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The Ignatian Year

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We are celebrating an Ignatian year, marking the 500th anniversary of the conversion of the Saint of Loyola. Almost all of us know that his conversion took place while he was infirm and convalescing from a wound caused by a  cannon ball during the French attack on the fortress of Pamplona on May 20, 1521…. Read the full article

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A petition with more than 1.2 million signatures was delivered to the Italian Supreme Court last October 8, calling for a referendum with the aim to legalize euthanasia. Of these almost 400,000 were gathered online. The referendum aims to repeal the regulation in the criminal code that prevents the introduction of legal euthanasia in Italy…. Read the full article

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The temptation to triumphalism – Christianity without the cross – and its more insidious form, spiritual worldliness – is difficult to discern. If there is a theme in the magisterium of Bergoglio-Francis that recurs with particular frequency, it is precisely this.[1] In the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, pronouncing a “no to spiritual worldliness,” Francis put… Read the full article

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“Apart from the annual celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the Church has no more ancient custom than celebrating the memorial of the Nativity of the Lord and of his first manifestations, and this takes place in Christmas Time.”[1] This celebration begins with the First Vespers of Christmas and ends on the Sunday after the Epiphany…. Read the full article

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At 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021, Ita Airways flight AZ4000, carrying Pope Francis, the papal entourage and accredited journalists, took off for Larnaca International Airport where it landed at 3 p.m. local time. So began the pope’s apostolic journey to Cyprus. The island marks the border and junction between Europe and the Middle East. Its… Read the full article

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“I express my closeness to the thousands of migrants, refugees and others in need of protection in Libya. I never forget you. I hear your cries and I pray for you. Many of these men, women and children are subjected to inhuman violence. Once again I call on the international community to keep its promises… Read the full article

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The 16th century in Spain was a turning point for the whole world. The New World was gradually being discovered by European explorers, the Renaissance reached its peak, and it gave us three of the greatest mystics of the Christian tradition, people whose writings on the spiritual life have for centuries guided those seeking a… Read the full article

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The search for God at every moment is the hinge on which Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s whole doctrine of spiritual discernment turns. In this sense it is not specific to Saint Ignatius, because such expressions are common, both in the Old Testament (cf. Amos 5:4, with the note in the Jerusalem Bible) and the New… Read the full article

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