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The Crisis of American Democracy

The Crisis of American Democracy

Drew Christiansen SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica - World Issues, Fri, Jan 15th 2021

Both parties will face questions related to their identity. Will the Republican Party remain Trump’s party, or will it carve out a new identity for itself? Even without Trump, can it wean itself from a win-at-any-cost ethos that has deprived it of any real interest in governing to a renewed civic-mindedness, once associated with Middle America.

Commentary to the 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR B

Commentary to the 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR B

Fernando Armellini - Homilies, Sat, Jan 16th 2021

Today's gospel passage begins with a time indication "The next day." Spontaneously we  wonder what happened the day before. The Baptist was still on stage and it seems that he  was alone, there doesn't seem to have anyone at his side. "Seeing Jesus pass by, he says:  Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” He was not addressing anyone  in particular because it seems that only he and Jesus were present.

The Emergence of Religion in Human Evolution

The Emergence of Religion in Human Evolution

Johan Verschueren,SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica - Articles, Tue, Jan 19th 2021

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).

The Guardian of the Species: Genesis 1:28 and Covid-19

The Guardian of the Species: Genesis 1:28 and Covid-19

Jean-Pierre Sonnet, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica - Church Issues, Thu, Jan 14th 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic and other recent outbreaks of infectious diseases of animal origin have shed a new light on one of the most famous passages of Genesis, the story of the creation and the relationship between human beings and the animal world.

The Economics of Covid-19: From globalization to localization

The Economics of Covid-19: From globalization to localization

Cho Hyun-Chul - La Civiltà Cattolica - Articles, Sun, Jan 17th 2021

 “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.

A Missionary for Life

A Missionary for Life

Xavier Le Normand - La Croix International - Activities, Mon, Jan 18th 2021

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.

Scotland 'saddened' by death of Archbishop Tartaglia

Scotland 'saddened' by death of Archbishop Tartaglia

Brian Morton - The Tablet - Church News, Sat, Jan 16th 2021

Tributes to a “gentle, caring and warm-hearted pastor” greeted the news that the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has died suddenly at home in the city. Archbishop Tartaglia had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating, but it is not yet known whether the virus was implicated in his death.

Pedro Casaldáliga's poetry transforms Mary into everywoman

Pedro Casaldáliga's poetry transforms Mary into everywoman

Margaret Hebblethwaite - The Tablet - Mary, Wed, Jan 20th 2021

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.

What is love asking for us now?

What is love asking for us now?

Ron Rolheiser, OMI - Articles, Tue, Jan 19th 2021

“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.

The Economy of Francesco and Young People

The Economy of Francesco and Young People

Gaël Giraud, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica - Lay, Fri, Jan 22nd 2021

 Pope Francis invited young economists from around the world to meet and reflect on how to “change the current economy and give a soul to the economy of tomorrow.” He invited to participate in this broad, shared discernment, all those who today are beginning to study and practice an economics that is different from the one he rejected in the first chapter of his encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.

President Biden, send a non-Catholic ambassador to the Vatican

President Biden, send a non-Catholic ambassador to the Vatican

Robert Mickens - La Croix International - Activities, Thu, Jan 21st 2021

President-elect Joe Biden should choose a non-Catholic to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Eleven Americans have represented the United States to the Holy See since 1984, the year the two states formally established full diplomatic relations. And every one of those envoys has been a Catholic.

Commentary to the 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR B

Commentary to the 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR B

Fernando Armellini - Homilies, Sat, Jan 23rd 2021

The story of the call of James and John seems to be a repetition of the previous one. Why  does Mark tell it to us? Because it is an important message for us. Jesus meets with all kinds  of people and therefore, with us too, in the condition in which we find ourselves, with the  profession we are carrying out and it is not that it makes us change our profession, he makes  us live our life in a radically different way.