Identity and contaminations in contemporary societies. The capacity to constantly relate with what is ‘other’ without forgoing consciousness of self is a revealing indicator of the strength or the weakness of a culture

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Integrations?, Péter Erdo

That Encyclical Written Throughout his Life, Stanislaw Grygiel




The Human Factor, Sergio Belardinelli

If Europe Does not have a Policy, Theodor Hanf

The Planet of Multiple Membership, Francis Balle

The Strategy of Public Space, Francesco Botturi

One Goal Three Errors, Andrea Pacini

The Reasons for (Still) Saying we are Londoners, Trevor Philips

The State is a Pact between Communities, Joseph Maïla

The Message Launched by the Laboratory of Lebanon, Mohammed Sammak




The Pilgrim who Enters Men’s Hearts, Claudio Lurati

The Ten Commandments, the Law of Freedom, John Paul II

The Union of Impossible Couples, Henri de Lubac

The ‘Holy Mayor’ and the Powerful of the World, Vittorio Citterich

Providence has Given a Task to the Peoples of Abraham, Giorgio La Pira




Christians and Muslims. The responsibilities of a shared world, Roberto Fontolan




The Catechism with the Face of Khomeini, Camille Eid




Religion and Politics in the American Spirit, Carl Anderson

A New Season for the Church of Algeria, Henri Teissier

On the Edge of a Volcano, Going on Hoping, Basilios Georges Casmoussa

Indonesian Islam: Great and Unknown, Franz Magnis-Suseno

The Prospects for the Intifada that Changed the Lebanon, Samir Khalil Samir




The Reconciling of Religion and Reason, José Andrés Gallego

With the Eyes of Contemporaries, Nikolaus Lobkowicz

In the Mediterranean Present, Jean-Paul Durand

Explorations of Multiculuralism, Francesco Botturi

Necessary Conflict, Paolo Terenzi

When Identity is an Obsession, Martino Diez

Muslims and Hindus: How can they Co-Exist?, Anthony Lobo

In the Face of Hatred: Weak Thoughts, Strong Hearts, Unsteady Spirits, Emma Neri




A Biannual Review of the Oasis International Studies and Research Centre

Ordinary member of the Studium Generale Marcianum

Year I, Number 2, September 2005


Editor Roberto Fontolan

Coordinator Gabriel Richi Alberti

Managing Editor Martino Diez

Editorial Consultants Camille Eid Claudio Mesoniat

Graphic Design Piergiorgio Maoloni with Anna Wawrzyniak and Francesco Camagna

Layout Anna Wawrzyniak Francesco Camagna Simona Corvaia Alessandro Bellucci

Organisation Patrizia Cacciari

French translation Danielle Ballay Lunghetti

English translation Matthew Fforde

Arabic translation Jamil Ghobril e Khalil Asem

Urdu translation Mobeen Shahid


Distribution David Cantagalli e Associati Editori

Registration Tribunal of Venice n.1498 of 12/10th/2004




Promotional Committee: Card. Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice, Great Chancellor of the Studium Generale Marcianum Card. Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyons Card. Josip Bozanic, Archbishop of Zaghreb Card. Péter Erdö, Archbishop of Budapest Card. Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna Card. Crescenzio Sepe, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples S.E. Mons. Paul Hinder, Auxiliary Bishop of Arabia S.E. Mons. Anthony T. Lobo, Bishop of Islamabad S.E. Mons. Fco. Javier Martínez, Archbishop of Granada S.E. Mons. Joseph Powathil, Archbishop of Changanacherry S.E. Mons. Fouad Twal, Archbishop of Tunis


Scientific Committee: Joaquín Allende Carl Anderson Gianni Bernardi Francesco Botturi Rémi Brague Paolo Branca Stratford Caldecott Massimo Camisasca Massimo Cenci Bernardo Cervellera Maria Laura Conte Axel Diekmann Angelika Diekmann Roberto Donadoni Jean-Paul Durand Camille Eid Paul Mounged El-Hachem Brian E. Ferme Francesco Follo José Andrés Gallego Claudio Giuliodori Laurence Paul Hemming Vittorio Hösle Henri Hude Jean C. Jeanbart Samir Khalil Samir Justo Lacunza Balda Nikolaus Lobkowicz Javier Prades López Claudio Lurati Cesare Mirabelli Ignazio Musu Gabriel Richi Alberti Giovanna Rossi Giovanni Salmeri Paolo Terenzi Boghos Zekiyan


We would like to dedicate this second edition of Oasis to the memory of Piergiorgio Maoloni who passed away recently. In addition to being responsible for the graphics, he took part in the genesis of the review and made most valuable suggestions. The editor, the publisher and all of the staff of Oasis remember Maoloni as a sincere friend and an authoritative colleague.


Oasis is a non-specialist review of cultural information open to contributions by Catholics and non-Catholics. The authors' freely expressed opinions in the articles published herein do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal orientation of the Oasis International Studies and Research Centre, and therefore must be considered as the exclusive responsibility of each contributor. Oasis is published thanks to the contribution of Fondazione Cassamarca