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Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, the editor of the influential Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, U.S. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, a Portuguese poet, a Spanish architect, two astrophysicists, a Belgian journalist and a curator at the Vatican Museums were named by Pope Benedict XVI to help advise the Pontifical Council for Culture.
For the first time since 1993, religious and laymen — not just cardinals and bishops — were named full members of the council.
The new lay members are French philosopher and writer Jean-Luc Marion and Estonian classical composer Arvo Part. Eleven new consultors or advisers were named to the council, including Bruno Coppi, a professor of plasma physics and astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Others include: Father Jose Tolentino De Mendonca, a Portuguese theologian and poet; Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect; Piero Benvenuti, an Italian astrophysicist; Wolf Joachim Singer, a professor of neurology and head of the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Germany; Marguerite Peeters, a Belgian journalist; and Micol Forti, the curator of the Vatican Museums’ collection of contemporary art.
Blessed John Paul II created the Pontifical Council for Culture in 1982 with the aim of helping the world’s cultures encounter the message of the Gospel. In 1993, the late pope united the council with the council for dialogue with nonbelievers thus paving the way for using culture as a bridge for dialogue between people of faith and those who profess no religious beliefs.
Like Pope Pius XI, who founded Vatican Radio and built the Vatican train station, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs recognized the importance of expanding communication, a Jesuit told Vatican Radio.
Jobs, 56, died Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, the new editor of the influential Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica, told Vatican Radio that Jobs made technology part of the lives of millions and millions of people, not just technicians.
“Steve Jobs had something in common with Pius XI and that is that he understood that communication is the greatest value we have at our disposal today and we must make it bear fruit,” Fr. Spadaro told the radio Oct. 6.
Spadaro said Steve Jobs had a “great ability to believe in dreams, to see life not only in terms of little daily things, but to have a vision in front of him. Basically, Steve Jobs’ most important message was this, ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ — in other words, maintain the ability to see life in new ways.”
The “stay hungry” quote was from a commencement address Jobs gave at California’s Stanford University in 2005.
On his own blog — www.cyberteologia.it — Spadaro embedded a video of Jobs giving the Stanford commencement address and wrote about how some of his points echoed points made by the Jesuits’ founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Jobs told the new graduates, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”
Spadaro said that in his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius wrote that one way of making an important choice is to examine how one would go about making that decision if he knew he were about to die.
“In the cases of Ignatius and Steve, death isn’t a bogeyman,” but is present as a reminder that in the face of death, the only thing that remains is what is truly important for each person, he wrote.
“I don’t know if Jobs was a believer,” the Jesuit wrote. In the Stanford speech, he said, Jobs was “speaking simply about the interior disposition one must have when making important decisions in life, focusing on what counts. No one, believer or non-believer, can make choices in life if he thinks he’s immortal.”
On September 8th, the Superior General of the Jesuits, Father Adolfo Nicolás formally appointed Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro the new editor of the oldest publication in Italy, Civiltà Cattolica. The new director, who is currently the superior of the Jesuit community of Via di Porta Pinciana, shall be the responsibility for the Association of Writers, which manages the journal. In October, Father Spadaro will also oversee the first book to be published in 162 year history of the magazine. Father Spadaro replaces the current director Father Gianpaolo Salvini, head of the “Civiltà Cattolica” since 1985.
Father Spadaro was ordained priest in 1996 in Catania, and completed his education in the United States. He graduated in Philosophy at the University of Messina, and completed his doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he still teaches. He began writing about the “Catholic Civilization” in 1994, dealing mainly with culture and the way in which new communication technologies, from the Internet, are changing the way we live and think, and also our faith.
The internet is part of his interests: on the web he is present with a Facebook profile, and has recently taken part in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Social Communication led by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, a meeting of bloggers in the Vatican, as well to have promoted cultural initiatives linked to the world of literature and the network.
The Jesuit magazine was founded in 1850, and is the oldest of all Italian magazines still active. The wording of the magazine is defined as “College of the Catholic Writers of Civilization,” and still follows the publication rules of Pope Pius IX.