La Civiltà Cattolica recently completed 170 years of existence and valuable service. The publication of this Journal is privileged to have a special relationship with the Holy Father as ever. To celebrate this commemorative event, Pope Francis has sent the editor a congratulatory message in his own handwriting. The text is printed on the cover of the issue of 4 January 2020.
Here is the wording of the message:
“170 years ago Blessed Pius IX asked the Society of Jesus to found ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’. Since then it has faithfully accompanied the Pope. Thank you for the help you offer me as well.
Continue living the dynamism between life and thought with listening eyes, knowing that ‘La Civiltà Cattolica’ [“Catholic civilization”] is that of the Good Samaritan.
My wish for you is that you may be creative in God, exploring new paths, thanks also to the new international outlook that inspires the magazine: rising from the pages we hear the voices of so many frontiers listening to one another.
Be discerning regarding language, combat hatred, small-mindedness and prejudice. And above all, do not be content with making superficial proposals or abstract synthesis: accept instead the challenge of the overflowing restlessness of the present time, in which God is always at work”.