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Feb. 1, 2019


In the common perception abuses have transformed what used to be the most delicate expression of love, the caress – maternal, comforting, or as a farewell to the dying – into an expression in itself suspect and virtually obscene, thereby creating scandal, in addition to violence and pain. In this issue we analyse certain moments of this transformation of feeling, this loss of the innocence of t...

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We do not need a revolution to give women the place they deserve in the Church, nor is it indispensable to grant them the priesthood or the diaconate so longed for but at the same time feared. Indeed a little courage suffices, along with the prophetic capacity for looking to the future with positive eyes, accepting changes which are often already written into the order of things. In this issue ...

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Dec. 1, 2018


In devoting this second issue in the series on the five senses to taste, and hence to cooking, to eating together, to sharing and to harmony, we had in mind the Christmas festivities. And Enzo Bianchi, a famous cook as well as the founder of a new monastic community and a great intellectual and scholar, has made us a present of a precious Christmas recipe. At a superficial glance taste might se...

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Nov. 2, 2018


A unique event, which we often forget, characterizes our Christian tradition: God was made man. And in the body of this man he met human beings. In the current discussion on subjects such as the use (abuse) of social media and the consequent loss of personal identity, on the increase in isolation and on the absolute lack of knowledge of others let us try to think of an alternative, a different ...

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“If one member suffers all suffer together”, Pope Francis wrote, quoting Paul in his Letter to the People of God. We have interpreted this as a request addressed to women to make their voices and their reflections heard in order to take on, together with men and with the clergy, the profound crisis which the Church is living through so that they may feel at last an active and proactive part of ...

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The Encyclical Humanae vitae marked a great innovation in the life of the Church: it was the first time that a papal document was taken up and commented on by the world press with such attention and with so critical a spirit – anticipations and predictions even leaked in the months before its publication. It was the first time too that the Pope was the subject of cartoons and above all that the...

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July 2, 2018

Young women

As both the Church and difference feminism forcefully maintain – in an unusual alliance which continues to surprise both parties – women and men are not equal. And if this obviously does not mean (or should not mean) that one sex is worth more than the other, it nevertheless implies that in their equal dignity differences exist, as biology, medicine, sociology and psychology have for decades no...

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June 1, 2018

Muslim holy women

With our June issue we begin the seventh year of our life with both continuity and innovation. The choice of a subject to look at in depth in each issue is part of this continuity and this deeper examination is now to undergo further perfecting: as many readers have requested, we shall be returning repeatedly to the same subjects. We start in this issue by taking up once again the subject of wo...

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May 2, 2018

Latin American women

“The Catholic Church, following the example of Jesus, must be very free from prejudices, from stereotypes and from the discrimination suffered by women. Christian communities must make a serious revision of life for a pastoral conversion which can ask forgiveness for all the situations in which they have been and still are today complicit in attacks on women’s dignity”. Starting with this refle...

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April 3, 2018

Women friends

For many centuries friendship was considered to be a solely masculine fact, a “lofty” sentiment, cathartic, which uplifted the spirit: Achilles and Patroclus, Euryalus and Nisus, and also David and Jonathan – literature and the text of the Bible itself offer us famous examples. Women remained rigorously excluded, their friendship was neither worthy of note nor merited being recounted and exalte...

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St. Peter’s Square

Feb. 17, 2019