Pope Francis at the World Council of Churches: An interview with Pastor Martin Robra

ABSTRACT – I met the Rev. Dr. Martin Robra at Villars-sur-Glâne, a few kilometers outside Geneva, on May 27, 2017. He began working with the World Council of Churches (WCC) in 1994 and in 2006 became the co-secretary of the mixed working...


‘I am a Mission’: Toward the Synod on Young People

ABSTRACT – The main theme of the next Synod, on young people, is vocational discernment. On hearing the word “vocation,” the first thing that comes to mind is the vocation to the consecrated life. However, the call of God is broader; it...


Christian Identity in a Globalized and Pluralist World

ABSTRACT – Today there are many who question the role of the Church: for some it belongs to the past and can only hinder the development of civilization; according to others its influence drives the moral forces that ensure the orientation of...


Making Christianity More Chinese? Pastoral perspectives

ABSTRACT – For around the last three years, the Chinese leadership has been repeatedly calling religions present on Chinese soil to “sinicize” (zhongguohua).[1] What is meant by this word? Translators of official documents experience difficulties when trying to convey the meaning of...


The Future of Europe

ABSTRACT – Some significant events in 2017 If we wish to outline a future scenario for Europe, it is useful to first recall certain significant events that took place during 2017. The first was at the beginning of the year, on January...


The Chinese Presence in Africa

ABSTRACT – Introduction Over the last few years, the Chinese presence across Africa from West to East, South to North, through different projects, like building infrastructure or investing in different sectors, has become conspicuous. When you pass through Addis Ababa – the...


The Story of Aloysius Gonzaga

ABSTRACT – Visiting the so-called “rooms” or “chapels” of St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Rome, to a certain extent one can measure the distance – about four and a half centuries – between our time and his. But he also seems very present,...


The Church Says ‘No’ to Nuclear Weapons: Pastoral and moral implications

ABSTRACT – The teaching of the Church has evolved from a conditioned acceptance of nuclear deterrence in the 1980s, to rejection of deterrence as an unacceptable moral rationalization for nuclear armament in the 2000s, to strong support for nuclear disarmament in recent...