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When the cardinals gathered in conclave and elected Cardinal Karol Wojtyła as the successor of St Peter on October 16, 1978, the choice was somewhat surprising. He was the first non-Italian pope since Hadrian VI (elected in 1522) and, above all, he came from Eastern Europe, from beyond the Iron Curtain, from Krakow in Poland…. Read the full article

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The early 1960s, a time of cultural upheaval The cultural challenges facing the Church and the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s did not come as a surprise.[1] They were the culmination of the long evolution of modern Western culture, the origins of which go back to the Enlightenment. These challenges had emerged with… Read the full article

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The concept “signs of the times” was introduced into official Catholic terminology by Pope John XXIII in the 1961 apostolic constitution Humanae Salutis (HS): “We know that the sight of these evils so depresses the minds of some people that they see nothing but darkness, which they think entirely envelops the world. We, on the… Read the full article

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During the Cold War the dominant strategic doctrine was MAD—Mutually Assured Destruction. The irony of the English acronym was grimly acknowledged by proponents and critics alike. You would have to be crazy to initiate a nuclear war that would bring destruction on a global scale. It appears, however, that those MAD days are upon us… Read the full article

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On February 4, 2019, Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb signed a joint declaration of goodwill.[1] The text calls for a commentary from both a Catholic theological and Islamic studies point of view.[2] First, however, some remarks on context are due. Comparable texts have been signed before. Among them are the final declarations of the… Read the full article

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Pope Francis launched the year of “Amoris Laetitia Family” in March 2021 to celebrate  the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris laetita.  Here at La Civiltà Cattolica, English Edition this conversation with Cardinal Christoph Schonborn from March 2017 is now available free of charge to all visitors. When conversing with… Read the full article