A Decade after the Collapse of Lehman Brothers

ABSTRACT – In the fall of 2008, a tsunami devastated global finances, dragging down with it some ancient banking institutions and causing panic on the main money markets. In less than a month, shares listed on Wall Street had lost a third...


Iran, the Nuclear Agenda and the United States

ABSTRACT – The current crisis between Iran and the United States is the worst since the Islamic Revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini[1] and the diplomatic crisis of 1979-81 when young Islamic revolutionaries stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran taking fifty two diplomats and...


Is Anything ‘Sacred’ in Shanghai? Religious and spiritual geography of a Chinese metropolis

ABSTRACT – The deeply rooted Latin concept of the “sacred” was integrated into the Chinese lexicon with the creation of a specific word. The term shensheng is primarily used by scholars and Christians – especially Catholics[1] – but can also be used...


The Global Compact for Migration

ABSTRACT – Soon after World War II, the 1951 U.N. Refugee Convention, a legally binding multilateral treaty, defined who is a refugee, what rights they have, and established the obligations of nations in their regard.[1] In the broader field of migration, however,[2]...


‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’: Narcissism and spiritual worldliness

ABSTRACT – The end of the seventh chapter of the Letter to the Romans contains an exclamation in which Saint Paul gives voice to a deep pain that permeates his entire existence: “Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from...


Interreligious Dialogue in Asia: A look at the past to understand the future

ABSTRACT – Over the last decades interreligious dialogue in Asia has faced some tough challenges. Even though many religious leaders, organizations and thinkers have been working constructively and efficaciously, at the popular level religions often limit themselves to coexisting rather than engaging...


Between Nazareth and Bethlehem: Jesus’ origins in the Gospel

ABSTRACT – The complex presentation of the origins of Jesus in the books of the Gospel embodies a tension between continuity and rupture, old and new, expectation and surprise in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Two places, Nazareth and...


Christianity in Central Asia: The Jesuit mission in Kyrgyzstan

ABSTRACT – Christianity on the Silk Road Although Christianity was born in Asia – and until the Arab conquests of the seventh century the center of Christianity remained in Asia – today it is more commonly considered a continent that is characterized...