Letter to the reader

Year 17 - 837 - August 20, 2023

Education is the existential goal of the human being

The thought expressed in the sentence above is from our interviewee, spiritist pedagogue Maria Amélia Bolsoni, vice president of the Spiritist Center Chico Xavier, in Santos (SP). She was born in the city of Araraquara, in the interior of São Paulo, she – currently retired – dedicated her professional life to education, a task that she continues to exercise in spiritist endeavors, as head of the Doctrinal Department of the institution where she works. The interview is one of the highlights of this edition.

Organ donation and transplants from a Christian perspective are the theme of the Special we publish in this issue, authored by our colleague Jorge Hessen, member of the Editorial Board of our magazine. In the article, he reminds us that, according to Spiritist teachings, the donation of organs for transplantation does not in any way affect the spirit of the donor, in addition to being a valuable opportunity placed at our disposal for the exercise of love.

On August 18, 1863, the Bishop of Algiers sent a Pastoral Letter to the parish priests of his diocese, in which, after warning about the “superstition called Spiritism”, he ordered the interdiction of the practice of Spiritism and the evocation of the dead in all of diocese of Algiers. The episode, with all its minutiae, is examined in a special article by our colleague Thiago Bernardes.

  Astolfo O. de Oliveira Filho
Director of Writing

José Carlos Munhoz Pinto
Administrative Director


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