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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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From May 24 to 27, 2021, the Italian Episcopal Conference held their 74th General Assembly. Pope Francis opened it with a prayer and a dialogue with the bishops present. The work of the Assembly, under the guidance of Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, focused on the theme: “Proclaiming the Gospel in a time of rebirth. Starting a… Read the full article

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Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti has a number of parallels with the African ethic of Ubuntu. Published in October 2020, the encyclical has drawn attention to the social consciousness on solidarity between different members of society based on social-interdependence. The African concept of Ubuntu largely refers to inter-connectedness within humanity and between its members, and… Read the full article

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Father Timothy Radcliffe, who was Master General of the Dominicans, has presented the relationship between faith and culture in these terms: “I grew up in a Catholic subculture that interpreted existence and the world in terms of gratitude and blessing. We believed in a God who heard our prayers, who loved us, and who at… Read the full article

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On the occasion of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis promulgated a document by which he recognized the possibility for women to exercise the instituted ministries of lector and acolyte. It is well known that earlier legislation, established by Paul VI with a similar measure, reserved these ministries to male laity…. Read the full article

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At 7:30 a.m. on March 5, 2021, an Alitalia flight carrying Pope Francis, members of his entourage and journalists took off for Baghdad, where it landed at 2 p.m. local time. During the General Audience of March 3, on the eve of his departure, the pontiff had said: “For a long time I have wanted… Read the full article

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Metz is not only a French city on the Moselle River, but also the name of a German theologian who gained worldwide fame: Johann Baptist Metz.[1] His name is associated with powerful key expressions such as “the new political theology,” “theology after Auschwitz,” “compassion,” “open-eyed mysticism,” and memoria passionis. After his death on December 2,… Read the full article

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Among the Enlightenment’s legacy there is an idea that spanned the centuries and penetrated deeply into the mentality of people in the West. It is the idea of progress, the idea of moving toward our cultural, moral and material best, especially thanks to the successes of science and technology. This idea shaped much of modern… Read the full article

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