solidarity

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Solidarity, joy, love: there are different ways the marks of Jesus on our lives become visible. Peter Gallagher SJ invites us to reflect on the effect of the divine ink in our relationships.     In our tattooing age we might miss the force of the words in Galatians: the marks on my body are those of Jesus (Galatians 6.17). Decorative inscriptions on bodies are common, but the marks (stigmata is the Greek here) which are ‘of Jesus’ are rarer. The stigmata are the wounds...
Fr Fernando Azpiroz is the Director of Casa Ricci Social Services (CRSS) in China, supported by Jesuit Missions. CRSS serves over 5,000 people in China, standing in solidarity with both adults and children who are affected by leprosy or who are living with HIV/AIDS.The accompaniment of people has always been a fundamental characteristic of all Jesuit ministries no matter where they are. Accompanying is a process of mutual transformation: we transform other people’s lives, and in return our...
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In the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, Thinking Faith’s Editor suggests that the road ahead must be paved with generosity if it is to lead to the common good. The United Kingdom woke up this morning – or, in some cases, stayed awake all night – to discover that 51.9% of voters in yesterday’s EU referendum had opted for the second option on the ballot paper: Leave the European Union. Roughly 17.5 million people have come to the...
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The focus of the campaigning leading up to the referendum on UK membership of the EU has been too narrowly economic and misrepresentations abound on both sides, writes Frank Turner SJ. The opportunities for scrupulous consideration of the issues and for authentic political debate have been missed, and now ‘the character of the debate threatens the EU whatever the outcome on 23 June.’ Which areas of interest and importance has the public forum struggled to accommodate? The...
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Later this month, voters in the United Kingdom will decide whether or not they want to remain in the European Union. Arguments on both sides are dominating the current political landscape, but Patrick Riordan SJ is worried about the lack of depth to the referendum debates: ‘we have neglected to form the political culture in which a reasonable debate about membership of the EU can take place.’ ‘NHS doctor leaves family in Sheffield to join Islamic State in Syria.’[1...
Good Life on a Global Scale: Heythrop Conference
Heythrop College in London is hosting a Day Conference tomorrow that will explore the moral and philosophical questions associated with globilisation. The Conference will combine the publication of two books on the subject, published by Bloomsbury Publishing, including one by Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, who teaches political philosophy at Heythrop.‘Good Life on a Global Scale’ will focus on two main themes: solidarity and global common goods. They are addressed in the first two volumes of the new...
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The economic complexities of the Greek crisis have attracted a lot of coverage in recent weeks, but it’s important to hold the financial detail alongside concern for the common good, says Patrick Riordan SJ. ‘The principles of solidarity, subsidiarity and the common good are helpful guides to appreciating the obligations on actors to behave responsibly in very complex situations.’ What can the notion of common good contribute to our understanding of the long drawn out...