Church Thought

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, the world – and not just the West – is living in a time of Islamic-inspired terrorism. After New York, there was Madrid, London, Paris, Nice, not to mention the punishing series of attacks and massacres in Syria, Pakistan, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. This phenomenon has contributed to… Read the full article

A few years ago, Conrad Hackett, head of the team that published the Pew Research Center’s report on the spread of different religions, made this statement to the Wall Street Journal: “Between 2015 and 2020, Christians are projected to experience the largest losses due to switching. Globally, about 5 million people are expected to become… Read the full article

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 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.

On the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAL), Pope Francis sent a letter of gratitude in recognition of its service and to relaunch its mission for the future. Recalling the communal origin and destiny of the human family, the pope widens the horizon in which human life is to be understood. Life must be protected throughout its entire development, and the Academy is urged to address the issues posed by global bioethics and technologies, proceeding with discernment and fostering dialogue in the plurality of scientific wisdom traditions, religious perspectives and worldviews. The author is a member of the PAL and teaches Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.