary voices have not, in fact, been missing; contrary...

By: La Civiltà Cattolica

Nelson Mandela: His Life and Legacy

Introduction The 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was celebrated on July 18, 2018. Co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1993) and recipient of numerous honors, Mandela was the first president of post-apartheid democratic South Africa (1994-1999) and has been widely acknowledged as one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century. In this article I shall examine his career, leadership style, his faith and some of the posthumous controversies about him, concluding that, despite his many faults, Mandela’s greatness remains. Indeed, I shall suggest that he was above all a public figure who embodied many of...

By: Anthony Egan, SJ
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