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The Stranger in Thomas Merton and the 14th Dalai Lama By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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This essay outlines three aspects of Merton’s encounter with the Dalai Lama in 1968 [see ‘Asian Letter’ 9 November 1968 and Asian Diary]: (a) the commonality of the spiritual... More > experience, (b) the difference of context and path, and (c) the common call to kindness and love for the stranger.< Less
The Theology of Marcella Althaus-Reid: Indecent Theology and Queer Narratives By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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Marcella Althaus-Reid died in early 2009 not having reached sixty years of age – she was born in 1952. During her years at the University of Edinburgh she contributed with original thought and... More > theory to the theology of sexuality and Latin American theology. As members of the panel in her honour at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Montreal, November 2009, suggested the best of her thought was yet to come when she died. Her contribution to liberation theology was unique and came about at a time of an emptiness related to the changes in the theological world after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This work is a wide summary of her life and thought.< Less
The Stranger in Thomas Merton and the 14th Dalai Lama By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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This essay outlines three aspects of Merton’s encounter with the Dalai Lama in 1968 [see ‘Asian Letter’ 9 November 1968 and Asian Diary]: (a) the commonality of the spiritual... More > experience, (b) the difference of context and path, and (c) the common call to kindness and love for the stranger.< Less
The Theology of Marcella Althaus-Reid: Indecent Theology and Queer Narratives By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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Marcella Althaus-Reid died in early 2009 not having reached sixty years of age – she was born in 1952. During her years at the University of Edinburgh she contributed with original thought and... More > theory to the theology of sexuality and Latin American theology. As members of the panel in her honour at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Montreal, November 2009, suggested the best of her thought was yet to come when she died. Her contribution to liberation theology was unique and came about at a time of an emptiness related to the changes in the theological world after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This work is a wide summary of her life and thought.< Less
The Jesuits in Tibet at the Time of the VI and VII Dalai Lamas By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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The Jesuit Fathers, a Roman Catholic missionary order, sent personnel to Tibet during the 17th and 18th centuries in order to convert Tibetans to Christianity but very quickly their method of... More > conversion became also a method of learning Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan religion. Highly influenced by the methods and life of St. Francis Xavier, missionary to Japan and China, who established the first Christian communities at Goa, those Jesuits established small Christian settlements in Eastern Tibet and at the same time developed the first appreciation of Tibetan civilization within Europe. The Jesuit mission in Tibet lasted from 1625 to 1721 and the Jesuits left after having established dialogue with the Tibetan monks of Lhasa not on their own accord but following a withdrawal of the Jesuits from the Spanish and Portuguese empires of that time.< Less
The Historiography of the Chilean Commission on Prison and Torture 2003-2009 By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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This work outlines some of the historical background to the formation, work and aims of the Valech Commission, highlights one case of torture as an example and provides a summary of the methods of... More > torture used and some of the results and common patterns of detention and torture highlighted by the report prepared by the Valech Commission.< Less
The historiography of the Patio 29: General Cemetery Santiago, Chile 1973-2009 By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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One of the locations where illegal burials took place more systematically between September 1973 and March 1974 was area 29 of the Santiago General Cemetery where crosses with no name (N.N.) marked... More > the burial place of simple coffins containing sometimes more than one body. It is difficult to know why these bodies were brought to the patio 29 and others left on the streets. The striking fact was that the iron crosses with the name N.N. were visible to everybody but nobody was able to request the digging of the graves and identify those human remains until Chile’s return to democracy in 1990. This work outlines the history of this area 29 of the Santiago General Cemetery and the silence that surrounded this piece of Chilean memory, including the confusion within the process of identification of human remains that has to be sorted with the help of forensic experts and scientists from several academic institutions outside Chile.< Less
Identification of Human Remains (N.N.) at Patio 29, General Cemetery Santiago, Chile, December 2009 By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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After the military coup of 11 September 1973 thousands of suspects and supporters of the Popular Unity government were arrested while hundreds were killed. One of the locations where illegal burials... More > took place more systematically between September 1973 and March 1974 was area 29 of the Santiago General Cemetery where crosses with no name (N.N.) marked the burial place of simple coffins containing sometimes more than one body. It is difficult to know why these bodies were brought to the patio 29 and others left on the streets. The striking fact was that the iron crosses with the name N.N. were visible to everybody but nobody was able to request the digging of the graves and identify those human remains until Chile’s return to democracy in 1990. This work outlines the new identification of human remains related to the disappeared and the executed during the military regime of Patio 29 of the Santiago General Cemetery announced during December 2009.< Less
Identification of Human Remains (N.N.) at Patio 29 General Cemetery Santiago, Chile, August 2010 By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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One of the Chilean locations where illegal burials took place more systematically between September 1973 and March 1974 was area 29 of the Santiago General Cemetery where crosses with no name (N.N.)... More > marked the burial place of simple coffins containing sometimes more than one body. It is difficult to know why these bodies were brought to the patio 29 and others left on the streets. The striking fact was that the iron crosses with the name N.N. were visible to everybody but nobody was able to request the digging of the graves and identify those human remains until Chile’s return to democracy in 1990. This work outlines the history of this area 29 of the Santiago General Cemetery and the silence that surrounded this piece of Chilean memory, including the confusion within the process of identification of human remains that has to be sorted with the help of forensic experts and scientists from several academic institutions outside Chile.< Less
The Historiography of the Chilean Commission on Prison and Torture 2003-2009 By Mario Aguilar Benítez
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This work outlines some of the historical background to the formation, work and aims of the Valech Commission, highlights one case of torture as an example and provides a summary of the methods of... More > torture used and some of the results and common patterns of detention and torture highlighted by the report prepared by the Valech Commission.< Less