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Holiness is the choice of a friendship. Every path of holiness implies a choice that is renewed at every step. Pope Francis writes: “More than rules and obligations, the choice that Jesus sets before us is to follow him as friends follow one another, seeking each other’s company and spending time together out of pure… Read the full article

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The impulse toward renewal that Pope Francis is impressing on the life of believers concerns all the dimensions of the ecclesial community and reaches the various areas of the life of the Church. While the importance that the pope attaches to theology is often underestimated, in reality he cares very much about a serious and… Read the full article

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The Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Panamazon region has just ended. Here we offer some immediate reflections on the value of this synodal assembly – the fourth of the pontificate of Francis, after the two synods on the family and the synod on young people. Already, we can discern some fundamental… Read the full article

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The Document on Human Brotherhood, signed by Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb in Abu Dhabi on February 4, 2019, is an important text for all, especially for Christians. It is also an invitation to consider the subject through the Bible, where there are many passages that develop the idea of brotherhood. In the… Read the full article

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Introduction Fr. Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs five years ago. Since then, every day, Christians and Muslims have visited the garden of the Jesuit residence to pray at his tomb. Fr. Frans – in Arabic Abuna Francis – was a Jesuit priest originally from the Netherlands. He died in Homs, Syria, on… 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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After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the world – and not just the West – is living in a time of Islamic-inspired terrorism. After New York, there was Madrid, London, Paris, Nice, not to mention the punishing series of attacks and massacres in Syria, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. This phenomenon has contributed to… Read the full article

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The first public engagement of the journey to the United Arab Emirates – where the pope arrived on the evening of Sunday, February 3, 2019 – was an interreligious meeting held in the afternoon of Monday, February 4, at the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi. The Grand Imam of al-Azhar and Pope Francis concluded the… Read the full article

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