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“Freedom Scares Us”: Pope Francis’ conversation with Slovak Jesuits 

Antonio Spadaro, SJ

Bratislava, Sunday September 12, 2021, 5:30 p.m. Pope Francis has just concluded a meeting in the Nunciature with representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches. There is time to..


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The Mysticism of Ignatius of Loyola

Brian O’Leary, SJ

A soldier saint or a mystic?

Over the centuries since 1556, the year of his death, Ignatius has been interpreted through a variety of images. The leading..


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Combatting Throwaway Culture

Wilfred Sumani, SJ

Introduction In the 2014 drama film The Good Lie, Jerry and Mike, two of the “lost boys of Sudan,” land a job at a grocery shop where they experience a culture..


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Watteau’s Journeys Into the Impossible

Teodor Lucian Lechintan, SJ

The 300th anniversary of Antoine Watteau’s death (July 18, 1721) passed almost unnoticed. The world of this artist, with its comic actors and theatrical performers, is best revealed by his..


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Law and Good Ecclesial Government: The Vademecum for cases of sexual abuse and the reform of canonical criminal law

Federico Lombardi, SJ

In the early months of 2020 I wrote an article about the protection of minors and vulnerable persons in the light of regulations that had been promulgated after..


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Thomas Aquinas on Justice

Giovanni Cucci, SJ

The historical background The ancients were well aware of the many aspects of justice. Reading their texts, one is struck by the great richness and complexity of their perspectives. The very root of the Greek word dikaiosynē (justice), dikē, refers to a multiplicity of operational meanings..


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The “Axial Age” and the Invention of a Shared Future

Benoit Vermander, SJ

Even today the notion of the “Axial Age” (Achsenzeit) is the subject of heated debate.[1] Should we consider it a myth or an actual historical reality? As a first step, we should approach the concept as a tool for analysis rather than as a historical reality firmly anchored in time (such as a dynasty or the..


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Afghanistan and the Limits of American Power

Drew Christiansen SJ

Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the refusal of the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden, the United States of America invaded Afghanistan with the aim of..


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The People’s Faith

Daniel Cuesta Gómez, SJ

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..


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Correcting the Genome with CRISPR: Ethical challenges

Andrea Vicini, SJ

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,..


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Afghani Idealism and the Games of the Great Powers

Vladimir Pachkov, SJ

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..


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

Antonio Spadaro, SJ

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..


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