The Cultural Challenge of Video Games

ABSTRACT – Video games: help or obstacle to learning? The topic of playing games, in both a serious and fun sense, as help or distraction, has been widely debated over time, and certainly well before the appearance of video games.[1] These games...


Religions and Violence

ABSTRACT – 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...


‘Let us throw ourselves into history’: Francis in Bulgaria and North Macedonia

ABSTRACT – The 29th apostolic journey of Pope Francis had as its destination Bulgaria and North Macedonia.[1] At 7 a.m. on Sunday, May 5, an Alitalia flight took off from Rome’s Fiumicino airport with the pope, his entourage and accredited journalists on...


Water has no enemy: the ethical value of access to water

ABSTRACT – “Water has no enemy,” says a proverb often heard in southern Nigeria. Beside featuring in many aphorisms, water provides the inspiration for the naming of many people in that part of the world. For example, the full name of Ameze...


Culture and Politics in China: The May Fourth Movement, 1919

ABSTRACT – Three thousand students gathered in Beijing on May 4, 1919, to protest against the preliminary provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, which gave to Japan the German-held territories in Shandong Province.[1] A national boycott of Japanese products ensued, followed by...


Faith and Gnosis

ABSTRACT – When I discussed gnosis many years ago,[1] I expressed my doubts about the value of two prevailing opinions on this topic. Catholics who lament the imperfect reception of Vatican II or its rejection in some areas of the Church interpret...


Domenico Zipoli Revisited

ABSTRACT – Until 50 years ago, the name of Domenico Zipoli (Prato, 1688 – Córdoba, 1726) was associated with an Elevation and a Pastorale often found in organ anthologies, some Suites for harpsichord and a handful of biographical notes that were often...


Spiritual Discernment in ‘Christus Vivit’: Between Ulysses and Orpheus

ABSTRACT – Christus Vivit, Christ is alive.[1] This is the title of the post-synodal exhortation that Pope Francis directed affectionately “to young people and the entire People of God,” pastors and faithful. In it re-echo “the myriad voices of believers the world...