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Literature

 

Hemingway and the lure of Paris

While a correspondent during the Second World War, Ernest Hemingway wrote five short stories inspired by military events. These stories intertwined the themes of condemnation ...

An ecumenism of holiness

Jorge Milia’s article, “Memoirs of a student” (L’Osservatore Romano. English Edition, 15 May, 2015), sent me scurrying back to find a copy of Ethel Mannin’s ...

The text must come first

Martin West died suddenly on 13th July 2015, aged 77. He was "one of the most distinguished classical scholars of his generation," writes Nicholas Richardson, ...

The Eucharist and self-knowledge

It is the very nature of the human to signify the transcendent: in his linguistic treatise De vulgari eloquentia, Dante says (contradicting Genesis) that Adam ...

A forgotten exodus

There were between 850,000 and 1 million Jews who lived in Arab countries in 1948. By 1976, there was only 25,000. In one generation, that ...

Duets in the land of the Nobel

The Courtyard of the Gentiles is going north and challenging the land of the Nobel prize. At the centre of the two days in Stockholm ...

Bioethics in the novel

Growing up on Long Island, studying for a Master's in education at Harvard (taking courses by Carol Gilligan) and studying creative writing at Princeton, Jodi ...

A literary duel between Christians and pagans

If there is no student of classical literature who is not acquainted with the two praiseworthy series (Greek and Latin) of “Belles Lettres”, bearing respectively ...

Gabriele responds

The message I received was like a bolt of lightning out of the blue and prevented me from sending the monograph on Alessandra Di Rudinì ...

Why priests should study Latin

Below are excerpts from one of the talks given at the conference dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution “Veterum sapientia”. The conference ...

Radiant light  in the darkness of the Nordic winter

The annual Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm has made the 10th of December a very special day in Sweden. Together with the Peace Prize ...

Cassandra Torn

“It was here. This is where she stood. These stone lions looked at her; now they no longer have heads. This fortress – once impregnable, ...

The sexual revolution in crisis

Denmark and Sweden, countries which in the second half of the 20th century were paradises of sexual freedom, are now closely re-considering their sense of ...

Open doors for Benedict XVI at Italian universities

“How long ago those negative reactions to the Pope’s visit at the Sapienza University of Rome seem to us now!” said Giuseppe Costa, Director of ...

A catholic hero

For an introduction to the real Tintin, we publish below the entry on him from the Dictionnaire amoureux du catholicsime (Paris, Plon, 2011, pp 640, ...

Chronicler of holiness

The Secret of Sister Nothing was one of the very first, followed by The Hands that Healed the City , The Captain’s Testament , Lelia ...

Blood poured out and the Geometries of Desire

At the considerable age of eighty-eight, the literary critic and anthropologist of religions, René Girard continues to be a presence on the scene of studies ...

Keeping watch in the dark between the paw of constellations

“One night in May I stepped ashore/through a cool moonlight/where the grass and flowers were gray/but smelled green./I drifted the slope/in the colorblind night/while white ...

Ovid's «Metamorphoses»

A classical author, if he truly has all the trappings of classicism, raises “a monument more enduring than bronze”, according to the proud assertion of ...

Art and freedom

32nd Rimini Meeting opens on 21 August. The exhibitions presented include "My Sister - Life", dedicated to Boris Pasternak. The display - anticipated with texts ...

Devouring nostalgia in a relentless style

“On balance, I would say that 70 years is sufficient. I have lived long enough.” Long enough – and this was in 2005 – to ...

Deaf to her cries

“It has been a week since Mama has disappeared.” It is afternoon in a metro station of a large city in a country in the ...

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