Culture - 2011

'Light Cloud, Dark Cloud' by Mark Rothko via Flickr

The Risk of Being a Realist

CultureLuca Doninelli

This month's issue presents the second stop on our literary journey through the key points of "The Religious Sense," with Chaim Potok, a Jew who, like his characters, in speaking of Truth with a capital "T", brings back into play faith and knowledge.

Portrait of a Japanese Buddhist Monk by Unkown Artist via Wikimedia Commons

A Bridge Called Meeting

CultureDavide Perillo

A journal of “something that is happening now,” as the Rimini Meeting lands in Tokyo and on Mount Koya...

The Twin Towers

The Aftermath in Poetry

CultureSuzanne Tanzi

Self-censorship and freedom of expression; animosity and solidarity: a professor of language and literature, Paolo Valesio explores these dichotomies that revealed themselves during and after September 11, 2001.

Massachusetts General Hospital in 1941. Photographer Frank O. Branzetti via Wikimedia Commons

Locus of a Friendship

CultureWebster Bull

The author of the definitive history of Massachusetts General Hospital, published in May, gives a glimpse of the story behind the story: a web of life-sustaining relationships.

Director Terrence Malick. Wikimedia Commons

Before I Existed...

CultureEmma Neri

An explanation is demanded from God, and God answers. This film produced by Terrence Malick won the Golden Palm at Cannes last month. The most secular film festival in the world awards its highest honor to a movie "miracle."

G.K. Chesterton at Work. Wikimedia Commons

Detective of Human Nature

CultureDermott Quinn

One hundred years ago, Chesterton brought to life Fr. Brown, an iconic super sleuth who, in solving crimes, reminds us of the startling strangeness of creation–just like his author, who felt "at once at home in the world and utterly astonished by it."

Old Light Microscope. Wikimedia Commons

The Everything in the Small

CultureAlessandra Stoppa

He studies things on a "nano" scale that promises great changes in medicine. He has already seen such changes in his lifetime, together with the "miracles of every day." Mauro Ferrari explains what forgiveness has to do with work.

'Appearance While the Apostles are at Table' by Duccio di Buoninsegna via Wikimedia Commons

At Peter's Home

CultureJosé Miguel García

One of the curators presents here an introduction to the exhibit that brings Capharnaum to the Rimini Meeting in Italy this summer. Its goal: to see the event of Jesus through the eyes of the Apostles. What led those men to give their lives for Him?

Cormac McCarthy. Flickr

The Last Cry

CultureLuca Doninelli

In the third installment of our literary journey accompanying "The Religious Sense," we present novelist Cormac McCarthy, in whose work "the human being is not dead." He transforms into words not so much a worldview as a "density" of experience.

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On A Troubled Path

CulturePeter Stockland

A country, held hostage by "progressive" ideology, is becoming the testing ground for so called "new rights." But there are some who are swimming against the cultural tide, lest the law absorb them altogether…

Professor John Milbank. JWH at Wikipedia Luxembourg

Goodbye, Londonistan

CultureFabrizio Rossi

It seemed that in the UK the experiment had paid off. Reality, though, forced the Prime Minister to admit defeat; the model most theorized about in viewing integration is failing. What is next?

Author David Foster Wallace. Wikimedia Commons

He Who Dares Write of the Heart

CultureLuca Doninelli

We start here a journey among authors who accompany us in our work on "The Religious Sense." The first article is dedicated to David Foster Wallace because he described "the elementary experience" as few others did...

The Milky Way. NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team

News From Space

CultureMarco Bersanelli

The first findings of the mission exploring the origins of the universe have been published. This journey, begun in 1992, involves scientists from all over the world. We asked one of them to tell us about the "goldmine of new facts" they are discovering

French Geneticist Jérôme Lejeune with a Boy with Down Syndrome. Wikimedia Commons

A Saint For Modern Times

CultureOmbretta Salvucci

More than 50 years after his life-changing discovery, the work of the father of modern genetics continues into today. We present the story of a scientist whose commitment to his life's ideal brought him along the path of sanctity.

Antique Map of Europe. Flickr

Our Desire Already on the Move

CultureSuzanne Tanzi

In a modern context of crisis and dissolution, a wary but optimistic social analyst, Dr. Paul Vitz, comments on the hope for the world expressed in a recent CL flyer on the state of desire.