In the poetry of the liberation theologian and bishop Pedro Casaldáliga, Mary of Nazareth is transformed from a pale-skinned virgin, with her eyes lowered in submission, to everywoman responding to God’s word of liberation.
“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anne Lamott. Those are words worth contemplating, on all sides of the political and religious divide today. We live in a time of bitter division.
A new volume, The Emergence of Religion in Human Evolution, tries to give an initial answer to this question. The study was born from the collaboration between Margaret Boone Rappaport, an American biologist and cultural anthropologist specializing in human cognitive evolution, and Christopher J. Corbally, a British astronomer and Jesuit priest, member of the research group of the Specola Vaticana at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome. Both scientists work in Tucson, Arizona (USA).
Father Pier Luigi Maccalli had been working as a Catholic missionary in southern Niger for 11 years when -- on September 17, 2018 -- he was abducted in the middle of the night from his home in the small village of Bamoango.His kidnappers took the then-57-year-old Italian priest and member of the Society of African Missions (SMA) into the Sahel Desert.
“After Covid-19 it will all be different.” We often hear these words. However, people have different opinions about how it will be different, just as people evaluate differently how things were before. How will we act after Covid-19? The answer depends on our views about the pandemic.