Issue 2110

The People’s Faith

Popular religiosity rarely leaves people indifferent. For some it is a great opportunity for the Church as well as a sign of her vitality, showing how the desire for God is present in our society. For others, on the contrary, it manifests the obvious decadence of a Church no longer able to transmit the profound truth of the Gospel, and so generating substitutes that distance people from the message of Jesus Christ, leading them to superstition, heterodoxy and superficiality. Be that as it may, popular religiosity in the Catholic world moves the masses, both in old and secularized Europe, in...

By: Daniel Cuesta Gómez, SJ

Correcting the Genome with CRISPR: Ethical challenges

The year 2020 was dominated by the Covid-19 global pandemic with its incredible cost in human lives and multiple economic, social and spiritual consequences. For those involved in genetic research, and particularly in the area of gene editing techniques, 2020 will be remembered also for the prestigious international recognition – the Nobel Prize – and the initial clinical successes of the genome editing technique called “CRISPR-Cas9.”[1] Any comment on these achievements needs to take into account some ethical considerations. In dialogue with researchers and “all people of good will,” as Pope Francis desires,[2] we can ask ourselves how we should...

By: Andrea Vicini, SJ

Afghani Idealism and the Games of the Great Powers

July 4th –  United States Independence Day – could have become an important date in Afghan history as well. On the previous Friday night, July 2nd, the Americans abandoned Bagram airport without notifying their Afghan allies, leaving behind a pile of military equipment that they had intentionally destroyed. They also cut off the electricity supply, among other measures.[1] It had been known that the Americans would shortly withdraw and it became absolutely certain after President Biden’s speech on April 14, 2021, but no one imagined they would do it in the way they did. The number of foreign soldiers in...

By: Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

“The Center of the Church? It’s not the Church!”: Pope Francis in Budapest and Slovakia

At 6:10 a.m. on September 12, 2021, a flight with the pope on board, together with, his entourage and 78 accredited journalists, took off from Fiumicino airport for Budapest, where it landed around 7:45 a.m. Thus began the 34th apostolic journey of Pope Francis. The reason for the stop in the Hungarian capital was the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, which took place on September 5-12. Originally planned for September 2020, the normal four years after the previous Congress in the Philippines, it had been postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. The motto of the event was taken from Psalm...

By: Antonio Spadaro, SJ
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