LONG READ | ‘Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution’ at the MSK Ghent is the largest exhibition of the Early Netherlandish pioneer Jan van Eyck, whose innovations with oil painting and realism enabled us to see the world like we had never seen before. But is there more in his sublime portrayal of reality? Rinald D’Souza reviews.
If Christmas indeed celebrates the birth and coming of Jesus, one might probably need to investigate the purpose of his coming: for “the lost sheep of Israel” — the marginalised of society. But what could lost sheep inform us about our Christmas, our lives and our histories? A reflection for Christmas.
It was at school in Goa that we first read John McCrae’s1 popular war poem, In Flanders Fields, much as the history teacher used it to emphasize its historical contexts as the English miss to drive home the literary devices within its poetic verse. While the recitation of the poem did convey a certain sense … Continue reading The Memory of Indians in Flanders Fields
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While the announcement of the opening of the Vatican Archives of Pope Pius XII (1939-1958) was welcome by researchers, what has remained in focus is a debate regarding the role of the Pope and the Holocaust. However, the Archives should reveal a much broader narrative as the period of this papacy was also at the centre of a shifting global Christianity and its rapid indigenisation.
Much before the announcement of Pope Francis to canonise Oscar Romero a Saint of the Catholic Church, the people of Latin America had already begun to venerate their San Romero, ever since his martyrdom on 24 March 1980. His witness to the gospel message that informed a faith in favour of the poor is as relevant to us today as it was in his own lifetime.
The Camino Ignaciano is an Ignatian pilgrimage that recreates the sixteenth-century historical route (1522) of Ignatius of Loyola from his hometown in Azpeitia to the cave in Manresa where he underwent a transformative experience and wrote his classic, The Spiritual Exercises. Rinald D’Souza SJ reflects on his experience of walking the Camino.
Jesuit education is as old as the Jesuits. But what makes it distinctive in its present global contexts? Father Arturso Sosa’s address at the IAJU, “The University as a Source of Reconciled Life”, invites Jesuits to reimagine the Jesuit university as a project of social transformation. We explore some key ideas behind Sosa’s address.