Church Life

The article describes the Church’s contribution to COP24, the World Conference on Climate Change held in December 2018. The Secretary of State and the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York intervened at the conference, underlining the need for urgent action. Progress has been made in regulating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but the political will to act promptly has been lacking. The authors, Michael Czerny, SJ and his brother Robert Czerny are respectively, Undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, and a freelance author.

Shot in a dry and restrained style, the film 3 Faces by Jafar Panahi depicts the reality of traditional life in Iran. While being critical of certain situations, it looks at them with irony, fondness and hope. The actor/director and both actresses called on to give life to the title’s “faces” interpret their roles by blending art and life with ease. Reality sometimes takes on the appearance of falsehood, but behind each lie there is a truth needing to be discovered. A narrow and tortuous road is the symbol of the restricted path traveled by the Iranian cinema industry, a history of different obstacles encountered in various periods by the artists who have been its protagonists.

One of the most deeply rooted symbols in people’s imagination today is the association between happiness and wealth with its many derivatives (consumerism, power and accumulation). Yet this axiom is not only false, it is also one of the major causes of unhappiness. This article presents some detrimental cultural and social consequences of this mentality, also in light of research carried out in the psychological sphere. These all arrive at the same conclusion attributed to Jesus: “There is more joy in giving than in receiving.” Even so, trust in the binomial of happiness and possession-of-goods shows no sign of relenting. It is a typical example of what researchers call “intellectual distortion.”

This article by Cardinal Parolin is the preface to the second volume of La Chiesa In Cina, ed. by Antonio Spadaro Director of La Civilità Cattolica.  The ebook will be released on March 25th and available to purchase at La Civilità Cattolica Please email info@laciviltacattolica.com to register your interest in purchasing a copy of the… Read the full article

How do we communicate in a polarized society? How do we promote unity, encounter and reconciliation while remaining faithful to diversity? What is the attitude, the mindset required to be good communicators in a context where polarization seeks to impose itself on every public or private discussion? Polarization is as old as humanity, but today… Read the full article

Pope Francis has called for a Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region to be held in October, dedicated to the theme, “Amazonia: New Paths for the Church and for an Integral Ecology.” The goal of the Synod is to discuss how the Church can preach the message of Jesus more… Read the full article