Church Life

The meeting “Child Protection in the Church” called by Pope Francis took place from February 21-24, 2019, with the participation of some 190 people in the New Synod Hall in Vatican City.[1] Two liturgical celebrations took place in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace, duly prepared to host the penitential liturgy on the Saturday… Read the full article

The first public engagement of the journey to the United Arab Emirates – where the pope arrived on the evening of Sunday, February 3, 2019 – was an interreligious meeting held in the afternoon of Monday, February 4, at the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi. The Grand Imam of al-Azhar and Pope Francis concluded the… Read the full article

La Civiltà Cattolica and Georgetown University unite in a forum On December 11, 2018, at the home of La Civiltà Cattolica in Rome, the first public meeting took place of the China Forum for Civilization Dialogue. This is a platform for dialogue between China and the West that originates in the collaboration between this journal… Read the full article

On November 14, 2018, the feast of St. Giuseppe Pignatelli, Fr. Arturo Sosa, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, announced to the entire Society that “the process has begun toward the possible beatification of Fr. Pedro Arrupe.” The Society of Jesus had asked the Vicariate of Rome, the place where Fr. Arrupe died,… Read the full article

On February 9, 2017, on the occasion of the publication of the 4000th edition of La Civiltà Cattolica, Pope Francis held an audience to receive the Jesuits who work for the magazine. On that occasion he proposed to the “workers” of La Civiltà Cattolica – and here the reference was specifically to “workers” and not “intellectuals” – three guiding words to animate the journal and ensure it is truly Catholic: restlessness, incompleteness and imagination. Last year, a volume appeared, titled Solo l’inquietudine dà pace (Only Restlessness Brings Peace), in which journalists from different cultural backgrounds sought to reflect on these words. Why did those words and that speech attract so much attention? Where did they come from? The restlessness of Francis, his incomplete thought – which is a way to define discernment – and his imagining of “creative solutions” to current problems, are all sourced in the spirituality of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

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.