Pope Francis

La Civiltà Cattolica was founded in the mid-nineteenth century but only since last February has it been available in English. The following is a speech about the publication’s purpose given by editor-in-chief Father Antonio Spadaro, SJ, at a meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in the city of Cebu.    La Civiltà Cattolica made its mark during a time when the very… Read the full article

Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to Colombia (September 6-11, 2017) was a truly prophetic “manifesto” not only in words but also in actions and gestures. It showed that a different world is possible and indicated to the Church its own role of service as salt of the earth. After decades of government and guerrilla conflicts, the… Read the full article

At one time, when a young Jesuit finished his novitiate and started his studies of philosophy and theology, he was entrusted with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius to be used as a rule of life. It came with a booklet in Latin: Industriae pro superioribus ad curandos animae morbos, written by Fr. Claudio Acquaviva… Read the full article

Characteristics and Biblical images proposed by Pope Francis During Francis’ four-year pontificate we have learned to use the pope’s imaginative definition of a good shepherd as one who wears “the smell of the sheep.” But what are the telltale signs of the “bad shepherd”? First as a Jesuit superior and then as Bishop of Rome,… Read the full article

Painful Paths to Freedom.   The exile Élisée Reclus wrote that “geography is nothing more than history in space, just as history is geography over time.” The forced exodus of millions of refugees that we are witnessing today tells a “story in space,” a nation of refugees, stateless and displaced persons numbering over 65 million… Read the full article