The Doctrine of Tribulation

ABSTRACT –  Why are we now offering our readers a text by then-Fr. Jorge Mario Bergoglio dated Christmas 1987? Before replying to this question we need to understand something about the context in which it was written. Fr. Bergoglio signed a short...


Five Years of Pope Francis: The Path of the Pontificate Gradually Unfolds

ABSTRACT – We have just celebrated the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. The question journalists are trying to respond to, gathering analyses and opinions, seems to be: How has the Church changed over the last five years? But this...


Poaching: a moral issue and a failure of the market

ABSTRACT – Julius Nyerere and the Arusha Declaration (1967) Mwalimu (teacher) Julius Nyerere (1922-1999), the first President of Tanzania, believed we have a moral duty to protect the resources present in our country. So Tanzania, which has an area of 945,000 square...


Soap Operas, more than entertainment history and development of a cult genre

ABSTRACT – Well-known to viewers around the world, soap operas have interested communication researchers almost from the beginning of their appearance.[1] The broadcast genre started in the United States, on radio, in the 1930s and by the 1940s early communication researchers were...


Concerning Jerusalem as Capital

ABSTRACT – President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem On December 6, 2017, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, simultaneously declaring that he would relocate the U.S. Embassy there as soon as possible. The...


 ‘Do not put us to the test’ Reflections on a difficult petition in the Lord’s Prayer

ABSTRACT – The most influential Church Fathers and countless scriptural commentators throughout the centuries have commended the Our Father for its theological richness, extolling it as the perfect prayer, especially since the Divine Master himself taught it to us. There are those...


More Walls between People

ABSTRACT – In speeches intended to foster a climate of world peace, Pope Francis has often used metaphors referring to walls and bridges in opposition to each other. Walls are an eloquent symbol of division and incommunicability, while bridges are an equally...


‘Detroit', a film by Kathryn Bigelow

ABSTRACT – An American story. Detroit, summer of 1967. An African-American riot is violently suppressed by the police and the army. Shot in a documentary style full of tension, the film involves the audience totally, a tribute to its effectiveness. The film...