A Church that ‘spends time with the future’: The Synod of Bishops on young people, faith and vocational discernment

ABSTRACT – A rainy day in Krakow… On July 30, 2016, rain was falling in Krakow as the World Youth Day was taking place. The pope, as he often does on his travels, met with a group of 28 Jesuits at the...


Music against the Mad Cry of War: Mary Gauthier and Michele Gazich

ABSTRACT – War songs The album Rifles & Rosary Beads is Louisiana folk singer Mary Gauthier’s latest album. The singer-songwriter has had a complex life, marked by suffering and pain after her parents abandoned her as a child. A life of many...


Studying Facebook: Research on the social network that has changed communication

ABSTRACT – Even before Facebook garnered intense media and government attention in early 2018 over its dealings with Cambridge Analytica, communication researchers had already examined Mark Zuckerberg’s social network for many of the same reasons that made it attractive to that private...


A ‘Protocol’ for the Good Spiritual Battle: Chapter Five of 'Gaudete et Exsultate'

ABSTRACT – At the heart of the apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (GE) are the Beatitudes, a veritable “program of holiness.”[1] It is interesting to note how Francis, in speaking of holiness, uses the word “protocol,” which indicates a procedure, a series...


The Current Situation in Nicaragua

ABSTRACT – The current situation in Nicaragua sparks a lot of concern. Many ask themselves how it is that President Daniel Ortega, who in the 1970s fought to bring down the Somoza dynasty, now tries to establish his own dynasty and is...


Urban Catholicism in China

ABSTRACT – The rapid transformation of Chinese Catholicism and its adaptation to the new urban environment has been brought about by a wide range of participants and not just by the clergy. This article explores the motivations, organization and influences of one...


Fake News and the Bible: Which word is credible?

ABSTRACT – The internet allows us to access a wealth of information that was unthinkable a few decades ago. On the web and on social networks this information is created and exchanged in real time. A user may be disoriented when faced...


Preparing the Meeting of Bishops on the Protection of Minors

ABSTRACT – The meeting and the start of its preparations Faced with widespread and growing discomfort following new reports and revelations of very serious cases of sexual abuse involving members of the clergy, on September 12, 2018, at the end of one...