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Love + Violence = Passion

By: Paul Elie

The run of readings from Matthew’s Gospel—and an English-language rendition of the "St. Matthew Passion" on the stereo—put Caravaggio’s Calling of St. Matthew in mind; and an invitation to write this post for the Cornerstone blog led me to think about Caravaggio, and religious freedom, and the Passion narrative, in ways that seem to me to suit the day and the hour.

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Kiku's Prayer for Religious Freedom

By: Kevin M. Doak

The publication of Endo Shusaku's Kiku's Prayer by Columbia University Press in December 2012 is a godsend to those interested in the intersection of fiction and religious freedom. The work was first serialized in the Asahi Shimbun, between November 1980 and June 1981 and published by Asahi as a book titled Onna no issho: Kiku no baai (A Woman's Life: The Case of Kiku) in 1982. Presented as a two-part work, the second part of A Woman's Life (The Case of Sachiko) is yet to be translated into English. Like Endo's more famous works Silence and Samurai, it is a historical novel, deeply based in actual historical events. 

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